A London Wedding Photographer’s Best 2015 Wedding Photographs

A London Wedding Photographer’s best 2015 photographs – I’ve taken my time over pulling together this review of my favourite photographs of 2015. I have to admit that this is in part because I’ve been busy over-indulging over Christmas (oops!), and getting hooked on some Netflix box sets (I now have a Scandal and Making a Murderer shaped hole in my life). It was also partly deliberate – whilst I’m in the brief wedding photography ‘low season’ I now get (I’m sure it used to be 6 months!) it’s actually really useful to take some time to slowly look over my past work, as well as that of other wedding photographers who inspire me. It’s been several weeks since I last photographed a wedding and I’m feeling refreshed and excited about the year ahead…I’m counting down the days til my next wedding (25).

Someone (who clearly doesn’t know me very well!) recently asked me if I am bored of weddings now I’ve photographed so many (165+ at last count). My sincere answer was no, nowhere close (and if I did I’d need to hang up my camera and find something else to do). How can you get bored of capturing moments of one of the happiest days of people’s lives?! Or even, on a more basic level, how could I get bored of being paid to take photographs? I’ve got the best job in the world! Although most of the weddings I photograph have a similar basic structure, each one is different, and special in its own specific way. Some moments are universally great though, and the more experienced I’ve become the more I’ve been able to anticipate these moments and position myself in the best place to capture them.

The wedding photographs I love aren’t necessarily the big showy ones. They’re not couples balancing on mountain ledges or wedding parties being chased by dinosaurs. It’s catching a less confident bride look at herself in the mirror and the little smile that shows that she knows (at last!) that she’s beautiful. It’s a father trying to hold back the tears as he first sees his baby girl all grown up in her wedding dress. Or the special grin (or fist pump!) a bride and groom exchange after the first kiss that says ‘We did it, we really did it!’. It’s a little boy bowing his head at the altar of the church, or a bride peeking out of her hotel room, watching her nearly-husband nervously greet guests. It’s the couple who don’t need any encouragement to gaze at each other, and grin, and kiss whilst we’re taking photos…sometimes I feel invisible (in a good way) as the bride and groom are so wrapped up in adoring each other that they’re not really noticing me and my great big camera! But most of all, what I love capturing is the raw, real, true joy of a wedding – not just for the bride and groom, but for parents seeing their child marry the love of their life, for friends seeing each other for the first time in years, and, of course, for everyone enjoying the sheer awesome fun of a great big, fat party! Some of the fun things I loved at this year’s weddings were watching a vicar on a bouncy castle, seeing a bride riding a horse in her wedding dress, a lego pudding made of jelly, a penguin ice sculpture and (best of all!) it was watching guest’s faces as they realised that they weren’t actually at a birthday party – they were at a surprise wedding instead!

From a personal point of view, it was a pleasure seeing so many of my past (and a few of my future) brides and grooms at their friends’ weddings (I always feel proud when a client recommends me to their friends). It was also great working with so many excellent suppliers, including Kalm Kitchen, Kate Avery flowers, Hanna Wildman (hair and make up), Jacaranda catering, Sharon Roberts (hair), Carolanne Armstrong (make up), Rupert Ward-Lewis (videographer) and the AWESOME Piano Man. I was back at lots of my regular wedding venues, including the Barn at Bury Court, Gate Street Barn, Ramster Hall, Bartholomew Barn, Latimer Place and the Savile Club, and made two new favourites – Millbridge Court and Brocket Hall.

Enough chat…here are some of my favourite moments from the year (and some pretty details, because they’re great too!)…

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The big ‘reveal’ – often one of my favourite moments

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A mix of excitement and nerves…some ‘I’m getting married in 2 minutes’ moments

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A bit of last minute work from the bridesmaids

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The wedding ceremony – what it’s all about

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Some happy, relaxed bride and groom portraits – these don’t have to be stiff and posed, there’s lots of opportunity for some real emotion to shine through!

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Where would a bride be on her wedding day without her girls?!

Millbridge court group photographsPastel bridesmaids in sunshine

The boys deserve to have some fun too (who said group photos had to be boring?!)

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Here are some of the beautiful venues I’ve worked at this year.

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Barn at bury court wedding photographerRamster hall wedding photography

And some of the stunning food and details…yum!

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So much laughter!

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I love photographing some of the youngest, and the oldest guests at a wedding

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The speeches are always a great opportunity to get some great reaction shots Toasting the bride during wedding speechesLaughing bride8 wedding speech photography_02528 wedding speech photography_0253Mum hugging groom during speeches

I love a bit of dancing action (photographing not participating…well, not much!)

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And finally, a bit of fun, creative night time photography

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With love, as always,

Sarah xx

Sarah Legge Photography – award winning Surrey wedding photographer capturing joyful moments and creating beautiful, natural images throughout Surrey, Sussex, Hampshire, London and beyond. If you’re looking for a wedding photographer do get in touch!

 

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