As Andrew works overseas a lot, we used Skype for a lot of our meetings. It makes a difference to be able to see the person face-to-face, to get an idea of what kind of person they are and what options would best suit them.
Harriet and Andrew both quickly made it clear that they didn’t really enjoy being photographed so we ruled out lot’s of close-ups and decided on some more candid, natural shots. Having said that, on the day, we had a lot of fun!
The couple married at The West Mill Wedding Venue at Darley Abbey, a fantastic new venue on the Derbyshire Wedding circuit. I was blown away by it – a really cool and quirky venue set over three floors on the banks of the beautiful river Derwent. With lots of exposed brickwork and original features, it provided the perfect backdrop for some really dramatic photographs with a difference and really suited the mood of their wedding.
Rooms are named to reflect the history of the building; ‘The Cotton Quarter’ with its exposed brick work, cast iron beams is drenched in natural sunlight whilst the cast iron columns and reclaimed wood in The Spinning Room make it the perfect venue for the evening festivities.
The grounds outside are extensive and include a stunning riverside terrace overlooking a waterfall and weir. A custom-made bridal path allowed some beautiful shots, and despite the rain threatening to fall, we managed to make the most of the spots of sunshine. (Although one highlight was me lying in puddles to get that perfect shot of the happy couple!)
It is every Derbyshire Photographer’s dream to get the chance to use the beautiful setting of Darley Park and the River Derwent – so a massive thanks to Harriet and Andrew for giving me and Chris the opportunity. What a fantastic day
Great thanks also to:
To all the staff and The West Mill wedding venue
Chris perfect: Second photographer
Ben Haywood: lighting
Wedding Venue Derby
The West Mill Wedding Venue