DERBYSHIRE FOR WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY
I am a wedding photographer, based in Belper, Derbyshire. The area is historically important as being instrumental in the beginning of the industrial revolution. Just up the road, in Cromford Mills, Derbyshire lies the first ever factory in the world, which set the blue print for every manufacturing company in the world today. One of the early mills, Smedley’s, is still operating making it the longest running factory business in the world!
These areas, once teeming with industry are now quaint old attractive mill buildings and are turned over to visitors, who delight in exploring the legacy of dreamy, peaceful nature-filled canal routes, and old rail routes which wind, now cycle and walking tracks, through unexplored countryside. A dream for a photographer!
More importantly for today’s wedding couples is that Derbyshire is the heart of the Peak District National Park (the first in the world: another record for Derbyshire!) There are plentiful picturesque wedding venues set in the unspoilt countryside, making for excellent wedding photography opportunities. I know the area very well (you’d expect that with a name of Tissington!) which may help with planning your wedding photography
Wedding couples from all over the country come to Derbyshire for their marriage ceremonies to make the most of these opportunities. Guests find that Derbyshire is very central to the UK, being bang in the middle of the British Isles: a good compromise if you have friends and family coming from the North of Scotland and Cornwall!
DERBY FOR WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY
My second base is in Darley Abbey, a village just outside the City of Derby, near to the university. This is the area I was born in and know its venues and photography opportunities very well. Derby is now a cosmopolitan area, with overseas students and visitors to the internationally re-known businesses, and as a result, has lots of lively social venues in the city centre
Darley Abbey, further along the River Derwent, is also an important International Heritage Site, with its mills. In the city of Derby the Old Silk Mill can boast the first ever industrial strike, as workers protested about conditions and wages, which saw the birth of trade unionism! Ironically from this industrial legacy, Derby has acquired some wonderful parkland areas. The magnificent Markeaton, Darley and Allestree parks are all previuosly private grounds of mill owners’ stately homes, which are now public areas and offer super wedding photography opportunities. There are also special purpose-built wedding venues in and around the city close by to these jewels in Derby’s crown, with easy access for photography
For me, as a wedding photographer, Derby is a super base to have for my photography business. There is good access to Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire and Staffordshire, and the rest of the East Midlands area. The city of Nottingham, with its metropolitan population and Woolaton Hall and Castle, is just twenty minute’s drive away. Birmingham is just forty miles away by easy dual-carriageway
The road network into and out of Darley Abbey, Derby, includes many major A-roads, with the M1 close by. This makes it fabulous, for me as a photographer, to get to you for your pre-wedding meeting, to discuss your wedding photography, and for the wedding photography itself, of course, wherever you plan for it to be!
Wedding couples also find that Derbyshire is a good choice when they have guests from all corners of the country. Being right bang in the middle of the British Isles, Derbyshire is a good choice considering wedding guests coming from both the North of Scotland and Cornwall!
With the East Midlands International Airport being a just a hop away, guests from abroad can arrive easily for your wedding. There are wedding venues situated just around the airport district with lovely settings for photography
The East Midlands Airport is good for you too, as wedding couple to easily depart for your wedding honeymoon! Likewise, for me as a photographer, EMA is also good for me to get to Europe, so if you’re going for a Mediterranean flavour for your wedding, bathed in warm sunshine, please count me in! I’ll be there in no time! I know the Northern area of Spain very well, and speak Spanish, so if you’re thinking of the Barcelona in Catalanonia… excellento! Hasta lluego!