West Mill Wedding, Derby
When Bryony and Kevin got in touch to ask me to photograph their wedding at The West Mill
I was very excited as three years earlier it had been my wedding venue too. The West Mill offers a complete wedding day solution. Each of the old mill’s four floors has been renovated with a particular part of the day in mind. A floor for the ceremony, a floor for the meal, a floor for the party and the ground floor and outside space for your drinks reception. This means that your guests – and more importantly for me, your photographer – don’t have to go rushing about between venues.
In their pre-wedding consultation Bry and Kevin had warned me that they weren’t massive fans of having their picture taken. They had conceeded to a few family formals during the drinks reception but they didn’t want to do portraits of just the two of them. What they really wanted was candid images as the day happened.
As I say to all my couples: it’s your day, we do things your way. However I must admit that I did miss doing the portraits and I do think it’s important to grab a couple as you might regret it later. So I waited for them to relax into the day and get used to having me around. I bided my time until they were standing together in some good window light then I pounced, spent literally two minutes grabbing some camera-aware shots while they giggled with embarrassment. Then it was all over and we went back to candid images.
Parties are always great at The West Mill so I stuck around for a full 12 hours of photography and was rewarded with some outrageous drunken uncles dance floor moves and silly selfie frame shots. Then, when it was time to leave, I took pleasure in one of my most favourite things about the West Mill: the four minute drive home at the end of a long day.
Emma, you’re brilliant! Having had a chat with Emma about what we were looking for out of pictures for the day, she got it. 100%. We’re not big on formal, we wanted casual, not in your face-ness, action shots.. & Emma delivered. She was able to be everywhere at once, getting all the little moments that we’ll cherish for ever! The pictures were back to us in no time at all- all 900 or so! Genuinely, every one of them perfect. Every single one of our guests said how fabulous you were & how brilliant the pictures are, as we were able to send on the link. Thanks Emma!
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