The 2017 Round-Up: Wonderful Weddings


Right, well, where the heck do I start here? This year’s weddings have been, in a word, spectacular. I’ve photographed wedfests, funfairs, snow, unicorns riding on dodgems, big hounds, little hounds, alpacas, tears, giggles and more beautiful people than I could ever possibly have imagined. Thank you SO, SO MUCH to all of my incredible clients this year, it really has been an absolute joy working with you. After an awful end to 2016 for my family, this year could have been a particularly difficult one for me – but you guys have helped put my heart back together in the most wonderful way. With everything I have, thank you.

Now, to the photos! (If you’re a Spotify user, I’m going to go right ahead and recommend you pop this playlist of loveliness/pure cheese on while you’re browsing.)


The wedding location and detail game was pretty excellent again this year. I travelled all over the UK and, I’ll not lie, delighted at all the northern & nerdy details. Ten points, couples!


Dogs at weddings was a much-welcomed theme again:


And this year I got to play with goats and alpacas too! Oh my days, it was amazing. Here’s what beautiful Charlie & Steve looked like surrounded by their new pals:


Annnnd here’s what was going on behind the scenes (big thanks to Sam Houghton for these!):

My couples were bloody gorgeous and I love them forever for humouring me as I played with prisms and fairy lights and hid behind bushes and othersuch madness:

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The way you all looked at your loved ones melted my heart on more than one occasion:

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And we had a whole lot of fun too. Y’know, in between the emotional carnage:

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I think we can safely establish that these guys all had an absolute whale of a time:

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The force was strong in the ol’ group photo antics:

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(Pose level: HEROIC.)

I turned into a soppy whatsit every time this happened:

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Annnnd what’s left? Oh. Oh I know.

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Thank you so much again to all the lovely folk at this year’s weddings; couples, guests, venue staff, suppliers and all – I hope you know how much you, along with my wonderful second-shooters, brightened up my year. Huge love to the lot of you!

If you’re getting hitched in 2018/19 and like what you see, get in touch! If you’re getting wed in Derbyshire / South Yorkshire, I’ll even give you 15% off the full-day package. ***If you’re eloping or having a tiny intimate ceremony and would like to arrange some custom hours, I would especially love to hear from you! Give me a shout here for some special rates.***

All the very best for 2018,

Elly xxx


The 2016 Round-Up: EPIC Weddings

Right, where the hell do I start with this then? 2016 was an AMAZING year for weddings, there’s no other word for it. My clients were infallibly wonderful, I got to travel all over the shop and my second shooters have been absolute diamonds. I’m going to go ahead and inform you straight away that the force was not strong in this one during my attempts to cull the photo selection for this blog. My expression was, in fact, remarkably similar to this little lady:


…right up until I decided to just give in and go wild and just show you as many snaps as I darn well pleased. While I’m not actually sorry because this blog is now stacked with adorableness, you may want to grab yourself a brew and settle in. (Oh, and if you’re a Spotify user, I’m going to recommend you pop this playlist of loveliness on too.)

Ready? Let’s GO.


As well as getting to shoot at some brilliant local venues in Derbyshire and South Yorkshire this year (Wortley Hall, Wentworth Castle and Newton Solney Barns to name a few), my travels have taken me everywhere from Orkney to Windermere to Paris and beyond! I’ve been rendered absolutely speechless by the beauty not only of the places I’ve had the privilege of snapping, but of the people I’ve encountered along the way too.


There were some excellent prep moments:


The details were next level:


There were a few strokes of pure genius, including these little picnic crates as the wedding breakfast, a hangover kit for the bridal party, tables sorted into Hogwarts houses and – oh happiest of days – a tea bar!


The flowers were magic:


There were some stellar staircase moments:


And my couples were all so gorgeous that it made me giddy. Photographing people in love = quite possibly the best job in the world.


