A year of (not so much) wedding photography in 2020

Best wedding photography of 2020

Every year wedding photographers tend to do a summary of their year titled a "best of"... and well isn't this a funny year to be making such a post! I ended up shooting literally a handful of weddings, mostly only an hour or two at Islington Town Hall and Stoke Newington Town Hall in between or before the lockdown really kicked in. I wanted to still make a best of post because I still had an eventful year that I'd like to showcase for my couples waiting to marry in 2021 and beyond, and also to show my existing very patient clients what I've been up to :) When we first learned the weddings were likely to be restricted, I instantly went out and looked for a stable pay cheque, and also to be nearest the toilet roll supply! This way I knew I'd be able to safely hibernate my business and pay my bills through other means, and I wouldn't have to stress about taking new bookings or getting balances part paid from existing couples. From this job and after taking about a month to get over the shock of the whole situation, I took the chance to document a rare moment in society and took photos of my colleagues at work. I joined local facebook groups and photographed branding photos for a few freelancers, whilst taking on some London family photography both posed and documentary style. I found I had a wee knack for handmade clay jewellery and set up an Etsy store (still currently!) selling earring of my own design- it's called No Lobe Lost. I enjoyed photographing Secret Cinema's Drive In show at Goodwood and at the start of the year shooting behind the scenes and film stills for a short film called The Porridge. If this wasn't keeping me busy enough I also photographed portraits of NHS workers and had them exhibited in central London as part of the nationwide 2020 Vision Project that celebrated all the hard work the healthcare workers were doing for us, and took a portrait of musicians who performed outdoors for free for those isolating in care homes. My last shoot of the year wrapped up with my first interior shoot for an estate agent. Phew! That was long to explain it... so now you've made your way through that, here in no particular order are the photos!

*All events took place in accordance with the restrictions and guidance at the time*

If you're getting married, or not getting married but have a business, family or even your own face that you want photographed in London, feel free to get in touch!

Lockdown wedding photography

London lockdown wedding

If the 7 years of weddings have taught me anything, it is that love is bloody wonderful, no matter how or where it's celebrated. I've shot weddings of all different cultures, themes and sizes, and with each day they still all share that brilliant, warm incredible feeling in the air. There's always that goosebump-y zing of excitement, between couples and between friends and family. Something beautiful in the openness and honesty people show in this rare day where essentially inhibitions are dropped and joyous emotions are embraced in their entirety, whether that's through floods of tears or floods of vodka.

This is indeed a crazy time in history, I never thought I'd live and work through a time when weddings were banned, but here we are still surviving, still choosing to get married and still loving each other just as hard as ever before.

Small London wedding

London wedding

This couple who met during their student days at LSE have shown how you can have the most wonderful intimate small wedding in London. Every year I shoot at least a few London weddings with less than 30 guests (a.k.a micro wedding as they're calling it in the states!) and it’s always a relaxed and personal occasion. With less quantity you leave room for more quality, and this couple love food so they put on a glorious banquet of authentic Indonesian home cooking. They opted to start the day meeting me at LSE for some couple photos that perfectly matched their dry witty couple humour, before we all jumped into a London taxi cab to go to their ceremony at Islington Town Hall.


Small Islington Town Hall wedding ceremony

As this couple have most of their family abroad, they opted to have a smaller intimate wedding ceremony with some family and mostly friends who they love hanging out with in London. The main council chamber in Islington Town Hall is huge enough to hold a variety of sized weddings, and it even has a balcony looking into the room for additional space.

After the London wedding ceremony at Islington Town Hall they walked with all their guests to their relaxed reception at the Hemingford Arms pub. A gorgeous classic London pub private venue hire space.

At the Hemingford Arms they had an amazing spread of Indonesian starters such as spring rolls, fried tofu that was amazinggg. They also brought in Vitasoy drinks for their non-alcoholic drinking buddies, an Asian favourite! They also had board games out for all their friends to play, most of who are intense board game fans!

Amongst the games they had several friends who gave speeches, and they rounded off the dinner buffet with a classic Indonesian yellow rice wedding cake and a nostalgic throwback piano performance in Chinese between the groom as his school friend that they performed back in school together as kids.


Best wedding photography of 2019

wild bride party

Best documentary wedding photography of 2019

Yes. It's 2020 and I gotta admit, it's a weird time out there right now (Captain's log 18th March), but all this quarantine action has finally meant that I can catch up on my best wedding photos of 2019. Usually I also combine it with a reflection of the year, but if I'm honest there's so much currently happening with Coronavirus and having been travelling, mostly hiking for nearly 2 months that I don't know if I can remember half the things I did in 2019! I look back at these photos though and I know I had a fab year as a fun London wedding photographer. I know I shot for lots of lovely relaxed wedding couples and flew around the world to various destination weddings a bit, and I know I got my marathon good for age time of 3 hours 36 mins, to qualify for a place in London marathon (which sadly has been postponed of course!). I ate a lot of sushi, (I'm such a London foodie!) shot my first music album cover and joined the Fujifilm team as an official X-Photographer ambassador. I taught for them in both private workshops and at The Photography Show, the biggest photography conference in the UK. I organised a non-profit event called Speak Now, which brought together female photographers to learn about how to increase their visibility in the industry, realising a long term dream of mine to do *something* to help bring more gender balance to our industry. From there I made lots of amazing new friends, and spent time hanging out, chatting and shooting, starting to take more time to nurture my creative side. I danced a bit, got way too pissed at our industry parties, and danced some more. So I guess now that I think about it, I did do a lot in 2019!

Thank you to all my couples who supported me throughout the year by trusting me to come and shoot their special day, I'm really happy with what I produced and although this isn't everything as I've still got a few Autumn-Winter weddings left to blog and within each wedding there's so much more to share... I hope that you like it too and this brings some smiles! I've on purposely not wanted to include too much ceremony stuff, to highlight my ethos that a wedding day can be about so much more than the getting married bit! For me and my couples, it's also been about going beyond tradition, enjoying the day with loved ones: almost all of my couples are people people, with their friends and family being the most important part of their wedding.

east Dulwich tavern wedding

funny wedding photography

hilarious wedding photo

wedding beer pong

islington town hall wedding

Clapton country club wedding

morden hall wedding

destination wedding photographer

Clapton country club wedding

wedding piñata

fun wedding photography

fun documentary photography

Belmond timeo taormina wedding

london wedding bus

Bingham Riverhouse hotel wedding

new unity church wedding

islington town hall wedding

indian bridal dress

Belmond timeo taormina wedding

fun wedding

indian destination wedding

artistic asian wedding photography

fun asian wedding photographer

Woodberry Wetlands wedding

dog couple shot

Canonbury Tavern wedding

Canonbury Tavern wedding

brighton pub wedding

London wedding bus

outdoor Brighton wedding

natural wedding photographer

the depot wedding

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