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We would love a pre-wedding shoot but we don’t know where to hold it!

Pre-wedding shoot locations near Derby

So, you have booked a wedding photography package that includes a pre-wedding shoot, or you have chosen to add one on to your package, or opted for the longer engagement shoot, but now you are worried that you don’t know the best place to hold it!

Well worry not. Sit back and browse my list of some of my favourite pre-wedding shoot locations in Derby and the surrounding areas, and see what takes your fancy!

Elvason Castle, Derby

Elvaston Castle Country park is just on the south east edge of Derby City and is a fantastic location for a varied pre-wedding shoot near Derby as it has so many parts to explore and enjoy. From a lake, to the old house, to woodland, and even an old walled garden that seems to be in beautiful bloom all year long! It can get busy on weekends as it is a firm favourite with local families but I know all the amazing spots that are hidden away from everyone!

Parking charge? Yes

Closing Time in Summer: 8pm

Pre-wedding shoot locations Elvaston Castle

Black Rocks, Cromford

Black Rocks is an awesome outcrop of rock looking over the town of Cromford. If you can manage the walk to the top you are rewarded with gorgeous views and warm evening light over the trees and houses. My favourite time to visit Black Rocks is the late Summer and Autumn time, when the trees are turning oranges and reds and purples. 

Parking charge? Yes

Closing Time in Summer: N/A

Pre-wedding shoot locations Black Rocks

Belper River Gardens, Belper

Belper River Gardens is one of my favourite places for a couple shoot near Derby. Neat and compact it offers a lovely walk along the riverside. We can visit the bandstand, walk amongst the flowers with the Mill as a beautiful backdrop, and if you are feeling adventurous you might even be able to rent a wooden rowing boat!

Parking charge? Yes

Closing Time in Summer: 9pm

Pre-wedding shoot locations Belper River Gardens Derby

Wheat Field, Ripley

For those of you that like the beauty of a more simple location, my favourite field of golden wheat is a perfect choice. Tucked away near Ripley and Alfreton it enjoys beautiful summer sunsets and a lovely evening walk. Just remember your insect repellant if you seem to attract bugs like I do! 

Parking charge? No

Closing Time in Summer: N/A

Pre-Wedding Shoot Locations Wheat Field Ripley

Markeaton Park, Derby

Markeaton Park can be somewhere all too often overlooked but it is a park that has so much to offer! It really comes into its own on a summer’s evening when the sun is setting and the families have gone home for the day. I adore the long pathways, the riverside, and the bridge over the duck pond, for fun beautiful photographs.

Parking charge? Yes

Closing Time in Summer: N/A

Pre-Wedding Shoot Locations Markeaton Park Derby

Pavilion Gardens, Buxton

Live a bit further north? Why not head to the Pavillion Gardens in Buxton. We can visit the conservatory filled with exotic flowers, the Buxton Opera House, take a walk around the park, and even take a train ride on the little blue train if you would like to! 

Parking charge? Yes

Closing Time in Summer: 5pm

Darley Park, Derby

Why not visit the amazing Hydrangea Gardens at Darley Park in Derby. Some of the biggest most beautiful bushes of hydrangea I have ever seen, and lots of butterflies! if the walled garden is unlocked we can even head in there and have photographs with Derby Cathedral in the background! You can then stop for an ice cream at the cafe before we head home.

Parking charge? No

Closing Time in Summer: N/A

Pre-wedding shoot locations Darley Park Derby

Your Home!

What could be easier, more intimate, or more full of memories, than a shoot in your own home? Hang out, drink tea, play computer games, play with the kids, or snuggle in bed with the morning papers and let me do the hard work for you! And no you don’t need to feel worried about your house not being an interior designers haven, your house is your home and that’s why we love it!

Parking charge? No

Closing Time in Summer: None!

Pre-wedding shoot locations Derby home

Some other of my favourite Pre-Wedding shoot locations:

Wollaton Hall, Nottingham

Wollaton Hall and Deer Park is a beautiful estate just outside of Nottingham. It offers many gems such as an old victorian conservatory, a walled courtyard, beautiful old trees and established flower beds, and of course the amazing deer! 

Parking charge? Yes

Closing Time in Summer: 5pm

University of Nottingham Gardens, Nottingham

I bet you didn’t know the University of Nottingham had a beautiful garden tucked away that makes for beautiful summertime photographs? With areas of long meadowy grass, tree lined paths, a walled garden with a well, and manicured gardens, it can be a great pre-wedding shoot location!

Parking charge? No

Closing Time in Summer: 9pm

Carsington Water, near Wirksworth

Sudbury Hall
, near Uttoxeter

Staunton Harold Hall and Ferrers Arts Centre
, Ashby-de-la-Zouch

Did you know that you need to purchase a Permit to photograph at any of our lovely local National Trust Estates? It is typically around £50+. If you are still interested in one of these locations do let me know.

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Indigo and Violet's favourite pre-wedding shoot locations in Derby

Do you know of any hidden gems in and around Derby that would be perfect for pre-wedding shoots? Let me know, I would love to know all about them! 
– Jenny xx

Pre-wedding shoot locations in Derby