Darley Abbey Mills was our destination for todays wedding between Katy and Kelly.
Split over four floors, the building offers unique and separate spaces for your civil ceremony, wedding breakfast and reception areas for drinks and dancing for up to 160 guests. The West Mill’s outside space includes a delightful south facing courtyard and garden, as well as a walkway running alongside the River Derwent providing an idyllic setting for your wedding reception and photographs.
Four floors of exclusive use, industrial-style space. With a dedicated floor for each part of your day, there is no waiting around for a room to be rearranged. Have your ceremony on the top floor, reception on the ground floor spilling into the courtyard, wedding breakfast on the second floor and party all night on the first floor!
Starting at the top of the building we had a simple up with our Electric Cello and the venue Piano for Katy and Kelly’s wedding ceremony which was celebrant lead.
The Ceremony Music
As there were two brides it was a slightly different set up. The 2 bridesmaids came in first followed by Bride 1 – Katy and then Kelly followed.
As a result we were asked to play two songs so that both Katy and Kelly had their own bridal entrance song.
Katy – Defying gravity from Wicked
Kelly – Tonight I celebrate my love for you
Wild love by James Bay
Arrival of the birds by the cinematic orchestra
Music for the Drinks Reception
After the ceremony we headed down 4 floors for the drinks reception. A bit of forward planning, and the advantage of the venue piano meant that our Nord Keyboard was already set up ready to play. We also had the added benefit that today we were not playing the music for the ceremony exit and so we were able to sneak downstairs before the wedding guests.
This meant we were ready before the guests had even arrived at the drinks reception and the music could seamlessly carry on.
Katy and Kelly had been very specific about the music for their drinks reception and asked us to play anything by Ludovico Einaudi and Hans Zimmer. They were also very clear that they didn’t want any covers of songs.
This was great as it gave us a chance to explore some different repertoire – and with there being so much great music by both Einaudi and Zimmer we were spoilt for choice.
We really enjoyed being part of this beautiful wedding in such an unusual but dramatic space which has been carefully converted into a wedding venue. We wish Katy and Kelly every happiness as they embark on their married future together.