Derbyshire Wedding Photographer
Derbyshire offers a variety of stunning venues for a wedding. From the rugged beauty of Peak District National Park to the watersides of Trent, Derbyshire wedding locations include quaint villages and old market towns, grand historic country homes, and modern venues with an alternative vibe. Whether you want elegance and sophistication on your wedding day or outdoorsy fun (even laser combat!), Derbyshire truly has something for everyone.
I am an experienced wedding photographer who has photographed more than 150 couples on their big day. No matter which venue you decide on, choosing me as your Derbyshire wedding photographer will ensure every special moment of your wedding is captured in beautiful wedding photographs you will treasure for years to come.
In Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Miss Bingley declares “there is not a finer county in England than Derbyshire,” and she may be right! The rich, verdant landscape of Peak District National Park – the first National Park in Britain – is what attracts many couples to Derbyshire for their weddings, and provides your wedding photographer Derbyshire with stunning backdrops for photographs.
For a private, outdoor wedding with a bohemian vibe, The Glade is a perfect choice. Nestled in a secluded part of the Roslington Forestry Area within Peak District National Park, you can exchange vows in the beautiful outdoor wooden pergola, then hold your reception in a festival style-marquee. The surrounding woodland is bathed in natural light for gorgeous photographs, and you can also opt for a spot of archery, falconry, or laser combat!
For a truly bespoke wedding experience, consider Lower Damgate Farm, located on 20 acres inside the National Park. Hosting only 12 weddings a year, this exclusive venue boasts a beautiful stone barn for ceremonies and can accommodate almost anything you desire on your wedding day – from a marquee or tipi to a hot-air balloon! Your guests can even enjoy animal encounters with the alpacas, goats and ponies of the on-site animal sanctuary – always a good recipe for some fun spontaneous photos.
Set amongst rolling hills and pine forests, Darwin Lake is for couples who want a taste of the great outdoors combined with four-star luxury. With a recently renovated stone-built hall for ceremonies, a private lake and babbling brook, and 17 quaint stone cottages on the grounds, it’s the ideal venue for a range of indoor and outdoor photographs.
Derbyshire may not immediately make you think of architecture in the way some other counties do, but there’s a wide range of historic buildings for your wedding photographer Derbyshire to use as the background for your wedding photographs – including medieval, Tudor, Jacobean and Georgian buildings.
Located inside the National Park, the 17th century Tissington Hall boasts a stone flagged Main Hall with a grand Jacobean fireplace and dramatic entrance, and both the East and West Drawing Rooms span the width of the house, affording views of the front lawn and the Rose Garden to the rear. In good weather, you can also exchange vows outside on the Terrace under the arcade. For beautiful reception photographs day or night, the Arboretum Pavilion has huge picture windows with spectacular views across the parkland and is surrounded by artfully illuminated rare trees.
Home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, the stunning Chatsworth House also boasts one of the most prestigious private art collections in the world. Wedding ceremonies take place in the famous stable block, designed in 1758 by James Paine, or you can opt to exchange vows on the Great Stairs in the spectacular Painted Hall. The grounds feature fountains, a lake, and even a maze, making this the perfect venue for grand, glamorous wedding photographs.
Once a magnificent 18th-century stable block built to house the 5th Duke of Devonshire’s horses and servants, the magnificent Devonshire Dome is now one of the most unique and breathtaking buildings in the UK, and it offers a dramatic backdrop for wedding photographs.
More historic wedding venues in Derbyshire: East Lodge, Cressbrook Hall, The Rutland Arms Hotel, Priest House Hotel, Ringwood Hall Hotel, Woodthorpe Hall, Alrewas Hayes, Blackbrook House, Shottle Hall, The Maynard
For couples who want a wedding with a modern edge, your wedding photographer Derbyshire can make the most of some new, stylish (and sometimes quirky) venues which mix old and new for stunning photographs you won’t be able to capture anywhere else.
Although the building dates back to 1782, the West Mill at Darley Abbey Mills has recently been transformed into a magnificent exclusive-use wedding venue. Situated in a stunning riverside location along the River Derwent with views of the historic mill weir, the building is split over four floors offering unique and separate spaces for your ceremony, wedding breakfast, drinks and dancing. There’s a south facing courtyard and garden and walkway along the river for beautiful outdoor shots.
A stately private home with a twist, Thornbridge Hall lives up to its slogan, “never ordinary.” Built in Jacobean style, the exterior of this home is pure country sophistication, but the interiors have a modern edge – think an underground bar, contemporary art, and a games room with a jukebox, pool table and music memorabilia. Outside, there are 12 acres of formal gardens set in 100 acres of private parkland, providing the perfect setting for photographs.
Aaron Russell – Your Derbyshire Wedding Photographer
With years of experience capturing every magic moment as it happens on the big day, no matter which Derbyshire venue you choose for your wedding, I'm your dream wedding photographer.
Get the intimate, spontaneous documentary-style shots you’ll treasure forever, and the formal and staged shots you want to make the most of your venue with no fuss and without taking hours away from your celebration. With so many great locations to choose from in Derbyshire, your wedding – and your wedding photographs – are sure to be the stuff dreams are made of!
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