“And when I first saw you, the sky, it was such a natural blue”

This Best of 2017 post is long overdue! There’s nothing like a global pandemic and postponement of a wedding season to help free us up so we can get all those long awaited jobs DONE.

Here we are in 2020, looking back at all these wonderful weddings we’ve had the privilege of documenting, and it’s giving us misty eyes. We miss getting to do this. And, we miss the UK. Dearly. We relocated to New Zealand in January – right before the pandemic hit – to be closer to our families here. Looking over 2017, we can’t help but feel nostalgic for all things BRITISH.

One of the many great things about weddings, is that they are a reflection of the time & culture of the people involved. And there is a definite ‘British-ness’ to the images that we loved from that time. Things that we might not see at weddings in New Zealand.

These images were also like bright sparks in our 2017, a year in which we got to witness so much joy, but at the same time felt so difficult for us. Our youngest, Harland, was born with severe haemophilia and this was a year of hospital visits, a port-a-cath surgery, and steep learning curves for us as parents to work out how to administer his treatment. Because of this we also had to change how we photographed weddings. We couldn’t do it together, so Kim worked alone or gratefully sought help from our community of photographers friends.

And we were so grateful for our business that allowed us the freedom to care for our boys in the way that we needed to that year, and continued to provide for us financially – allowing us to do what we loved without perhaps getting the same amount of attention as it had in the past (especially on the marketing side – I mean, a best of 2017 post in 2020 kind of says it all!). And of course, our wonderful couples – we so appreciate every one of you who invited us to photograph your day. Thank you for trusting us to document your day x

From behind misty eyes and tens of thousands of shutter clicks, this is our distillation of 2017.

sunset at wollaton hall nottinghammodern bride laughing warwickshirecool wedding couple in teepeekids confetti dancefloor walled garden beestonfunny wedding cake cutting marqueeairplane flying over treehappy wedding couple in field swallows nest barnkids on haybales farm weddingcolourful wedding dancefloorbest greater derby wedding photographergood looking groom walled garden beeston nottinghamshirekid escaping funny wedding momentbest mapperley farm wedding photoscrazy wedding dancefloorhandsome groom bouquet diptychaussie rules at a weddingbeautiful wedding moment on dancefloorwedding anticipation bride travellingtrieste jan morris book on bedside tablebeautiful mapperley farm weddingbeautiful bride walled garden beestonplease close the door church weddinggroomsmen at the pubwedding dress momentcolourful symmetrical bride photobeautiful wedding dress diptychclean minimalist wedding ring photofunny wedding moment guest westmill derbykids at outdoor weddingdramatic jenga moment with kidswinston churchill politics bookshelfbeautiful minimalist bride portrait against neutral backgroundtouching wedding moment church bride groomtears at church weddingbeautiful minimalist wedding portrait in black and whitebeautiful grandfather granddaughter moment weddingwestmill derby courtyard photo weddingfunny wedding moment groomsmen at westmillkids jumping bubblewrap weddingbeautifiul catholic wedding moment nottinghamrough water westmill derbyirish wedding signcouple at sunset at wollaton hallhappy groomsmen in field at farm weddingbeautiful pink blossom wedding staunton harold hallbeautiful dancing moment grandmother granddaughterbridesmaid shadows bouquetwedding confetti moment nottinghamshirewedding church moment bridesmaidbride and groom with catfun arm wrestling momentquiet groom moment morning weddingbeautiful bride groom catholic church wedding nottinghamlamp and painting photofunny bride moment at westmill derbyi would prefer not to wedding momentriver derwent westmill weir nightwedding couple outside rock city nottinghamguests at council house wedding nottinghambeautiful bride priest house hotel wedding castle doningtonbeautiful wedding moment between grandmother and flowergirlbride and groom drinking tea eating crumpets weddingcrazy kid horse head weddingbride and groom umbrella rain wedding photo warwickshirebeautiful bride shadow play portraitbeehive farm derbyshire weddingbridesmaids smiling at window momentfun wedding council house nottinghambridesmaid dancefloor holding shoebeautiful dancefloor moment between bride and groomfunny wedding moment stealing candyfun dancefloor wedding moment guestshuge party dancefloor groom momentbeautiful bride and groom walking trees mapperley farmtossing welly game fun wedding momentfun wedding moment kid upside downfun and touching marquee wedding momentguests arriving at holme pierrepont hall nottinghambeautiful mother daughter wedding momentfunny kids and swing moment weddingbest mapperley farm wedding photosvicar driver outside church weddinggirl knocks glass over weddingboy pretending to fly at weddingfunny moment priest at weddingbest man speech on toilet paperwhat happens if it rains at my weddingbride laughing during speeches wedding oxfordlaura gimson british humanist wedding celebrantbirds flying moody photobeautiful moment between bridesmaid bride oxford weddingportrait of bride against dark skiesbride groom wedding outside rock city nottinghamgirl bouncy castle wedding funchaotic crazy wedding dancefloorportrait holme pierrepont hall nottingham 1bride using polaroid camerabrown triumph car diptychcrazy mad dancefloor weddingbeautiful bride and groom wedding photo westmill derbywedding guests paintingbest holme pierrepont hall wedding nottinghambest holme pierrepont hall wedding nottinghambest holme pierrepont hall wedding nottinghamcannock park tree guy photobest wedding photos colston hall nottinghamwedding confetti ground headlights night

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