A Real Derbyshire Wedding

After Jo & Doug’s Derbyshire engagement shoot we shared the ideas of a rustic background for their wedding photographs, how as Derby wedding photographers we’d take in the town and capture the journey of their wedding day.

Driving through the one lane leafy Derbyshire country roads,  I was so excited to be joining Jo and her family for the bridal preparations near Wirksworth.  I’ve enjoyed listening to Jo speak of her love of this part of Derbyshire,  the wonderfully pieced together wedding day that was set to include the places and people that Jo and Doug hold close to their hearts.

Once ready we headed to the church packed with their family and friends and music by a string quartet that added an extra pinch of emotion.  With prime spot at the front elevated above, I was privilaged to have the best seat in the house to capture some documentary wedding photographs, watching it all through the lens as Doug beamed with happiness as Jo appeared at the end of the aisle.

After the ceremony we followed their Beauford car into the town of Wirksworth and had a quick wander around the town with photos.  It was then on to The Bear which was elegantly decorated with bunting made by Jo where the wedding breakfast took place then back into Wirksworth for the evening reception in the town hall.

Jo & Doug, we wish you all the happiness, may your new home be everything you wish it to be, enjoy making it your own and putting that all so special Mr & Mrs Clarke stamp on it.  We’ve really enjoyed speanding time with you, its been a pleasure and a joy seeing you marry and meeting everyone, have a fabulous journey together.  Neil & Becky xx



Flowers sent to Jo by Doug that morning …


Dad arrived in the car to collect Jo to take her to church, this was a proud moment …..


A best man’s speech with no prompts or rehersals, it was perfect ….

A Trent Bridge Cricket Wedding

With cricket season in it’s full swing at the moment, I wanted to share with you some images of Chris and Michelle who married in West Bridgford and celebrated at Trent Brdge cricket ground. As locals to the area it was the ideal venue for them. It was a wonderful day and with access to the grounds I took Michelle and Chris off to explore whilst their guests settled in to arrival drinks. This was a great opportunity for some photographs and some bride & groom quality time together.

Chis & Michelle, I wish you all the happiness, thank you for inviting me to capture your day, it was fantastic! Neil x

Cricket at a Colwick Hall Wedding

I’ve really been looking forward to capturing the wedding of Michelle and Simon at Colwick Hall, we’ve seen them along their wedding planning journey at a number of wedding fairs and its been great to see how everything’s coming along.

Their Nottingham wedding was full of fun,  love and it brought families together from around the country.  I started with Michelle and her family shooting the bridal preparations.  Neil (Michelle’s Dad) was practicing his speech and waiting to see Michelle in her dress for the first time he looked so proud!!

Richard joined Simon and the boys at Colwick Hall prior to making the way to St Edmund’s church at Holme Pierrepont.  The ceremony was warm felt and relaxed,  then it was back to the venue in the sun.

With some garden games for the guests to enjoy, it was wonderful to see that everyone enjoyed a good game of cricket!

Michelle and Simon, thank you, your wedding was amazing, I have enjoyed getting to know you both – you’re a very special couple. Wishing you great happiness together always! Neil

A Thrumpton Hall Wedding

Take one beautiful couple named Lorna & Paul, add a big piece of local history now owned by writer Miranda Seymour called Thrumpton Hall, listen to live foot tapping music by jazz band Mad Dog & The Sophisticats and share with family and friends.  It was the perfect recipe for a wonderful wedding day.


The morning started with Neil joining the guys at All Saints Church in Thrumpton village, while I joined Lorna at her parents home while her and the girls got ready.  After a service that included many smiles the newly wedded couple and guests filled out onto the sunny grass outside the church and were joined by the jazz band, who literaly just appeared from the heart of the village.


Just a short distance away the celebrations then began within the grounds of Thrumpton Hall, in the sunshine it was in all its 16th century splendor.  Everyone enjoyed drinks and canapes in the rose garden, followed by dinner in the marquee with entertainment from the band.  A hillariously fun version of ‘I am the music man’ played by the jazz band and sung by all the guests ended the wedding breakfast, I have to say I’ve never seen the top table miming out ‘pia’ ‘pia’ ‘piano’ ….. ‘piano’ before!


After dinner we took a walk with Lorna and Paul around the garden and lake, the early evening sun going down was really something special.  It was then time for the dancing to start and their journey of Mr & Mrs to begin.


Lorna & Paul, we’ve loved being part of your wedding day,  we wish you all the love, happiness and laughter together.  Neil & Becky xx

“I am the music man, I come from down your way and I can Play, what can you play?

I play the Piano …… Pia, Pia, Piano, Piano, Piano”

A new cricket sensation

Just wanted to share a Sneak Peek from the weekend.

Michelle our bride from Saturday hits Simon for a “Six”