Dec 22, 2018 | Best of, featured weddings

montage of wedding photographs taken by Wiltshire wedding photographer Lydia Stamps

It’s an old cliche but I’m always amazed at how the years fly by faster and faster and that Christmas has rolled around again. In this job I spend a lot of the year chasing my tail, never having a spare moment and then before I know it, almost as soon as it started, wedding season is over and it’s time to look back on the year that was. 2018 has been amazing. I’ve worked with 29 lovely couples, photographed weddings across Wiltshire, Hampshire, Dorset & London as well as a destination wedding in Paris. I’ve witnessed your happiest days. I’ve laughed with you, cried with you, danced with you, and it’s truly been my biggest privilege.

This year as well as the twenty nine weddings I’ve attended as a photographer, I’ve been to a few as a guest as well and I’ve been struck by just how privileged I am as a photographer. As a guest I’ve so missed the intimacy, and the excitement of the wedding morning. The tears of the bride as she’s surprised with a beautiful, unexpected gift, the nerves of the groom as the ushers ties get lost – only for five minutes thankfully! I get to bear witness to so much as a photographer; I get a front row ticket, I get to be in the thick of it, right in the action and I live for it. I really, really do.

This year I’ve shot some incredibly beautiful weddings, from a French chateau wedding, to a countryside wedding where the whole ceiling of the marquee was hung with tens upon tens of crates, overflowing with of greenery- it was show stopping! And as much as I love the details (and I do LOVE the details) when the time comes to look back it’s not the beautiful detail shots which ever make it into my list of favourite photographs. It’s the human moments. The connection. The emotion. This is what I want to capture for you above all else, it’s what makes up the bulk of these images and the bulk of what you can expect to receive in your set of wedding photographs from me. Don’t get me wrong. I love a good place setting, I adore an abundant floral centrepiece, but the tears in your eyes as you exchange vows, the raucous laughter, you holding your Dad’s hand as you sit down for dinner….. these are the shots I want to nail. It’s the moments that’s gone a second later. That will mean so much when he’s gone too.

So, here are just a handful of my favourite moments of 2018. There’s at least one from each and every wedding I’ve shot this year, but I could have chosen so many more. Thank you for filling my year with amazing moments, full of joy and laughter and love. Thank you to each of you who trusted me to capture your most precious of memories this year. Feel free to scroll through to see the images in a timeline of a wedding day, or watch the slideshow for a three minute overview.

Bride doing make up in the window of Barley Wood House near Bristolbride having mascara applied by make up artist in Norton Park Hotelbride in the bridal suite at chateau bouffemont near parisBrides waiting outside St. John's Place Salisburybride and father of the bride walk to ceremony at Clock Barngroom places ring on bride's finger during a wedding at Newhouse Estate near Salisburybride laughing during a wedding ceremony at Clock Barn near Whitchurch, Hampshiregroom sheds a tear during a wedding ceremony at Islington Town Hall, LondonBlack and white photo of a bride and groom sharing their first kiss as husband and wife at their wedding at Newhouse Estate, Salisbury Wiltshire. Photo by Lydia Stamps Photographybride drinks champagne in the grounds of Chateau Bouffemont near Paris wedding drinks reception with the millenium dome in the back ground at Trinity Bouy Wharf Londongroup of friends chatting at a wedding reception at chateau bouffemont near Paris, FranceDrinks reception in the gardens at Barley Wood wedding venue near Bristolcouple on the dock at Trinity Bouy Wharf Londonbride and groom sit on the steps at Chateau Bouffemont at sunset bride and groom pour champagne into a cascade at chateau bouffemont near parisBarford Park Barn wedding venue near Salisbury lit with fairy lights photo by Lydia Stamps Photography

Featured venues include: Chateau Bouffemont, Clock Barn, Barford Park Barn, Trinity Bouy Wharf, Newhouse Estate, Barley Wood House, Tithe Barn, Romsey Abbey, Islington Town Hall.


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