Elen Studio wedding fairs 2019

Happy New Year everyone!

A wedding fair is a great way to meet couples. For this year of 2019 we have booked a number of wedding fairs at some gorgeous wedding venues in the East Midlands region. Here is a list of the Elen Studio wedding fairs 2019:

Shottle Hall Open Day, Sunday, 13th January 2019, 11am-3pm, at Shottle Hall (White Ln, Shottle, Belper DE56 2EB). For more info, visit https://www.shottlehall.co.uk/derbyshire-wedding-fayre/

Hodsock Priory wedding fair, Sunday, 10th March 2019, 11am-2pm, at Hodsock Priory (Blyth, Worksop S81 0TY). For more info, visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/hodsock-priory-wedding-fair-tickets-51909164709

Prestwold Hall wedding fair, Sunday, 07 April 2019, 12:30pm-3:30pm, at Prestwold Hall (Prestwold, Loughborough LE12 5SQ). For more info, visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/prestwold-hall-wedding-fair-tickets-51909715356?aff=erelexpmlt

Shottle Hall Open Day, Sunday, 14th April 2019, 11am-3pm, at Shottle Hall (White Ln, Shottle, Belper DE56 2EB). For more info, visit https://www.shottlehall.co.uk/derbyshire-wedding-fayre/

I Do wedding exhibition, Sunday, 15th September 2019, 10am-4:30pm, at the Derby Velodrome (Royal Way, Derby DE24 8JB). For more info, visit https://www.ido-weddingexhibitions.co.uk/derby/

It would be lovely to have a chat with you if you visit any of these wedding fairs – please pop in to say hello!

MPA Award Winning photographer 2015,2016,2018

Boho Coralation – Coral, Gold wedding shoot

As a photographer I work on a variety of different themed shoots. However, there are always some shoots that stick out in my mind. One perfect example of this was a Boho Coral, Gold wedding shoot that took place at Shottle Hall, Derbyshire. There are a number of reasons why this shoot will stay with me and why it has become one of my favourite ones to organize and work on.

The Venue

There is a wealth of beautiful venues up and down the country, and I am lucky, in the most part to be able to see plenty of these during my time working as a photographer. One thing that I know is incredibly important to couples is to get amazing photographs to keep and treasure from their special day. However, they may worry that they are going to be struck down with bad weather which may ruin their plans.
One of the best things about Shottle Hall is that not only there are some amazing outdoor locations where photos can be taken, but also, if the weather isn’t as kind as you hoped, there are plenty of stunning places to take photos indoors too.

The suppliers

When it comes to putting together a wedding photoshoot, one of the most important aspects has to be the suppliers. Suppliers are those who make a wedding photo shoot (and often help to bring a couple’s dreams to life when it comes to their wedding). I was so lucky to be able to bring together such talented suppliers.
It was fascinating to see how these amazing suppliers brought a fantastic array of ideas to life. I saw new ways to use balloons, silk ribbons and even wedding biscuits too. Which just goes to show how inspirational it can be from watching others.

The theme

The idea behind this Boho gold coral wedding shoot theme was, what I like to call, Coralation Boho. Coral, golds and greys mixed with the rustic charm that only Boho style can bring. It really was such a pleasure to capture images of the models in these styles.


Kedleston Hall wedding photographer- wedding of Claire and Ben

Good evening all

Just to share with you the first photo from the wedding of Claire and Ben at Keddleston Hall that we photographed just yesterday! Claire and Ben had a fabulous day at this fantastc venue which we tried to reflect in the pictures.

See all the comments on our Facebook page too!

Elena, your Kedleston Hall wedding photographer

East Midlands Wedding Magazine front cover photo – April/May 2018 issue


Wow! So happy to share these news. Our photo is the cover of the East Midlands Wedding Magazine front cover, April/May 2018 issue! And we’ve got a few pages inside to inspire future brides! You can buy this copy online. Check this link.

Elen Studio Photography-East Midlands Wedding Magazine front cover

I’d love to describe the photo shoot here, but I think it is better written in the magazine. The only thing I’d say here is that the atmosphere during the photo shoot was amazing, everyone did their best to make the shoot happen, and to get the best shots from it. Thanks to our amazing team:

Wedding venue – The Lace Market Hotel
Photography: Us Elenstudiophotography.com Weddings
Amazing cakes: The Sugared Rose
Flowers: Akito Floral Design
Bridal Suits: House Of Ollichon
Hair accessories: Thomasina Brides
Napkins, Handkerchief & underwear: Extra Special Touch
Sationary: Gray Starling Designs Ltd
Men’s Suit: Jon Paul Derby

Models: Rue Moriah, Rebekah Simone, Queenie Ong and Trev

It was pleasure to be a part of the team!

Love my job!
Elena x

Six Streets Arts Trail 2017

Good morning everyone

We are pleased to invite you to the Six Streets Arts Trail 2017!

On Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 June 2017, the Six Streets area will once again open its doors and welcome visitors. Residents will host displays by artists and makers including painters, printers, textile artists, ceramicists, photographers and jewellery-makers.

Discover more than 40 artists and makers exhibiting at venues around the Six Streets area, located off Kedleston Road,Derby, at and near Wheeldon Avenue.
The exhibitions will be open Saturday 24 June 10.00 am – 5.00 pm Sunday 25 June 10.00 am – 5.00 pm

Explore the Six Streets area and enjoy refreshments in one of the pop-up cafes around the trail.

This year, as an experiment, entry will be free of charge – just look for the balloons!

We are pleased to be exhibiting there again – please come to say hello and join us to celebrate Derby and Derbyshire arts and crafts!

Keep in touch
Elena, your Derbyshire wedding photographer


Summer Garden Wedding Photographs of Jo and James

This blog post is about Jo and James and their summer garden wedding photographs at Burton on Trent. It was a very unusual wedding in terms of the wedding day theme and I’m really pleased to share these photographs with you. Here is a little bit about the wedding day.

First of all, the guys organised a pagan wedding ceremony, involving lighting candles and jumping over a broomstick! The whole thing, including the rings exchange, was done at one of parents’ back garden in the presence of most of the guests! By judging how well they prepared this, you can say that this part was probably more important for the guys than the official one at the Burton’s registry office.

It was also unusual to me that most of the wedding day event were held at a private house back garden. The atmosphere was great, the garden was so beautiful and cozy and everybody enjoyed so much that I don’t think any of the guests noticed any difference compared to a proper wedding venue!


Jo kindly gave me an off line interview which, I hope, will inspire and give new ideas to the brides and grooms to be. She also shared a list of suppliers she used which may be of use as well. So, over to Jodie

Speak soon
Burton on Trent wedding photographer

How did you two meet?
We met at work, at our previous job. We didn’t really see much of each other at work but were both invited out by a mutual friend for after work drinks and then for a birthday bash – the rest is history! (Our first dance song has always been ‘our song’ – we found love in a hopeless place)

How did he pop the question?
Not very romantically! We both enjoy antiques and antique fairs, there is a jeweler at one whose rings are amazing. A few years ago, I fell in love with an art deco ring he had which James offered to buy for me. I told him I only wanted a diamond ring if it was a promise! Two years later, we were at the fair and we went and saw the same man. I thought it was weird he had so many art deco rings! I saw a ring I fell completely in love with and James again asked if I wanted it – but this time as a promise! I didn’t realize at the time, the reason Gary had so many art deco rings with him was because James had called him before hand and told him his plans, Gary remembered my love of art deco, hence all the rings!


What was your favorite moment(s) from the wedding?
I really enjoyed our pagan blessing, and I must say my first dance with my dad. The boys speeches were also excellent. I loved the whole day!


How long have you been together?
4 years

How would you describe your overall wedding experience?
The most magical day of my life

What advice would you offer to other couples planning a wedding?
Be organized! I wasn’t and it led to some last minute stresses! Also ensure you budget correctly, don’t go into debt. We paid as we went along which made it much easier on the day.

Tell me about your dress. Where did you find it, how did you choose it, how did you know it was the one?
I had been looking online at bohemian dresses. I really wanted a dress with long, princess medieval sleeves. This dress came up, even though it didn’t tick all the boxes and I fell in love. I found the designers website (Ian Stuart) and a list of stockists. Working from the closest, I rang them to ask if they had this dress (Midsummer Dream) to try on. The closest I found was an hour and a half drive away… so off we went. It is the only wedding dress I tried on. I have never worn any other wedding dress, and didn’t need to see anymore!



How was your experience taking photos/working with us on your wedding day?
Amazing, all the guests complemented you both on your professionalism, how well you fitted in, your manner with them. Could not fault a thing!

Any tips that you have about preparing your wedding party for the photos? What did you tell them, how did you get them to cooperate, what did you do or what would you have done differently?
I should have told people that I had already given you guys a list of what I wanted. I could hear people panicking that photos were being ‘missed’ but we had it all under control! I was in my own little world really, so wished I’d have paid more attention! (Didn’t realize one of the girls had forgot her flowers!)

Any tips on what to bring?
I forgot my helium balloons and I still have two huge bags of very expensive confetti left over. Plan and have your bridesmaid sort these things for you!

We love to hear about vendors you love. List any vendors here and feel free to share your experience. Be sure to include the name of the vendor, their profession, city/state, site or Facebook page and how your experience was!
Amy Louise Bridal, Nantwich – the most amazing, patient, lovely ladies! I enjoyed every visit to their shop (and there were quite a few)
Ian Stuart – I facebook stalked him a little, but him and his team always reply!
Shropshire Petals – beautiful confetti!
Mollys Hair and Beauty, Burton – those girls put up with so much from us on the Friday and the Saturday making us look beautiful! They did a fantastic job, if I say so myself!
Jeanette, Ruby VW hire – lovely, professional, conscientious. Can’t fault her.
Patricia – the lady who did our handfast, so friendly, so warm, really enjoyed the time spent with her.
And of course, we all loved you guys!


