Wedding Photography at The West Mill, Derby

The West Mill Derby

The West Mill in Derby is one of my all-time favourite venues for many reasons, not least of which is that in 2016 I got married here and had the best day I could have imagined.

I think I’m probably the closest wedding photographer to this venue as I live just down the road near Chester Green. So if you need someone reliable to photograph your wedding here you can count on me. Even if my car were to break down I could walk and be there in less than 20 minutes.

My husband and I fell in love with this venue when we were looking for somewhere to get married. It’s on both of our running routes when we do a lap around the block and we’d seen it being renovated from the old cotton mill in 2015, so when we came to be married the following year, we had to take a peek.

The building is grade 1 listed and has bags of character and history. The restoration to an exclusive use wedding venue has been done sympathetically and lots of the wonderful industrial style wall and wood textures remain, they make great backdrops.

The West Mill is laid out over four floors with a floor dedicated to each part of your day. The team there do a great job of keeping your party together in this large space. All of the floors have loads of windows, especially the ceremony and breakfast rooms which means your photos will have beautiful, natural, directional light. The ceremony room is large and allows lots of space for your photographer to move around and cover all angles without causing a scene.

The grounds around the venue are well cared for with lots of areas for group shots and portraits as well as your outdoor drinks reception. The space runs alongside the River Derwent and overlooks the weir. When it comes to your portraits I love to use the grounds and to take couples out into the mill complex for a variety of shots.

When you’re ready for the party to start the Spinning Room has a great atmosphere and works really well for either a disco or a band. I always stay longer than I mean to when I’m shooting an evening do here as I know I’m so close to home and I get caught up in the excitment. At least you know you’ll get plenty of dance floor shots!

You can find out more about The West Mill by visiting their website here.

If you’re getting married at the West Mill and are looking for a photogapher I’d love to have a chat to see if I’d be a good fit you. Check out some of my images from real weddings below and drop me a line if you like what you see.

Wedding photographer Emma Duder sits on the steps near the cathedral in her home town of Derby holding her camera


Emma Duder

Emma Duder has been photographing weddings in the Derbyshire, Peak District and wider Midlands area since 2016. She lives in Derby with her tolerant husband, wilful daughter and senile cat. In addition to photographing weddings and families, she also gets a kick out of photographing local theatre and is a photography instructor with Derby Photography Group.