The busiest year for Wedding Photographers in the UK!
What a year! 2 years worth of weddings crammed into just over 9 months.
I’ve had the best time capturing weddings for friends, family and couples that feel like friends as we’ve known each other for a couple of years thanks to postponements.
It was also the year I went full time with my photography business and it was the best decision I have made! Doing something you love all the time – what’s not to love?! Although it does take a lot of hard work, motivation and dedication – also a lot of juggling, it’s amazing. I’d recommend it to everyone, follow your dreams!
This year, well last year now as I am writing this in 2022 – which still seems very surreal! I have had the opportunity to visit some stunning venues, on my wish list which I’ve known about for years and always wanted to photograph a wedding there.
Firstly we have Beth & Matt’s wedding back in April 2021 where there were still some restrictions so their day was shorter with an outdoor ceremony. That didn’t take away the love and beauty of their special day. It was a fantastic day, set in the gardens of Kettering Park Hotel in Northamptonshire.
Shaunna & Anthony were married in the summer of 2021 where they could have their wedding in the church they had planned and marquee at a vineyard in Birmingham. This was their 4th wedding date and it was worth waiting for!
Steph and Mick’s wedding was my second working with videographer Jasper from Yellow Glove Productions and first time at the stunning Ashton Lodge Country House in Warwickshire. Definitely one of my favourites from the year with bright orange bridesmaids turned cheerleaders at night, a gender reveal, bridal reveal and sax player!
The August bank holiday I had my first back to back weddings which was both exhilarating and exhausting. I loved it as both weddings were so different. Again both were changed due to lockdown restrictions.
Firstly Laura & Nik had their wedding reception at The Granary at Fawsley which was a traditional Greek wedding celebration. And a celebration it was! Secondly Tracey & Russell married at the lovely Catmose Cottage in Oakham. It was a really great day with the chance to get some beautiful bride and groom portraits including trying to recreate a famous Beatles album image – can you spot it below?
Rachel & Bradley are next from 2021 and were married at the iconic Normanton Church at Rutland Water and then had their wedding reception at Rutland Hall Hotel. They had beautiful burgundy bridesmaid dresses and matching dressing gowns which I had to include in my highlights below. Love that they included their beloved dog in their wedding cake design and had to include that in their gallery!
Towards the start of Autumn Emma & Michael married at the fantastic Macdonald Ansty Hall in Coventry. With so much history in the building and grounds. Some of their wedding images can be seen in this slideshow:
My cousin Laura was due to marry David in 2020 in Vegas. So they incorporated Las Vegas into their wedding at the picturesque Hothorpe, The Woodlands, on the border of Northamptonshire and Leicestershire. I was so so happy they asked me to capture their special day and had to include their furry family members in the photographs. Part of being a documentary wedding photographer right?! Also this is the only wedding of the year where I am in the group shot, can you find me?
Jess & Tom married at Catmose Cottage in Oakham which was my second time visiting this year. They then went onto a reception at Quorn Lodge Hotel in Melton Mowbray. Their flower girls definitely stole a bit of the focus which is usually solely on the bride and groom, but I don’t think they minded!
December I had two weddings the on the run up to Christmas, Michele & Ernie’s at Kettering Park Hotel and Katie & Kyle’s at the stunning Barton Hall. Both very local to me, in Northamptonshire and both fantastic venues! They were Christmassy, full of love and magic.
Katie & Kyle’s was due to take place in 2020 but wasn’t meant to be. During 2021 their wedding was surrounded by speculation things would go back to how they were. So we all stayed positive and optimistic and they got to have the day they planned. It was definitely one of my highlights of the year!
2022 sees just as many weddings as 2021 for me which is amazing and I’m so grateful for that! I will be at the following venues and perhaps some more will sneak in that list, although at this point I am almost fully booked with space for 1 or 2 weddings as lots of changes will be on the horizon.
Kettering Park Hotel
The Granary at Fawsley
The Talbot Hotel
A rebrand is coming too, within the next few months so look out for some big, exciting changes!
Thanks so much for reading my blog and look out for more next month.