Best wedding photography of 2017 by James Stewart
Well, it’s a little later than anticipated but at least I’ve done it! Hopefully from now on this will be a regular feature. It’s pretty cathartic to go through thousands of images and whittle them down to just 150 (that was the figure I set myself). I was hoping this post would happen before my first 2018 wedding, that was last weekend…but with my last wedding of 2017 on the 22nd December and in the midst of building two new sites (watch this space!) I’m just happy to get this post out!
My wedding photography year saw me shooting at a few old favourite venues, Chatsworth of course, but it was a real thrill to work at some new places. I worked at three barns, one was converted into a specialist wedding and events venue, Curradine Barns but the other two were working barns cleaned up and decorated into stunning unique spaces. The first was right here in Sheffield at Whirlow Hall Farm, a venue I’ve wanted to work at for a while, we even had the ceremony performed by celebrity vicar Kate Bottley. A few other fantastic new venues (new to me) were The Chimney House in the fashionable area of Kelham Island here in Sheffield: Armathwaite Hall in the Lakes, with an incredible backdrop of Bassenthwaite Lake and Skiddaw; Newby Hall up in North Yorkshire, they don’t host many weddings each year but what a fabulous venue; More unusual was a reception held at Milton Hall in Elsecar, everything was designed, made, found by the couple and the hall looked amazing!
The type of weddings this year were as varied as the venues. I have photographed traditional church weddings, sikh weddings, civil services, civil partnerships, girls and boys, and a Chinese wedding. I love the variety and although each wedding might have different religious beliefs, different cultures and traditions, they all have one thing in common, a couple in love sharing their day with friends and family.
So to sum up I want to thank all the couples who invited me along to their weddings and to all the other suppliers who made each wedding personal, unique and fabulous, it was a pleasure to work with you all in this amazing job!
Enjoy the photographs!