It's been a jam packed year since starting my little business! At the very start of my adventure, I had mentoring from the fabulous Kathryn Hayhurst- I'm beyond grateful to you for teaching me and helping me get set up! If anyone needs advice on setting up a photography business, Kathryn is your woman!
Since then I've had so much fun shooting some beautiful weddings throughout Yorkshire and beyond. I've finally found my dream job which makes me so very happy! Each and every wedding I've worked on this year has been unique, and has helped me to learn more about my style and built my confidence. I absolutely love it!
So I thought I'd take a bit of time this afternoon to have a look back over the weddings I've captured so far, just so I can give myself a little pat on the back for how far I've come... and to look at all these gorgeous dresses and happy smiles of course! I've recently got engaged myself so any excuse for dress inspo- and last year's brides wore some absolutely stunning gowns.
I cannot thank Sally Eaves Weddings enough for taking me under her wing as a second shooter and showing me the ropes- she is such a talented photographer; she's absolutely fantastic and I am eternally grateful to this amazing lady. She's taken me along with her to gorgeous venues and I've shot lots of her beautiful brides...
I've even started going it alone...
I can't wait to work on my upcoming 2019 couples shoots, christenings and wedding bookings... I'm even off over to Ireland in July to shoot a wedding in Co. Cavan! Super exciting!! You can follow my adventures this year on insta and facebook
I'm truly thankful to everyone who has helped and supported me this year. You're a wonderful bunch!!
What gorgeous weather we had for Ashley & Tracy's festival tipi wedding in Sheffield on August 18!
They tied the knot in a private ceremony with just the closest of family, then headed on over to meet the rest of their guests at Stoneybank Farm, Oughtibridge; whose lovely owners had rented them a field with the most beautiful views for the whole weekend.
This wedding was totally DIY, and the Bride and Groom clearly put their heart and soul into every last detail- with a little help from their friends of course! I'm talking giant dreamcatchers, an enormous 'WEDFEST' sign, burlap and lace, multicoloured pompoms, fairy lights, and even a secret, secluded honeymoon suite!
Tracy hadn't seen anything in the field until arriving on the day so it was very emotional to see her reaction when her beautiful venue was revealed and she realised how well Ashley had pulled everything together.
Thank you for sharing your special day with me!
Our ceremony and reception were a direct reflection of our relationship. We love each other dearly, but are not religious, so to have such an intimate ceremony reflects our closeness. The reception was a reflection of our lives together so far; parties, friends and having a good time... That's why we loved having our friends involved!
Tips from the Bride...
1. Completely immerse yourself in the experience when shopping for your dress! You will never do it again and it will become one of your most treasured possessions.
2. Have your day EXACTLY as you and your hubby want it. Everyone will have an interest and opinion, but these are your memories, you get to choose what they are made of!
3. Just let all the stress and worry go on the day. Embrace what will be the best day of your life. I promise you will want to remember every single emotion you felt during every single part of the day, and for this to bring a lump to your throat and a tear to your eye. I can remember all of it- all the emotions, and it makes me cry every time.
Venue: Stoneybank Farm
Tipi: Tipi and Kata
Caterers: Kevin Platts
Hair & Makeup: Sara-Kirsty Twins
Suits: Suits Direct
Florist: Moss & Clover Kelham Island
Entertainment: Cat On Sax, Reverb, Sam O'Hara, & Andy Hilton
Pulling everything together- Ash, Friends & Family!
One sunny Sunday, a few weeks ago, Tracy, Ashley (and their dog Ozzy) and I wandered on up to Padley Gorge in the Peak District, Derbyshire, for a lovely little stroll and a cooling paddle... Oh, and to take some gorgeous photos!
Their pre-wedding shoot came just a couple of months before they are due to be married in their DIY festival-style wedding in Sheffield this August- words can't express just how excited I am about shooting their wedding! (Watch this space for an upcoming blog!)
They really were chilled out in front of the camera, which meant we could create lots of natural, relaxed & fun images. Here's a small selection- just a few of my faves: