A Newstead Abbey Engagement

A little while back I captured the Newstead Abbey engagement session of Chris and Stacey. It’s a special place for me, as this is where I proposed to Becky back in 1999 (some of you may have heard this many many times before!). So I really enjoyed taking Chris and Stacey’s engagement photographs here.

We made full use of exploring the grounds, it was on a week day during school hours which is just a wonderful time as it’s so peaceful, and as we strolled we chatted about their plans for their Summer wedding at Donington Park Farmhouse in Derbyshire.

Chris and Stacey, thank you for a great morning, looking forward to your wedding day! Neil

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If you’d like to know more about engagement and wedding photography with us, please get in touch with us, we’d love to hear from you.

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Interview with Tillyboo Events Wedding Planners

Interview with Tillyboo Events Wedding Planners

Sarah Glennie – Owner of Tillyboo events wedding planners & wedding venue styling

 Butterworth Photography & Tillyboo Events

Tell us a little about yourself and your company?

My name is Sarah Glennie and my passion is WEDDINGS!!! I come from a Sales and Marketing background thrown in with as some might say an obsession with all things pretty, colour tones, papers adding to that loving to organise and that touch of creativity thrown in for good measure that’s me….

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What made you start your business & how long?

Tillyboo has been running for 7 years now! I started due to both my obsession for weddings and having also worked in America. (No one does weddings quite like the Americans)

What services does your business offer?

Tillyboo Events is Wedding Coordination, Every Venue Styling Element from On the Tables, Lantern and Lighting to Stationery!

Giving me endless ideas of keeping up with the latest trends and inspirations stationery a having coordinated and venue styled for lots of wonderful couples who I would consider are friends more than clients. The personal touch is always the way forward!

What words best describe you?

Eeeeek Just the one……. PASSION!!!!

What words best describe your company?

Oh So Innovative!!!!! Amazing Weddings for Affordable Prices.

What your favourite/classic package?

Oh So Chic ……. Gives a mini coordination package that does not break the bank, and gives Bride and Grooms that friendly helping hand along the way and more importantly peace of mind.

What’s going to be popular for 2012 / 2013?

Contrasting Pallete Tones, Country Chic ….. Rustic with Style …. Lighting …….!!!!!!

What inspires your designs? I really do not know, I visit a bride and blurb starts coming from my mouth – lots of ideas and then I just buzz ….. I just love creativity!!!! And helping create that spark and se Bride and Grooms get excited about their big day!

What’s your favourite part of your job?

Design, Vision, planning, coordinating …. Oh the whole lot!

What’s the hardest part of your job?

Watching the ceremony and first dance – i’m always a mushy mess!!!! You just get so involved …. Very personable and friendly!

On average per year how many weddings are you commissioned for?

Various in different aspects.

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How far in advance should clients book you to avoid disappointment or recommend placing an order/booking? 6 – 12 months

What has been the most unusual request you’ve had? Pink Flamingos but they were sourced!

How do you relax after a busy day? PJ’s, bottle of Pinot Noir and snuggles with The Fonz by Boxer dog!

Do you have any exciting projects coming up? Yay!!!!!!!! Relaunch of new stationery, new stock and new ideas very excited!

Where can we find you? Working …. Always!

Contact Sarah Glennie

Website/ blog: Tillyboo Events Wedding Planners

Facebook: Tillyboo Events

This interview with Tillyboo Events Wedding Planners Sarah Glennie was brought to you by

Nottingham Wedding Photographers Neil & Becky Butterworth, Butterworth Photography.

Many Thanks to Sarah

Introducing Butterworth Photography at The Mill

Well this is a really exciting blog post to be writing, we’re very happy to introduce to you Butterworth Photography at The Mill.

We’ve been established for a while now and as the business has grown our family home has shrunk! At the start of this year Neil and I sat down and both said together ‘we need more space’ one of the tell-tale signs is the Indiana Jones move Neil made recently to push me out of the way from falling wedding fair products which took a dive off the top of the wardrobe. We set out intending to find a suitable space to meet our clients and store our products, but when we came across this little place located in an old Mill in Long Eaton, we fell in love with the light and the bricks.

