Although Jules, my wife and business partner in White Taxi Weddings is a Derbyshire girl, I’m still a bit of a newcomer, having lived here for just five years. Having been born and raised in the Cotswolds, and then lived for a long time in rural and scenic Shropshire, I could have been hard to please. One of the joys though of running a wedding car hire business, is that you get to know the area and see lots of places you might not otherwise get to visit, and I have to say the East Midlands can certainly hold its own for natural beauty.
Yes, it has its wonderful industrial heritage, from coal mining, and railways to the world conquering lace industry, but rural East Midlands is an ongoing voyage of discovery to me and I’m thoroughly enjoying it.
As far as weddings go, we haven’t quite got into the Peak District yet, but the rolling countryside of North West Leicestershire in Spring takes some beating. One of the most pleasant journeys I’ve had so far was taking a Bride from Sutton Bonington to a church in the delightful market town of Ashby de la Zouch, on country roads on a sunny April day, and then the hardship of having to take her and her new Husband back again.
The architecture of wedding venues varies so much too, from new and old hotels, and village halls and private homes, and we’ve weddings coming up in a couple of Castles, at Tutbury and Belvoir, the latter being just a couple of days before Christmas. We’ve also got a church wedding in Nottingham with a photo stop at Nottingham Castle.
In terms of grandness, Nottingham Council House is right up there, inside and out, and we’ve done a couple of weddings there so far. We just had to get the hang of the driving and parking restrictions around it!
One of the nation’s great rivers, The Trent, is right on our doorstep at our home in Long Eaton, and we’ve been involved with a few weddings at various venues along its course in Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Staffordshire, including one coming up at Trent Bridge Cricket Ground. If it’s a match day, I could be persuaded to stay…
So, East Midlands, I’m starting to get to know you well, but fortunately there’s still so much more to discover. So come on Brides & Grooms – hit us with your venues and locations!
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