Derbyshire’s The West Mill is a favourite wedding venue of mine. Ive said it before on a previous blog but there is an air of coolness about the place. Ive shot there a couple of time now and It’s a shame that coolness doesn’t rub off on me when I’m driving there with 80’s pop blaring out. When Laura & Dan asked me to be their West Mill Wedding Photographer I was over the moon to go back there again and determined to hold on to my coolness.
The morning preparations were at West Mill’s cottage which was my first time shooting in it. I must say it was a beautiful little house (located on site) and Laura and her squad had made themselves at home. A small dilator in the form of a hairdresser canceling left one of the squad rushing round to find a local hair salon and yours truly offered to be her personal chauffeur to make sure the morning stayed chilled. Apart from that small hiccup, the laughter coming from the girls was a joy to watch.
As the day moved forward Laura & Dan treated their guests to a beautiful ceremony and they even had a four-legged visitor during the drink reception. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a bride look at a groom the way Laura did towards her fur baby, Teddy.
As the evening dawned it was obvious the party was gonna get messy. So much dancing, alcohol & good times were shed on that dance floor that Laura decided to take a small rest on the floor in the middle of it all….Legends
Big cheers and thanks go to Laura & Dan for picking me to take their West Mill Wedding Photographs and for being an awesome couple to shoot. Another shout out to my second shooter Mr. Chris Bunce for all his awesome images and help on the day too.
To see what Laura had to say about her day, The West Mill and any advice for planning a wedding keep reading after the pictures.
Why did you choose The West Mill Venue?
We often know exactly what we want, spending time thinking about what’s important to us and then going for it. We were looking for a mill or barn-type venue as it suited our rustic style and were so excited that after only 2 weeks of being engaged we were viewing and securing The West Mill. The venue was perfect for us. The spacious, quirky mill in its relaxed, quiet and quaint surroundings combined with being a no corkage venue, no hidden extras, and the freedom to do what we wanted, including having Teddy (the dog) there with us on the day, really appealed to us, and on a cold and frosty January morning we just fell in love with it. The additional bonus was the Mill House; an eight bedroomed, exquisitely decorated house within the grounds of the West Mill venue. The night before the wedding I stayed there with mt two best friends, Bridesmaids Jennifer and Amy, and my mum, it helped to make the morning so much calmer and easier and the beautiful breakfast made by the housekeepers really set us up for the day!
What was the Highlight Of Your Wedding Day?
We can’t pick just one highlight! Our top would be; how easy it all was to plan in just 6 months and how smoothly it all went on the day, being able to have Teddy there, oh and tying the knot!
Did anything Go Wrong and did it impact the day at all?
At 7am, I was chilling with a cup of tea on her own watching ducks on the beautiful River Derwent, I received a text from the bridesmaid’s hairdresser/ makeup artist who unfortunately had come down with a sickness bug. However this didn’t phase us. In true best friend form, I decided to do bridesmaid Amy’s hair and Amy did everyone’s makeup. Bridesmaid Jenny enlisted the help of photographer Jonathan who amazingly stepped in to nip her down to a local hairdressers for a quick ‘up do’. It was like a girl’s night out; thoroughly enjoying getting ready together.
It didn’t really impact on the day as we are such great friends, very little phased us, we just re-planned and got on with it.
Any Advice You Would give to a couple planning their wedding day?
– Stay true to what you want as a couple, it’s about the two of you.
– Have a budget but don’t be afraid to push it slightly for things you feel passionate about.
– Don’t over plan things – play to people’s strengths and creativities.
– Take inspiration from other people’s weddings.
– We highly recommend taking time to go round talking to your guests, having a receiving line really helps you have a few moments with everyone.
– Take time out as a couple to reflect and enjoy each moment.
– Don’t have regrets, you only do it once!