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We photograph weddings and civil partnership ceremonies with wedding photography in Nottingham, Leicester, Lincolnshire and Derbyshire. We will travel to photograph your wedding or civil partnership in Church, Temple or stately home, registry office or Hotel.

Beautiful Chinese Tea Ceremony and wedding at Hassop Hall

Chinese Tea ceremony and wedding Hassop Hall

The ancient and magnificent Hassop Hall


Think the ultimate in elegant sophistication combined with a generous dose of the orient….. Jennifer’s dress was a dream in princess-esque glam; the flowers classic and timeless, and the venue, glamorous and decadent…. And an awesome chinese girl or boy favour in every place setting.

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50 Must have photos for your wedding day

If you have been putting your photo list together for your photographer (or even if you haven’t!) here’s a list of 50 must-haves from the day!

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10 great reasons to hire a professional wedding photographer

10 great reasons to hire a professional wedding photographer

Over the last few years there has been a clear shift in the public perception about the need for booking a Professional Photographer for their wedding. This has largely been brought about by the evolution of incredible technology and the invention of clever phones and cameras. The perception is that ‘Anyone can do it, so why pay for a professional photographer?’.

Owning a ‘great’ camera or phone that has an humungous number of pixels and some interesting editing apps, still does not necessarily equate to great photographs, or even a great photographer. So if you are thinking about having a friend/ family member, (or someone offering a really cheap deal) to photograph your wedding, think carefully! Do you really believe they have the skill and experience  to know what to do and get all those special moments captured ? This is a one-chance opportunity, with no options to “re-do” it!  It’s one of the most important days of your life.

The fact is, that no matter how amazing the camera, if the person behind it doesn’t understand the fundamentals of light, photography and their camera, or have an eye for composition, then the images they take will probably not be what you expect or hoped for. At best, they may be acceptable, at worst they will be so terrible you wouldn’t show them to anyone.

As my old Granny used to say “if it seems too good to be true, …then it probably is,” and that applies without question to your wedding photography.  When you see someone on social media, offering a full day’s photography, with all the add-ons like engagement session, digital files, albums or  canvases all for less than £300, then you’re probably going to be disappointed with what you get afterwards. This also probably means the person has little or no experience and is probably operating under the tax radar, which also means they won’t have insurance and you will be helpless when things go wrong.

Wedding Photography is one of the most challenging genres even for us professionals. Wedding Photography is a skill. To be a good wedding photographer it encompasses many genres of photography:

When you book me to photograph your wedding, I am a fashion photographer, to show off the beautiful bride not only in her bridal gown,


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but all her accessories that she has taken months to choose. I am the Product photographer who must capture all the detail of the day.

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I am a wildlife photographer, who captures the fun and frivolity of groomsmen waiting for the late bride


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I am a Portrait photographer to pose and light my couple perfectly for those really important after ceremony shots.

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I am a Food photographer who makes a creative image that tells your story about your day in a unique way.


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I am an architectural photographer, to capture the venues and rooms of your wedding.


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I am a sports photographer, to make the most of the interests of the couple and create relevant photos for them


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I am a reportage photographer to notice and capture all the candid shots of you, as well as your family and friends as the day unfolds.


Richard and Sarah's Cornerstone Church wedding.


Richard and Sarah's Cornerstone Church wedding.


When you choose a Professional Wedding Photographer, you are choosing their years of experience and skill;- not only with arranging big groups shots in the shortest time:


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dealing with difficult lighting conditions and having contingencies if the worst weather should happen,

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but they will have the right kit and lenses with them to get the best from every shot and spare cameras if one should break.

They will have Insurance, so should anything happen out of their control, you will be covered.

Your Professional wedding photographer will have the post processing expertise to ensure that every image reaches you without blemishes and printed to perfection. The cake will be eaten, the dress packed away…all you have are the memories of the day and a brilliant set of photographs that recreate the mood and moments of your Big Day.

There are lots of other tips a Professional Wedding Photographer can offer, like how to attach Groomsmen’s buttonholes. …or what music is unacceptable at some wedding venues…Things that you won’t think of until the day arrives, ….but you’ll be glad you did!….. We really are worth it! So, go on!  treat yourself…..You’re worth it!

Winter Wedding at Woodborough Hall

winter wedding at woodborough hall

sandals and flowers in the brown room

James and Lyana’s wonderful week day winter wedding at Woodborough Hall was a perfect mix of fun and romance, simplicity and elegance. Lyana wore a fabulous beaded strapless gown with a frothy tulle skirt, and she carried a small posy of fresh white diamante studded roses. Her sandals were sparkling too. The light in the Brown Room where she got ready is fantastic for low light, moody images, and near the window, it gives wonderful detailed closeup shots.

The weather stayed fine for the most part of the day, and certainly for the all-important photography session after the service.IMG_3671

The gardens at Woodborough, although small, offer lots of beautiful and interesting places for wonderfully creative and romantic photographs.IMG_3685

And whilst we went out for fun and photos, the guests were treated to the magical guitar sounds of James’ step-dad.IMG_3778

The ceremony was a conducted in the Orangery. Its so fresh and airy in there and no matter how bad the weather, the light during the day is always gorgeous and mellow allowing for great flash-free photos!

