I know the new year is well and truly in the swing of things now but I still wanted to share some of my favourite moments from what was an awesome year. It was my second year of photographing a smaller number of weddings, due to popping out a small human the previous year who still very much depended on me and gave zero shi%s as to whether I needed sleep to productively edit weddings! Anyway I digress…
I got to photograph some seriously amazing people last year and as my weddings were fewer than my usual wedding year I decided to break down my best of review into categories rather than one whole collection. That way I figured you’d be able to scroll to those subjects that interest you the most. If it’s a bad idea I’ll just blame it on the sleep deprivation.
When I think of my 2018 Weddings I think back with fond memories of…
Snow in March, Wedding suppliers being awesome making it through said snow to fulfil commitments, Human pyramids, children in fountains, AWESOME BRIDAL PARTY, the Dele Alli hand trick and the lack of skill people had at doing it, flossing (the dance rather than of ones teeth), a very rainy August bank holiday Sunday, making new friends in the industry and with my couples, hugging past couples, World Cup Fever and England very almost bringing it home, Capturing the reaction of said England team almost bringing it home, someone lighting 50 sparklers next to you all in one go!!! Falling over with a flower girl in my arms, a lot of very funny speeches, warm and welcoming families, super sweet couples and my heart filled with the fact that I got to capture all of this for people who trusted in me.
Hope you enjoy scrolling through these!
I love to watch the morning of weddings unfold. It’s usually either one of two types of morning - chaos in the best sense of the word or chilled out fizz drinking bliss and I love both of these scenarios for so many reasons. I spend my pre ceremony time capturing the laughter, the nerves, the special moments of gift giving/ receiving and first looks. As well as of course the dresses, shoes etc (see a later section on this). I flit between the bridal party and the groomsmen if they’re at the same location and love the difference in atmosphere.
The Personal Touches
Here I’m including everything from the wedding dress, to flowers, to the rings, shoes, venue decor and so on. These are the bits that make a wedding your own and I bloody love capturing them!
Ah the moment in the day that this whole event is based around! The nerves, flower girls unceremoniously throwing their flowers in one big heap, that long walk down the aisle, speaking in front of a room full of people, waiting for someone to stand up and shout ‘I OBJECT’ (on a selfish point of view the photos of a moment like this would be amazing but hope it NEVER happens for any of my wonderful couples).
THE CONFETTI/ GROUP SHOT
One of most favourite parts of the wedding day. I’ve posted about this before on the blog but the key to a good confetti shot is shed loads of confetti, when you think you’ve got enough my advice is buy more!!!
Group shots are so much fun, the herding of lots of guests not so much. I like to do mine either straight after the ceremony or before heading in to dinner rather than breaking up the party midway through the reception.
The Couple Shots
If you have even an ounce of humour then we’ll make this part of the day much more relaxed than you’d expect. Yes we’ll make it all romantic and lovely and all about the two of you but who needs super stuffy trussed up wedding pics. Let’s laugh, kiss (my couples not me, i’m not THAT kind of photographer), cuddle and walk about and get some awesome pics while we do just that. Please also note that rain never stops play with me!
The Bridal Party
These are your confidents and closest allies who you know will be there for you in the lead up and during your wedding day. With flower girls and boys you never know what might come of things to. Do your bit and dress them nice and then we can get some lovely pics of you with them.
You invited these people to make your day one to remember, maybe not that long distant cousin your mum made you invite, but all of the rest are their to celebrate with you and enjoy the amazing day you’ve curated. I love interacting with guests because, you know what, people give you so much more when they feel there’s a human behind the lens. Thank you to all of those guests that give their all to their hosts and simultaneously - me!
When they’re good they’re great! When they’re bad its painful but they’re equally great because people’s reactions are hilarious. Tears, laughter, embarrassment, joy, memories, heart filling moments = great photos!
When the sun starts to get low I love watching the energy of a wedding rise and drinks flow which is why I’ve included pics that not only occurred on the dance floor. For the record though I love to dance. I also love to dance whilst taking photos of couples and guests dancing. Always get on the dance floor that’s my only advice here :-)