The Mill will launch in all it’s glory in May and will be used primarily as a meeting place with clients and for workshops/shooting. We are still lovers of lifestyle photography so our lifestyle portrait shoots will continue to be in the great outdoors unless our clients prefer an inside shoot.

So that’s a little introduction, we’ll be sharing lots more once we’ve finished painting, rehoused the spiders and injected some care and love into the place. That just leaves us to say quite a few thank you’s, (ooo I’m filling up) we have reached this point in being able to progress through the help, love and support of many fabulous people. A BIG BIG thank you to our clients, without them goes without saying where we’d be and you’re all so fabulous! Secondly our family and friends who’s help with watching the kids and encouragement has been essential and so gratefully appreciated, then there’s these great folk, suppliers and other’s in the industry who have from the goodness of their heart given us their time, shared their knowledge, lent an ear and a shoulder, they’ve all supported us to get here, so ‘Thank you so very, very much’ to Cakey Wakey Jo & Pete, Kerry at Tineke Floral Designs, Sarah of Tillyboo, Jo & Peter of Dennisson Classic Cars, Honeysuckle & Castle’s Helen & Sally, Chloe of Adore by Chloe, Christine of Crocstar, Jackie Thompson, Karen of Darby & Joan and then to our mentors who we met back in 2007, John & Liz Denton of Denton Photography.

Here’s a couple of ‘Before’ pictures of the hall as we’ve called it, which our children currently are enjoying running around in, we’ll be in trouble with them once we got some furniture in there!! We’ll get some ‘After’ shots as soon as we’re done!

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Butterworth Photography at The Mill

Leadenham House Weddings

We were invited to photograph Leadenham House as it prepares to open it’s doors to host beautiful weddings. Working with a team of Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire wedding professionals we captured the house as set up for Leadenham House Weddings.   The house was built around the 1790, it has stunning views across the Vale of Trent and on a clear day the roofs of two very historic Cathedrals can be seen, Southwell Minster and Lincoln Cathedral. With this said what a perfect location to marry.

Just as a taster we’ve posted some images below, and we’ll be blogging a whole selection more very soon with full details of the suppliers involved. We just wanted to give everyone a little peek at what we did on Monday and to show off the amazing work of some very fine wedding professionals.

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Interview with Laura Harrison Makeup Artist

Interview with Laura Harrison Makeup Artist

 Laura – Owner of Laura Harrison Makeup Artist

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Tell us a little about yourself and your company?

My name is Laura and I’m a professional, friendly and experienced bridal make-up artist.

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What made you start your business & how long?

I’ve always been a make-up addict and decided to make the leap in 2009 to set up my own business as a make-up artist for weddings, special occasions, fashion and photography.

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What services does your business offer?

I specialise in beautiful, long-lasting and photogenic make-up for your wedding day.

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What words best describe you?

Creative, friendly, caring.

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What’s going to be popular for 2012 / 2013?

Natural, understated, radiant make-up which enhances a bride’s features is always popular but many brides also love a glamourous smokey eye or red lip!

What inspires your designs?

As well as weddings I offer make-up for fashion and photography and am constantly inspired by the beautiful models, locations and clothes.

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What’s your favourite part of your job?

It’s always a privilege to be part of such a special day and I love seeing everything come together – dress, make-up, hair, jewellery and how amazing every bride always looks!

What’s the hardest part of your job?

Keeping everyone in the bridal party running on schedule!

On average per year how many weddings are you commissioned for?

I book approximately 40 weddings a year.

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How far in advance should clients book you to avoid disappointment or recommend placing an order/booking?

I take bookings around a year in advance and most brides book six to eight months before their wedding.

How do you relax after a busy day?

I love spending time with my husband and we enjoy eating out and walking our dog Oscar.

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Do you have any exciting projects coming up?

I’m about to become a Mum! Now a MUM!!!

Where can we find you?

Website: Laura Harrison Makeup

Facebook: Laura Harrison Makeup

Twitter: Laura Harrison Makeup

This interview with Laura Harrison Makeup Artist was brought to you by Neil & Becky Butterworth, Butterworth Photography.

Many Thanks to Laura

Derbyshire Photography Workshops

Our next date for our Lifestyle Photography Workshop has been set for
Sunday 29 April 2012

What we’ll be covering …..

