“We have finally managed to go through all the wedding pictures together and do showings for our family and just wanted to let you know we love them! You have done such a brilliant job capturing the joy and laughter of the day. I love how bright all the colours are and really shows what a lovely spring day it was


I’ve had the pleasure of photographing the West Mill in Derby on many occasions: from a character-filled shell of a building with enormous potential in 2014 to the stunning venue it is today. Over time it’s meant I’ve developed a real feel for how the venue changes in character from winter through spring, summer and autumn, and with the décor and unique vibe of each of the couples I photograph.

And so it was that I found myself back at the West Mill on a perfect spring day and surrounded by daffodils for the wedding of the lovely Lizzie & Tim. They’re both from cricket-mad families and with a large but tight-knit group of friends and family it made for a fantastic atmosphere.

The day was full of DIY touches and contributions from family & friends: from the flowers prepared by a family friend and placed in home-decorated milk bottles to Lizzie’s sister in law singing a beautiful acoustic version of ‘It Must Be Love’ by Madness during the ceremony.

I’ve selected just a few of the 100s of images to tell the story of their day so sit back and enjoy! And if you’d like to read more about the styling and background behind the day head over to a wonderful ‘real weddings’ feature at Save the Date magazine.

Some months later I received even more kind words from Lizzie & Tim:

“I couldn’t recommend Richard more! His pictures speak for themselves but then when you meet him he is so friendly and made me and my husband feel so relaxed considering neither of us are big fans of having our picture taken. On our wedding day he seemed to be everywhere without us even realising he was there.

The pictures were stunning and we couldn’t have asked for anything more. Richard really captured the joy and laughter of the day and everyone said how he was the nicest photographer they have seen at a wedding and loved how the pictures were so natural.

If you are looking for someone to unobtrusively document your day in such a beautiful way Richards photography is definitely for you!! Thank you again and 3 months later I still cant decide which pictures to frame because we love them all!! x”




Richard Murgatroyd is a Wimbledon-based London, UK and destination wedding photographer bringing a natural, documentary approach to telling the story of your special day. You can see a wider selection of Richard’s wedding portfolio here.

For two years Richard documented the development of Darley Abbey Mills. You can read the first in a series of posts here and see some images from a stunning styled shoot at the West Mill back in January 2015. Richard then covered the West Mill opening day launch and photographed the new collection for Haarlem Bridal

West Mill Wedding Photography by Recommended Darley Abbey Derby Wedding Photographer Richard Murgatroyd


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