Wow, what a year! Where do I even start?! It's been the shortest, but also the longest year ever. A lot of big things happened, but we'd been waiting for them to happen for a long time and it made the year drag on and on. Back in 2013 I wrote about how my husband and I like making plans for the future and that we decided on a big lifestyle change. Well, it's finally happening! We bought our very first home and we are moving out of London (thank you to this wonderful city for being home to us for the past 6 years! It will always have a special place in my heart!). Our new home is in the beautiful Irish countryside, located down a quiet country lane and surrounded by trees and fields. I'm very much looking forward to making our house a home and finally realising my dream of having a studio and also learning floristry and growing my own flowers!
Despite the fact that Ireland is my new home, I will still be travelling everywhere for weddings. Next year is already taking me all over Ireland and UK including London and Scotland, as well as to France and Ibiza (which is a new destination for me and I absolutely can't wait!). 2015 has seen me travel the furthest I've ever been to photograph a wedding. If you missed it, have a look at Jordan and Frank's beautiful Stone Tower Winery wedding in Virginia, USA. My husband and I combined the trip with a short holiday, as it was actually 10 years since we met in the USA! It was certainly emotional and incredible to be back! We spent a fantastic couple of days in New York and then travelled to Washington DC for a day before shooting the wedding.
Back in March I went on a brilliant wedding flower arranging course with the fab Garden Gate Flower Company (which I will blog separately about), in preparation for my sister-in-law's wedding at the Bellinter House in Co.Meath, Ireland. I designed and created all the flowers for her and William's wedding and it was such an incredible experience! I loved every minute of it and can't wait to learn more about flowers in the next couple of years. Needless to say a family wedding was one of the biggest events of the year! Such a fantastic day, and I loved Pamela and William's choice of the ceremony venue, which was a church ruin at Loughcrew Gardens. Having an outdoor ceremony in Ireland was a risk, but it certainly paid off!
In 2015 I have finally ticked off another thing on my bucket list - I learned to drive and passed my driving test! Can't wait to get my own set of wheels and drive around Ireland exploring new places and discovering amazing landscapes.
On a final note I want to say Thank You to all my wonderful couples who trusted me to capture their wedding days in 2015! It was a pleasure meeting all of you and creating long-lasting memories which you will treasure! Thank you to everyone who supported me and my little business, which had its 5th anniversary back in April! It's a huge milestone and I can't believe I've been photographing weddings full time for over 5 years. I feel incredibly lucky and grateful to be able to do what I do. Here is to a fantastic 2016! Have a wonderful Christmas and a very Happy New Year. Enjoy the festive season and hug those you love tight :)