How we capture our lifestyle portraits using natural light
Using a digital SLR without using the ‘auto’ mode
Making sure those you photograph feel relaxed and enjoy their session
An introduction to editing your lifestyle images
Practice, Practice, Practice …. the opportunity to capture images with our guidance in a relaxed and friendly environment

The session will be held around Draycott Mills in Derbyshire, starting 9.45am finishing 4-4.30, it includes an adult model in the morning and child(ren) photo session in the afternoon. They’ll be refreshments throughout the day and of course lunch. The workshop fee is £80.

Places are limited to just eight delegates, with support by both Neil & Becky.

To book your Lifestyle Workshop place or for more details contact Neil & Becky Butterworth



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Interview with Dennisson Classic Cars

Interview with Dennisson Classic Cars

Peter & Jo – owners of Award winning Dennisson Classic Cars

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Tell us a little about yourself and your company?

We’re Peter and Jo Beardmore, we’ve been happily married for nearly 25 years and are the very proud owners of Dennisson Classic Cars, the 2012 Regional and National winner of The Wedding Industry Awards for Best Wedding Transport Provider. We provide our beautiful Classic Jaguar MK2’s and Daimler V8’s for weddings across the East Midlands and enjoy being a part of our happy couples special day.

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What made you start your business & how long ago?

Dennisson Classic Cars was born in October 2005. After many years of working in larger organisations we felt it was now the time to create a business of our own. Peter had always had a real passion for Classic Cars having worked as an Engineer in the automotive industry. Jo had had various roles working directly with members of the public and has used these skills together with Peter’s extensive knowledge of Classic cars to establish our business providing chauffeur driven wedding cars.

What services does your business offer?

We tailor our wedding packages to customer requirements, whether it be a full church service or a civil ceremony at a single venue location. We work very closely with the client from initial enquiry to their special day. Every wedding is totally different which makes us feel so passionate and excited about our role. For each wedding our Classic Cars are dressed in ribbons, and for full church ceremonies we provide a chilled half bottle of Moet and Chandon champagne and present the cork to the Bride and Groom in a personalised bag as a good luck symbol and memento.

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What words best describe you?

Approachable, Friendly, Warm, Calm, Professional, Perfectionists but with a sense of humour!

People say we are a good team!

What words best describe your company?

Professional and personable. Passionate about their Classic Cars. Helpful and friendly service.

What’s your favourite/classic package?

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We work very closely with the client from initial enquiry to their special day. Our Church package is probably our favourite because it gives us more opportunity to be involved with the whole family from chauffeuring to the church and then providing the champagne journey for the Bride and Groom to the wedding reception venue.

What’s going to be popular for 2012 / 2013?

Classic Jaguar MK2’s and Daimler V8’s continue to be in demand especially with the current interest for Vintage Chic.

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What inspires your designs?

We are passionate about our Classic cars and they are lovingly cherished which is evident in their appearance. We take pride in the service we can provide and genuinely feel privileged to be part of a couple’s wedding day.

What’s your favourite part of your job?

The opportunity to meet couples and show them our Classic Cars, talk through their wedding day plans and then the icing on the cake is to be part of their wedding day. On the actual wedding day we can usually calm any fears, cope with unforeseen emotional drama’s and then see the happy married couple relaxed drinking their chilled champagne on route to their wedding reception venue. We also really enjoy to network with other professionals in the wedding industry.

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One of the real highlights of our career with Dennisson Cars has been winning not only the Regional Award for the Best Wedding Transport Provider in the 2012 Wedding Industry Awards, but being announced the National winners at the awards ceremony in London at the end of January. It was a fabulous moment to realise that our couple’s feedback and votes had heavily contributed to us achieving it.

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What’s the hardest part of your job?

Working in the rain and adverse weather conditions, but we do try to cover every eventuality with our large ivory unbrella’sand ground carpet for the Bride to step on to when she gets out of the car to save her dress getting dirty. Another difficulty for us is when other people delay proceedings making it difficult to get the Bride to church on time.

On average per year how many weddings are you commissioned for?

