My Favourite Images of 2019

2019 marked the 10th year of me shooting weddings.

Which is insane, because I swear it was just yesterday,. I know this makes me sound a little old, but I can’t believe how quickly the time passes. It’s like you blink and it’s been ten years.

And as I get older, the more important photography has become. I’ve started making a massive mission of rescuing my digital files from the deep dark depths of the internet and printing them off. I realised that even my own wedding photos were stored on a CD and I know longer own something that reads a CD. (I’ve now started putting print credits in my packages to help encourage my clients to print their photos!)

Every single year, I’m blown away by how awesome my clients are and how much they trust me to just do my thing. This type of client trust is empowering as a photographer and it really does feel like my clients are allowing me to capture the emotion that is really there in the room.

It’s the type of trust that makes me so thankful and happy that this has been my career for the last ten years. I really couldn’t imagine doing anything else. To be able capture these moments for my clients, the same ones I know their going to treasure years from now, is the most rewarding thing ever.

Thank you so much to my amazing clients from 2019! You’ll were fantastic to get to know and work with. I couldn’t have made any of these images without your support and trust!

Bride and Groom walking together with romantic graffiti
bride looking out of window about to get married
engagement photoshoot in Notting Hill
london engagement photo session
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Photo and Video Highlights at Upton Barn and Walled Garden Wedding {Ruth & Jonnie}

Three years, three siblings and three weddings. Two years ago, I had the pleasure of shooting Amy and Will’s Wedding, last year I photographed Jack and Sarah’s and now this year it’s Ruth and Jonny’s. It must of been an busy few years for the Garrett family.

Ruth and Jonny wanted an outdoor venue close to their parents new home in Devon, somewhere that was going to be a nice weekend destination for their family and friends and Upton Walled Barns and Gardens was a perfect fit for their laid back wedding vibes.

Ruth and Jonny also decided to add on my “video highlights” option which was new to my package options this year. It’s not meant to replace a proper videographer, but it does give the option to have a bit of footage taken with the same cameras that are photographing your wedding. So it’s bit more discrete and helps minimize the amount of cameras at your wedding.

Ruth & Jonny’s Wedding at Upton Barn and Wall Garden from Kari Bellamy on Vimeo.

Now that you’ve watched the video, it’s on to the photos <3

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A Very London Wedding at The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn {Eleanor & Jonathan}

In the very middle of the city, yet somewhat hidden away, is The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn. It’s the grounds of one of the four Inns of Court to which barristers belong and are called to the Bar. It’s one of the most prestigious professional bodies of judges and lawyers in the world.

Lincoln’s Inn holds a lot of sentimental value for Eleanor’s family. Her grandfather was a member and her parents were married in the Lincoln’s Inn chapel as well. They’ve held many important family functions in the Great Hall. So it was only natural that Eleanor and Jonathan would want to hold their wedding there.

After getting ready at her parents home, Eleanor hoped in special white London Taxi to take her the Chapel of Lincolns Inn. Because the Chapel is still a very conservative church, we were asked not to photograph the ceremony, but only the entrance, exit and the signing of the register.

Eleanor and Jon had set up a bit of a festival on the lawn of Lincoln’s Inn, complete with rubber ducks and “air” guitars and even a swing boat fairground ride. Even as it started rain, the guests really embraced their special festival in the middle of Central London.

Just as soon as it started to rain a bit heavier, it was time to move into the Great Hall of Lincolns Inn for the wedding breakfast and reception. It’s incredible to think that a space incredible isn’t a museum but still a functioning space, and it still holds daily members lunches.

Nel and Jon- Thank you so much for having me and my second shooter be apart of your incredible wedding. Both you, your friends and family were so amazing to photograph during the day and we really felt the love in the room.

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Wandsworth Town Hall Wedding {Cecily & Dottie}

I’m always really inspired by the Art Deco architecture of Wandsworth Town Hall, and the Grand Chamber is the cherry on top of this architectural gem. It’s the perfect place for a London wedding with a bit of art deco style.

I had the pleasure of meeting Cecily and Dottie when I photographed their friends wedding a couple of years again. And now getting to know them over the course of planning their own wedding was delightful. I loved the colourful and personal touches they made for their wedding, from the rainbow confetti and to the brightly coloured flowers.

After their wedding ceremony at Wandsworth Town Hall, we took a vintage Red London Bus and headed to The Antelope Pub, in Tooting, South London. The Antelope had a really fantastic private hire room with really beautiful light and loads of character and charm.

The outside of Wandsworth Town Hall in London
Wedding Guests arriving at Wandsworth Town Hall
Wedding Guests arriving at Wandsworth Town Hall
Bride arriving at Wandsworth Town Hall
Bride arriving at Wandsworth Town Hall
Wedding Ceremony at Grand Chamber at Wandsowrth Town Hall
Confetti at Wandsworth Town Hall
Wedding Confetti at Wandsworth Town Hall
Wedding Confetti at Wandsworth Town Hall
Wedding Confetti at Wandsworth Town Hall
Wedding Confetti at Wandsworth Town Hall
Brides leaving Wandsworth Town Hall
Brides arriving at the antelope Pub in South London for their wedding reception
Exterior of the Antelop Pub in Tooting South London
Wedding details at The Antelope Pub in South London
Wedding details at The Antelope Pub in South London
Wedding Flowers at The Antelope Pub in South London
Wedding at the Antelope Pub
LGBTQ wedding details
Wedding guest at The Antelope Pub in South London
Wedding Speech at  The Antelope Pub in South London
Wedding Speech at  The Antelope Pub in South London
Wedding guest at The Antelope Pub in South London
Wedding moment at The Antelope Pub in South London
Couple at The Antelope Pub
Wedding details at The Antelope Pub in South London
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A London “Trash the Dress” Session

Doing a “Trash the Dress” Session or a “Couples Session” outside of the day you actually get married can be really useful. There’s less stress than a normal wedding, and we can plan the session around weather and light. There’s less concern about timeline or any smudges on your clothes.

Cem and Kathleen wanted to book a session announce their marriage. They were traveling through London and wanted to take the chance to have a take some photos to commemorate them getting married.

For their session, we started just after sunrise on Tower Bridge and then moved through some of my favourite spots in London. They were keen to have a few of the “big statement backgrounds” but also quaint London streets with a little bit of history.

I had a blast photographing this session and I really loved getting to know them both. They were such fantastic people and really interesting to chat with over our session.

“Kari absolutely blew past my expectations, the pictures she took of me and my wife are true treasures that we will be looking at for a life time. She was incredibly professional, efficient and great at keeping our spirits up for 4 straight hours! When I say that these are the best pictures of me and my wife I have ever seen, I truly mean it! Would recommend Kari in a heart beat, so very thankful we found her.” -Cem

Bride and Groom on London's Tower Bridge
Bride and Groom near London's Tower Bridge
Bride and Groom with London double decker bus
Bride and Groom in London
Bride and Groom with romantic street art
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