“It’s always good to scare yourself once in a while” mused Karen Eggleton, the founder of Darby & Joan as we met for the first time in the autumn of 2014.

These words could not have been more appropriate for what we agreed to embark upon next. The day of our meeting I’d just finished the second in a series of shoots at Darley Abbey Mills documenting the transformation of the site into a wedding venue, funky offices and workshops and the night before we’d bounced a couple of emails and text messages and had agreed to meet.

Over a glass of lemonade we hatched an ambitious plan to host a full-scale styled shoot in the West Mill Wedding Venue that was, at that point in time, very much a building site.

For the uninitiated Darley Abbey Mills is an iconic collection of the Grade 1 listed mill buildings dating from the 1800s. Its located on a picturesque bend of the Derwent River in Derby and forms part of an extended World Heritage Site. The West Mill situated nearest the river and overlooking Darley Abbey Park is currently being transformed into a stunning exclusive-use wedding venue.

Karen assembled an incredible team of award-winning local and national suppliers to work on the shoot at the West Mill and helped bring the unfinished space to life on a freezing cold and wet January morning.

To see how the The West Mill Wedding Venue at Darley Abbey Mills looked in its launch this follow this link!



To date we’ve had two excellent write-ups, the first by Coco Wedding Venues and the second by Save The Date Magazine.

You can also get some other perspectives on the shoot from some of our fab suppliers including Darby & Joan, Timeless Couture and Blakes Models


A huge thanks to everyone involved in the project – please take the time to check out our fab suppliers including:

Venue The West Mill | Concept, Styling and Organisation Darby & Joan Vintage | Concept and Photography Richard Murgatroyd Photography | Bridal Fashion Timeless Couture | Accessories Timeless Couture | Makeup & Hair Kate Boyd | Florist Tineke Floral Designs | Cake Yummy Little Cakes | Stationery Best Day Ever | Groomswear Reiss | Balloons Dottie & Love Balloons | Illuminated Letters Doris Loves | Models Blake Models

A special mention must go to the two models, Steph & Zach who kept a smile and a good sense of humour despite the freezing conditions.


Richard Murgatroyd Photography is a UK-based wedding photographer bringing a natural, documentary approach to telling the story of your special day. For two years Richard documented the re-development of Darley Abbey Mill and the creation of The West Mill wedding venue. You can read the first in a series of posts here.

The West Mill Derby Wedding Photography at Darley Abbey Mills by Derbyshire Wedding Photographer Richard Murgatroyd


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