On average we provide our Classic cars for a minimum of 100 weddings per year , but in 2012 our bookings for this time last year are considerably higher so we shall top this number for 2012

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How far in advance should clients book you to avoid disappointment or recommend placing an order/booking?

For the spring and summer months clients need to be booking at least 12 months in advance if not longer to secure the Classic Car of choice.

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What has been the most unusual request you’ve had?

Jo – Whilst Chauffeuring a Bride and Bridal Party to the wedding at Thrumpton Church in our Classic Blue Daimler V8 (Charlotte) she encountered an unplanned street carnival in Sneinton which blocked the end of the road. Jo had to leap out of the Daimler and put her previous experience at a Police Woman in to practice stopping the parade and traffic so the wedding car and photographer could get out of the end of the street – thankfully they did stop and the Bride arrived at Church on time!

Peter – Had to take Mother of the Bride back to the hair dressers on route to and pre church marriage ceremony because she could not attach her fascinator. Mother refused to get out of the wedding car so Peter had to try and find said hairdresser who was having her lunch. Obviously all this drama made the Bride (who was unbelievably calm) 30 minutes late for her wedding ceremony. Some Mothers who would have em!

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How do you relax after a busy day?

A nice meal together with a glass of wine or two and some nice music.

Do you have any exciting projects coming up?

More film shoots. The continuing restoration of a Classic Jaguar MK2 plus further expansion – watch this space!

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Where can we find you?

18 The Mount, Redhill, Nottingham NG5 8LU.

We arrange viewings of our Classic Cars by appointment at our business premises at Criftin Enterprise Centre in Oxton/Calverton Nottinghamshire NG14 6AT

Contact Jo and Peter Beardmore

Social Land line 01159 550 129 Mobile 07809 606 233

Website: Dennisson Classic Cars

Facebook: Dennisson Classic Cars

This interview with Dennisson Classic Cars was brought to you by Neil & Becky Butterworth, Butterworth Photography.

Many Thanks to Peter and Jo

Kew Engagement Photography

Back in January Becky and I met with Rachel and Dave whilst we were staying in Kew one weekend. They booked us as their Derbyshire wedding photographers last year for their beautiful Shottle Hall wedding this Spring time.  Living in central London it was the first time we’d met and as it was probably one of the coldest days we’ve had this year, we did introductions in a gastro pub on the common by an open fire.

It was wonderful to meet them both and chat about their Derbyshire wedding day plans in more detail.  Rachel & Dave’s wedding day will bring together family and friends from some great distances.  After catching up on their timings and details we headed out for a little walk around the grounds that surround Kew Gardens.

Dave and Rachel, it was wonderful to catch up, I’m looking forward to seeing you both again on your wedding day! Neil


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Interview with Darby and Joan English Vintage China

Interview with Darby and Joan English Vintage China

Karen Eggleton – Owner of Darby & Joan

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Tell us a little about yourself and your company?

Darby & Joan is a Derbyshire company more than a little obsessed with china and accessories from years gone by. We love that vintage pieces have a story to tell & can add a little personal magic to any setting or event. We have a stunning selection of English vintage china, glassware, table linens & vintage accessories which add a touch of glamour and personality to a venue.

 Our customers are so varied: a group of girls wanting a vintage styled hen party; couples planning a vintage themed wedding; a 21 year old birthday girl who is looking for something a little different for her birthday celebration; a grandma-to-be who would love an afternoon tea baby shower for her daughter…

We love to help create a memorable event, our china and styling add something special to any occasion.

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What made you start your business & how long?

Darby & Joan was bubbling away for a while before I had the courage invest an enormous amount of time, love, funds & a fair few sleepless nights into being a business owner. Officially the leap was taken in 2009. I started the company because I felt confident there was space in the market for what I had to offer and that I would be able to do a “really, really good job”.

Simply put, I love what I do and I can’t wait to see how the business develops.

What services does your business offer?

We offer vintage china hire, a venue styling service & a bespoke afternoon tea party menu.

What words best describe you?

Happy, thoughtful, creative, romantic and a bit of a day dreamer.

What words best describe your company?

Vintage, beautiful, helpful, with lots of attention to detail.

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What your favourite/classic package?

