Rachel & David

animated couple on the dance floor at derby's west mill

A Beautiful Wedding Ceremony at St Mary’s Church in Derby

Rachel and David were guests at a wedding I photographed back in 2015, and I happened to take a few lovely photos of them throughout the day. Fast forward three years, and they’re planning their own wedding, so they got in touch and asked if I’d photograph their wedding at St Mary’s church in Derby, followed by the reception at everybody’s favourite venue, The West Mill. Of course I jumped at the chance, as it’s always wonderful bumping into familiar faces at weddings, and these guys are such a sweet couple. Here are a few of my faves from the day.

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Bridal Preparations

I started off the day with Rachel and the girls at a suite in a nearby hotel. A wedding venue itself, but today it was just host to the mornings’ nerves, excitement, and a few glasses of bubbly. For those of you out there who are unsure whether to have your preparations photographed, it’s a lovely introduction to your wedding photos, and gives some of your bridal party a chance to feel comfortable around me. And the sooner they start to forget I’m there, the sooner I can get those wonderful, relaxed photos where they’re not looking and are just being themselves.

A Wet and Windy Wedding in Derby

As with any day of the year here in the UK, there’s never a guarantee of good weather, and today the rain and wind invited themselves along. Still, it made for some cool photos of people arriving at the church…and a great one of Dave’s umbrella turning inside out as he crossed over the bridge to get to the church. All these little moments are what can get forgotten in the flurry of activity on a wedding day, so it’s great that these guys have their wedding photos to remind them of all the in-between moments, too.

Wedding Reception Only Venue

And so we were back at this popular mill venue for Rach and Dave’s wedding reception. A great venue for however much of your wedding day you’d like to spend there. Today it was just the reception and dancing. After getting off the bus to a rather breezy confetti tunnel, everyone was quick to get inside the venue for a drink and to bag a spot by the radiators! The weather eventually cleared up for long enough to get a few photos in the grounds though. The afternoon whizzed by, and before I knew it, Agent Smith were taking to the stage and kicking off the dancing with one of the most energetic wedding sets I’ve ever seen! If you’re looking for something a bit different, I’d definitely look them up!

Click here to read more about The West Mill and to see other weddings I’ve photographed there.

Shout Outs

A big thanks to all the wedding suppliers who helped to make this day so special! Great working with you all!

Wedding dress by: https://www.rococobride.co.uk/
Hair by: Emily Davies @ http://www.salon40.co.uk/
Makeup by: Ali Gunn @ https://makeupbyali.co.uk/
Flowers by: Kelsey Cross @ https://blackboardandblossom.co.uk/
Catering by: Jenkinsons http://www.jenkinsonscaterers.co.uk/
Music by: Agent Smith https://www.functioncentral.co.uk/band/agent-smith
Venue(s): The West Mill https://thewestmillvenue.com/