Best of 2019 wedding photography

Bride and groom kissing, surrounded by white doves flying around them

 

I can’t quite believe it’s already the end of 2019. This year has flown by, but it has been utterly brilliant, and an absolute joy to carry out.

Putting this post together has made me so ridiculously proud. Because I’ve spent hours and hours, going through every single wedding I have photographed this year, and reliving each wonderful day as I’ve looked through all the images. And they have moved me to tears, and made me smile, and reaffirmed how much I love what I do. In the middle of the year, everything is busy and I’m moving constantly through editing and delivering each set of images. The end of year round up is often the first time that I go back and look at them all properly again, and so it has such a huge impact at this point. Each wedding day makes such an enormous impression on me. It’s hard to say how much I care about each of my couples without sounding completely OTT. But getting to know them, and watching and photographing the whole way through one of the most important days of their lives is such a big deal. And being so emotionally invested enables me to do my very best with their images each time. I know how important it is that you see that look on your parents’ faces, or that I catch the utter joy on people’s faces as they applaud your marriage, or photograph the emotion as you remember those special people who can’t be with you that day. I know how much you want to see a set of images that actually looks like that incredible wedding day you had, that captures all the feelings of it so perfectly, that shows how much you love each other and how delighted you are to be married. Which is why it is not unusual for me to end up in tears myself as I look through the end result of each wedding gallery, and why I really am so proud of these images here.

It has been such a huge pleasure to return to some of my very favourite venues this year: River Cottage, Huntsham Court and Maunsel House; to go back to lovely Pennard House and the magnificent Great Barn. And exciting to shoot for the first time at other places including beautiful Axnoller in Dorset, and the stunning Hauser & Wirth Gallery and Roth Bar & Grill in Bruton. I’ve loved capturing tipi weddings in back gardens and marquee weddings in rolling Devon countryside.  It has been amazing to be a part of some really varied weddings, from huge celebrations to tiny little intimate elopements. All of them have been such incredible stories, of the amazing people that come together to create a celebration of the love between two people. And I get to photograph that, to celebrate with couples, and to put together a set of images for each occasion that holds that memory forever. I’ve worked with so many absolutely incredible wedding suppliers this year – there is a huge team behind all of the images you see here, from florists to wedding planners; dress designers and make up artists, to caterers and bands – and a whole host of other people, all putting all their efforts into making each couple’s day just perfect. It’s a pretty bloody brilliant job that I have!

So, finally and most importantly, a huge thank you to all the couples that I have worked with this year. Thank you for asking to photograph your beautiful celebrations; thank you for putting your trust in me, on one of the most important days of your lives; thank you for all the amazing feedback and thanks you have given me this year, and thank you for helping take my business through another wonderful year. You are all amazing and I have loved all of it – bring on 2020, I can’t wait!

 

Bride throwing a wellington boot towards the cameraA bride and groom laughing together in the rainClose up of two women cuddling togetherBride crying during groom's wedding speechBride and groom smiling at each other with wind blowing wedding veilOlder woman holding hands with young boyBride and groom reacting with horror and laughter to best men's wedding speechBride and groom kissing underneath a lit umbrella in the rain with trees behindBride and groom leaving church in a cloud of confettiMan and woman smiling at each other in front of a yellow wallBride and groom kissing in the Great Barn DevonThree women laughing together putting on a wedding dressTwo women walking hand in hand through boats in a sunsetBride in kimono style dress standing by a windowBride and groom cuddling and laughing togetherBride and groom walking through a field and smiling at each otherBride walking down a staircase at River CottageBride and groom in wellies outside River Cottage farmhouseGroup of women laughing together in pyjamasBride and groom kissing under purple clematisA baby in a pink dressing gown, carrying shoesA woman having make up put on in a dark roomA woman having her make up put onA man having his hair cut, chattingA group of men walking towards a building covered in red Virginia creeperA woman steaming a wedding dressTwo women looking excitedly at a dress on a hangerA woman having her make up appliedA man showing off his suitTwo women looking at a wedding dressA bride to be having her hair sprayedMother of the bride in beautiful blue dressTwo men in white dressing gownsA woman smiling and having her lipstick appliedA group of women smiling on a bed together with champagneA group of men in white shirts laughing togetherClose up of bride with large tassle earringsFather of the bride smilingHennaed hands undoing buttons on a wedding dressBride putting on a wedding dressBride with bridesmaids putting on a wedding dressMother of the bride crying and undoing buttons on a wedding dressBride putting on a lace wedding dressBride and bridesmaids getting ready by a four poster bedFather of the bride snoozing on a sofaBridesmaid and page boy peeping at a bride getting readyBride smiling by a windowMother of the bride smiling at brideMother smiling at bride in wedding dressParents of a bride clapping at her in wedding dressBride pouring a glass of champagneBride in her wedding dress by a windowGroom and best man putting on buttonholesBride in crocheted wedding dress going down stairsBride and mother laughing togetherBride coming down a staircase in wedding dressBride and father leaving a bedroom through an arched doorwayGroup of people reacting to bride in wedding dressBride looking in mirrorBride with bouquet smiling in window lightBride looking at the sea over Lyme Regis bayGroup of groomsmen walking towards Pennard HouseBest man and page boy holding wedding ringsBest man leaning on a church gate waitingBride arriving for wedding with cows in backgroundGroom and best man waiting outside a doorwayGroomsmen laughing together in a churchBride and father walking through a kitchen gardenOutdoor wedding ceremony at River Cottage farmhouseBride and groom during ceremony at The Great Barn DevonMother of bride and groom crying during wedding ceremonyBride and groom looking tenderly at each other during ceremonyBride and groom kneeling in churchBride and groom looking at each other during wedding readingBride and groom smiling at each other during wedding ceremonyBride and groom leaving church in confettiBride and groom smiling after outdoor wedding ceremonyBride and groom smiling through confetti storm outside churchFather hugging bride after weddingBride with hennaed hands hugging mother in lawExcited Corgi leaping to see brideBride and groom leaving church in morris MinorBride and groom walking togetherGroom spinning bride around with skirt twirlingBride and groom cuddling together in a poly tunnelBride and groom walking past Huntsham CourtMan and woman cuddling and smiling at each otherBride and groom with River Cottage behindBride and groom smiling together with pink roses behindBride and groom kissing together with veil blowing in windBrides to be smiling at each other sitting by beach hutBride and groom walking in Devon hills togetherBride and brother crying and cuddling togetherChildren playing outside a tipiBaby with it's hand in a pint of beerWedding guests throwing wellies in a field

Bride listening to wedding speechBride and groom laughing during wedding speechMother of groom crying during wedding speechYoung boy raising his glassTop table raising wedding toastsBride and groom raising glasses during wedding toastsBride and groom laughing together during wedding speechesBride and groom kissing at a table in a dark barnWedding guests laughing together around a table in a marqueeBride and groom holding up shoes in front of room of wedding guestsGroup of groomsmen laughing togetherChild placing pieces of rosemary behind a man's glassesChildren on a tyre swing togetherMan throwing a laughing child up in the airWedding guests laughing togetherBridesmaids laughing in a groupGroup of wedding guests downing shotsGroup of men laughing togetherWomen laughingBridesmaid and wedding guests on space hoppersTwo men laughing with a glass of wineGroup of wedding guests having their photo takenWedding guests listening to musicGroom cheering whilst cutting cake with brideBride and groom laughing cutting cakeA bride and groom walking together in evening lightMan and woman kissing underneath a bridal veilSteampunk style couple laughing togetherA bride and groom laughing with a group of chickens chasing themBride and groom cuddling together in a gardenBride and groom with corrugated barn behind themBride and groom sitting on Morris Minor outside a marqueeBride and groom cuddling at Hauser & Wirth gallery gardenMan and woman cuddling in a sunsetBride and groom with sunset and countryside behindBride and groom doing first dance in a tipiBride and groom kissing on dance floorBride and groom during traditional Greek money danceBride and groom during traditional Greek money danceGroom picking bride off the floor during first danceBride and groom kissing amongst wedding guests in a marqueeBride and groom first danceBride and groom doing first dance in a marqueeWedding guests having fun on the dance floorWedding guests having fun on the dance floorBride laughing with her fatherWedding guests having fun on the dance floorBride laughing amongst other people on the dance floorWedding dance floor with party guestsWedding guests laughing on the dance floorParents cuddling daughter on the dance floorA marquee at night, with guests inside and out amongst festoon lightingWedding guests having fun on the dance floorBride having cuddle with grandmotherWedding guests dancingWedding guests on the dance floorDancefloor in a marquee with wedding guests dancing on shouldersA man with a tie around his neck on a dance floorBride and groom cuddling on the dance floorBride on the dancefloor on groom's shouldersThe Great Barn Devon at nightBride and groom sitting on hay bales wrapped in a blanket laughing togetherBride and groom kissing with a sunset and countryside hills behindMorris Minor wedding car parked outside a marquee with festoon lightingBride and groom dancing together surrounded by clapping bridesmaidsBride and groom kissing underneath festoon lighting at nightA bride and groom standing together and watching a sunset over countrysideA bride and groom kissing on a dance floor surrounded by other peopleTwo women sitting on a boat together kissing in a sunsetBride and groom in the dark outside a marquee with festoon lighting aroundMan and woman cuddling and smiling together in the rainA couple wrapped up in a blanket by a fire pit, with stars above

 

I’ve absolutely loved 2019, and I can’t wait to do it all over again this coming year! If you are one of my confirmed 2020 couples, then it’s so great to have you here, and I absolutely cannot wait to create some awesome images from your own celebrations to come! If you are getting married and haven’t booked your photographer yet, then do get in touch and let’s chat about your plans – I can’t wait to hear from you.

If you’ve made it this far and are still reading, then I’m seriously impressed! You are clearly busy distracting yourself from other jobs that you should really be doing, so here are a couple of other posts for you to browse through before you get back to real life:

Best of 2018 weddings

Best of 2017 weddings

Alice & Paul’s autumn wedding at Maunsel House

Lily & Will’s summer marquee wedding on Dartmoor

 

 

 

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