My wedding photography bucket list!

If you follow me on social media you would've seen my post about 2019 almost being fully booked for weddings. I have decided to not take on as many weddings as last & this year for numerous reasons. We are getting married next year and the last thing I want in the run up to our wedding is to feel burnt out, stressed & exhausted, so I am leaving a few gaps & breathing space so I can really take the whole whirlwind in! Not only this, myself & my bridesmaids have had to dedicate a summer weekend to my hen-do already, otherwise I wouldn't be having one at all! So yes, it's a very big & exciting year for me personally, but this isn't the only reason why I am deciding to do fewer weddings. This makes it sound like I am hardly doing any - I am close to hitting the 30 mark for 2019 after saying I would only do 25, so I'm still not good at being disciplined!

Last year I photographed 39 weddings, this year I have 41 & I have learnt it really is too much for me, due to the way I edit, for my own wellbeing & also, as I do other shoots which I am having to jeopardise & constantly turn away. I LOVE shooting weddings, but do not want to end up resenting them & burning myself out, so it's all for a good reason!

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This blog is clearly already going off on a tangent but it is leading me into the topic of my 'wedding photography bucket list'. As I have just said, I do love weddings & my job, but over the years I have discovered that certain weddings do suit me & my style more, & there's certain weddings & venues I have yet to photograph that I would do even if I was on the verge of a nervous breakdown! If I hit my '25/30' wedding mark & one of my bucket list weddings came into my inbox, I wouldn't say no (unless I was already booked), so I thought it's probably a good thing to talk about what these bucket list weddings are!

1. Destination!

When I started my business, it was always my goal to do destination weddings. I had my first one last year in Amalfi, & I have two this year & one next year. I have a huge passion for travelling & seeing the world, like most people, so when I can combine this with my other passion of photography (which I am lucky enough to call my job), it's the best feeling in the world! In a few years time I would love to be shooting fewer weddings which are predominately destination. This is another reason why I have started the cut down early! If you are planning on getting married abroad & like my work, please do get in touch, as I will offer a bespoke quote. I think some couples don't even ask UK photographers as they just predict hassle & a lot more money, but sometimes it can actually be cheaper depending on what country you are getting married in. If you don't ask, you'll never know.

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2. Aynhoe Park!

My favourite UK venue which I have already had the pleasure of photographing at. I have never been anywhere quite like it & the weddings are EXCEPTIONAL here. I usually wouldn't like photographing the same venue over & over again, but with Aynhoe I feel you would find a new hidden gem each time & it changes around so much! Plus, you can fit any style of wedding in this quirky setting so each time would be something completely new & exciting. When I photographed a wedding here I was going through a very bad time personally, but I was completely taken away whilst here, which to me says it all. Aynhoe - I love you.

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3. Festival Style!

I have photographed Tipi weddings which nearly were at the festival mark & I loved these, but I would love someone to enquire literally with the words ' Festival Style' as already I would know how fun & exciting this would be to photograph. Usually when people have themes it means there will be a lot going on, which again means a lot to photograph. When I first imagined my own wedding it was outdoor, bare foot, bohemian, games, food, drink - which it sort of will be...but not quite festival...anyway - I'm not talking about my day! But yes, Festival vibes - come my way! Preferably with feathers in the bouquet?...

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4. Marquee weddings at home!

Pretty much the same as above but could be any style / theme. I have loved the marquee or tipi weddings I have photographed either at the couples family home or fields / grounds somewhere. I love how relaxed these weddings are & usually there's lots of details to photograph as the bride & groom do most things themselves or with the help of stylists. This makes it very exciting as a photographer! I just adore outdoor weddings. Can you tell? Maybe I should've put all this under outdoor....

5. OUTDOOR WEDDINGS!

All of my ramble above in two basic words. Outdoor weddings are the best!!!!

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6. The Ritz.

Who. Would. Not. Want. This? I don't need to say anything else. Apart from, this is the perfect example of the kind of venues I would love to shoot at. Anywhere luxurious with gorgeous interior decor, as we all know again that's another passion of mine!

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7. The out of ordinary & non traditional.

I know this is quite vague, but we all know I love a good wedding rule break, & it sums up overall the types of weddings I love best. I have discovered I love it when couples do things a little differently & take a more laid back or unusual approach to weddings. I wouldn't want this all the time as I do love the variety of work I get. But I would love to photograph much more with unusual & quirky elements! Also, these are the kinds of weddings that get blogged, as it's something different for their readers!

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8. Good people.

Most important & something I do tend to strike lucky with. This doesn't really fit with the 'bucket list', but I have had to include it as nothing else matters without this. When I photograph couples who feel like friends to me, who are totally relaxed, lovely & easy to bounce off, I could be anywhere & it will be the best days 'work' EVER. 

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Each & every lovely enquiry I get fills me with pride, but not every photographer is for every wedding. There's someone out there for everyone. Find a photographer who is right for you & who you like! They should feel like your friend & you should have similar styles & tastes. I love all my weddings & count myself very lucky that I shoot such a variety, but as I will now be cutting down the amount I shoot, I wanted to show you what would make me do a backflip out of my office chair. So if your wedding involves any of the above - get in touch, I would love to hear all about it! x

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