West Mill Winter Wedding in Derby // Kirsten + Andy

Group wedding photo at the West Mill Derby Wedding

Andy and Kirsten got married at The West Mill in Derby on the 4th November, surrounded by their amazing friends and family. From start to finish the day was filled with happy smiles and laughing children, and it was an absolute pleasure and joy to capture the moments that would become Andy and Kirsten’s most favourite memories! 

Congratulations again Mr and Mrs Ellis, welcome to your wedding photography preview! 

Andy and Kirsten first met in 2004 working together at The Box, Headingley (a student bar in Leeds). They were friends whilst working together. But when they both graduated they both moved back to their respective homes (Birmingham & Cleethorpes) and lost touch. But luckily their love story didn’t end there. In 2012 they got back in touch and they soon met up again in Browns in Leeds and they have been together since! At this point Andy was living back in Leeds so Kirsten moved up in the August. They then bought their first house in August 2014 and have spent the last 3 years focusing on the house and their careers until little Theo came along in March 2017! What a wonderfully happy story!

Andy proposed in September 2015 up in Manchester. He explains that they had gone away for the weekend as a belated anniversary celebration and he had booked a serviced apartment and arranged the whole proposal as a surprise for Kirsten! Kirsten explains “We had been to a food festival during the day and when we got back to the apartment Andy gave me a present which was a Ted Baker dress and shoes (my favourite clothes range) I tried my outfit on straight away and when I turned around Andy was on one knee proposing. We celebrated with Champagne and went out that evening as Andy had booked a table at a restaurant as part of the arrangements.”

On Saturday the 4th November 2017 the winter sun shone perfectly in the sky, offering a crisp clear day; perfect for getting married! On arrival at The West Mill it was all-hands-on-deck as Andy and Kirsten’s various suppliers and teams prepared the Mill in readiness for their big day ahead!

The couples’ theme was navy, copper and silver, which worked absolutely perfectly with the exposed brickwork and copper ceilings in the West Mill. Kirsten wore an ivory and blush dress with the most amazing over-skirt you have ever seen, and navy heels, and her beautiful bridesmaids wore elegant silver evening dresses. Andy and his groomsmen wore navy Ted Baker suits with tweed touches in the waistcoats and ties. Little Theo wore the CUTEST little navy waistcoat and white shirt! 

The bride was finishing getting ready and the mill was beginning to fill with guests as the ceremony time approached. Their friend James prepared for delivering the blessing ceremony (Andy and Kirsten had got officially married in their home town of Leeds a few days prior), and Andy waited nervously with his Best Man Ian. Soon it was time for Kirsten, and her father John, to walk down the aisle. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house as Andy and Kirsten read their specially written vows and promises to each other. It was such a beautiful ceremony and you could feel the love filling the room. 

The West Mill’s courtyard provides the perfect place for a confetti exit and it certainly didn’t disappoint today! The wind that catches in the courtyard swirled the navy and white confetti up in to the air in the most beautiful way. It was great fun to go and hang out of the second floor window to take a photograph of the newlyweds and all their guests too! 

As the sun set we took a moment of quiet to go and take some portraits down by the River Derwent. The winter light catching on the foaming water from the weir was just incredible. I also caught a special photograph in the West Mill’s lift as Andy and Kirsten went up to their wedding breakfast!

After their heartfelt speeches, and their delicious dinner, it was time for the party to get started! This is also a favourite time of mine to sneak away to the top floor of the West Mill and create some fun and stylish group photographs of the wedding party. Having a Second Shooter means we can set this type of shot up quickly and easily and always looks amazing!

As the cake was cut, and the beautifully intimate first dance was danced, the band got going and played on into the night! It is so fun to capture photographs of everyone letting their hair down and dancing the night away! 

Andy and Kirsten – I wish you both and Theo all the happiness in the world. Enjoy these wonderful years together and never stop smiling and having fun. Thank you for giving me the honour of being your wedding photographer at the West Mill. Enjoy your honeymoon!!! 

– Jenny xxx

Andy and Kirsten’s Super Suppliers at the West Mill

Kirsten’s Dress Designer: 
Bridal Shop:
Andy’s Suit: Ted Baker
Flowers:   Flowers By Karen, Leeds
Centrepieces and Signs:  All handmade by Kirsten

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