Phew, here goes nothing. So it’s the 1st of February and I know January is a month most of us like to see the back of, so I thought what better way to begin (with what also looks like sunshine, yay!) than to share my favourites from 2017. Looking back at the year, it’s tempting to choose your ‘best’ images, or the ‘hero’ shots, but I’ve always strived to pick images that made my heart sing, or brought me right back to the moment, than what others may perceive to be my best work. Wedding photography is a huge deal, it’s come such a long way from twenty odd 6×4″ prints in an album of mostly group photos and a few posed couples portraits. It’s become the way to document one of life’s most incredible feelings, joining up with the person you’ve chosen to spend the rest of your days with. And there isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t think, oh my word, how lucky am I?
I spent 30 long days with 30 wonderful couples, their brilliant friends, and their amazing families. I was pooped on by a goose, I fell off a dock getting onto a boat, I was chased by a mad pheasant losing my (very sweaty) shoes and had to ask the barman to go and retrieve them, I was kissed, I was hugged, I was cried over, I held hands, I ran to the car for emergency lip balm, I ate more Mini Babybels than ever before, I applied blusher mid-speeches, I fetched countless glasses of fizz, I carried enormous bouquets, I bribed small children into group photos, I was elbowed in the face on the dance-floor and trodden on more times than I care to remember, I found confetti in all of the places, I shot two same sex weddings which I cried (happy tears) at more than I’d like to admit, I ate incredible food, I had a bit too much at one wedding and had to get a taxi home after my hours shooting were up just so I could join the party, and I made some incredible connections. All of the above I have loved. On top of that I got to photograph and deliver 30 couples with photos they’ve told me they’ll treasure forever. I won’t even go into the ridiculous amount of cards and presents I’m given, the job is a gift in itself. It really is, and I don’t care how mushy all of this sounds, it’s all a hundred per cent true.
My couples are just incredible.
I will NEVER get tired of feeling excited before the day begins. It’s the best experience witnessing people marry and I am beyond excited to do it all again this year. Thank you, THANK YOU to all of the people who feature in this post, I have included images from all of my weddings, and I will treasure these moments just as much as the families in them hopefully do. 2017, you were one hell of a year for me, personally as well as professionally. I got through some difficult health woes, I made some wonderful friends, I watched my niece blossom into the sweetest two year old you’ve ever seen, I met the love of my life and 2018 has been looking so bright ever since it began. Thank you to my family, my best friends, and to my boyfriend, for being all I’ve ever needed. Ps I have a new logo, and you can thank him for that ;) Apologies if you’ve nodded off, go grab a tea/coffee/wine etc, here are my favourite 200 images from last year… xxxx
“These are fantastic! Thank you so much for all your hard work. We have lots of favourites so far! Our parents have loved having a look as well – Thanks again so much they really are spectacular.”
Millbridge Court Wedding
So I’m writing this on a very wet and soggy March evening. The day before my first wedding of 2018 and it’s given me just the boost and excitement for this year’s wedding season that I needed. There will be only one Alex and Kraig. This is one awesome couple, and I am genuinely not sure I will meet such a fantastically fun bunch of people as themselves and their guests ever again. EVERYWHERE I turned there was laughter, utter joy and downright sauciness (I’ve had to exclude a few photos from the end of my evening with them!) :)
It all happened at the incredibly stunning Millbridge Court, in Frensham, Surrey. Oof what a venue, this was my first outdoor ceremony held at Millbridge and whilst I rarely include detail shots in my blog post, I just sort of had to, because the flowers on this day were something else. Jay Archer, you’re an absolute genius. Her team created the most magnificent flower arch for the Arbor at Millbridge, and yes, the biggest bouquet you’re likely to ever see. It took two hands to pass it to Alex who quite honestly nailed carrying it ALL day! Utterly beautiful. This wedding had it all, Alex’s stunning and funky ‘bouff’ – named by one of my favourites, Carolanne who was the legend behind creating it, THE most gorgeous Sophia Webster shoes and of course delicious food by those ever clever folk at Kalm Kitchen. Not only that, I had the fabulous Bea with me second shooting, who did a fabulous job in capturing some wonderful moments for me.
