Where do I even start here?! 2015 has been pretty goshdarn lovely. It’s been a year of wonderful couples (thank you, guys!), amazing venues and everything from a My Neighbour Totoro wedding cake to a fire dancing display. My assistants have been brilliant, the dresses (and suits, for that matter) have been epic, I’ve travelled all over the place and blinked back more happy-tears than I thought possible. The music has been above and beyond, I can now say I’ve witnessed a bride vs groom game of conkers, glittery shoes have been a (glorious) thing and one of my couples JUMPED OVER A FIRE.
…yep, this year’s been a good’un. #bloomingloveweddings has never been more appropriate and I’ve had an absolute nightmare attempting to narrow down my favourites to a sensible number. It’s taken many, many cups of coffee, but here, finally and in no particular order, are a few of my favourite things from each of this year’s extravaganzas. Ready? Let’s go!
Ian & Amy’s super beautiful, intimate Buxton Pavillion wedding. Strong bowtie game, right there.
Bria and Matthew’s wonderful, eco-friendly Autumn wedding avec autumn leaf confetti, games of conkers, tree sapling wedding favours and all of the adorable.
Jen and Dan’s mega lovely barn wedding came complete with a luminous yellow 2CV and a high-octane ceilidh by The Timorous Beasties. Magic stuff.
Y’know I mentioned that there’d been a fire dancer? There might’ve been a pyrobot too. Yep. Michelle and Hitesh’s wedding was pretty freaking epic.
Carrie & Neal got hitched at the delightfully quirky Hundred House Hotel. It may have rained, but that just made the light more beautiful later! Also: Roller Derby teams make for excellent group photos. Just saying.
I’ve had the total pleasure and privilege of photographing a few friends’ weddings this year. Y’know, those ones where you’re even more emotionally involved than normal and then they go and have a reading about two dinosaurs which is, incidentally, read by two of your other favourite people and causes you to melt a little bit? Yep, that was Russ and Gina’s spectacularly colourful summer wedding at The Farmhouse. Oh man. (Also, did you spot the flying baby?!)
I was delighted to pop back to the wonderful Wood Lane Countryside Centre in Stannington for Will and Emily’s super sweet big day. How perfect is this colour scheme?!
It may have sporadically hammered it down on the day of Helen and John’s Shrewsbury wedding but, my goodness, it was still crazy gorgeous! (Incidentally, Helen’s wedding hair was done by the rather clever Jenni McDonald at Francesco Group (Newport) who I’d previously been a hair model for in a shoot with Ella Ruth Photography. If you’re looking for someone to sort your barnet out round Shropshire way, go check her out!)
Being asked to photograph another photographer’s wedding party is always exciting / nerve-wracking / a massive compliment! The attention to detail at Michelle and Jon’s incredible wedding party did not disappoint; everything looked totally beautiful. As if that wasn’t enough, there was even an impromptu ukelele lesson! Wizard.
TOTORO WEDDING CAKE!!! In case this isn’t already all kinds of obvious, this pretty much made my life. Claire and Alex’s wedding was pretty gorgeous.
Toby and Rachel went for a home-made beer festival vibe for their big day and, my goodness, it was perfect. Beermat bunting, stellar musicians and fairylights aplenty. Photographing friends’ weddings really is one of the loveliest things.
Jemma and Nick’s autumnal wedding at the Bradfield Village Hall featured lots and lots of lovely music and dancing; everything from bagpipes playing Jemma into the hall and a four-piece harmony song in the service, right the way through to Jemma joining in the one of the Morris dances in her wedding dress (mad skills!!) and a wonderfully raucous ceilidh. Oh, and the apple pies came out with sparklers on. Genius!
My first ever wedding in Germany! I was particularly excited about this one, it being the wedding of a lady I’ve been friends with pretty much since birth. The cake was wheeled out avec sparklers to the sound of Sandstorm, the first dance was spectacular and everyone was positively beaming all day. Nicely done, Rachel and Peter, you beauts!
People who are so cute it hurts a bit? Emily and Jason. The weather couldn’t have been more perfect for these two, who had a gorgeous summer garden party theme, and I’m so glad it was. There was so much love surrounding this whole day, from family and friends as well as between the bride and groom themselves, that I legit had to go cuddle a pillow as soon as I got home. #notevenkidding
Continuing the impossibly lovely vibe was the wonderfully musical wedding of Emily and Will. Y’know I mentioned one of my couples this year jumped over a fire? That was these guys. Can’t even BEGIN to tell you the relief when they made it over unscathed. Whewww! Emily and Will had their reception at the absolutely beautiful Avalon Permaculture Gardens in Somerset and their gorgeous little girl, Lily, was on bridesmaid duty. (Did I mention that she and Emily had matching Mama and daughter flower garlands? Oh my heart.)
Have I ever told you how much I love a good village hall wedding? Natasha and Adam’s big day was marvellous. Huge volumes of home-made cake, a brass band and tonnes of confetti. Perfect. (I may have also been a bit in love with Natasha’s dress. Totally gorgeous!)
D’awwwh, these guys. As if Sarah and Chris’s autumnal wedding wasn’t lovely enough already, Sarah’s Brownie and Guide groups formed a guard of honour after the service! The colour scheme for the whole wedding was based around the team colours of the Nottingham Panthers, Sarah’s favourite ice hockey team. That’s dedication, right there. (It looked amazing and all!) Also, fun fact: these guys found my work after Sarah’s step-mum came on one of my creative portraiture courses! Super nice.
Clients who are happy to don wellies and stand in a ford for the sake of photo funsies = the bee’s knees. Chris and Nichola’s big day in the north west, avec spectacular marquee and decorative tractors and tower of cheese, was absolutely magical.
And that, ladies and gentlemen, was 2015! I realise I’ve failed somewhat spectacularly at narrowing things down, but there really was too much loveliness. I hope you’ve enjoyed browsing through these as much as I’ve enjoyed working on them. Huge thanks again to all of my wonderful couples and a massive shout out to all of my super assistants (especially Cat Lane, Jamie Sia, Sam Houghton, Ocean Hampson and my ever patient fella, Dan) – I can’t wait to see what 2016 will bring!
Wishing you all the very best for the New Year,