SON OF A NUTCRACKER!!!!!!
And just like that.. another year is about to bite the proverbial dust!! It feels like it was only a few weeks ago when I posted my 2015 review, but in that blur of time, I’ve seen another 42 couples share the most incredible day with their friends and family. And it doesn’t matter how many more weddings I’ve shot since last year, that combination of excitement and nerves when I get out the car in the morning shows no sign of letting up!! Not really knowing what the day has in store, but knowing that great things are about to happen is something pretty darn special. It’s going to sound like an enormous cliché, but it genuinely has been a brilliant year.
I often get asked at weddings “what’s the best wedding you’ve been to?”, and it’s an impossible question to answer, even if you asked me to pick a favourite from this year, I wouldn’t be able to pick one, but there have been some special standout memories in 2016; going to France to document my good friends Hannah and Toby getting married was a weekend that delivered on every level, and one that will live long in the memory. My first wedding in the Tuscan sunshine for Daniela and Carlo, a family holiday there is absolutely now on the cards!! Getting to shoot at an awesome new venue directly opposite my office; the West Mill, with snow and sunshine!! This year has also been the first where I’ve been to weddings where previous brides and grooms have made little people!!! And as with every year on this journey of weddings, I’m still unable to master the art of not crying during emotional father of the bride speeches, I think I’m just going to have to accept that this won’t ever change! I’ve laughed in equal measure though, and danced a little, too!!! I’ve also clocked up my fair share of motorway mileage, visiting Cornwall, Devon, London, Herefordshire, Bath, Suffolk and the Cotswolds to name just a few locations. I still can’t quite believe that taking a few pictures of my dog and car 5 years ago would have ever led me to getting to travel all over like this! Next year I’ve made the decision to limit my weddings to 30 in order to restore a little of the almost impossible work/life balance, but I’ll be raring to go come April, with trips to Corsica, Sicily, France and Ireland all in the calendar. I’ll also be announcing my first solo workshop in January, so follow me on Facebook if you want to be the first to hear about that.
Finally, a round up of the year wouldn’t be right without thanking all of the couples who decided to bring me along on their journey this year, I never underestimate that decision and the trust you guys have put in me, and I can’t thank you enough. So here it is, a selection of 160 of my favourites from 2016!
2017, I’m coming for you….. after a few weeks off, obvs!!!!
That’s it folks, I’m off to down a bottle of Bollinger!!!! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all. xxx