If you're not careful, your wedding can flash past in a blur of frantic fun. The excitement of the morning, the tension and relief of the ceremony, drinks and dinner, speeches, a nervous first dance, and then so many people to talk to! It's a busy day, but you should never forget that at the centre of everything are you and the love of your life! It pays to take a few moments of calm and quiet, just the two of you.
That's one of the things I love about evening portraits. The portrait may only take a few moment to capture, but they're a few moments of calm, outside of the party bubble of the evening reception.
Of course, I also love the fact that the evening time gives me complete control over the lighting of the scene! Photography is all about light, and a darker setting allows me to add in my own light and create an image unlike any other taken on the day. Plus, funnily enough, most people feel even more relaxed in front of the camera by the time they've enjoyed a drink with their dinner!
Shots like these are just one more reason why I don't usually offer half-day packages - I want to offer all my couples the opportunity of an image like this.
Below are ten of my favourite bride and groom evening portraits from 2016. I couldn't choose an overall favourite. Can you? Click each image to enlarge it.
One of the most beautiful autumnal weddings, with a beautiful bride, gorgeous details, and the most unexpected visitor you could imagine....
We were off to the seaside for Sara and Benn's Scarborough wedding at Ox Pasture Hall Hotel. There was no sand in sight, but there was a beautiful bride marrying her very dapper groom, and a pair of vintage Mustangs thrown in for good measure! Come and take a look...
Kerry & Martin's wedding at Blackbrook House in Derbyshire was full of beautiful, carefully chosen details.
Paige and Tom met at school when they were just 15! So you might have thought that they could wait just a few more months to become husband and wife... Nope! After initially booking their wedding at Hoar Cross Hall for 2017, the pair decided that they couldn't wait that long and brought the day forward, leaving a mere four months to plan their wedding!
The West Mill happily lent its centuries of history to Kelly and Kevin's amazing wedding day, styled with a mix of vintage and modern within the industrial setting of such a unique venue. Kelly (and Kevin!) planned this fantastic day in just 11 weeks, and it was everything they could ever have dreamed of.
"People always say it, but it truly is the best day of your life, and looking through our photographs allowed us to relive that perfect day all over again!"
Jodie and Rob's Great Gatsby-inspired wedding at the beautiful Mythe Barn will transport you back to the 1920s!
Mel and Lee's Spanish wedding was my first adventure in destination weddings. Come and take a look at their beautiful wedding day at a stunning mansion in the Spanish hills!
Adam and Susie were married at Breadsall Church before their reception back at Breadsall Priory. Come and take a look!
Ella and James were married at the beautiful Locko Park before heading back to a marquee at Ella's grandparent's farm in Ockbrook. There were so many beautiful and unique details that made this wedding special, come and take a look!
Laura and Chris' wedding at the beautiful Shottle Hall in Derbyshire was a real highlight for me. I have never photographed such an emotional day, full of happy tears and laughter - and that was just from Chris! Read on and take a look at what made their big day so perfect.
I love evening portraits! Here are 10 of my favourites from 2016 - which one do you like best?
I always offer my clients an engagement shoot, because I think they're the perfect way to get to know each other before the wedding day. Here I offer some tips and advice on how to make the most of your engagement shoot. Come and take a look.
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