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What 2015 has taught me


At this time of year it is traditional for photographers to do a 'best of 2015' photography round up, where they show their favourite images from the last year. I was planning on doing this, but as I was going through my photos from 2015 I realised that what was more interesting was what I had learnt from all of these images. They have helped to make mre more certain of the types of weddings I love to shoot, or ideas and inspiration I can give to my brides and grooms, of what has worked wonderfully at weddings, what has spoken to me and inspired me in how I photograph. So, I will share some of my favourite images from this last year with you, but I will also share with you the ideas behind them and hopefully these may give you some inspiration yourselves...

I love quirky venues! My favourite weddings are outside, but obviously with the British weather, that isn't always possible! Below are a few of my favourites from the year: Lyde Court in Herefordshire, The Perch Inn, Oxfordshire, Brixton East, London and Buckley military barracks

Lyde court barn wedding venue herefordshire with papoer lanterns hanging from ceiling
boho military wedding with silver candalabras
brixton east wedding venue
The Perch Inn Oxfordshire marquee wedding venue with long tables and vintage styling
blackboard table plan at Lyde Court barn wedding venue Herefordshire
The Perch Inn Ocfordshire wedding venue mismatched unique styling
candles and hops at Lyde Court barn Herefordshire
unique styling at Brixton East wedding venue London
The Perch Inn Oxfordshire marque wedding venue

I do love a beautiful dress...and what I particularly love is when the dresses really reflect each of my lovely brides - they have chosen them because they represent a part of them - elegant / bohemian / classical / relaxed / boutique / handmade. Each of the dresses below were extra special because the brides had chosen or made them because they relfected them in a true and honest way and resonated with them for a specific reason. Feast your eyes on these beauties...

Sassi Holford wedding dress for a stylish wedding at Dodofrd Manor
Bath Royal crescent elegant wedding with blush pink roses
lace dress and bride at Lyde Court barn wedding venue
Charlie Brear weddiong dress for a boho wedding in Wiltshire
A handmade lace dress for a wedding at The Perch Inn, Oxfordshire
A sassi holford dress for an elegant wedding at Dodford Manor, Northamptonshire
A charlie brear wedding dress for a Malmesbury boho wedding

Couples photos are fun! So many couples come to me saying they hate having their photo taken and are dreading having photos of the 2 of them. But please trust me when I say this, they are fun. We just head out to somewhere beautiful, chat, laugh, I will gently guide you into positioning that is flattering and beautiful and then we just let the moments play out naturally and the photos we get...well, they are true, honest and so naturally beautiful. Not forced, not un-natural, just...you

Brixton East London city wedding
A relaxed, boho engagement shoot in Gloucestershire
sparkler shot for a gay wedding at The Outbuildings, Llangollen, Anglesey
A charlie brear gown for a boho military wedding in Malmesbury
Couple smiling at a boho wedding at Lyde Court barn wedding venue, Herefordshire
An elegant wedding at The Royal Crescent bath
Tuxedo's for a gay wedding at The Outbuildings Llangollen
A Sassi Holford wedding dress for a rustic wedding at Dodford Manor Northamptonshire
A relaxed wedding at The Perch Inn, Oxfordshire

If you have a big blank wall at your venue project photos up on it! It looks dead good and keeps everyone entertained for ages :-)

Brixton East, London

Cake cake cake! And the cake topped that made instagram go crazy when Rock my Wedding featured it...

lemon drizzle cake and a naked wedding cake with fresh berries and a homemade cake stand
flamingo wedding cake topper Rock my Wedding

I had the pleasure of photographing some amazing families and babies this year. At the moment I just do this as a bit of sideline, but I've so massively enjoyed it that I think it is something I am going to push and aim to do more of in the near future. I mean, look at these gorgeous little things - how could you not smile photographing them?!

family smiling for an Autumn family photo shoot in Gloucestershire
children outside for a family photo shoot in Gloucestershire in summer
child smiling by a tippee for a childrens photo shoot in Gloucestershire
natural newborn photography Tewkesbury
natural family photography Tewkesbury
Natural childrens photography Tewkesbury
Twyning park christmas fair family photography

Details. They are a real chance to get your taste, loves and style into your day. Your guests will love all those little touches and I am such a strong believer in your day reflecting YOU as a couple, NOT a pinterest board. It could be that you love candles, old books, a quirky table plan, your favourite drink, rustic signs. Whatever it is take the time to think about the styling and details that you love and make them a part of your big day:

homamde wooden sign and fruit juice with colourful straws for a rustic wedding at Lyde Court wedding venue Herefordshire
rustic wedding at Dodofrd Manor Northamptonshire
Jo malone perfume and a wedding veil for a boho military wedding in Malmesbury
hanging table plan at Brixton East wedding venue London
Fruit drinks for an elegant wedding at The Royal Crescent Bath
Polaroid guest book for a barn wedding at Dodfrod Manor Northmaptonshire
boho flowers for a military wedding in Malmesbury
Jimmy CHoo shoes for an elegant wedding at Dodford Manor Northamptonshire
Brixton East wedding venue London
Confetti bags handmade at Brixton East wedding venue London
homemade photo booth for a boho wedding in Malmesbury
candles and hops at Lyde Court Herefordshire
mismatched vintage details for a marquee wedding at The Perch Inn Oxfordshire

Mismatched bridesmaid dresses were a BIG hit at a couple of weddings this year. I'm hoping for more in 2016 pretty please :-)

mismatched navy bridesmaid dresses at Lyde Court barn wedding venue Herefordshire
mismatched ghost birdesmaid dresses for a boho wedding Malmesbury

If you get ready somewhere beautiful, then your getting ready photos will look gorgeous:

Cripps Barn wedding photography Gloucestershire
Cripps Barn wedding photography Gloucestershire
Cripps Barn wedding photography Gloucestershire

I would like more Cornwall beach weddings at sunset please:

relaxed, boho beach wedding in Cornwall
relaxed boho beach wedding Cornwall

And you know the biggest thing I have learnt this year. Make sure your wedding is what YOU want it to be. Not what you think it is traditional to have, or what you have seen in that wedding magazine you bought or what your friends wedding was like. The most wonderful weddings have been the ones where the couple did it there way. Here are a few examples that include the bride and groom going sea kayaking, a black tie change of outfit for the evening reception and bridesmaid donning wellies in the river:

bridesmaids in wellies for a marquee wedding at The Perchj Inn Oxfordshire
black tie for a military wedding in Wiltshire
kayaking bride and groom for a boho beach wedding in Cornwall
kayaking bride and groom for a boho beach wedding in Cornwall
kayaking bride and groom for a boho beach wedding in Cornwall

I've had a wonderful year and have had met some wonderful people. Thankyou so much for choosing me to photograph your day. I can't wait to see what 2016 has in store for me. Merry Christmas everyone xxx

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