2016

Alternative London & Bedfordshire wedding photographer – 2016 highlights

2016 – what a crazy, bittersweet, amazing 12 months!

This was a year of adventure & connection during which I captured 107 shoot projects (including 39 weddings), photographed weddings & couples in 9 different countries, pushed myself to the extreme creatively & travelled further than ever before. I’ve explored Burma, Thailand, Iceland, Ibiza, Italy, Scotland, Germany, Sweden & Bali this year & in every travel adventure I want to experience more. This world is a wonderful place! And my goodness I’ve been photographer for some brilliant weddings – pagan handfasting ceremonies, elopements, weddings in parents’ back gardens, tipi weddings, outdoor weddings in the woods, & at some beautiful venues include Keeper & the Dell, South Farm, Ardoch, Milling Barn, York House in London, Hazelwood Castle, Silchester House, The Londesborough in Hackney, Horwood House, St John, Bay Tree Hotel, Spring Hill Barn & so many more than I can link here. I’ve also learned to drive this year & passed my test, plus guided my 15-yr-old son through his first year of GCSEs. Phew! Hand-on-heart, this was one of my best years to date & I’m extremely thankful for every opportunity & every person that was a part of it!

On a personal note, at the beginning of the year my baby niece Lily was born & shortly afterwards we sadly lost my Granda. It is in losing those we love that our photographs of them become utterly priceless. A good photograph will hold a tangible memory – you can hear them laugh, you can feel their warmth & it is in those memories that they will live on & smile down at you. This year I focused even more on the connections at weddings, on the family relationships, the couples’ dynamics & the truth in each wedding day story. Because it is love that matters, ultimately. Whenever I hit ‘send’ on a wedding gallery & hear back the words ‘we are crying, the photographs show the EMOTION of our wedding, how our day FELT, who we really are’ then I know I have photographed authentically & understood what is important.

Below is a (rather large) selection of highlights from my year. I began compiling this post 2 weeks ago & viewed 40,000 images with an initial shortlist of 1,988. It was so hard to whittle down the numbers as every photograph is precious & holds a little piece of my heart! I kept asking myself ‘what story do I want to tell?’ ‘how do I want to show I love what I do, that capturing my couples’ stories is as important to me as it is to them?’. I could have shown all the funny moments or all the quirky things that happen during a wedding day but in the end what I have decided to show is Connection – honest, raw, authentic, truth, love – to bring it back to each couple & the reason for marriage. I’ve thrown in a few of my travel photographs for good measure – moments that made me stop & stare in wonder before I captured the sight in a frame, for ever.

This is an concise as I could make it… a whole year of goosebumps, smiles, stomach butterflies, tears, tens of thousands of miles, countless 2am nights editing & lots & lots of coffee! I hope you enjoy the way that I capture love.

Nx

 

What does 2017 hold? Weddings all over England, Scotland & Wales, travel to Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Iceland, Rome (for the 4th time – what a magical place!), Mallorca, France & NYC so far & I’m hoping to add to that list.

If you are planning your wedding or elopement in 2017 or 2018, either in the UK or any of the places mentioned above, or indeed anywhere else in the world then I would love to be your photographer… Please do get in touch here. Nx

Refleksyjni - 5th February 2017 - 3:29 pm

Oh wow, these were worth getting out of bed for! Amazing work!

Anna - 3rd February 2017 - 8:14 pm

What lovely images and such great moments!

Hannah - 20th January 2017 - 12:34 pm

Wow, what an awesome collection. You’ve been to such a fantastic variety of locations! I love these 🙂 Wishing you a truly fabulous 2017 x

Caroline - 13th January 2017 - 12:40 pm

Lovely set of images! LOVE that one with the tiles and the sunset with the hot air balloons – soooo good!
Looks like you had a fab year.

Michelle - 12th January 2017 - 8:37 pm

Gorgeous gorgeous post!
🙂

Louise - 9th January 2017 - 11:29 pm

Lovely round up Natalie. Really enjoyed looking through these. Totally jealous of the sound of your year ahead too, sounds like you’ve got some awesome locations coming up!

Sarah - 9th January 2017 - 2:40 pm

Stylish, elegant, beautiful, what an amazing year it has been for you, really REALLY smashing work xx

Paul Keppel - 9th January 2017 - 2:17 pm

Beautiful set of images, love the one with the bridesmaid using the fan, I have a similar one from a couple of years ago.

Eliza Claire - 7th January 2017 - 11:09 pm

I know your year has been tough at times, but your work is amazing, and your talent and passion shines through in this collection. Hope 2017 is kind to you on a personal level, and equally awesome on a client level too xx

Cassandra Markwick - 7th January 2017 - 3:34 pm

Such beautiful moments captured in time. We are honored to be included and it brought back many wonderful memories. Hope your 2017 is just as successful!

Catherine Woolf - 7th January 2017 - 12:45 pm

Goosebumps all over! Bloody talented girl. Well done lovely on an amazing 2016 <3

Siobhan - 7th January 2017 - 12:02 pm

Made me feel quite emotional. Captured people’s and your own memories gorgeously.

Jordanna Marston - 6th January 2017 - 10:49 pm

What a fab year you have had, Natalie! I hope 2017 will be just as fun filled x

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