Wedding Photography award winning

Best Wedding Photography 2016

2016. All the Feels.

What a beautiful, jam-packed, makes-your-heart-beat-faster kind of year. 2016 we love you with a cherry on top. I’m pretty sure this year will always sparkle that little bit brighter in our memories. For one thing, we got married! As Toby said earlier today, still with vague surprise, “You’re my wife”. Darn tootin’ I am. We said yes in a field in France. Bruce Springsteen featured heavily, as did food, wine and elephants (not real ones!). We sang lots, danced hard and ended in the swimming pool. Bloody brilliant!

Time has somehow run away with us – it doesn’t seem five minutes since we were debating table plans and spraying the world with copper paint but in the last twelve months we’ve photographed 43 awesome weddings, clocked up thousands of motorway miles, drunk way too many Costa coffees and sampled Lenny’s beds in Premier Inns all over the country. We’ve experienced some of the most significant moments in families’ lives, cried at Father of the Bride’s speeches, watched people burst with pride, shared in their just-got-married excited feeling and seen people go crazy all over the dance floor. We’ve visited Devon, Leek, Kent, Liverpool, The Lake District, London, Warwickshire, Derby and Yorkshire, to name just a few places and photographed in every conceivable type of wedding venue, from tipis, to town halls, barns to forests.

In all the crazy busy-ness there have been so many best bits that it’s almost impossible to choose just a small selection of our very favourites – each location and every couple has brought something unique. There have been a few extra special highlights – photographing our first Liverpool wedding was a proud moment for half-scouse Hannah, shooting two weddings at an awesome new venue, The West Mill, which is super close to home in Derbyshire and has the best windows ever!!! Standing in a field of horses at sunset with a bride and all her barefoot bridesmaids, discovering how crazy Israeli dancing actually is (the groom’s Dad got a bloody nose! good effort!) and documenting our gorgeous friend Anna’s wedding to her lovely Richard.

We didn’t think 2016 could get much better but in November excitement levels went off the chart – we won an award! Red on Blonde Photography was named East Midlands Wedding Photographer of the Year 2017 in The Wedding Industry Awards and we couldn’t be more chuffed. We’d like to thank all our wonderful couples from the very bottom of our hearts. It really does mean so much to us that you took the time to vote and we never forget how lucky we are to do what we do. Also a big shout out to our Nine Dots Photography crew and our local community of amazing photographers – we can’t thank you enough for your support, advice, inspiration and Sambuca-fuelled night out.

So, it’s with open hearts, slightly rounder bellies, a new-found love for Sing Star, Head’s Up and Articulate and a promise to never play Pictionary again that we welcome in 2017. We can’t wait to see what this year will bring – we’re starting with our honeymoon (yay!) and have trips planned for weddings in Tuscany (woo hoo!) and Corsica, where Hannah gets to be a bridesmaid for her best friend, a couple of super exciting new projects – watch this space – and loads more gorgeous upcoming weddings… 2017 let’s be avin ya! We wish you all the most fabulous year filled with love. xxx

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  • Amy Barton

    January 9, 2017 at 7:28 pm Reply

    Now that’s some serious ’round up post’ for ya! Looks like you had a cracking 2016 … already looking forward to seeing what 2017 has in store for you. Awesome shizz guys!

    • han

      January 20, 2017 at 12:40 pm Reply

      Lovely Amy THANK YOU! You’re too kind. Big hugs & hope to see you very soon!!! xxxx

  • Alex Miller

    January 9, 2017 at 7:57 pm Reply

    You guys have had such a brilliant year! Quite honestly I don’t know how you’ve crammed in everything you have!! You are some kind of super people! Fantastic post, massively enjoyed looking through it, you deserve that award 100%!!!!

    • han

      January 20, 2017 at 12:39 pm Reply

      I’m choking up here, Alex! Thank you so much – it really does mean a lot. You’re truly awesome. Big love. So great catching up the other day. xx

  • Winston

    January 10, 2017 at 1:19 am Reply

    Niiiiice! There’s a fair bit of awesome in there guys!! *High fives*

    • han

      January 20, 2017 at 12:37 pm Reply

      Yikes, thanks Winston! So loved catching up with you at Nine Dots. Hope to see you again very soon. x

  • Sam Docker

    January 12, 2017 at 4:34 pm Reply

    YOU GUYS!!! I don’t even know if my vocabulary has the words to describe your year, so I’ll just keep it mega simples…. It’s dead good, like really really good!!!!!! This post touches me in so many ways, I like it when you guys touch me! 😉 xxx

    • han

      January 20, 2017 at 12:37 pm Reply

      This is too much. We love the Docker. No worries – we will continue to touch you right into 2017 🙂 Massive thank you for everything you’ve done / do for us & all your HUGE amounts of love and support. It makes our day on a very regular basis. xxx

  • Natalie

    January 14, 2017 at 3:57 pm Reply

    Beautiful work! Congratulations on a brilliant year! Nx

    • han

      January 20, 2017 at 12:35 pm Reply

      Awww thank you, Natalie. Here’s wishing you a wonderful 2017! xx

  • Clare Tam-Im

    January 15, 2017 at 10:41 pm Reply

    Gorgeous photos and what a fab year you’ve had!

    • han

      January 20, 2017 at 12:28 pm Reply

      Thank you so much Clare. It was so much fun – I’ve loved looking back over everything we got up to! Hope you have a fantastic 2017! xx

  • Matt Badenoch

    January 16, 2017 at 8:44 am Reply

    Absolutely stunning work guys. So many awesome moments captured beautifully! If anyone wanted why you were voted best wedding photographers in the East Midlands, just show them this 🙂 Congratulations on such an amazing year both personal and business!

    • han

      January 20, 2017 at 12:27 pm Reply

      We love you Matt!!!! Thank you so much for your very very kind words and all your masses of support over the last couple of years. You rock! xx

  • Lyndsey Goddard

    January 16, 2017 at 1:36 pm Reply

    Such a great selection on moments in here. Really pleased I discovered your work this year, and met you too; you deserve the awards and the recognition of your brilliance! Hope you have an absolutely stellar 2017. x

    • han

      January 20, 2017 at 12:23 pm Reply

      Wow, thank you so much! Your comment just put a huge smile on my face. So lovely to meet you – your work is awesome!! Have an incredible 2017. xxx

  • Chris Seddon

    January 19, 2017 at 12:12 pm Reply

    Yikes! You guys have had an amazing year! Such a fab collection of moments. Fun, emotion, style…it’s all there! And you’re fellow Derbyshireans (!?) too! Even better! Have a great 2017! 🙂

    • han

      January 20, 2017 at 12:18 pm Reply

      Thank you so much, Chris. That’s super kind of you. Yes – we’re Derbyshire based, too. Bring on 2017 – wishing you another great year! 🙂

  • reportaż ślubny warszawa

    January 27, 2017 at 3:06 pm Reply

    Everything in this post is just GORGEOUS 😉

  • Matthew Long

    May 9, 2017 at 12:00 pm Reply

    Absolutely wonderful stuff guys. My favourite has to be the kid climbing the tipi! Excellent.

  • Andrew Stonier

    February 2, 2020 at 2:29 pm Reply

    Fantastic shots!! Just looking around the web and came across your work; truly lovely.

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