2017 has been a rather fantastic year. Full of incredible weddings, adventurous couples shoots and exciting events in the lives of my clients. My personal life has been somewhat jam-packed too, having just had our own wedding in October. I always feel that New Year’s day is a perfect time to reflect on all the things that happened the year just gone. To get excited about what lies ahead, the beautiful lessons we take forward with us, the relationships we built in 2017 that we can nourish moving forward – and just, in general, try to enjoy life to it’s fullest. After all, we only get one.
2016 was a somewhat scary and intense year for us in our personal life. Having lost my mother the year previous, we almost lost my dad in December. It’s taught me that it’s the moments that matter. Time with people. Relationships that give back. Material belongings can be accumulated, thrown away and forgotten. Memories, however, the smell of something, the feel of something, the emotion of something can all come flooding back within seconds. I’ve spent 2017 being thankful for the people I have in my life, the memories I’ve been blessed with, with those no longer with us – and the photographs I have of them, or of time which has passed us. Of course, it’s a bit cheesy – I’m a photographer, it’s natural for me to love photos. But the changes that hit our lives means that pictures are what we have left to fall back on.
Importance of photographs
Best 20 Wedding Moments of 2017
Bella the pug surprised her mum & dad at their Myres Castle wedding, wearing gorgeous flowers on her harness. She stayed a while for some photos before the rain started. She was ever so friendly, running off to greet all the guests very eagerly. I love dogs, so when there’s an adorable pooch that turns up for a little while – a photo must be had.
A sunset moment at Broxmouth Park made my heart melt. Jessica & Danny had a beautiful wedding at Broxmouth Park, after planning their big day from abroad. They booked me for my landscape wedding photos, my attention to detail and my relaxed nature. They were happy to do anything I’d suggested for a good photo. So after the meal when the light was going golden, we went for a wander to the bridge and ended up with this. Want to see more from this Broxmouth Park wedding? Visit the blog post here.
An adorable flower girl shedding a silent tear at this emotional wedding ceremony in St Andrews, Scotland. It’s easily one of my favourite moments because of how touching it is that she’s paying so much attention to the ceremony itself and how well behaved both girls are.
This next moment is also a special favourite as it was my first RAF wedding that I’d photographed. After the ceremony, the sword party line up and the couple need to kiss in front of the swords before they’re allowed to exit. Once they had kissed, they were thrown with confetti. The weather on this day was so perfect that we headed for some St Andrew’s seaside views afterwards.
Photographing Michelle & Craig’s big day was super special too. It was a 2-day wedding at Gean House in Alloa. As the wedding was in summer, it was very warm and sunny which sometimes poses its own challenges to wedding photography. Not at this moment though – just as we were leaving the forest I turned around, told them to stop and turn to one another – and this is what I got.
This Myres Castle wedding photo was a lucky one, and one of my favourite moments of the day. In order to catch sun flare, you need to be in such a precise position at a very specific time before it disappears due to clouds or sunset. It rained super hard on their wedding day, and just after the meal it had cleared up. We decided to go on an adventure around the Scottish castle and found this little nook just where the sun was peaking over. I asked them to just stand and relax together and I ended up with this.
Again, blessed with some dry spell luck, we headed out for some photographs just before the meal – during a dry spell. This couple was just full of love and laughter. It rained so much but didn’t impact the wedding at all, and I am so thankful that we had this beautiful sun flare during the dry spell. A wonderful day filled with great food, incredible entertainment and really lovely guests.
This is one of my favourites from 2017 because of the sheer excitement on her face. Claire, Stefan and I had gone for a wander around Colstoun House for some wedding portraits. As we were standing outside of the polytunnel, one of the flower girls picked up the remains of the confetti and just thrown it in the air. I am so happy I was there to capture this and personally just love it so much. Kids bring such spontaneity to a wedding day and they’re always ones to watch for great moments like this.
Colstoun House has a beautiful greenhouse and I wanted to utilise it in a different way. So I asked Claire & Stefan to stand inside, whilst I went around the outside and captured this textured image of them. With the leaves changing colour due to autumn and the reflection of the trees behind me I just love it.
This has got to be one of my favourite “groom” photos. It’s just so authentic and emotional. Just as Sammy was walking down the aisle towards Taz, he started to well up. Rightly so, she looked absolutely beautiful. This lovely couple booked me quite a long time before their wedding, giving me plenty of time to get to know them and learn about their relationship. They love one another so much – and the little touches that they did for one another on the morning of their wedding (and Taz’s lovely wedding speech!) just gives us insight into where this raw emotion came from. It was such a touching moment – I even got a lump in my own throat!
Ned & Rachel travelled from Australia to tie the knot at Park Farm in Daventry. It was a day with perfect weather, food and company. They had a gorgeous outdoor ceremony where they were blessed by someone special to them. Their guests made a semi-circle around them allowing for the perfect view. After they had put the rings on, each guest had a party popper which they’d let off. Being environmentally conscious, each guest also picked up the remains and streamers from their poppers to dispose of. To see each guest surrounding them with love and happiness from all over the world was just a beautiful sight.
This unexpected natural wedding moment is also a favourite of mine. I used to work with Charlotte and was so touched when she asked me to photograph her and Trevors wedding. Especially since Trevor is a keen photographer himself – it meant a lot. They tied the knot at the lovely Ansty Hall in Coventry. With heavy showers throughout the day, we grabbed some umbrellas and found a break in the weather to take some photos down at the church. The farm behind them was all fogged over. Charlotte leant over to adjust the frills of her dress whilst Trevor gently moved her hair away from her face – so full of romance! Also, check out the detail on her wedding dress, and Trevor’s perfectly groomed beard!
Blessed with beautiful weather for this moment, we found the perfect spot at Norton House in Scotland. With the direction of light, it resulted in this 3 point reflection which I am super chuffed with. I love texture and moment and symmetry. I love working with lines, patterns, colours and character. To me, this sums it all up. With no intense posing, just a relaxed “stand there and chat to one another for a couple of seconds” resulted in this!
Ruth & Glen are a super lovely couple and I was so lucky to have worked with them this year. Having put a lot of time, love and energy into their wedding, they pulled it off beautifully. From speaking to them on skype and email in the run-up to the day, you could just tell how bonded they were and how special their wedding day was to them. This moment, in particular, is one of my favourites because of how natural and unposed it is. They were just standing together after I’d guided them into what looked good and they just did their own thing – I zoomed into this moment and this is what I got.
This super organised bride & her bridesmaids were ready ahead of schedule. To utilise the grounds of where they were getting ready, we wandered to these logs and got creative for a bridesmaid group photo. I loved the moment this was taken because of how much fun Rebecca & her closest girls were having, all excited for what the day had in store for them all.
This photo sums up what an incredible day it was. With the heavy scattered rainfall stopping just 10minutes prior to the outdoor wedding ceremony – we were lucky. After the meal, we went for a wander around Wethele Manor and boom! Job done. The golden hour on this day was perfect with a beautiful sunset falling over the fields behind the marquee and accommodation.
Imogen and Andrew put so much love and effort into their wedding day, to make it unique to them. With incredible catering, entertainment and little touches it was just a beautiful day. The thing that stood out most to me was how much they love one another. The affection they show towards one another is summed up in this photo for me. During the speeches Andrew lifted Imo’s hand, tenderly kissed it and looked at her lovingly. It’s authentic moments like this that just make me all warm and fuzzy inside!
2017 seems to have been a year of magical dry spells. Just as I was about to leave, I saw the sky. Claire & Matt admired it for a bit before having a quick smooch with that as their backdrop. I have so many special memories from each of my weddings so its always hard to pick one – but to me this shouts “we did it! look how perfect our day was!”
After the meal, just before all the light had gone, we managed to capture this reflection photo. It didn’t look like much at first, but with the right angle, and ignoring the smell of the pond – I was so pleased once I’d put this gallery together.
Just before the light had gone completely, I managed to capture this. With the sun setting, the lines of the road leading towards them – I just love it. The moment itself was fun and special because like all portrait time, it gave them a chance to spend some time together, chat about the days’ events and just “be” without any distractions.
And finally… want to see all my favourite moments? Well, that would take too long as there were too many! But to sum it up, I put together a slideshow of my absolute favourites. Take a look: