As the final hours of 2014 pass by, I think it's certainly time to reflect on what has been a fantastic and very busy year for me.
There have been so many highlights that I couldn't hope to possibly list them all! However, several do stick out in my mind.
Starting the year at Daniel and Terry's Civil Ceremony at Horsham Register Office, with the first and only dog ring-bearer I've seen!; Photographing two friends from my collage years getting married and celebrating at Woldingham Golf Club; An incredibly stylish and unique rockabilly style wedding in Brighton, as well as a smart and contemporary B&W themed wedding in Salfords; a lavish ceremony and reception at Selsdon Park Hotel for a couple who I was recommended to after a festive themed ceremony last year; sunflowers a-plenty at a warm and welcoming ceremony at Guildford Registry office in May; a friendly 60th birthday party at Langshott Manor, Horley and a second Christening for a wonderful family I frequently photograph; Returning to Selsdon Park Hotel as part of a full day with another couple whom I was recommended after their friend's ceremony, also engaging in a great couple's shoot in Coombe Wood in perfect sunshine!
As summer rolled in, I had the pleasure of photographing a wedding web-cast around the world for a wonderful couple at the Tewin Bury Farm Hotel in Herts (also featuring my first taste of South African snack 'biltong'!). I also greatly enjoyed (and relished the challenge of) photographing at least 300 guests at a Scottish themed wedding in Luton, with it's very own pipe band and a significant amount of merriment!
As the year progressed. I also got to see one of the best wedding cakes ever (minion themed!) in the tiny village of Aldenham where the ceremony and reception took place across the road from each other, and also a ceremony in one of the oldest churches still standing in the UK in the village of Chaldon. Later in August, I also shot two different ceremonies for the same couple over two separate days, culminating in a beautiful reception at Langley Sports Club in Beckenham with some terrific dancing and heartfelt speeches.
Autumn drew in, but the weddings kept coming. In Folkstone, I shot a bride as she hid from some late arriving guests, and in Crawley the wedding party was basked in terrific sunshine during a most untypically hot late October day. Finally, in November I was able to shoot at the Kennington Oval, a cricket themed wedding in the most opulent setting.
The year was not over yet though, as I got to return to Horley Town FC to shoot a double christening party in December!
I've had weddings and events throughout the year, and have loved every last one of them. I have met a huge array of wonderful people at your weddings and events, and it has truly been a pleasure to photograph them and the events they were at. To all those who were responsible for hiring me; I realise you had a choice and honestly appreciate the fact that you chose me to photograph what is often the most important day of your life, and hope the memories continue to come flooding back whenever you view the photos we produced together.
Also; a special thank you to Katie Allen, for all her hard work in finishing off my wedding boxes with the most intricate and beautiful typography!