Instead of a round up of my best wedding photos of 2016, I asked my 2016 couples for their favourite wedding photo and why they love it. All of you said how tough the decision was – sorry guys!
The most interesting aspect has been how unexpected and diverse the choices are, and the stories and feelings behind them.
This really brought home to me what wedding photography should be, how important and meaningful a photo can be, and why I love doing this job. It’s about moments, family, laughter and tears, it’s about the feels, happiness and memories.
Here are my couples’ favourite photos from their weddings and why they chose them:
Hermione and James, backyard wedding in Sussex
But if I had to pick one, it’d be this one. Craig and Marlene live on opposite sides of the Atlantic, and it’s unlikely their paths would ever cross otherwise. This photo really sums up the day for me – two people having the time of their lives!”
“I also love this one of my mum (it’s my second favourite) because it’s just how I see her – playful and silly and about to do something that’s either going to blow my mind or embarrass me. Luckily, it was the former.”
Perry and Casey, Gaynes Park Wedding
“For Casey, the one of Jennifer (her sister/bridesmaid) and my little sister with their necklaces caught laughing at each other is a fave.”
Liz and Luc, Secret Barn Sussex Wedding
Luc: “I don’t have one single favourite photo – I have decided instead to share with you the photo that, I think, best sums up what made the weekend so amazing. What I loved most was everybody’s relaxed attitude which made the weekend so fun and laid back. If memory serves, this photo was taken just as Johnny the farmer came running over shouting “I usually give people a bollocking for playing on the bails but as it’s you I’ll let you off!”
Yannika and Shane, East Quay Whitstable wedding:
“We love the first one because it’s spontaneous, not paused… one of my favourite moments of the day… the ceremony is behind us and we can let go…yet the day is not over. The Whitstable sun is so generous with us, we have the beach, a drink, our favourite people around us, and each other. Perfect moment.”
“No idea how you managed this shot… but we love it because it reflects perfectly the atmosphere of the day. We can even see you in it!”
Julie and Dave, Mykonos Wedding, Greece
Lynne and Jon, Tunnels Beaches Devon wedding
Lynne: “Picking just one photo has been one of the most difficult decisions I’ve made the whole way through the entire wedding process!!
I’m going to say this one. I love the way the flowers (left over from the day before’s wedding!!!) on the sides of the gazebo frame the shot and how happy we both look. It was that little moment after the ceremony where we looked at each other and realised we’d actually just got married!”
Louise and Scott, Wise Weddings Kent Wedding
Hannah and Jed, Cambridge University Wedding
Hannah: “Mine is the one of us kissing but the focus is on the guests – seeing their gleeful faces captured at a moment when I wasn’t able to see them is wonderful and I love how Lloyd (Jed’s Dad) looks so ridiculously and deliriously happy, it makes me properly chuckle every time I see it but also feel very lucky to now be such a welcomed part of that family. Also, my Nana’s face peeking out, looking radiantly like the Queen. She’d been so worried about “letting me down” by not looking smart and there she is, looking delighted and delightful. Just love this photo so much.”
“Jed’s is this one of us dancing because I had been so stressed about the first dance and on the verge of refusing to do it, we choreographed it the night before and I was convinced it was going to be awful and then it was amazing and this photo really shows that off but also just how much fun we had.”
Pippa and Bex, Iford Village Hall Sussex Wedding
Jessica and Ron, The Alma Pub Wedding London
Ron: “After much deliberation, I’ve arrived at my favourite.
Emily and Steve, Glastonbury wedding at Rumbolds Farm Sussex
Katrina and Tom, Prince Albert Pub Wedding London
Tinks: “Oh this is a difficult, but fun task! I like so many that it’s super hard to choose one, but after looking through them for the last hour (!) I’ll go with this one. It’s an unconventional wedding photo (which appeals to me) with lots of attitude, but I love it for capturing one of the many happy and random moments of fun throughout the day and night…”
Zoe and Paul, The Peasant Pub Wedding London
Paul: “The photo of us outside the door totally sums up our day for us. We feel it is very “London” and having a London wedding was very important for us as we were living there when we we met, lived all over London together and when we got engaged. I think you can also see how much we are enjoying ourselves. And we were dreading the “portrait” session as neither of us are that comfortable having our photos taken!
Zoe: “The photo of me and one of my bridesmaid Tracy. It just makes me laugh every time I look at it. And perfectly encapsulates the evening but also the years of our friendship and the many laughs that we have had.”
Amber and Josh, Back Garden Wedding
Josh: “I literally couldn’t decide which I like the most, every single photo from the day is perfect in so many ways. Every time I look back through the photos each one reminds me of a particular time or feeling from such an amazing day. After narrowing it down, and after much deliberation I chose this image; mainly because it includes both my beautiful bride and extremely ginger son. I adore them both in more ways than they’ll ever know, and they both look so happy in this photo. It’s also includes some of our favourite people and of course, confetti. Because confetti.”
Amber: “I could have picked hundreds of photos that count as my favourite, but this one always stands out. I love that it’s taken in my favourite place and Josh has that silly soppy smile on his face. It was our first look and I remember being so desperate to see him and when I did all the nerves went away.”
Hannah and James, Ufton Court Wedding
Dan and Suzie, Brighton Music Hall Wedding
“Mine is the one with another man’s hand! 🙂 [Suzie had her handbag over her arm hiding Dan’s hand, so I used James’s hand from Hermione and James’ wedding in its place!] I love this one as (a) it’s a gorgeous photo (b) the composition is perfect (c) every time we went to Brighton we always took photos (selfies) in front of the old pier and this reminds me of dong that but also of the happiest day of my life.”
Frankie and Brett, The Bell in Ticehurst Wedding
“My favourite is the shot of us dancing, my skirt is right out, the petticoat is so gorgeous and we are both loving showing off – but the best bit is if you zoom in on people’s faces in the background!”
Katie and Luke, Upwaltham Barns Sussex Wedding
Anja and Tanita, Brighton wedding at Caribou Rooms
Sam and Pete, Westerham Wedding
Emma and Jason, Babington House Somerset Wedding
Lisa and Ann, Brighton Pavilion and Hotel du Vin Wedding
Sarah and Andrew, Brighton Wedding
Mel and James, New Zealand Wedding
James: “My favourite is the one of us on the swings – just so in love.”