2017.

I know I probably say this every year but I don't think I've known any year that has gone as quickly as this one. This year is rather special because it marks ten years since I picked up my first digital SLR..and I love it as much as I ever did. I think if I could time travel to the past and tell my 16 year old self this is the journey that my little canon 400D was taking me on, my young self would have laughed in my face. Umm you mean making a living doing what I love the most...? I don't think so!!! 

And of course none of this would happen without my couples. To say that I am grateful is a bit of an understatement, and thank you is not quite enough. But my vocabulary is limited so it will have to do for now. To all my wonderful couples, whether you're past, present or future; thank you, and thank you. You may not realise it but this isn't merely a job of mine, it's also where I learn to experience and celebrate life through your life...the amount of goodness, happiness and love that I've felt in every single wedding that I have shot cannot be put into words; I can only hope they bleed into my work. 

Below are images of some my favourite moments from this year. As much as I love an epic sunset and the perfect creative shot, there is nothing quite like belly laughs, tears of joy and moments caught off guard.. Big love to you all, have a wonderful Christmas & New Years!!!

Lisa & Lee ~ Gaynes Park Essex wedding

After having three and a half months off in SE Asia I was beyond thrilled to get back to work; top on the list was to photograph Lisa & Lee's wedding at the beautiful Gaynes Park which took place on Valentine's day! It was a cold and grey day- typical English winter but thank God the awesome bride & groom and their guests weren't letting the weather affect the big day. Having landed two days before the wedding I was still jet lagged, but I enjoyed shooting these guys so much I didn't realise how tired I was until I got home and collapsed in bed.

Lisa & Lee, thank you for the wonderful day, I feel honoured to witness the love between you two and your family & friends!

Hollie & Tom ~ Boreham house, Essex

I wanted to blog the wedding of Hollie and Tom that I shot with Kari before leaving for Malaysia tomorrow! I'm going to be away for three and a half months, but I'll still be updating the blog so do keep an eye out :)

Hollie & Tom got married on a beautiful sunny day in Boreham House, Essex back in September. I shot quite a few couples this summer who have been with each other in long relationships; Hollie and Tom were among them. I remember Tom saying that he had always knew she was the one, the wedding is just to make it legal. JUST. SO. SWEET!!!!! Lots of childhood friends were present; they had an outdoor speech with lots of laughter and tears- it was simply amazing to witness the really close connection between these two and their family & friends. 

Thank you so much Hollie and Tom, for the awesome day and for being so adorable together. And Kari- I miss working with you already! Till next year :( x

Laura & Gary ~ Gosfield Hall wedding, Essex

I was lucky enough to work with Kari at Laura and Gary’s wedding in Essex a few weeks ago. It was quite a laid back day with prep, ceremony and reception taking place at the beautiful Gosfield Hall. When Kari and I arrived in the room where Laura was getting ready our jaw dropped- I’ve never seen a room so stunningly grand! It made a fine-looking backdrop to compliment Laura’s elegant dress and her beautiful self. The couple were such a joy to photograph, constantly making each other giggle and laugh! They ended the perfect day with surprise fireworks for the guests.

Looking forward to September where I will work with Kari again on three weddings, I hope she doesn’t feel like killing me after seeing me every weekend for three weeks! :p