BEST WEDDING PHOTOS OF 2017
Hello and welcome to this little round up of my favourite images from last year. A curated selection of moments pulled from the archive of weddings I photographed over the past 12 months, whittled down to this cup-of-tea-sized post, and given the rather grand title of my Best Wedding Photos of 2017. This is the 6th year that I have done a round up of my favourite images and put them all in one ”best of…” post. It’s a great process for me as it allows me to take stock of the past year, and (hopefully) it’s great for any prospective couples considering booking me for their wedding, as they can get an idea of how I see things and how I’d be able to tell the story of their own wedding.
2017 was a great year, photographically and personally. On a personal level, I got to travel and make time for my family, which is not always easy when you photograph weddings most weekends in the summer. My birthday falls in the first week of September, and for the past 8 years I’ve always booked a wedding for the first Saturday of the month. This year I blocked it out of my diary, and we took a lovely drive through France & Spain, and I got to spend my birthday splashing around in the pool with my nephews, cycling in the Catalunyan countryside with Steve & my brother in law, and drinking Aperol Spritz with my mum and sister. Perfect.
It was another great year in terms of recognition from the industry, with awards from a number of worldwide organisations, including ISPWP, MyWed, Masters of Wedding Photography and This Is Reportage, as well as having one of my images featured in the Evening Standard’s best wedding photos of the year. In 2017, I won another 11 awards from the world renowned Wedding Photojournalist Association, taking my total WPJA awards to 31. I made it onto their Top 50 Wedding Photographers in the World list for the second year running as well, which I am super proud of.
I couldn’t have asked for more fantastic clients in 2017. Each wedding was so different; from London pub weddings, humanist woodland weddings, a wedding in the picture perfect Welsh village of Portmeirion, and a 3 day wedding in Rajasthan, India. I photographed a wedding where the bride’s 25 year old horse was a guest, a wedding where the grooms were accompanied down the aisle by their mums and their two greyhounds, Zelda & Enya. A wedding where the first dance took place in a clearing in the woodland, in the rain, with sparklers and a New Orleans style brass band (the insanely talented Brass Funkeys). I photographed the wedding of two Emmy award winning journalists as well as the wedding of one of my oldest and dearest schoolfriends in a day filled with, amongst other things, flower girls in cat face paint, paper aeroplanes and a Paul Simon singalong in church, and a mad scientist at the end of the garden to entertain the kids. All in all, 2017 was a smorgasbord of incredible places and utterly brilliant people.
HUGE thanks to all the couples who put their trust in me to document one of the biggest and most important events of their lives, and an equally large measure of thanks to their families and friends who who not only made me so very welcome, but danced, partied, loved and laughed and provided the material for these photos. Thanks also to my two second photographers this year; great friend and great photographer Matt Tyler who came out to India with me, and my super talented husband Stephen Bunn who was my wingman on more than one occasion.
So I hope you’ll enjoy this post, my Best Wedding Photos of 2017, all of them unscripted, documentary images photographed without any direction or any intervention. Just 100% genuine moments.