My Favourite West Mill Wedding Photos

Are you planning to get married at The West Mill in Derby? If so then you are probably wanting to find some great West Mill wedding photos to look at.

I hope this page will give you more information about the venue itself. I will talk through each photo and mention my thoughts behind them which I hope you will find useful information.

All about The West Mill

The West Mill opened in 2016 and can be found on the banks of the river Derwent in Derby. The old mill has been restored to a high modern standard whilst retaining many original features. The building is such an impressive site as you walk from the car park towards the courtyard.

Everything about this venue has been designed to make life simple for the bride and groom.  On the third floor, there is a dressing room for the bride and her wedding party to get ready in, complete with its own bathroom.

Getting ready room at The west mill in derby

The bridal prep room is right next door to the ceremony room. If you get ready here, there is no need to lose time travelling from A to B.

Bride putting earrings in her ears. Stood in front of a mirror in the dressing room at The West Mill

The Cotton Quarter, ceremony room is most impressive. With exposed brickwork and the original cast iron ceiling both being lovingly restored. This gives an industrial vibe that I think is unique in the entire country!

Cotton Quarter room where wedding ceremonies are held at West Mill in Derby

cast iron ceiling at West Mill in Derby

The ceremony room is the perfect backdrop for your wedding day. See how beautiful the West Mill looks as Lianne and Andy see each other for the first time on their wedding day!

Bride walking down the aisle for her wedding at West Mill in Derby

bride and groom exchange wedding rings during their wedding ceremony at West Mill in Derby

Where to take photos at the West Mill

Years ago, a wedding photographer asked me where the best places were to take photos at The West Mill. My answer was simple. It’s such a gorgeous venue that you can take photos virtually anywhere. “You can’t take a bad photo here” I still think that’s true!

Here are a few wedding photos which I have created around the venue.

The authentic windows and distinctive lights are a great opportunity for a silouhette photo of the bride and groom. I prefer to keep my portraits as natural as possible so this photo was as simple as asking the couple to stand and have a little chat whilst I took their photo. I find this gets much better results than both staring at the camera!

silouhette wedding photo taken at West Mill

This next image is one of my favourites from Lianne and Andy’s wedding. They are both sat on the bench outside the front doors. Again, I just hid behind the wall behind a large plant pot. I just waited and let them have a little time on their own without a camera being in their face. These are the natural moments, the little laughter and emotions which I love to capture at weddings.

Bride cuddles up to the groom on a bench at The West Mill, Derby

The next photo was taken outside by the river. The reason I adore this wedding portrait is because it has the West Mill behind Rebecca and Robert. Couples fall in love with how beautiful the venue is so it would be a crying shame not to have some wedding photos outside. Here I’ve also used the metal railings as leading lines to draw the viewers attention to the newlyweds.

Bride and groom photo at The West Mill

In the evenings, the ceremony room on the third floor is of course empty which offers a great opportunity for a wedding portrait. In the photo below, I have used a small flash to light up the brickwork to silouhette the couples profiles whilst at the same time bringing out the unique lights on the cast iron ceiling. I’ve used the candles as leading lines to draw the viewers attention to them.

Night time Bride & groom portrait at West Mill in ceremony room




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West Mill Details

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The West Mill
Darley Abbey Mills
DE22 1DZ
Telephone: 07870 598 827

Email: events@thewestmillvenue.com