Nottingham became my home in 2016 and I haven’t looked back since. After living on the south coast for the majority of my life moving north for university was a refreshing change of pace. I attended Nottingham Trent University to study Film Production Technology and over the last few years I’ve had the pleasure of exploring Nottingham and its surroundings, and after establishing my wedding business in 2019 there are particular places I’m excited to visit for upcoming engagement shoots and hopefully even weddings.
One such place I’ve already been lucky enough to shoot at and it’s a place most might not expect is Nottingham War Memorial Gardens.
Nottingham war memorial gardens
The great location lends itself to the memorial gardens, backing onto the River Trent near the city centre. Just over the quiet riverside road (with parking!) is Wilford Suspension Bridge; Nottingham’s own Pont de Arts (better known as Paris’ Love Lock bridge). Lined with padlocks from lovers of past and present and stone arches at either end the suspension bridge makes for a great place to start. Get the right angles and light and you might get some photos with the light reflecting off of the Trent below, or just go for some simple symmetry like I did here with Beta and Nduka.
Next we moved into the gardens where the huge Arc de Triomphe-esque gate stands. We got some photos stood in front of the gates but my favourite shots came from underneath the gate. The lighting, the colours and the composition all came together beautifully to create some of my favourite ever weddings photos to date.
The gardens themselves have no shortage of photo opportunities surrounded by trees, plants, cobblestone and the large fountain in the middle of the park.
Further out of the city is Newstead Abbey, around a 30-minute drive from the city centre but a great place for an engagement shoot if the short trip doesn’t bother you. This is at the top of my wish list for shoot locations for its ridiculous beauty and array of wildlife. Founded by King Henry II of England and the ancestral home of Lord Byron. Complete with the abbey, lake and surrounding woodland, Newstead feels like a film set fit for Pride and Prejudice. The abbey is also available for wedding bookings so if you’re lucky enough to book your day there, keep me in mind!
Back to the city centre now and another location placed along the River Trent. Holme Pierrepont (or Skylarks Nature Reserve) is home to several large lakes bordered with trees and reed (that wheat-like plant that I’m obsessed with placing in the foreground of photos). When the evening/morning light hits the lake and backlights your photos it’s every photographer’s dream, so time your day right and you’ll come away with some breath-taking photos only 10 minutes away from the city centre.
wollaton hall and deer park
Leaving probably the most obvious one until last; Nottingham’s famous Wollaton Park. This one needs no introduction as of course Batman’s family estate, and the clue is in the name that you might spot some deer whilst you’re there. There’s also a botanical garden if you run out of ideas but you’ll be hard pushed with all of the space Wollaton has to offer!
So that’s my comprehensive 2021 list of locations to shoot for wedding photographers in Nottingham. I’ll likely revisit this next year when I’ve found even more, but until then if you’re looking to book a photographer I’m always around for a chat if you have any questions!
Wedding Photographer, Diamond Pictures