Once again it’s that wonderful time of year. A time for family, festivities, eating, drinking, and for reflection. For me, this reflection means going through all of the weddings I’ve photographed over the year and putting together a collection of my favourites – an enjoyable, but hard task (in narrowing them down), I assure you. Revisiting each photo takes me back in time to each moment they were captured and a beautiful wave of emotions sweep over me.
You may be surprised by how strong these emotions are, as one thing that I imagine most couples don’t realise is how much us photographers get emotionally invested in their wedding day. Being a part of the day from bridal preparation to the dancing in the evening, means we’re pretty much there for it all. During the day, I hear stories of experiences people have shared with the bride and groom. I sense the love the guests have for the couple, and see it reflected back. I can’t help but laugh along with jokes about the hen and stag do’s, and feel the tug of heart strings at sentimental moments during the ceremony and speeches (especially when couples write their own vows). I feel honoured each time, and am truly thankful for each couple that loves my style and asks me to be the one to photograph their wedding.
It’s also been a great year for me in terms of the wedding venues I’ve worked at. After 9 years of being a wedding photographer in Kent, and having never photographed a wedding at The Old Kent Barn before, by a twist of fate, I was there twice in a week. I returned to Wadhurst Castle for an incredible wedding between a Swedish bride and an English Groom, the day before Sweden played England in the World Cup. I photographed my first wedding at Nettlestead Place and swiftly fell in love with the place, and was very pleased to hear I was added to their preferred supplier list. I returned to some other amazing venues such Chafford Park, Hayne House, Winters Barns, Hendall Manor Barns, Great Ote Hall, & Eastwell Manor, and also got to experience some incredible new venues like The Dorchester Hotel, Kew Gardens, Cambridge University, The Greenwich Yacht Club, Yew Tree Lakes, & Wasing Park. It never ceases to amaze me the vast choice of wedding venues we have in the UK – We truly are lucky.
And now, it is time to see the photos (if you haven’t skim read this already and dived straight in). I hope you enjoy looking through them and I look forward to each and every wedding I’ll be photographing in 2019.