Dogs at weddings was a glorious, glorious thing:


I had far too much fun with group photos:


I lost count of the number of times my heart melted:


The confetti game was strong:


The speech reactions were genius:


The victory stance was a recurring theme:


…and have I mentioned how SPECTACULAR the wedding games were this year yet? Oh my. Oh my life. Groomsmen challenges, rounders, sack races, bingo, space hoppers and beyond. Just look at this:


FINALLY, it only seems fitting to end a wedding blog with some classic dance floor antics. We’re talking everything from the macarena to ceilidh dancing, air guitar-ing to being hoisted into the air on chairs. 2016 couples, you guys had some serious moves:


And there you have it! 2016 in a photographic nutshell. Thank you so much to all of my gorgeous clients from this year, I can’t tell you what a delight it’s been and I wish you all the very best for the new year and beyond. Additional thanks must go to my wonderful second-shooters this year (Sam Houghton, Helen Smiddy, Liz Wan, Louise Pawson, Louise Bichan, Daniel Naylor and Kim Gribbon) and to all of the lovely suppliers and venues I’ve worked with over the year, you guys are the bee’s knees.

If you’re getting hitched in 2017 and like what you see, get in touch! Lots more info, package deals and more, can be found on my website.

If you know someone who’s getting hitched in 2017 and might like my work, sharing this blog with them could win you a free couple photoshoot! If I get a booking which cites you as the source of the referral, I’ll send you a nice little couple photoshoot voucher to say thank you. This offer is valid until April 1st 2017. Enjoy!

Huge love and best wishes to you all,

E xx

That time my old school pals got hitched avec Harry Potter decor and it was amazing.

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“Elly, we cannot thank you enough for your amazingly hard work photographing our wedding day. You were a delight to deal with from day-one, and completely got on board with our theme and the atmosphere that we wanted to create, and we’re so thankful for your enthusiasm! Yourself and Helen were a lovely, calming presence on the day but were never ‘in the way’ or overbearing, and you let us relax and enjoy our day which was so important to us. And the photos you’ve produced are insanely beautiful, you managed to make an awkward, not-very-photogenic couple look pretty decent! They capture the lovely moments perfectly, we cannot stop looking at them and reminiscing about the day. You worked so so hard, and we can’t tell you how grateful for the beautiful keepsakes that you’ve given us.”


There’s something particularly lovely about getting to snap the wedding of some of your old school pals. There’s something even lovelier about getting to snap the wedding of old school pals who love the Harry Potter books as much as you do and they include that love in the decor theme to the extent that it causes you to squeak and clap like the happiest seal at literally every detail. I’ve decided I’m not actually going to blabber on too much at the start of this blog because it might ruin the (GLORIOUS) surprises, but – seriously – if you’re a Potter fan, grab a butterbeer and keep reading / prepare to happy cry.

Mr & Mrs Hathaway, I salute you both, you spectacular humans.

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“…but Elly, there’s no sign of any Harry Potter wonderfulness yet!”

BOOM! Hogwarts house seating plan and co-ordinating house colour table decor, anyone?

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While you’re hyperventilating with joy, we’ll take a brief break from the Potter theme and dive straight back in to some more general gorgeousness. Ready?

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Personalised tea as favours = actual wizardry.

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In case you’re wondering, this venue is the Donnington Park Farmhouse in Castle Donnington, Derbyshire and it technically just qualifies for my 15% locals’ discount. Juuust so you know.

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One super adorable ceremony (avec delightful English popular literature-themed reading) later, I stole the new Mr & Mrs away for some nice couple portraits.

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Can we just take a moment to appreciate the dress and suit game here? Oh my ♥

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How beautiful is that barn setup?! If these details weren’t enough for you, WATCH OUT POTTER FANS, one of my all time favourite sweet cart setups was being put into action whilst dinner was happening. Take a deep breath, guys, and prepare to swoon slightly.

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YES, THAT’S A HARRY POTTER THEMED SWEET CART. BE STILL, MY BEATING HEART. I’ll not lie, I took far more photos of this than was strictly necessary. Massive shout out to the lovely Simply Sweet – Sweet Cart Hire for their work putting this together, it looked amazing!

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One veritable confetti explosion later and it was party time. I tell you now, these guys had some moves. How perfect is the Donnington Park Farmhouse barn for the Potter theme party too?!

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Whew, what a day!!! Big thanks to the brilliant Helen Smiddy for being my second shooter here and to the ace staff at Donnington Park Farmhouse for looking after us.

And finally, to finish: Huge congratulations again, lovely Amy and Ross, and thank you for asking me along to capture things for you! It really was, absolutely genuinely, magic.

