Derby Wedding Photography at St Bartholomew’s Church, Elvaston

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The morning was a relaxed one – Lindsey getting her hair done in the kitchen, her Mum (who didn’t want her picture taking) having her make-up done upstairs, and Dad wandering around checking out the new garden, along with Barclay, the dog. The morning went quickly, and it wasn’t long before it was a quick dash to Elvaston Church.

Derby Wedding Photography at St Bartholomew’s Church - bride getting ready on the morning of her wedding

I’d been to the church the week before to have a wander around and get a vibe for the place, and it’s a beautiful little church that personally means a great deal to Lindsey and Tom.

Shortly after I arrived at the church the guests started to arrive, many of them checking their phones because the England team was to play Sweden in the World cup quarter-final with the kickoff at 3pm… i.e the same time as the ceremony…!


There are many parts that I love at weddings, but possibly my favourite part is the moment before the Bride arrives; you can always sense the tension in the air, the guests are excited, Mum and Dad are looking nervous, but most of all the Groom tends to look terrified. Tom was sat at the front of the church with his best man Andy – they were chatting, they were laughing, and you could see that Andy was winding Tom up a little bit. Tom was playing it cool, but you could see on his face he was nervous.

Derby Wedding Photography at St Bartholomew’s Church - groom looking nervous at his church wedding



During the ceremony there were a series of images that I enjoyed from the wedding, it was the moment where Ed the priest asked Lindsay’s Dad to pass her hand to Tom. There is a series of 4-5 images which shows Lindsey hand being passed from her Dad to Tom and the face of Lindsay’s Dad sticks in my mind. Lindsay’s mum in the morning had mentioned that her Dad was not himself because he felt that he was losing his daughter, so seeing this series of images means a lot more knowing what I had heard in the morning.

Derby Wedding Photography at St Bartholomew’s Church - dad handing his daughter's hand in marriage to the groom

The ceremony was conducted by Ed the priest, who had recently been ordained. This was his first wedding, and he nailed it! He also popped along to the after-show party.

Derby Wedding Photography at St Bartholomew’s Church - bride and groom exchange vows and rings during their wedding ceremony

Once the ceremony was done, and the wedding register was signed, it was off outside to meet, greet and thank everybody who was there for the ceremony. There were plenty of hugs, kisses, smiles and laughter – perfect for me to get some images.


Derby Wedding Photography at St Bartholomew’s Church - bride and groom hug their wedding guests following their wedding ceremony



The after-show party was held at Tom and Lindsey’s house, and they had done a fantastic job to get everything set for all their family and friends to enjoy a warm afternoon celebrating their wedding. Tom had converted the garage into man-pad comprising of a TV on the wall (which did fall down…!), a gin bar, sofas for people to chill out on and plenty of help on hand to serve all the drinks.

Derby Wedding Photography - wedding guests enjoy a post wedding ceremony drink

We were quite fortunate on the day that the weather was perfect, which meant that the outdoor disco and DJ could rock the guests all night. In between the speeches and the cake cutting there were plenty of embarrassing stories (mainly of Tom) especially the Top Gun bedroom story….

Derby Wedding Photography - wedding guests enjoy the wedding speeches in the garden of the bride and groom



It’s not very often I get a chance to photograph the first dance outdoors, so it was nice to get some natural light first dance photographs – and then when the lighting was a little bit darker, it was nice to bring out the single flash, and get stuck in on the dance floor.

Derby Wedding Photography - wedding guests enjoy the disco in the garden of the bride and groom

Tom and Lindsey have some wonderful family and friends, and it’s no surprise that everybody loved the day. Congratulations guys, and thank you for letting me be a part of your wedding.

Andy x



“What can I say about Andy, this won’t be a short review (sorry not sorry)….As a couple we wanted the most natural and honest wedding photographs; nothing staged, nothing false and most of all showing everyone we loved looking as happy as we were on our day. As a person who is not a fan of being the centre of attention, and who’s smile becomes increasingly awkward the more I’m asked to “smile” I really needed to feel comfortable on my wedding day. Andy provided that level of comfort for me, he was a complete legend throughout our day, he kept me so relaxed – even offering me water in the 28c heat after our wedding ceremony (thank you). His professionalism was spot on as well as being the most friendly and welcoming person, to not only us, but to all of our guests. Andy’s knowledge of photography and what makes a good, natural shot is vast, and we never doubted Andy’s skills for one second – we knew our wedding day photography was in the right hands. In the lead, up to the wedding, his communication, easy-going nature and complete transparency about how he works was refreshing and exactly what we wanted. On the day, from start to finish we felt like he was just supposed to be there, and everyone we have spoken to has commented on how great he was. The results are wonderful; really beautiful and natural pictures that totally captured what we wanted, every time we look at them we spot something different about the photograph and we love that aspect so much. Our families adore them too and they are harder to please than us! We will never be able to thank Andy enough for being part of our day, it was a total pleasure to share it with you – truly thank you!!

If you want a friendly, professional, relaxed and talented candid photographer then you must book Andy @SaywellHQ – you won’t be disappointed!!”

— Lindsey and Tom




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Destination: Derby Wedding Photography | Wedding Venue: St Bartholomew’s Church in Elvaston, Derby | Wedding Setting: Derby Church Wedding

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