At the start of the year it was hard to remember what a pre-pandemic wedding felt like, but 2021 was the year where, for weddings at least, things started to get back to normal.
I’ve had first dances in back gardens, drinks receptions in front gardens, ceremonies on terraces, speeches on stairs, weddings with no guests and weddings with over 100 guests. And all of them have been full of happiness, laughter and often a sense of relief and achievement that the day – sometimes deferred 3, 4, even 5 times – has finally come.
I’ve put together 100 of my favourite photos from the year, and what I love about this set of images is that only a handful are from a ceremony, and I don’t think there’s one photo of the exchange of vows or rings.
That my favourites would naturally bypass those “expected” moments reinforces my own feeling that the best wedding photography isn’t the stuff that I’m supposed to photograph (and photograph it, I do), it’s the stuff I can’t plan.
I hope this selection of photos helps show how I like to capture all the “other” bits of a wedding day – the bits before and after the “I do”. If you want to see more, there are lots more in my full portfolio which showcases images from the last number of years.
I’m sure 2022 will see things become even more like they once were and I can’t wait to capture more moments and magic for those who put their trust in me to photograph their day. I also think weddings will keep some of the charm and intimacy that the pandemic has brought to them, and that this will be a good thing.
I wish everyone the best 2022, and I’m thankful to all my amazing brides, grooms, their families and friends for helping make this job so enjoyable.
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