E x


If you like what you see and would potentially like me to cover your big day, get in touch! See my website for an extended portfolio, pricing and contact details:


The 2015 round-up: Spectacular Weddings

Where do I even start here?! 2015 has been pretty goshdarn lovely. It’s been a year of wonderful couples (thank you, guys!), amazing venues and everything from a My Neighbour Totoro wedding cake to a fire dancing display. My assistants have been brilliant, the dresses (and suits, for that matter) have been epic, I’ve travelled all over the place and blinked back more happy-tears than I thought possible. The music has been above and beyond, I can now say I’ve witnessed a bride vs groom game of conkers, glittery shoes have been a (glorious) thing and one of my couples JUMPED OVER A FIRE.

…yep, this year’s been a good’un. #bloomingloveweddings has never been more appropriate and I’ve had an absolute nightmare attempting to narrow down my favourites to a sensible number. It’s taken many, many cups of coffee, but here, finally and in no particular order, are a few of my favourite things from each of this year’s extravaganzas. Ready? Let’s go!

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Ian & Amy’s super beautiful, intimate Buxton Pavillion wedding. Strong bowtie game, right there.

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Bria and Matthew’s wonderful, eco-friendly Autumn wedding avec autumn leaf confetti, games of conkers, tree sapling wedding favours and all of the adorable.

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Jen and Dan’s mega lovely barn wedding came complete with a luminous yellow 2CV and a high-octane ceilidh by The Timorous Beasties. Magic stuff.

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Y’know I mentioned that there’d been a fire dancer? There might’ve been a pyrobot too. Yep. Michelle and Hitesh’s wedding was pretty freaking epic.

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Carrie & Neal got hitched at the delightfully quirky Hundred House Hotel. It may have rained, but that just made the light more beautiful later! Also: Roller Derby teams make for excellent group photos. Just saying.

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I’ve had the total pleasure and privilege of photographing a few friends’ weddings this year. Y’know, those ones where you’re even more emotionally involved than normal and then they go and have a reading about two dinosaurs which is, incidentally, read by two of your other favourite people and causes you to melt a little bit? Yep, that was Russ and Gina’s spectacularly colourful summer wedding at The Farmhouse. Oh man. (Also, did you spot the flying baby?!)

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I was delighted to pop back to the wonderful Wood Lane Countryside Centre in Stannington for Will and Emily’s super sweet big day. How perfect is this colour scheme?!

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It may have sporadically hammered it down on the day of Helen and John’s Shrewsbury wedding but, my goodness, it was still crazy gorgeous! (Incidentally, Helen’s wedding hair was done by the rather clever Jenni McDonald at Francesco Group (Newport) who I’d previously been a hair model for in a shoot with Ella Ruth Photography. If you’re looking for someone to sort your barnet out round Shropshire way, go check her out!)

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Being asked to photograph another photographer’s wedding party is always exciting / nerve-wracking / a massive compliment! The attention to detail at Michelle and Jon’s incredible wedding party did not disappoint; everything looked totally beautiful. As if that wasn’t enough, there was even an impromptu ukelele lesson! Wizard.

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TOTORO WEDDING CAKE!!! In case this isn’t already all kinds of obvious, this pretty much made my life. Claire and Alex’s wedding was pretty gorgeous.

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Toby and Rachel went for a home-made beer festival vibe for their big day and, my goodness, it was perfect. Beermat bunting, stellar musicians and fairylights aplenty. Photographing friends’ weddings really is one of the loveliest things.

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Jemma and Nick’s autumnal wedding at the Bradfield Village Hall featured lots and lots of lovely music and dancing; everything from bagpipes playing Jemma into the hall and a four-piece harmony song in the service, right the way through to Jemma joining in the one of the Morris dances in her wedding dress (mad skills!!) and a wonderfully raucous ceilidh. Oh, and the apple pies came out with sparklers on. Genius!

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My first ever wedding in Germany! I was particularly excited about this one, it being the wedding of a lady I’ve been friends with pretty much since birth. The cake was wheeled out avec sparklers to the sound of Sandstorm, the first dance was spectacular and everyone was positively beaming all day. Nicely done, Rachel and Peter, you beauts!

