My favourite images of 2017 {Kari Bellamy, London Wedding Photographer}

best wedding photography of 2017

Anyone who knows me, knows I’m a work-a-holic.

I work a lot.  When I’m not working, I’m thinking I should be working.   It’s a very weird addiction to overcome.  The fact that I’ve been able to do something I love so much and I’m so passionate about doesn’t help.  I love the work, and I enjoy the work, but it makes for terrible work life balance.  In years past, weeks and months without days off for the norm.

So this year, I’ve made it my goal to work smarter, work more efficiently.  I’ve sat down and examined my workflow and kept coming back to ways that I can spend less time on admin and more time focusing on being a photographer.  I want to give my time to my couples in ways that really matter to them.  And makes their experience of their wedding day and their wedding photography better.

I’ve also made the goal of spending more time with amazing husband, who I couldn’t be more thankful for, and without, I wouldn’t be able to do this incredible job for a living.  He supported me when I was starting out on this adventure, and continues to support me every time I think the stress might be too much.

This year I also met my goal of shooting more weddings areas in and around London to help with my work life balance.   Rather than traveling further away, I’ve focused on shooting more weddings in the London area, and it’s been perfect.  There are so many fantastic venues in the Southeast that I’ve been spoiled for choice, and I’ve been able to spend more nights at home curled up next to husband and fluffy cat.

I really can’t do this job all though without my amazing clients.  These incredible people put their trust in me to document what is one of the most important days of their life.  It’s important, not only because they are committing themselves to each other, but also they are putting together this celebration of life, and everything that is good in the world, and bringing together all of the people that mean something to the.  That gathering is a once in a lifetime event, and it is my unbelievable honour to be asked to photograph it for them.

I’m so proud of the work that I’ve been able to create for my clients this year.  Not only have I kept striving for this work life balance that always feels unobtainable, but I’ve created images that I so proud to be able to say are “my job”.

Each image for me was such an awesome moment to witness.   Thank you again for having me be apart of your lives and being able to create images that will be apart of your families history.  I really can’t wait to see what moments my 2018 clients have store for me.

-Kari

 

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Sopwell House Wedding {Amy and Mandish}

This summer I had the pleasure of photographing Amy and Mandish’s beautiful, English and Indian fusion wedding at Sopwell House near Saint Albans in Hertfordshire.  Sopwell House was the perfect venue for their wedding as they had plenty of space for the guests to relax and enjoy the grounds, and a relaxed, luxury look that was easy to personalise to their own style.

There was a chance of rain the afternoon of their wedding, so they didn’t get the chance to use the beautiful outdoor ceremony space available at Sopwell House.  But the inside

Amy couldn’t decide on just one wedding dress, so she had two! One for the ceremony and one for the dancing! I also loved her choice of a bit of glitter, pink and purple and crystal.  Lots of feminine wedding style with loads of luxury.

Amy and Mandish- Thank you for having me and my second shooter be apart of your stunning wedding! It was awesome to get to know you both!

If you’re having a wedding at Sopwell House and you’re looking for a wedding photographer, please get in touch! This was a great wedding venue to work in, and with loads of beautiful light and spots to work in.

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A huge thank you to my friend Elyse for second shooting this wedding for me!

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Wedding at The Court Lodge at The Black Barn, Kent {Isida & Edward}

Isida and Edward chose the Black Barn at The Court Lodge in Kent for their wedding, as it was was close to where Isida grew up.  It was important to them that their family be such a major part of their wedding, and it was important that their friends have an epic party to celebrate their marriage.

I really loved being a part of this wedding at the Black Barn in Kent, and I really loved the party atmosphere that Isida and Edward worked hard to create.  The brought in a smoke machine, LED uplighting and even had a good friend DJ’ing to get the party going.  It was so much fun to photograph and probably one of the most crazy parties I’ve seen as a wedding photographer.

black barn kent weddingThank you Isida and Edward for having me be apart of your incredible wedding and epic party.  There was so much style, and it was so much fun to be apart of.

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Knutson Lodge Farm Wedding {Rebecca & Stephen}

Rebecca and Stephen were married in the church that many of her family members were married in.  There’s something so special about getting married in a family church.  There’s the history of your family and the history of that church that you’re apart of.  It’s such a great way to start a marriage.

After the wedding (and a bucket load of confetti), Rebecca and Stephen headed over to the lovely Knutson Lodge Farm for their wedding breakfast and evening reception.  The marquee overlooked a lovely field that had the most incredible light in the evening.  There was so much space for everyone to run around and enjoy the fantastic weather.   The light the entire day was incredible, and if that wasn’t enough, we were treated to the most incredible sunset.

Rebecca and Stephen thank you so much for having me and my second shooter, Alline, be apart of your amazing wedding day.  All of your friends and family were so much fun to get to know and photograph, and I can’t wait to see you again soon for your friends wedding!

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Backgarden Meadow Wedding {Amy & Will}

There’s something so magical and so personal about getting married at home.  In the garden that you grew up in, and in the place that you spent so many hours as a child dreaming about what your life would be like as an adult.  Amy’s parents home backs on to this most stunning meadow, and so they popped a marquee in the back garden, and had the ceremony over looking the meadow.  They planned their wedding date perfectly, so the meadow was looking perfect in it’s late summer glory.

The cherry on top on the whole wedding was the formation of the “Hus-Band”, made up of members of Will and Amy’s family.  While this isn’t the first family band I’ve seen at a wedding, I was completely blown away.  They are such incredibly talented musicians.

Amy and Will, thank you so much for having me be apart of your incredible wedding!

 

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