We pride ourselves on providing an intimate, personal & bespoke service and for that reason, we made a decision early on not to offer a package as such. Our pieces can be hired on their own so that our client’s can provide their own catering, or we offer a bespoke afternoon tea menu to be served on our china and sliverware and finally we also offer a styling service.

What’s going to be popular for 2012 / 2013?

There has been much talk about “vintage” weddings being over done and too contrived – not so!!

 Popular trends come and go…and always come back again.

Vintage style is easily described as timeless and glamorous which is why it’s so popular as a ‘theme’ to draw inspiration from. It also covers many eras with each one having it’s own very different style. People like to plan their wedding to reflect their lifestyle, many are influenced by the timeless design of furniture & accessories from another era – not to be fashionable or to buy in to the “vintage” thing, just because they love it.

Vintage can mean a lot of things: masses of sparkling crystal vases & silverware for a sophisticated drinks party, complete with champagne saucers; a battered old suitcase filled with well-read hardback books & a teapot filled with flowers & chintzy bunting; a 1960’s inspired wedding bursting with colour, bright oranges & yellows, with the ladies finishing off their look with a structured handbag, gloves & pearls.

Stunning china or glassware can be used to add a chic, personal elegance to any setting, not to create a theme. Pieces of furniture that have history and a story to tell can be priceless and it is these thoughtful touches that will add a touch of glamour, interest & your personality to your event & bring a talking point to any table, room or party.

Modern vintage to me means a classic, elegant & timeless style – and that’s why it is popular, and will continue to be so for 2012/2013.

I apologise for going on, but I feel really passionate about this!

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What inspires your designs?

I collect lots of frivolous things: old holiday postcards; bits of lace; old buttons; vintage scraps of fabric; old photo frames; vintage wedding photographs of people I’ve never met but still have their photographs in my studio…I am obsessed with visiting auctions and markets, searching for a bit of treasure, either to use for our hire business, or to hoard away.

I work alongside inspirational people…florists, caterers, photographers, cake makers, stylists, wedding bloggers, dress designers. Its easy to be excited about what you are doing when you are surrounded by talented and dedicated people.

What’s your favourite part of your job?

I love meeting couples for our initial chat about their ideas for their wedding. They are always in high spirits and excited about taking their first steps to plan the styling of their venue and wedding breakfast. Getting to know each couple is really so important, to see their personal tastes and plans, and to discuss how they envisage their day.

I invite couples to our studio where I can set up a wedding table. All our vintage props, accessories, china and glassware can be viewed, and we can start to put together a design brief.

 It’s a lot of fun and its impossible not get caught up in their excitement.

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What’s the hardest part of your job?

I would say that the hardest part is the constant packing, unpacking, washing, packing, unpacking, washing, packing, transporting, unpacking all of our pieces..you get the picture! Everything has to be handled with love and care, and it is very time consuming to wrap each piece and ensure safe delivery and storage. Sometimes I go to bed dreaming of bubble wrap and plastic crates. It isn’t hard as such, just very time consuming!

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On average per year how many weddings are you commissioned for?

This year we have been booked for nine weddings and we have been asked to cater for eleven other events. We also offer a vintage afternoon tea service, with a lovely bespoke menu, which is very popular with hen parties and garden parties in the summer months.

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How far in advance should clients book you to avoid disappointment or recommend placing an order/booking?

We are still taking wedding bookings for this year, so some couples are obviously still looking around at different suppliers and ideas for their day. I am confident saying that cost is a big factor, so they are taking their time, comparing prices and services offered. Having said that, we have three bookings already for 2013. We do still have limited availability for 2012, but wedding and hen party fever started immediately in the New Year and we are sending out quotes on almost a daily basis at the moment.

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How do you relax after a busy day?

At the moment most days are busy – excitingly, the business is growing quite quickly and I am finding it difficult not to be thinking about new ideas every minute of the day, but I hope to get better at this relaxing business! I tend to catch up with paperwork in the evenings when my boys are in bed. My guilty pleasures are a large glass of wine whilst watching Masterchef or one of our many American Box Sets, currently we are spoilt for choice with Damages or The Wire.

 Where can we find you?

Contact Karen Eggleton

Website/blog:  Darby and Joan Vintage



Thanks Karen for the Interview with Darby and Joan English Vintage China