Busy season is officially upon us, and as a Derbyshire wedding photographer at this time of year it can be hard to catch your breath. Bank holiday weekend has just been and gone, and brought it with it a stunning wedding at Belvoir Castle and a couple of engagement shoots. I love being a wedding photographer, but sometimes it can be hard to remember that when you’ve got 3000 photographs waiting to be edited!
Monday’s engagement shoot with the lovely Kim and Ryan (photos to follow soon!) was at Chatsworth House, not too far from Bakewell in Derbyshire. I travelled up there with Anna and Eleanor, so that the two of them could explore the little children’s farm on the estate while I was working with Kim and Ryan. It took roughly 3 and a half minutes for Ellie to give in and start snoring in her car seat, whilst the sat nav led us on a roaming scenic route up to the Chatsworth estate, climbing higher and higher up into the beauty of the Peak District.
As we drove along and the busy streets of Derby gave way to quieter winding country lanes. The shops and houses were replaced by lush green fields, bright with the vitality that Spring brings. We drove through avenues of trees, past woodlands and farms and fields of crops and cattle. As we got closer to Chatsworth, the roads became steeper, and suddenly, as we crested a hilltop, the carefully cultivated farmers’ fields gave way to dark heather-strewn moorland – windswept and barren. To our left and right the scene stretched as far as the eye can see, as if we’d entered a different world entirely.
It struck me that we are incredibly lucky to live in an area of such outstanding beauty and contrast, and that I am especially lucky to be one of the few folk who can call themselves Derbyshire wedding photographers. We live in an incredibly varied and picturesque county, home of the world-renowned Peak District and famous towns such as Buxton, Bakewell and Chesterfield. We have the industrial and urban centre of Derby with its fantastic shopping and parks. Sporting grounds such as Pride Park (ok, the iPro Stadium), the County Ground and the new velodrome.
If you’re planning a wedding in Derbyshire you have the choice of some incredible venues – from manor houses steeped in history such as Kedleston Hall, Hassop Hall and even Chatsworth itself, to elegant country retreats such as Blackbrook House or Shottle Hall, sporting venues like the County Ground, to more intimate settings like Langley Priory. As a Derbyshire wedding photographer I’ve had the pleasure of working at all of these amazing places and many others besides. What’s more, I’ve been privileged to have been a part of so many happy couples’ wedding days at these places. And driving to and from them, I’ve travelled through some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world.
Ellie loved the farm, and the Mini-Milk ice-cream she demolished afterwards. I enjoyed the pre-wedding shoot, and the whippy ice-cream I demolished afterwards. But what was truly lovely was the journey there, with Anna beside me and my little daughter snoring gently on the backseat, driving through the Derbyshire countryside. Simple moments like that are waiting to be treasured, we just have to notice them.