West Mill Wedding Photography, Darley Abbey – Richard & Amy


Richard & Amy’s West Mill Wedding – finally!

This lovely couple were so good at agreeing to supply some content for their West Mill wedding feature. Their wedding was just over two years ago (I’m so sorry Richard & Amy), so here I am publicly outing myself and admitting that yes – I’m useless at keeping up-to-date with my blog features and posting regularly on all of my social media channels.

It always seems that I’m too busy to get round to this time-consuming aspect of my job. Not liking social media that much, my priority lies with getting weddings processed as quickly as my workflow allows and then getting onto the next wedding.

Because of this, it probably looks like I’m not shooting many weddings, but as a rule, if I’m not blogging and posting much on social media, you’ll know it’s because I’m too busy with shooting & processing.

Consequently, does anyone want a job? ;-)

Below, Richard & Amy describe their wonderful West Mill wedding for us and share some tips and advice along with a list of their wedding day vendors.

First of all, how did you meet? – tell us a little more about yourselves.

We met at University during the last few weeks of our course. Amy accidentally stabbed my hand in an aggressive game of snap. Consequently she invited me out for a drink as an apology, and the rest is history.

The proposal – who proposed, where, when, how?

I proposed on a Boxing day walk at the top of Ivinghoe in the Chilton Downs near Ashridge Estate. While I waited for other walkers to pass by, Amy was playing with her phone heart monitor. She tried it out on me, and for some reason, my heart rate was very high! Eventually, I went down on one knee and asked her the big question.

How was the wedding planning process for you?

Wedding planning was a little stressful for us. We started off well with all of the big things organised, but the wedding day cropped up on us very quickly. Above all, distracted by our house renovation, planning and prep over the last few weeks was chaos, but we got there in the end!

What was it about the West Mill that appealed so much?

The Mill was beautiful, historic and needed little decoration. We liked the feel and atmosphere of the venue, therefore we quickly made the decision to book after our first show round.

How would you describe the style of your West Mill wedding and what made you decide to go down that route?

Our style was informal and vintage. It was just what appealed to us most, and we thought it would create an atmosphere that everyone would enjoy.

Cuisine. What were your food and drink choices?

We went for a ‘host a roast’ meal with the venue caterer Jenkinsons. Big joints of meat were brought out to the guests along with chef costumes. One guest on each table had to carve the joints of meat for the others. It was great fun and helped break the ice for groups that had a mix of different family and friends. We got many compliments for the food choice, and we were happy with it.

What was the most memorable part of your West Mill wedding, and what was the funniest moment?

The most memorable part of the day was the evening reception. After the relief of everything going smoothly, we enjoyed finally getting a chance to speak to people and have fun on the dance floor. Furthermore, the band – The Jetters – were simply fantastic.

Did anything go wrong on the day and were there any surprises?

My best man turned up in a black suit with a blue shirt. He was meant to be wearing a blue suit! It wasn’t a massive disaster because my Mum managed to buy a new shirt for him before the ceremony. He was a bit embarrassed, but I’m not sure anybody else noticed!

Is there anything you would have done differently?

We think the day did go pretty perfectly. In hindsight, we would probably order less evening food. We ordered enough for two-thirds of the guests, but even then, there was so much waste.

Do you have any advice for other couples in the stages of planning their own dream day wedding?

Our advice to other couples is don’t overthink things. Even if all of the little details are perfect people will probably not notice anyway. Ultimately, as long as everyone has each other’s company (and a bit of wine), they will have a great time.

Our photographer

Ian was a fantastic photographer! He captured our day in precisely the way we wanted (with his photojournalistic approach) and was extremely professional and helpful (even proficient at attaching buttonholes!). Ian has an excellent eye for great shots; he managed to capture many family moments that we will treasure for the rest of our lives. We highly recommend Ian as a wedding photographer!

Other West Mill Wedding Vendors

Venue: The West Mill, Darley Abbey
Amy’s Dress: Maggie Sottero from Nora Eve, Chesterfield
Shoes: Rainbow Club
Bridesmaid’s dresses: This Modern Love Bridal, Etsy
Hair: The Strand Hair and Beauty, Derby
Makeup: Sophie Downing, Derby
Richard’s Suit: Moss Bros, Tailor Me
Florist: Riverbank Floristry, Belper
Caterers: Jenkinsons Caterers
Cake: The West Country Cheese Co
Band: The Jetters, Entertainment Nation

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