Thanks to the wonderful staff at Woodborough Hall, who make everything seem so effortless. Rather like a swan…so calm and elegant, but paddling madly making sure everything runs perfectly! A great day had by all I think!


Wishing all happiness to you both. 🙂

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Newstead Abbey wedding photography


Newstead Abbey wedding photography

romantic photods by the lake at beautiful Newstead Abbey


Its been a while since I photographed a wedding at Newstead Abbey, so I was delighted when it turned out to be so gorgeous for Elizabeth and Darren on their Big Day. The ceremony was accompanied by a wonderful string quartet who played the perfect mix of soft, romantic tunes during the ceremony and of course for the beautiful bride’s arrival and happy couple’s walking out after. We had lots of fun chasing in the orangery and then went down to the lake to take romantic, couple photos. Then, with the sounds of the peacocks calling, we walked, strutted and waltzed our way around the rest of the gardens before setting off to the Belfry HOtel for the reception party.


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Bride dancing at her wedding at Newstead Abbey

Newstead Abbey is so grand and romantic and fabulous with all its history and delicious scandal over the centuries. Lord Byron is my favourite poet, so its brilliant going to his home to experience something of what he might have seen and felt.

The Abbey itself , of course was around long before Lord Byron, its founders being an Augustinian priory around 1170, in what was then the royal forest of Sherwood, for nearly four hundred years the “Black Canons” of Newstead enjoyed the quiet life of a religious community. Quiet that is, until royal visitors descended upon the monastery, as Edward 1st did on no less than four occasions. One of the duties of a priory was to provide hospitality to travellers, and lying, as it did, so conveniently close to the royal hunting grounds of Sherwood, Newstead had more than its fair share, – proving quite a financial strain on the priory’s resources. Much of the fabric of the monastery has survived, incorporated within the fabric of the later house: The cloisters in which the monks studied, the refectory where they ate, and the “Stew pond” in the grounds, which provided the brothers with fish, and the octagonal kitchen where it was cooked.

The most infamous of the Byron ancestors was undoubtedly the 5th or “Wicked Lord” known as “Devil Byron” for his manic temperament and scandalous reputation , which we all read about today. After his son and grandson pre-deceased him, the legacy of the Byrons fell to the best known of Newstead’s dramatis personae – the “mad, bad, dangerous to know” poet, 6th Baron of Rochdale, George Gordon Byron.

Anyway, enough of the romantic history of Lord Byron’s scallywag ancestry, and back to Elizabeth and Darren’s Big Day: The civil wedding ceremony in the Orangery (followed by photographs in the beautiful gardens surrounded by peacocks) was wonderful. Elizabeth and Daren love Newstead so much, that we came here for their engagement photo shoot too. There are so many places to go, that it still meant we could have photos in the grounds that were different on both days.

Afterwards their reception was at the Belfry Hotel was a really relaxed, fun-filled family affair. All happiness to you both.

Please feel free  to contact me to discuss your wedding at Newstead. Nowadays, people are all asking for a service tailored to their own requirements, so let me know what’s on your Newstead Abbey wedding day photography wish list, and I will gladly personalise something to suit your ideas and budget.

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Romantic Wedding Photography at Holme Pierrepont Hall

romantic wedding Photography Holme Pierrepont Hall

the view of the beautiful walled garden at Holme Pierrepont Hall

Yesterday was a really lovely day!

I was really looking forward to Coleen and Rod’s wedding day even though they had only booked me as their official photographer very recently. It had all the elements to make it rather an exceptional wedding day –  I had photographed them and their family in the studio five years ago, when Coleen had a significant birthday…so it was wonderful to catch up with what they have been doing since then as well as seeing the new grandchildren, and reacquainting with the older ones. It was probably the smallest and most intimate wedding I have photographed in many years, with only the immediate family and a few very special friends. It was also the only wedding with a big secret!

The  informal ceremony in the Tudor Lodgings, was a masterpiece of careful planning and preparation, with each family member playing their part perfectly. I really do have the best job! If they all enjoyed it half as much as me, they would have had a spectacular time! Whilst we did not get to take photographs on the swing in the garden as it started to rain, nobody minded, as Gary’s  beautiful guitar playing was fantastic entertainment.


Dinner was served in the light and airy Ballroom (perfect for fun, dancing and informal photography) and was the end of the official celebrations, before everyone set off back to the house where a marquee had been pitched, ready to accommodate all the friends, who had been invited to attend a ‘summer  party’ – Rod and Coleen had not told anyone else of their plans! The big secret!

Holme Pierrepont Hall is one of my favourite wedding venues, not only because it ‘s on my own doorstep, but because it offers such a wonderful, simple and unique wedding day experience, and every wedding I have ever photographed there, has been different, with differing accents and details. It’s definitely worth checking out if you’re thinking of booking your wedding soon.

The photograph is through the window of the Medieval Lodgings into the spectacular walled garden.

