Elainey & Gabriel

Small Winter Wedding at Derby Register Office

"We feel like you're one of the family"

Elainey and Gabriel were referred to me by friend and florist Albertine Florals. They were planning a small winter wedding at Derby Register Office so opted for my half day package which would cover portraits and family formals, the ceremony and some of their reception at Thai Marina in Barton.

I met the couple and their immediate family at Breadsall Priory where they had been getting ready. We used the lobby, which was dressed with a beautiful Christmas tree, and the outside space to take some portraits and group shots. I then raced ahead so I was ready to greet them when they arrived at the Register Office in Derby Market Place.

The ceremony was simple and charming and I managed to subtly hold my own against a paparazzi wedding guest who, in the small registry room, was always standing where I needed to be. You’ll be pleased to hear that I emerged the victor without any insult or injury; all just part of the service.

The challenge of a winter wedding is always going to be the weather, and icy winds meant I had to make some compromises on the location of the confetti shots. But the winter does bring the bonus of Christmas lights. We were therefore able to make use of what the people of Derby had decided were somewhat controversial and underwhelming decorations for some fantastic festive bokeh backgrounds. Proving that it is worth paying for a photographer’s eye to find the beauty in any situation.

Finally we all headed over to Barton Marina where I took some relaxed and candid images of the newlyweds and their guests as they enjoyed drinks before dinner. During the evening I was paid a lovely compliment by Elainey who said that I had fitted into the small party so well that it seemed like I was one of the family. That’s the goal folks. I’m like a photography ninja…who is also your cousin.


13 December 2019

Gettting ready venue
Breadsall Priory

Ceremony venue
Derby Register Office

Reception venue
Thai Marina, Barton-Under-Needwood

Albertine Florals

"If you look for it, I’ve got a sneaky feeling you’ll find that love is actually all around"