Where does the time go? Another year has flown by in a blur and as I prepare myself for the wedding season ahead I thought it would be nice to reflect back on some of my favourite images from last year. 2012 was certainly unpredictable in terms of weather. Early Spring was lovely and then the powers that be announced a hosepipe ban and the heavens opened for what felt like about 3 months solid! I’ve never shot quite so many wet weddings in April and May and June but fortunately all my couples took it in their stride and had a great day despite the downpours. Here’s hoping 2013 will be a little drier at least!
Here then, in no particular order, are some of my favourite images of 2012 starting with Judith and Steven’s wedding at Cley Mill and a gorgeous sunset over the marshes.
Tom and Georgie’s wedding at Sprowston Manor and some very emotional speeches. Despite telling himself to ‘man-up’ Tom struggled to hold it together (along with most of the guests).
David and Gillian were married at Titchwell Manor on the North Norfolk Coast in a very intimate ceremony with just their three sons as guests. After the wedding we all headed to Titchwell Nature Reserve for a stroll on the beach. Despite the howling gale and sand being swept into places where sand should never be found we managed some gorgeously intimate photographs that had something of a windswept Wuthering Heights feel to them.
Hannah and Mikey’s wedding at Yaxley Hall in Suffolk was quite possibly the wettest wedding I’ve ever shot. Apart from a break of about ten minutes in the middle of the afternoon it rained from the minute I arrived and was still raining when I left. The weather didn’t dampen any spirits however and it was a great day. This was one of the last shots of the day and won me a Gold Award from the BIPP and runner up for Photographer of the Year.
Lucy and Tom’s wedding out at Oby was far more what you’d expect from a Summer wedding – I actually came home with dry feet! Love these shots of the couple lost in a world of their own.
James and Jo were married in St Mary’s church in Burnham Market with a reception at the Hoste Arms. I’m normally the other side of the aisle in the church to focus on the bride but peeking out from the register signing room gave me an alternative view of James with Best Man looking on during the ring exchange.
Lindsey and Andrew chose the ever-popular Elms Barn for their wedding day in the Spring. We timed this to perfection to catch the last remnants of daylight to make this lovely moody shot.
Andy and Sarah married at The Assembly House in central Norwich before moving on to the Norfolk Showground to continue the celebrations. Bridal preparations can throw up some magical shots, especially if the subject is unaware of the photographer’s presence. Here flower-girl Faith is bathed in some gorgeous light as her shoes are put on.
On to Brasteds, another one of my favourite wedding venues where Andrew & Katy married during the Summer. The old wrought iron gate that connects the garden to the field at the back of Brasteds is a favourite ‘prop’. It’s perfect as a backdrop for confetti shots and makes a great symmetrical foreground element when looking through it
Danielle & Tim’s wedding began and ended at Dunston Hall. This is one of my favourite shots of all time with Dani making the long walk down the staircase at Dunston to her waiting wedding car closely followed by her bridesmaids. The repeating patten of the staircase and the light coming through the windows gives the image a natural vignette and ensures that the eye is drawn straight to the subject.
What a great reaction to the speeches – not sure who said what but it clearly went down well! Katy and Andrew’s wedding at their house in Roudham, Norfolk.
The three wise men! Best Man and ushers at James and Nisha’s wedding at the Roman Catholic Cathedral in Norwich.
The Red Barn in Kings Lynn and some beautiful late Autumn colours for Jack and Nichole’s wedding
My final wedding of 2012 and ‘the three Nans’ discuss the finer points of Cherry’s dress. Ralph and Cherry’s wedding at St Giles House Hotel.
The sun did shine at some point over the Summer! A very elegant Katie and Simon in some fabulous early evening light at Spain’s Hall in Essex
How happy do they look? Mark and Emma’s wedding at Wymondham Abbey and Brasteds
Believe it or not this was shot in a tiny village hall near Sheringham. We pulled the curtains to kill the ambient light and backlit the couple to create some interesting rim-light. The expressions however are what make the photo. Simon and Victoria’s wedding at The Dales Hotel Sheringham.
Back to Elms Barn for Karl and Rebecca’s wedding. Such a great, happy expression.
Something slightly more stylised for Michelle and Paul’s wedding at Blickling Hall. Fabulous venue and a gorgeous evening.
Look what we just did! The expression says it all. Rebecca and Leon’s wedding Islington Town Hall
A little bit of Norfolk. Adam and Michelle’s wedding at West Somerton
Another great first dance image. Rebecca and Steven loving it up at Stower Grange.
This was also a very wet wedding! Donna and Ryan had planned the perfect Summer event with an outdoor ceremony and a barefoot walk down the ‘aisle’. They didn’t bank on lashing rain and howling gales in June (why would you) but that’s what greeted us on the morning of their wedding. After a few running repairs to the gazebo that had blown down overnight everything went ahead as planned and a great day was enjoyed by everyone.
Finally it’s Helen and John’s wedding at St Peter Mancroft church and St Giles House Hotel. Beautiful light in the church and some great expressions