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The West Mill from across the water of the derwent river in Derby

A cool group photo at the west mill in the bar area

The West Mill wedding photography

What a venue!! A Grade I Listed, former industrial mill dating back to the early 1800’s. Originally built as a cotton spinning mill, the building played an important part in local history and the industrial revolution. Having been empty and derelict the four-storey building has been lovingly restored back to life. As a result, The mill’s renovation has retained all of the industrial architecture of the 1800’s. The building is also positioned in a superb setting on the riverbanks, resulting in beautiful views of the River Derwent. Inside, think barrel-vaulted ceilings, exposed brick walls, cast iron columns and beams. All a stone’s throw away from The Derwent river. All this, means it is perfect place for a wedding ceremony and it’s a dream to photograph.

The Dressing Room

On the top floor of the building, next to the ceremony room is The Dressing Room. As guests are welcomed to The West Mill, the bride can enjoy some much-needed ‘me’ time and some pre-wedding pampering in The Dressing Room. With a vintage dressing table and chairs, arm chairs and a chaise long for the ultimate in luxury, a full-length mirror and iPod dock for some pre-wedding music.

the dress hagning up

The wedding ceremony

With enough space for 160 guests, the Cotton Quarter on the top floor of the building has exposed brick walls, original blue brick tiled floors, cast iron beams and a unique cast iron ceiling create an atmospheric room filled with character. While guests wait for the all-important brides entrance, they can enjoy the stunning views of the river and the parkland of Darley Park. The ceremonies take place at the southern end of the room with beautiful natural light illuminating to create a breathtaking and romantic backdrop.

the wedding ceremony

The drinks reception & photos

After the ceremony, everyone will head downstairs to The Gallery on the ground floor for canapés & drinks. The room boasts great natural light, cast iron columns and a polished concrete floor.  Three sets of decadent Chesterfields dominate the room as well as traditional butler’s tables. There’s a gallery of vintage mirrors and traditional industrial decor. There is even a traditional post box for posting any wedding cards! This time is perfect for some photos in the courtyard and down by the river.

the bride & groom with their wedding party by the river

Wedding breakfast

With seating for 160, guests can either sit on either trestle or more traditional circular tables under the barrel-vaulted brick arches which complement the blue brick floor. The exposed brickwork and Georgian paned windows create an almost dramatic yet romantic backdrop for your special day. This room is perfect for both smaller and more intimate weddings of around 50 family and friends. However it can also comfortably sit up to 160 guests. The room has a flexible layout and had scope for several different settings. As night falls the cast iron columns, arched ceiling and exposed brick walls become back lit to provide a magical atmosphere.

The evening reception

Created specifically for the evening part of the reception. The Spinning Room has a unique reclaimed bar, vintage Chesterfields and comfortable seating create a relaxed lounge area looking onto a dance floor. Mood lighting illuminates the cast iron columns and brick arches to create the perfect backdrop to dance the night away.

bride and groom under orange lights
party photos at The West mill in Derbyshire - Industrial Wedding venue


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We totally love weddings! If you’d like to know more about us, why not read about our approach to photographing weddings, or stay up today with latest weddings on our BLOG. We also update out main wedding gallery when we remember, so go and take a look when you’ve got 5 mins spare!


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