2018.

2018 has been a year of adventures and discoveries.

I’ve taken 10 months off work to travel and live a nomadic life, and in the remaining 2 I shot some really awesome weddings. Taking most of the year off has been something that I’ve wanted to do for a while; not because I’m tired of shooting weddings but because I wanted to experience more of the world and see how far I can push myself. It was incredibly difficult to turn down loads of lovely sounding clients in order to be able to take the time off, but I knew what my heart desired. In this time I’ve managed to live with only the bare necessities in a van, bury my feet in the soft sand of Sahara Desert, put myself in the midst of the most chaotic traffic in New Delhi, stand under a rain of cherry blossom petals in Kyoto, swim with sea turtles in the Gili islands, sit for hours under the actual Bodhi tree where the Buddha attained enlightenment, drive through the wilderness of the Isle of Skye and watch bodies being cremated by the Ganges.

I’ll admit that it hasn’t all been glamorous and I’ve felt lost and experienced frustration like I never have before. Long term travel isn’t for everyone and sometimes your sense of self and purpose gets lost along the way. And at times the journey shines a light on the darkness in you, causing a less pleasant side of your personality to emerge. But as I sat down in my new home at the end of the year and reflected on every step I’ve taken, I felt a strange sense of relief, of belonging; and most importantly I felt at peace with myself more than ever. I’m an ever transforming little flame and I don’t have to be defined.

I read this really simple but lovely poem somewhere and I feel that it resonates with my journey this year, so here it is -

‘think of those flower you plant
in the garden each year
they will teach you
that people too
must wilt
fall
root
rise
in order to bloom’
~ Rupi Kaur

So in this 2018 post you’ll find not only wedding photos but also a mix of travel photos because that’s what I spent the majority of my time doing.

All that rambling aside, I wanted to say a massive thank you to all my really lovely couples who have welcomed me with open arms to photograph your wedding/engagement; and for trusting me and giving me the freedom to create images that I love. I know I say the same thing all the time but honestly there is no other ‘job’ in this world I’d rather be doing. I always feel incredibly privileged to be able to share a small, but very happy and important part of your lives with you. Thanks for all the belly laughs and good times.

And lastly, to Mike, my love and my universe. Thank you for literally carrying me through the year. I’m immensely proud of you for starting your own videography business, I’ll always be your harshest critic and your biggest fan.

2019 I’m excited to see where you take me!

Rebecca & Mark ~ Hackney Town Hall & The Raw Duck, London wedding

LOVE ME A CITY WEDDING. Rebecca & Mark had the most unique and chic wedding in London. They got hitched at Hackney Town Hall in the morning, had lunch at the rather awesome Raw Duck, and held an afterparty at their gorgeous London townhouse. They even managed to turn one of the rooms into a dance area with light up floor! I’m also obsessed with the florals at this wedding (check out the huge floral wreath!!!!!!), all done by The Flower Appreciation Society. All these without mentioning how delightful these two are and how much me and my partner Mike enjoyed getting to know them a little and shooting their big day!

(Click here to check out their wedding video done by Mike - it’s pretty sweet.)

Katie & Chris ~ The Party Field wedding, Lewes

Okay I’ve been absolutely terrible at this blogging thing. Things have been a little crazy in the last few months, we came back from travelling after taking 9 months off and I was moving house (twice in 2 months!)…but I’m all settled into my new flat now and I’m excited to be sharing some of the weddings that I’ve shot in the two months of the year when I’ve been working!

First up is Katie and Chris’ awesome marquee wedding at The Party Field. It was the first wedding that I shot since coming home from travelling and I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect start. It was one of the warmest days of the year, I got to play with Connor the cat during bridal prep (I LOVE HIM SOOOOOO MUCH), got to witness this utterly lovely couple get hitched and last but not least got to run around a field that overlooks the stunning South Downs, taking photos and drinking cold elderflower cordial. ‘twas a good day.

Ceri & Andrew ~ Buckinghamshire Railway Centre & Hastoe Village Hall wedding

This was the final wedding that I shot last year before taking 9 months off to go travelling. It was the perfect end to my year and a wedding that I will always hold close to my heart. Two gentle souls with the most tender love for each other and their friends and family. Ceri & Adrew, you're two very inspiring and special people and your wedding will always remind me of why I do what I do.