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People who are so cute it hurts a bit? Emily and Jason. The weather couldn’t have been more perfect for these two, who had a gorgeous summer garden party theme, and I’m so glad it was. There was so much love surrounding this whole day, from family and friends as well as between the bride and groom themselves, that I legit had to go cuddle a pillow as soon as I got home. #notevenkidding

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Continuing the impossibly lovely vibe was the wonderfully musical wedding of Emily and Will. Y’know I mentioned one of my couples this year jumped over a fire? That was these guys. Can’t even BEGIN to tell you the relief when they made it over unscathed. Whewww! Emily and Will had their reception at the absolutely beautiful Avalon Permaculture Gardens in Somerset and their gorgeous little girl, Lily, was on bridesmaid duty. (Did I mention that she and Emily had matching Mama and daughter flower garlands? Oh my heart.)

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Have I ever told you how much I love a good village hall wedding? Natasha and Adam’s big day was marvellous. Huge volumes of home-made cake, a brass band and tonnes of confetti. Perfect. (I may have also been a bit in love with Natasha’s dress. Totally gorgeous!)

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D’awwwh, these guys. As if Sarah and Chris’s autumnal wedding wasn’t lovely enough already, Sarah’s Brownie and Guide groups formed a guard of honour after the service! The colour scheme for the whole wedding was based around the team colours of the Nottingham Panthers, Sarah’s favourite ice hockey team. That’s dedication, right there. (It looked amazing and all!) Also, fun fact: these guys found my work after Sarah’s step-mum came on one of my creative portraiture courses! Super nice.

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Clients who are happy to don wellies and stand in a ford for the sake of photo funsies = the bee’s knees. Chris and Nichola’s big day in the north west, avec spectacular marquee and decorative tractors and tower of cheese, was absolutely magical.

And that, ladies and gentlemen, was 2015! I realise I’ve failed somewhat spectacularly at narrowing things down, but there really was too much loveliness. I hope you’ve enjoyed browsing through these as much as I’ve enjoyed working on them. Huge thanks again to all of my wonderful couples and a massive shout out to all of my super assistants (especially Cat Lane, Jamie Sia, Sam Houghton, Ocean Hampson and my ever patient fella, Dan) – I can’t wait to see what 2016 will bring!

Wishing you all the very best for the New Year,

E x



If you like what you see and would potentially like me to cover your big day, get in touch! See my website for an extended portfolio, pricing and contact details:

Beautiful, boho Boelle.


“I’ve always imaged myself getting married in a barn or a field, with bunting, miss matched furniture, wild flowers and quirky house hold accessories.  Over the years I’ve created such a beautiful visual of a shabby bohemian wedding I felt it would be a waste to save it just for myself one day!”

This was the thinking behind Cathy Gater’s rather beauteous new wedding styling venture, Boelle Events, and I love it. What a gorgeous reason to start up a company, right? Cathy, who was in my little sister’s year at school, got in touch with me about doing a styled shoot for the upcoming company website a short while back and, the moment she started describing her ideas, there was absolutely NO WAY I was going to let anyone else take these photos. (Seriously. You remember the “MINE? MINE! MINE!” seagulls from Finding Nemo? Yep. That was pretty much me.) It really was such a genuine pleasure to see someone throw themselves so passionately into a project and to see all of the themes and ideas, which had clearly been developing for a while, truly come to fruition.


“Boelle Events is an up-and-coming bespoke bohemian wedding and accessory hire service based in Derbyshire. The company provides unique, upcycled wedding furniture and a selection of lovingly sourced crockery. Offering accessory hire, venue styling and a dedicated wedding coordinator, their boho, flea-market chic style can put a quirky yet elegant twist on any venue.”

“Quirky yet elegant” is a perfect description of what these guys do. It was bright and colourful and wonderfully mismatched, and I was more than a tiny bit in love with the incredible floral arrangements provided by Claire Lambeth. Everything had been so carefully considered and put together, but without ever feeling forced.


The shoot took place at a farm belonging to Cathy’s boyfriend’s family, the (GORGEOUS) naked cake was made by some family friends and the models and extras were comprised of friends and a few actors. There was such a feeling of love and community surrounding the business that it actually felt quite like a real wedding?! Major kudos to all involved, this event really was a genuine pleasure to photograph. Even the truly torrential rain which sporadically chose to bombard us failed to ruin the shoot.

Right, I’ll stop waffling now and just show you the rest of the snaps. Grab a brew, sit back and enjoy the beautiful boho goodness:

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