What’s one piece of advice you would give to other couples for planning their wedding?
Marry abroad?! Ha! Do everything just the way you want it. Do not compromise!

Have you had an engagement session? If so, please, describe your experience? Would you recommend to have an engagement photo shoot to other couples?
Yes! I loved it, and it prepared you for the day. Also an opportunity to get to know you better and see how to work together.

What kind of food was served at your reception?
Jacket Potatoes!

What was the first song you danced to as husband and wife? Father-daughter dance? Mother-son dance?
First Dance – Ed Sheeran covering Rhiannas ‘We Found Love’
Father/Daughter – Celine Dion ‘Because you Loved me’

List of suppliers
Cake Maker: Costco!
Wedding Planner: The Bride!
DJ: My nephew/the bride
First Dance Song: Ed Sheeran covering Rhiannas ‘We Found Love’
Dress Boutique: Amy Louise Bridal, Nantwich
Caterer: Buffet from Costco
Florist: The Blossom Tree, Melbourne
Limo Service: ‘Ruby’ VW Campervan


















I DO wedding exhibition at Derby Arena on Sunday, 25th September

Dear All

We are proud to take a part in the I DO wedding exhibition at Derby Arena which will take place on Sunday, 25th September, between 10am and 4:30pm. The venue address is The Velodrome, Royal Way, Derby DE24 8JB.

The exhibition, organised by I do wedding magazine is going to be one of the biggest in the area. “On Sunday 25th September the velodrome will host over 150 of the finest local wedding suppliers, all eager to help you organise your special day and best of all… it’s absolutely free for all brides-to be. It really will be a day of pure wedding bliss; starting with a bubbly reception and goodie bags full of freebies, there will be amazing Milan-style catwalk shows, a host of live entertainment from magicians to musicians, a wedding car display featuring Classic, Vintage, Modern and Prestige vehicles, plus competitions, special offers and so much more!”

Elen Studio Photography will be exhibiting there at stand N19. Please come to say Hello and to have a chat about your special day and, of course, about wedding photography 🙂

Hope to see you all there!

See you there
Your Derby wedding photographer

Breadsall Priory wedding fair on Sunday 18th September

Dear Brides and Grooms

There will be a wedding fair at Breadsall Priory Hotel, a great wedding venue just north of Derby, on Sunday, 18th September 2016, from 11am till 3pm. The wedding fair offers displays from various wedding suppliers and I think you will be able to find lots of useful contacts and information for your Big Day when visiting it.

We will also be exhibiting at the Breadsall Priory wedding fair and will be glad to see you at our stand. Come around to have a chat about your wedding day, to get special wedding offer discounts and to take a part in an engagement shoot competition.

Look forward to seeing you all there!

See you there
Your Derby wedding photographer

Shottle Hall wedding fair on Sunday 18th September 2016

Dear Brides and Grooms

There will be a wedding fair at Shottle Hall, a fabulous Derbyshire wedding venue, on Sunday 18th September 2016 between 11am and 3pm. The wedding fair offers displays from various wedding suppliers and I think you will be able to find lots of useful contacts and information for your Big Day when visiting it.

We will also be exhibiting at the Shottle Hall wedding fair on 18th September and will be glad to see you at our stand. Come around to have a chat about your wedding day, get special wedding offer discounts and to take a part in an engagement shoot competition.

Look forward to seeing you all there!

P.S. We’ve photographed in Shottle Hall many times and just love this venue as it offers great photographic opportunities!


See you there
Your Derby wedding photographer

Engagement photos Kedleston Hall of Iryna and Richard

Hello everybody

Kedleston Hall, a home for Curzon family, is probably one of the most famous stately homes in Derbyshire, and certainly one of the grandest venues next to Derby. The grounds here have quite a romantic countryside atmosphere, this is probably why Iryna and Richard, my wedding couple, wanted to have their engagement photos Kedleston Hall. We decided to have this shoot done in October so that the background would be different to their wedding photographs in the spring time.

If you’ve been there you know that the heart of the grounds is the magnificent 18th century Hall itself. We started our romantic photo shoot from the back of the hall, the side with the double staircase. With laugh and kisses, the guys went up the stairs, walked down and had a few shots just at the bottom of the staircase.


Then we went on for a stroll in the grounds, found some benches, went to see the riverside and just had very good time. Iryna and Richard were amazing, they laughed, smiled and even had some dance movements which, of course, I did capture with my camera.


We all enjoyed the walk and this informal session. From my experience, engagement sessions help the couples to relax and get confident in front of the camera prior to their wedding day, and this is what Iryna and Richard said too. Well, keep on my blog for Iryna and Richard’s wedding pictures which will come soon!

Keep in touch
Your Derby wedding photographer