2014 – wedding photography review

//2014 – wedding photography review

Sun. Rain. Wind. More Sun. Early mornings and late nights. Bouquets sitting patiently in water. The smell of hairspray. Lots of hairspray. Tissues and lip gloss being packed in to handbags. That one guest who’s always late, running into church. Rings that don’t. quite. fit. The first kiss. And the one after that. Confetti getting EVERYWHERE. That first, relieved, we’ve-actually-done-it sip of champagne. Children chasing balloons. High-five’s and handshakes. Ultra competitive jenga. Seeing your dad practicing his speech. Someone shrieking with laughter. Walking into the room and being hit by the sound of applause. The best man telling that one story that you assumed he wouldn’t. Hugs with your best friend. Ushers getting, um, merry. That quietly proud look that you didn’t notice your mum giving you. Cutting the cake… How do we cut the cake?! The super-choreographed footstep-perfect first dance. Or the awkward shuffle waiting for the song to end. Watching the sunset from the lawn. Tequila Slammers. Jaegerbombs. Toasting marshmallows on a fire. Playing with sparklers. Holding hands in the moonlight. All of these things and many, many more.

With massive, massive thanks to:

Lydia & Jon, Annie & Nathan, Nina & Chris, Penny & Adam, Rachael & Mark, Eve & Dave, Amy & James, Lucy & Chris, Julia & Nick, Sam & Fred, Jenni & Will, Danielle & Sam, Sian & Will, Chloe & Steve, Kate & Roger, Alexa & David, Cathy & Chris, Helen & Rob, Lucy & Will, Maria & Chris, Katie & Matt, Olivia & Chris, Kelly & Jim, Kate & Charlie, Kate & Paul, Lucy & Rob, Kat & Tim, Hannah & Chris, Millie & Alex, Lisa & Scott, Kim & Darren, Alix & Bill, Lisa & Andy, Laura & Ian, Jeni & Rich, Rhona & Andrew, Chia-hui & Nick, Becky & Luke, Tara & Rob, Anna & Sam, Laura & Rich, Rachel & Ali, Noelle & Sam, Stéphanie & Alex, Dawn & Paul, Georgina & Dave, Anna & Warwick, Tash & Sam…. phew!

Here’s a tiny glimpse into the past 12 months of my life. In no particular order and with no particular aim other than to give you a taste of love and happiness.

With thanks to all the above and most of all to Zoë and our little sleep-thief. Happy Christmas x

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About the Author:

Sam is a creative documentary wedding photographer based in Bristol and working throughout Somerset, the UK and abroad. His background is in documentary film making and he has years of experience of photographing weddings in a discreet and unobtrusive way.


  1. Michael Jackson December 24, 2014 at 2:20 pm - Reply

    So so good Sam. You’re the boss. Too many frames to mention it’s just all stellar!

  2. Phill December 24, 2014 at 3:11 pm - Reply

    All things bright and beautiful, all details great and small; All things subtle or mirthful, Sam Gibson got them all! Christmas, innit? Smashing work!

  3. Angela December 24, 2014 at 3:42 pm - Reply

    well, you did that rather perfectly. May 2015 kick equal butt. X

  4. Danielle December 24, 2014 at 4:43 pm - Reply

    Love love love love this Sam! You really capture every moment!!!!!!! X

  5. Simon Biffen December 24, 2014 at 5:57 pm - Reply

    Absolute class my friend! Well done, enjoy some time off then smash 2015! :)

  6. Kelly December 24, 2014 at 9:38 pm - Reply

    Awesome stuff Sam. Love the cake smashing shot. What an awesome moment. You have had a cracking 2014.xx

  7. Helen Lisk December 24, 2014 at 11:03 pm - Reply

    Amazing Sam – absolutely, ridiculously amazing images xx

  8. Julia Marks December 26, 2014 at 1:34 pm - Reply

    Awesome photos Sam!! You really do capture every moment. We love our wedding photos and the way that evey photos holds a special memory. Merry Christmas and have a fabulous 2015! Julia and Nick xx

    • Sam Gibson January 8, 2015 at 12:05 pm - Reply

      Thank you Julia!!! So happy to hear that :) Happy New Year to you both too

  9. Pen December 26, 2014 at 6:54 pm - Reply

    I’m such a fan of you and your work, and this post here, is exactly the reason why.

  10. Stéphanie December 29, 2014 at 5:06 pm - Reply

    So many stellar photos in there. Particularly like the one with the colourful umbrellas. But they are all priceless. Such talent.

  11. Adam January 1, 2015 at 10:24 pm - Reply

    Greatness. In abundance.

    • Sam Gibson January 8, 2015 at 12:04 pm - Reply

      That means a hell of a lot coming from you buddy :)

  12. Jon Mold January 7, 2015 at 5:03 pm - Reply

    Beautiful storytelling dude. Awesome skills my friend.

  13. Voyteck January 8, 2015 at 8:01 am - Reply

    pure awesomeness here, really impressive selection!

  14. Aaron January 8, 2015 at 9:26 am - Reply

    Incredible set of images. Best ‘Best of’ I’ve seen for 2014. Top work.

  15. Sam Docker January 8, 2015 at 10:28 am - Reply

    Bloody love your work Mr G!!! So many great frames here I’d struggle to pick a top 5! The pink balloon would definitely make it though, the other 4 will take me some time!!!!!

  16. Steven Carter Hewson January 8, 2015 at 11:59 am - Reply

    That, there, is a stellar set of pictures. Your work simply oozes fun and happiness. Have a cracking 2015, my friend.

    • Sam Gibson January 8, 2015 at 12:01 pm - Reply

      Thanks so much Steven! Same to you mate and a very happy new year :)

  17. Tom Weller January 8, 2015 at 3:54 pm - Reply

    Very very very good. Very good.

  18. Dom January 9, 2015 at 11:07 pm - Reply

    Packed full of emotion and heart. Great job Sam :)

  19. Jason Noblett January 10, 2015 at 9:58 am - Reply

    Outstanding year Sam, congratulations and wishing you all the best for the coming year!

  20. Lyndsey Goddard January 10, 2015 at 4:11 pm - Reply

    My, what a busy year you’ve had! So much joy in these images. I love the little lad taking a sneaky sip of champagne, and the bride just about covering her modesty mid first dance. But to be honest, they are all incredible. Have a great 2015, Sam, hopefully with some added sleep :-)

  21. Aaron January 12, 2015 at 9:15 pm - Reply

    Sam, WOW – so so good! You’ve had an amazing year

  22. Matt Parry January 20, 2015 at 5:15 pm - Reply

    Boom. love the images..and love them words. All of this makes me smile..

  23. Ryan Welch February 17, 2015 at 1:12 pm - Reply

    What a collection! Incredible!

  24. Rahul Khona March 13, 2015 at 11:24 am - Reply

    Dude…these are incredible. Finally had a chance to look at this, and damn! So good bro! Burger on dude, burger on!

  25. Matthew Long March 18, 2015 at 1:43 pm - Reply

    Absolutely outstanding. I remember I found your work back when I was getting started in this game and thought yes, that’s how it’s done. My thoughts are no different today. You’re a master my friend, a true master.

  26. Gosia December 18, 2016 at 12:34 pm - Reply

    These are absolutely amazing! So many nice moments captured. The pants pic made me laugh!

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