A sunny Silk Mill Wedding Derby.
Kate and George met way back in sixth form, and were friends until they got together in the summer of 2006. Now living and starting a family in Derby, they got engaged in Darley Park, and so a Silk Mill wedding was the perfect choice for their celebration!
The Silk Mill, on the banks of the River Derwent in Derby, was the world’s first factory, built over 300 years ago for housing machines for “doubling” or twisting silk into thread and is part of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site. It is now a Museum of Making, celebrating Derby’s rich industrial history, and empowering makers of the future. With this background, its ethical and environmental focus, and its location on the river, it made the perfect venue for Kate and George.
Guests began to arrive at around 3pm, and filled the room with hugs and chatter while waiting for the ceremony to begin. Lots of gorgeous babies, including Kate and George’s own little daughter Harriet, offered their happy little smiles to anyone who would look their way.
Kate soon arrived with her very proud Dad, and her sister and niece. She looked absolutely beautiful in her vintage-inspired summery dress, and Dad Brian was hit by emotion as we took a couple of photographs before they entered the building.
The intimate humanist ceremony was led by their friend Katie, with a lovely reading by George’s ‘surrogate sister’ Clementina. Then it was out onto the courtyard for the most amount of confetti I have ever seen! The smell of the lavender was perfect in the sun!
For our photographs of the new Mr and Mrs Stanton, it was only fitting to take some by the big Rolls Royce engine in the museum, and some by the riverside that is a big part of Kate and Harriet’s daily life. There was even a photography exhibit in the courtyard in front of the Silk Mill as part of the international Format festival, and so we took the opportunity to take some photographs here too! Onlookers gave their congratulations to the happy couple as they walked past, which was lovely!
Kate and George and all their guests, enjoyed Paella for their wedding meal, and sat at long tulip adorned trestle tables that filled the length of the Mill’s ground floor. Speeches were given by Kate’s Dad Brian, George, and the Best Men, but also by Kate too which was really lovely. The Best Men had the guests in stitches as they regaled the room with tales of Mexican cowboy lookalikes, and skiing holidays for the purpose of quarantine.
Before we knew it the sun was starting to set and it was time for the dancing to begin. After a fantastic first dance by the happy couple, all the guests joined in with the party dancing to the awesome music provided by a brilliant local duo Davey Wilson and his friend Sam.
Kate and George’s day was filled with so much happiness and laughter it was just an absolute pleasure to spend the day capturing their memories for them! (What a wonderful job I have!) I hope you enjoy this little preview of photographs before the full gallery is edited.