My 2011 faves

I really have had the most fantastic year, with some of the loveliest brides and grooms, and some incredible venues.  Each and every wedding is different, and they have all been amazing in their own unique ways.  As I laugh at yet another brilliant speech, or well up with tears - yet again - as the couple say their vows, I do keep thinking how lucky I am to do this job.  I get to spend a great deal of time with people who are madly in love, and enjoying the most special time of their lives.  I am so excited about the weddings that I've got coming up in 2012, starting down in lovely Branscombe in January.  But first, I couldn't resist just putting together some of my very favourite shots from the past year.  So, I raise a glass to all the lovely brides and grooms, and all their guests, and the fabulous venues that have all helped make 2011 so special.   Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year.  Thank you x

Adele & Jamie's Dartmouth wedding: sneak preview

Here is a quick peep at Adele and Jamie's gorgeous winter wedding in Dartmouth.  They were married at St Petrox Church and celebrated at the amazing Dartmouth Apprentice.

I can't wait to blog the full wedding in the New Year!

Sally & Russell: married in glorious October sunshine!

At the end of October I had the pleasure of photographing Sally and Russell's gorgeous wedding in Paignton.  As register offices go, this has to be one of the grandest that I have ever seen.  Apparently Torbay's register office will be moving out of Oldway Mansion next year, so we did feel very lucky indeed to be  there.  It was the most glorious sunny day, and the gardens looked just stunning with the sun rising up through the autumn leaves.

Sally and Russell's wedding was so lovely.  From a relaxed start as everyone waited for the ceremony, to the jostling between the groom and his three best men, to Sally and Russell's giggling over the ring exchange, it was such a lovely wedding to be a part of.  It was genuinely touching to be a part of the ceremony, with the incredible adoring glances between the bride and groom, and the inevitable tears (mine too).  The blazing sunshine afterwards was quite incredible for the time of year.

The reception was at Bickley Mill Inn, near Torquay, which had been transformed into an amazing vision in pink by Sally.  The venue just looked incredible, and I was so impressed by the amount of work put in to make it so lovely.  I wasn't the only photographer to get excited about all the details - the very lovely Ellie followed me around with her pink V-tech camera and became my number one assistant for the afternoon!  The speeches were great, and I laughed a lot as the three best men took it in turns to help Russell sink lower and lower in his chair :).

So thank you - to Sally and Russ for inviting me to photograph their lovely, lovely day, and to Ellie for showing me how to do it properly!