Back to the day, I’ve always loved Millbridge, and I’m jolly excited to be back there this year four times, but this July absolute scorcher of a wedding simply had my heart singing. The ceremony was full to the brim with emotion, so many tears from lovely Kraig, and so many smiles from their guests. The reception was filled with music and moves from the awesome Doolally Tap, and the speeches more giggles and glances. I love a cake cutting with a bit of ‘stuffing into the mouth’ too…I think that’s how they all should be done! This time the beautiful cake was made by the lovely Andi Freeman, and dressed up with more of Jay’s beautiful florals.
I honestly couldn’t have loved this wedding any more, Kraig was the best laugh and took it all in his stride despite not being one for photos, and Alex is simply the sweetest and most fun bride I’ve known. She had a custom made leather jacket to wear in the evening which she totally rocked and I couldn’t resist grabbing a few shots of the two of them just having a laugh and being themselves by the Arbor later on in the day. MORE weddings like this please! I have to thank the brilliant staff at Millbridge Court too, it’s such a fabulous venue, run flawlessly, and I am very privileged to be a partner and supplier for them.
Here’s to you, Alex and Kraig! Thank you for being truly awesome, one hundred per cent yourselves, and for totally rocking your wedding day. Here are some of my favourites!! <3 xxx
“I honestly don’t know how we can thank you enough for how asbolutely amazing you made our wedding day – you being there alongside us MADE the day – you kept us smiling & calm and captured the absolute best moments of what was truly the best day of our lives! The photos are STUNNING Sophie! “
Haberdashers’ Company Wedding
There are some weddings which will stick in my mind forever and Sarah and Chris’ is definitely one of them. Since they’re living in the States, I had a lovely call one day from Sarah’s mother, Martha, who essentially said I was so much like Sarah that she had to show her my work. All I can say is when I met the family at the Haberdashers’ Company Hall a few months later I couldn’t have been more flattered, Sarah quite frankly is the most adorable, beautiful, smiley and fun individual, EVER. Not to mention her brilliantly lovely family, her bridesmaids (best bridesmaids ever!?) and of course the wonderful man she chose to marry, Chris. And what a team Chris came with too…there was so much love in this wedding I am not convinced I was entirely ‘together’ for much of it!
Things kicked off at Sarah’s folks’ awesome home nearby, with Percy pigs, Bucks Fizz and happy people getting ready galore. I skipped off to the Hall down the road to meet Chris and his men, all looking dapper in their tuxes, learning how to do button holes (or ‘boutonnieres’ as the groomsmen called them), with great difficulty and giggles! Sarah had the most stunning flower-crown made for her by the clever lady in charge of all the blooms, Kenza from Peppermint Poppy, and I was SO impressed at how well it lasted – apparently long into the night and next morning I heard!
The ceremony was simply beautiful, filled with all of the tears, some lovely smiles and sweet moments in abundance. The weather thankfully held out as the guests enjoyed reception drinks in the courtyard of the very cool and modern Haberdashers’ Hall, whilst Sarah, Chris and I explored the surrounding streets of London for their couples’ session.
Sarah and Chris did a joint speech after an hilarious one by Chris’ best man, and a beautifully emotional one by Tony, Sarah’s father. Out came the desserts and on came the music for the first dance. Witnessing a dance floor go off the way Sarah and Chris’ did, is why I absolutely LOVE shooting the party! SO much passion, laughter and downright dodgy dance-moves; just the way I like it!
I will find it hard not to go on and on and I really struggled to keep this blog post to acceptable viewing levels, I could easily have included 200 images! Instead I chose to pull out my favourite moments, faces and of course Sarah’s beaming and infectious smile. Chris and Sarah, it was SO lovely to get to know you, I found you and your families so unbelievably loving and warm to be around, and I shall miss you loads. Keep in touch, and may you have the best of lives together <3 xxx