As I write this, I can't believe 2016 is almost over! So as we look forward to the year ahead I wanted to post a blog about my year just gone photographing weddings. Every wedding that features in this post has been or will be blogged on its own in it's full glory over the next few weeks.
Over the past 12 busy months I feel I have grown as a wedding photographer and constantly been learning and developing, and very much look forward to all the bookings I have already for 2017, as well as those still to come! I have experimented with new editing styles, poses and and approaches to the big day, as well as kicking off the year with a significant investment into new equipment, and have been very happy with the results.
My year of weddings kicked off in January with Lynn & Steve's low-key big day in Luton. Sure, the car was flashy but the day was all about close family and friends.
Misha & Rick followed in April, married at Arundel's grand town hall. Beautiful weather complimented a beautiful ceremony in a wonderful building. Here's Rick very nervously awaiting the arrival of his bride!
Ruth & Stan were my third wedding of the year, with their ceremony taking place at the historic Layer Marney Tower. This shot was my favourite of the day, gazing out of the window of the Grand Hall.
Gillian & Frazer were married in early May, at a very well attended and very well planned event near Guildford. One very photogenic couple, here's one of my favourite couple's shots from the day.
Sharon and Andy were married on the Isle of Wight, making theirs my first (technically) overseas ceremony! Northwood House in Cowes providing the perfect backdrop to their special day.
Kelly and Paul's big day was a little closer to my home, just 10 minutes down the road in Crawley! Here they are during the very important first dance.
Laura and Rob were married in Leatherhead (my most visited registry office ever). Their lovely day was filled with fun and games, including a bouncy castle that was very popular with the guests!
Jo and Greg were married at Hampton Court Palace Golf Club. This famous venue provided awesome backdrops to a truly lovely day, and a more welcoming couple would be difficult to meet.
Alice and Mark's wedding took place in the very centre of London. This was a very international day, with both the couple and their guests coming from opposite sides of the globe, meeting in the middle to be married!
Back to Luton in August for Amy and Kieren's wedding. The torrential wind and rain didn't stop a fantastic day going ahead as planned. Here they are being showered with confetti!
Later that week, Vicky and Charlie were married. This was a particularly special one for me as Vicky is my girlfriend's mum! Bromley register office providing the backdrop for one of my favourite shots from the day.
Bank holiday weekend began with Gulnara and Will's wedding day in Dorset. The four hour drive was more than worth it as this was a truly spectacular event! The photo below was taken halfway through a very picturesque country walk to the reception venue.
The very next day, I was in Croydon photographing Rebecca and Darren's wedding at the Aerodrome Hotel. This was a very fun day, with loads of great dancing and laughter, also noteworthy because I went to school with the bride!
Bev and Graham were married in Rusper on my birthday! I loved this wedding, and the attention to detail paid by the wedding planners and the happy couple was a joy to behold.
Charlene and Daniel were my final wedding of the year, and I loved bowing out of 2016 with their big day. Here's the bride herself waiting to go in!