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Yesterday I gathered together this little collection of images from my year. I hadn’t planned to do one of these posts to be honest, I’ve been so busy looking forward lately, making plans for the year ahead… but then I started looking back through my photographs and realised I wanted to say thank you, to all the people and places and moments I found staring back at me.

Turns out that looking back as well as forwards was a good move, because last night I celebrated the arrival of the new year with my head and heart full of the brilliant people I’ve met so far, and everyone who has helped me along the way. That last bit is really important actually, I am ridiculously lucky to have the friends and family that I do, so this is a thank you to all of them too. And without a certain boy prising me away from the screen to eat his amazing dinners I would most probably have turned into a baked bean by now.

A great big thank you to everyone who asked me to take pictures for them… I still can’t quite believe how lucky I am to be found by such lovely people.

I’ll be posting some more work from last year over the next couple of weeks, and you might spot a few sneak previews in amongst this lot.

Wishing you all a wonderful year ahead! Here are some of my favourite bits looking back, found in 2013.

 

There is so much about this wedding that I love. It was my first London wedding, back in August, and boy oh boy… what a doozy! Meg and James almost eloped to New York and (though that would have been pretty amazing) I’m so glad they didn’t, because instead they did this… a laidback, fun London wedding that was tailored to them and was, quite simply, full of heart.

I love seeing a couple forge their own personal path through their wedding plans, to do things their own way, and Meg and James did exactly that.  Living in Islington they created a brilliant day right on their doorstep, with a ceremony in the beautiful town hall followed by a big old party at Islington Metalworks. Meg quietly got ready in the peace of a nearby hotel room, looking out over the London skyline, while her mum, sister, and aunties gathered in a local make up parlour.  After making her bouquet, and just before leaving the hotel for the town hall, Meg whipped together her own flower headdress!  Wearing a gorgeous short dress from Anna Sui, and cowboy boots for the walk, she and her sister made their way through busy Saturday streets to meet an very dapper looking James. They met not at the end of an aisle, but at a pub on the way. Not fancying the idea of arriving separately or a grand entrance, Meg and James decided to meet before the ceremony and make the journey to the town hall together. James had agreed to take Meg’s name once they were married, as she was so fond of her surname, Rose. I thought this was an incredibly touching twist on tradition, and it made the place they chose to meet all the more joyful – being a pub called ‘The New Rose.’

During the ceremony James’ sister, Joelle, read a poem that she had written for the occasion which was beautiful and funny, and made everyone cry. I feel honoured to have been able to hear it, and I still get goosebumps thinking about it now. Joelle is a poet and playwright and if you ever get the chance to see her perform I would grab it with both hands (follow her on twitter here).

After the ceremony chosen friends brandished spotty umbrellas to guide the guests on a walk to the evening venue, taking them first to a little park on the way for the most brilliant pop-up fizz pitstop. Under leaves and bunting there were hugs and smiles, cork pops and giggles.

Look out for the other surprise pitstop, when we ran into a band busking on Upper Street who then serenaded the happy couple!

The fun and laughter continued with dinner and speeches at the Metalworks, followed by an epic dancing session well into the night with a jawdropping performance from wild rockabilly kings, The Houndogs. Seriously, these guys were amazing and had everyone on their feet…  look out for the flaming cymbals!!

I feel so lucky to have shared all this with Meg + James, to have been invited in to document their day was such a privilege, and to top it off I made two lovely new friends in the process. Here are some of my favourites…

 

Vikki & Michael were married in July, in a little place nestled on the hilltops of Marple, Cheshire.  I was with them from just before the ceremony to just before dinner, so I scooted about in the sunshine for a few lovely hours. Here’s a little selection of images, showing all the happiness and laughter that was bouncing around on top of the hill that afternoon.

Such a lovely couple, thanks for having me.

 

 

 

Venue: Peruga at Woodheys

 

Following on from their magical ceremony by a waterfall Dan and Charlotte travelled to an equally beautiful place for the second day of their Welsh Wedding Jamboree.

Surrounded by Welsh hills and an unbroken circle of their friends and family their marriage was sealed in a pagan handfasting, under bright blue skies. I will never forget how happy everyone was, how amazing it was to wake to such glorious sunshine amid a week of drizzle and high winds (especially lucky when your blessing is to take place outside!), and I will never forget the cheers and whoops of joy as Dan and Charlotte jumped the broom together. The reception was held in a giant tipi, full of raucous laughter and dancing that went on until the wee hours. Having chosen the date especially to coincide with the Harvest Moon it was oh so fitting to see them dance together to the song of the same name, by Neil Young, as outside the biggest, brightest full moon fiercely illuminated the night sky. What a day. What a wedding. What an absolute pleasure and a privilege to have been part of it.

Thought I’d share an image I made at the end of summer last year, to welcome the beginning of spring this year. Happy Easter everyone! x