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Wedding photography The George Hotel Hathersage

George Hotel Hathersage wedding photography

Alex and Charlotte chose the George hotel, a 500-year-old coaching Inn for their wedding celebrations. They first tied the knot  in pretty Bakewell at the registry office in the town centre. Then we went into the lovely formal gardens in the town behind the registry office and had photographs at the ‘Oldest Pudding Shop in the world’ as well as on to the little bridge over the river full of swans. Whilst we were there having a group photograph taken we were serenaded by an impromptu string duet…very romantic! After that, we headed off into the Peak District to the Lovely old coaching inn at Hathersage for Pimms and canapes. It was a gorgeous day for for a drive and a lovely gap for Alex and Charlotte to have a few minutes to themselves, before arriving at The George Hotel. This venue is a perfect venue for foodies with a small party of guests, who want that extra special menu choice, as well as charming, old fashioned service. When we first arrived there were lots of people in the lounge enjoying a proper old english high tea. So civilised!  Alex and Charlotte have gone off for a 3 week honeymoon….but they have their wonderful photographs to look forward to coming home to! See you soon x

For a no-obligation chat about your wedding photography, whether its at The George Hotel, or another lovely Derbyshire House, please phone or email

t: 0115 9231537

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Wedding photography at Sketchley Grange

Rachel and Dale's Big Day at Sketchley Grange

Rachel and Dale picked a beautiful day for their nuptials at Sketchely Grange Hotel in Leicestershire. We had gorgeous sunshine for all of their photographs, which involved quite a lot of laughter and silliness.  Good luck and all happiness to you both. They had an enormous Hummer to bring Dale and his best man and ushers to the venue, which we photographed from every possible angle and which was the cause for much fun and posing too.

Sketchley Grange is the perfect location for a wedding if you have friends coming from all over the country. Its in a quiet spot, yet very close to the M69, just on the borders of Leicestershire, Warwickshire and close to Birmingham, Coventry, historic Stratford and  East Midlands Airport (for that all-important getaway for the honeymoon!) There are also plenty of rooms for all your guests to stay overnight, so no worrying about driving or getting home late after a few glasses of champagne!

Not only is  there a varied choice of wedding suites, but the adjoining grounds and gardens offer lots of different photo locations to create great modern couple photos, or more traditional  family group pics which all combine to make a varied and exciting wedding album to remember the day.

Rachel and Dale’s album is a wonderful assortment of ‘cool contemporary’  sophisticated elegance and romantic fun and they are delighted with it.

If you would like to discuss your Big Day either at Sketchley Grange or another Leicestershire wedding venue, please give me a ring or email me HERE to discuss your requirements or have a look at some photographs on the website

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Wedding photography at Kelham Hall

the beautiful and romatic folly at Kelham HallYesterday, we went to Kelham Hall to photograph Vicky and Sean’s Special Day. Although it was cloudy and overcast and quite cool, the day stayed dry and we got outside for their photographs. I can’t wait for them to see the results! Kelham Hall is the most fabulous wedding venue and offer facilities for small intimate civil wedding partnerships and civil weddings like Vicky and Seans’ as well as very grand affairs, catering for up to 500 people. There is no problem for accommodating all these people in panoramic photographs, either, as the gardens have huge, sloping, perfectly trimmed lawns.

The present house (this is the third one -(the first two having been burnt down) has a wonderful architectural history, having been designed by the famous architect George Gilbert Scott, who also created St Pancras Station Hotel and Albert Memorial in London) and lends itself beautifully to interesting and romantic wedding photography. The family who commissioned and paid for the Lion share of the building work ultimately had to move across the road to Kelham House (what is now known as THe Red House, and which is also a fantastic place for wedding photography) We did all the groups outside on the main steps leading to the gardens and then moved into the gardens , where we did lots of fairy-tale wedding photographs. and then continued under the huge Weeping Willow tree and folly in the corner of the garden- a lovely secluded nook, perfect for romantic couple photographs. We then had a gentle walk through the gardens. using the grand house as a backdrop to make a spectacular assortment of wedding photographs for them to choose from for their wedding album.
Finally we ended up close to the little church which is on the same premises. It dates back to the 14th century and most recently was used by an order of Anglican monks who trained mend for missionary work. You can still be married in St Wilfreds church today. It has a beautiful warm feel about it and with all the grounds around as well as tennis courts, there are plenty of additional photo opportunities.

If you would like to make a no-obligation appointment to discuss your Big Day at Kelham Hall or The Red House at Newark, please phone 0115 9231537 and view some previous images


The Flower Emporium

wedding flowers by Charlotte photograph by beverley perkinsIts lovely to be able to occasionally blog about services other than photography from time to time, and Charlotte’s beautiful arrangements for a wedding I was photographing recently, has given me that opportunity! The bride and her friends all had hand tied bouquets with roses, peonies and freesias. They smelt and looked absolutely gorgeous! The men all had roses in their buttonholes, apart from the groom who had a peach coloured orchid. They looked as good at the end of the day, as they had at the start, which I think is often the best test. Bridal flowers need to not only look fabulous, but also be robust enough to stand up to the knocks and bumps of the days events. Great Work Charlotte. I look forward to woking with you again.