Where do I start with 2018?! Its been a bloody brilliant year - it was my first proper year as a full time liverpool wedding photographer, I’ve met some amazing couples, ate some fabulous wedding cake, photographed more weddings than ever before, and have taken some of my favourite photographs ever. I’m gutted this year is ending, but so excited to see what adventures 2019 brings!
At this time of year you’ll see suppliers entering lots of different types of wedding awards, it’s not something I tend to involve myself with because I think they can be a problem within the industry, they can be filled with lots of bias, fixing, as well as suppliers being able to pay to win - and its something that brides and grooms aren’t often aware of which to me, just doesn’t seem right…But, that’s a discussion for another day. I saw a supplier (I think possibly another photographer) who had taken a different approach to wedding awards. Instead of entering them themselves, they wanted to celebrate how much they’d enjoyed the year by giving awards to their couples instead. And I thought…isn’t that a brilliant idea!
Picking your favourite photographs for a year in review can be such a hard task, but I found that creating my own awards made me sit down and think about the people, the moments and laughter so much more than just the photographs.
So here it goes, some of my favourite moments, memories and photographs of the year...
Most fabulous bridal outfit
So many of my brides this year opted for a non traditional bridal look - everything from black to green dresses, but my favourite has got to be Jemma’s boho bridal look, I mean come on, she had a cape! A cape! If that’s not the most fabulous bridal wear then I don’t know what is!
Jemma's amazing bridal outfit is from Liverpool Bridal Boutique
Best spontaneous moment
So much of a wedding day gets planned that when something truly spontaneous happens it can be brilliant - like a groomsman borrowing a buskers guitar in the middle of Matthew Street - that’s a story Kate and Michael will be telling for years to come.
Most packed dance floor
Music was such a huge part of Rachel and Tara’s big day - from musical themed decor and favours, to the brides performing in their band at the reception, there was music everywhere. And it was clear that it wasn’t just Rachel and Tara who have a soft spot for music. Their dance floor was packed all night with some of the best dance moves I’ve seen!
This year I’ve had the pleasure of photographing so many elopements. Being a part of something secret and intimate is such a different experience from a bigger wedding. They have all been such special days, but my favourite has to be Rachel and Pete’s elopement as it was the first one I photographed!
Most amazing shoes
Leopard print bridal shoes…need I say more. Sarah, your shoes will always be my favourite!
Best bridesmaid outfits
I love a bit of mix and match when it comes to bridesmaids, and Diane’s daughters rocked it.
I’ve seen some absolutely unreal bouquet’s this year but Ella’s flowers completely hit the nail on the head of their theme - relaxed and autumnal. Booker flowers did such an amazing job with them and I love the little touches of feathers.
I always love hearing speeches, I get to learn so many fun things about my couples. But Julieanne and Derryn's speeches have to be one of my favourites this year! It was a small wedding with everyone gathered around one table at the wedding breakfast, and the speeches turned into the whole group sharing memories and funny stories about each other - what could be better than that!
The most laughter filled ceremony
Nerves can get the best of you on your wedding day, and sometimes that turns into nervous laughter, and that’s okay with me because you end up with photographs where you look insanely happy! Emma and Michael laughed through their whole wedding ceremony and it was brilliant!
This is by no means an extensive list! All of my weddings and couples this year have been amazing in their own way And I just want to say thank you for making 2018 the best!