Beeston Walled Garden Wedding Photography

I recently had the pleasure of photographing Amy and James wedding reception at the Beeston Walled Garden. I started the day with Amy and the bridesmaids at Amy and Jame’s home for the bridal prep part of the day.

It was then on to St Mary’s Church in the centre of Derby for the ceremony. Some of the wedding guests ran a little bit late, but lucky the victor did not mind delaying the service slightly.

St Mary’s is a lovely church, with beautiful stain glass windows. After the ceremony, we quickly grabbed a few of the larger group photos outside the church before heading to the Walled Garden Beeston Fields.

I waited for Amy and James at the entrance to the reception and grabbed a few quick photographs of just them on the driveway, which made for some lovely romantic portraits.


The Walled Gardens is quite a unique wedding venue, offering a lot of scope for themed weddings. Surrounded by walls on all sides it offers a luxurious setting for a private wedding reception.

The Walled Garden itself is surrounded by the parklands golf course, with greens and sections of planted trees. The traditional 19th-century garden has everything you would look for in a wedding venue, with a modern marquee and a vendera. You can find out more about the wedding venue here.

Once we got to the Walled Garden, we did a few more group photographs and the confetti photo. After that is was time for the meal and speeches. Amy and James had their wedding breakfast in the marquee and the band was set up at the far end.

I would like to thank Amy and James for choosing me as their wedding photographer. If you are looking for a Nottingham wedding photographer, why not arrange an informal chat to see if I am available for your day.

Mansfield Manor Wedding Photography

I recently had the pleasure of photographing Amy and James wedding at the stunning Mansfield Manor Hotel, which is surrounded by lovely gardens and a beautiful bandstand in the park opposite the hotel.

I started the day early photographing the bridal preparations of Stacey and her bridesmaids in one of the hotel rooms upstairs, while Lewis and his groomsmen were finishing the preparations and decorations downstairs.

The atmosphere was incredible, providing me with so many documentary wedding photography opportunities. After completing most of the bridal prep photos, I quickly headed downstairs and grabbed a few photographs of Lewis and all his groomsmen. They all looked really smart in their army uniforms. It is always a pleasure to photograph an armed forces wedding, nice to give something back to the people that risk their lives for us.



After a romantic and emotionally charged ceremony, we all headed outside to grab a fun confetti photo and a few group shots.

The weather was lovely, so the guest spent must of the afternoon outside enjoying the drinks from the cocktail reception. I then went for a short walk with Lewis and Stacey to grab a few photographs of just them.

In the late afternoon, all the guests headed inside to enjoy a hearty wedding meal and the speeches by Lewis, his best man and bride and grooms family.

Stacey was kind enough to provide me with a bit more information about her day which you can view below.

How did you meet?
We first met as teenagers through mutual friends, we gradually lost contact when following our career paths but bumped into each other again years later.

When did you get engaged?
April 18th, 2014 on a trip to London

Tell us about your wedding planning journey
The planning was difficult due to Lewis being posted in Germany with the army, but we both knew the kind of day we dreamed of so it was a joint effort on finding ideas, booking and arranging where possible.

What was the best bit of your day?
For Lewis, his favourite part was seeing his wife to be walk down the aisle.
For me it was saying our vows, It was so emotional and meaningful and having our family and friends there to share it was amazing.

What advice would you give to other couples getting married?
Don’t stress! Don’t let planning and organising take over the enjoyment of the day, take time to just enjoy getting married, you’ll laugh about the little things that weren’t as perfect as you had planned. And make sure you pick a good group to have around you on the morning of the big day, make sure they remember your number one!

Brides – who did you use to do your hair & makeup?
Jennie Hughes was my makeup artist and Amie Philomena was my hair stylist.

Brides – Wedding dress brand and supplier?
Viva bride-page, from Wed To Be Bridal Outlet.

Brides – Information about the shoes that you chose? Make & supplier
I chose a simple barely there sandal from new look; traditional bridal shoes were not for me.

Grooms – Information about your suit, shoes & tie that you chose?
Lewis is in the Queens Dragoon Guards so wore his blues uniform.

Which Band or DJ did you use?
We chose to hire a DJ – amp & decks as recommended by the venue

Any additional details you would like me to include about things that happened on your day or the theme you chose.
We chose a shabby chic/vintage theme as it’s a style that suits us. We enjoyed hand making invitations, decorations and using a lot of hessian and lace

Any additional supplier that you used, like magicians & toastmasters
We used petals flowers in Ilkeston for our flowers.

Weddings at Harlaxton Manor

Alexandra and the other bridesmaids were upstairs getting ready when I arrived. They were excitedly making their final preparations in the bridal suite before the ceremony, nervously awaiting Mark's arrival.

Alexandra had designed her own wedding dress from Kula Tsurdiu, it looked absolutely stunning!

Mark arrived in his vintage red sports car, to the delight of many of the guests. The wedding ceremony itself was held in the stateroom downstairs. After much emotion, joy was shared during the intimate ceremony the guests headed into one of the ballrooms to enjoy drinks and canapés.

Later in the drinks reception, everyone headed outside to enjoy the lovely gardens at Harlaxton Manor. This provided me with an excellent opportunity to grab a few group photos and a few shots of Alexandra and Mark in the grounds. 

After the drinks reception, all the guests headed into the long gallery to enjoy an exquisite wedding breakfast, followed by speeches and the cake cutting.

Later in the evening after the first dance the party got into full swing with the retrosettes sister band. 

Here's a short interview from the bride and groom themselves.

How did you meet?

Me and Mark originally met through a mutual friend at a birthday party.

When did you get engaged?

We got engaged on 21 December 2014.

Tell us a little bit about your wedding planning journey.

We did all the planning and organising ourselves. We got recommendations through friends or colleagues at work, but we did all the work ourselves from designing stationary all the decorations and even the wedding dress itself.

What was the best bit of the day you?
For me the best bit of the day was when we said yes during this wedding ceremony, but it was also the first moment we saw each other as we were walking down the aisle.

Do you have any advice for other couples getting married?
I would say do not let others influence what happens on your day, remember it's your day.

As ever I hope you enjoy these photos as much as I enjoy making them, feel free to comment or share them on social media if you wish. 


Swancar Farm Wedding Photography

Looking for examples of Swancar Farm wedding photography? I recently had the pleasure of photographing a wedding there for Joanna and Sean.

Both Joanna and Sean got ready at Swancar Farm, allowing me to grab a few quick prep photos of both of them before the wedding.

The wedding ceremony was held at Swancar Farm, drinks and confetti followed in the courtyard below. The drinks reception provided me with the idea opportunity to grab a few quick family photos as requested by the bride and groom.


I also took Joanna and Sean for a short walk down Swancar Farm’s stunning driveway to grab a few intimate portraits of both of them, later in the day when the light was a bit softer.

After the meal and speeches the party got into full swing, making for some lovely dancing photos with the band.

Check out the interview with the bride below for more information about their day.