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Our 2019 highlights – the best of 2019 wedding photography

Wow, how did we get to the end of 2019!  Hope you had an amazing Christmas and have a fun New Years Eve, whatever you have planned – are you a go out and party or stay in and chill sorta couple?  We’re staying in this year 😊

2019 saw another year of amazing couples, all putting their stamp on their wedding day, which is what we love, to see your personality interwoven into your day.  Each and everyone of our couples have their own story, from how they met, how the proposal went and what their future wishes and dreams are.  So it’s always so inspiring and beautiful to see it all come together on the day itself, a true celebration.

We know we’ve said it before, but we really do have the best couples (sorry to the other photographers out there, but ours are the best!) and we love being part of their day, helping capture their part of the story.

It’s always hard doing a round up of the year, I mean, how do you condense those weddings and the hundreds of images for each one into a handful of images on one blog post!?

I started by looking at my Instagram Top 9 – but it’s not really a true reflection of the year…


Instagram top 9 for Amanda Karen Photography - wedding photographer


So I went back through our 2019 weddings, and of the ones that we can share online, I picked 5 images from each one, which was really hard, but has created the perfect showcase of just how awesome our couples are.  Looking through each one bought back the emotion of the day, reminding me why I love this job so much.

I’ve added the other suppliers that each couple used, in case you’re on the lookout for any of these, as well as either a link to the full sneak peak here on the blog or on Facebook where we could (disclaimer, such a busy summer meant blogging dropped off the radar a bit!)


Emily and James’ Gilwell Park wedding and Chinese Tea Ceremony celebration at Yi-Ban

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Ceremony venue: Gilwell Park | Reception venue: Yi Ban | Hair and makeup: Emma Victoria | Cake: Gabi Marx | Flowers: Flowers by Danielle | Harpist: Marshall Jones Music

Chinese tea ceremony wedding in London


Charlotte and Mark’s That Amazing Place wedding

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Venue: That Amazing Place | Catering: Premier Crew | Dress: Justin Alexander | Hair and makeup: Lynda Susie | Photography: Amanda Karen Photography | Cake: the groom | Flowers: a friend

Pale blue and blossom wedding at That Amazing Place


Katrina and Chris’ Hutton Hall wedding

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Venue: Hutton Hall | Catering: Relish Catering | Hair and Makeup: Lucy Jackson | Entertainment: DreamWaves Events

Movie inspired wedding at Hutton Hall


Poppy and Chris’ family home wedding

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Hair and makeup: Rye Retreat | Dress: Karen Willis Holmes from Angelica Bridal | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Jewellery: Boodles | Suits: Moss Bros | Wedding rings: Channings (Hatton Garden) | Catering: Food Glorious Food | Florals: Orchard Farm Flowers and Bramble and Twine | Confetti: Adams Apple | Entertainment: The Rockitmen

marquee wedding in Sussex


Sachi and Arun’s civil ceremony at Langtons House

Facebook sneak peek album

Venue: Langtons House

civil ceremony at Langtons House before Asian wedding


Sachi and Arun’s Asian wedding in the Brecon Beacons

Facebook sneak peek album

Planner: Radhika and You | Videography: Kat Films | Production: Encore Vision and Sound | Flowers: Stephanie Saunders Flowers

Asian wedding in the Brecon Beacons


Jess and Jordan’s Maison Talbooth wedding

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Venue: Maison Talbooth | Hair stylist: Nicki Lord | Makeup: Christina Gaspara | Dress: Anna Nichole | Suit: Anthony | Wedding rings: Robert Gatward | Flowers: Amega | Entertainment: The Original Vintage Jazz Band and 1entertainments | Cake: Luca

Maison Talbooth wedding in Essex


Tamryn and Keith’s Shiplake College wedding

Venue: Shiplake College | Flowers: Verity and Thyme | Catering: Thomas Franks at Shiplake College | Invitations: Papier | On the Day Stationery: made by the couple | Confetti: The Real Flower Petal Confetti Co | Pianist/Singer – Lily Davies via Alive Network | DJ – Bob McKenzie via Alive Network | Light up letter – VE Light Up Letters via Alive Network

Wild grass wedding portraits, Shiplake College wedding


Tara and Matthew’s post wedding BBQ at the Compleat Angler in Marlow

BBQ venue: The Compleat Angler | Wedding venue: Hedsor House

Complete Angler wedding BBQ following Hedsor House wedding

Nneka and Lewis’ Old Hall Ely wedding

Facebook Sneak Peek Album

Venue: Old Hall Ely | Videographer: Sakura Productions

Old Hall Ely wedding


Sarah and Richard’s High House wedding

Sneak Peek Album

Venue: High House | Hair: Jacqui Wise | Makeup: Katrina Bailey | Dress: Blush Bridal | Jewellery: Coo | Shoes: Charlotte Mills | Suits: Coes and number 1’s for Army uniform | Catering: Valentines Cuisine | Flowers and Confetti: Samantha May Floristry | Transport: V-Dub rides | Cake: Pinkface Cakes

high house wedding in Essex, images by London wedding photographer Amanda Karen Photography


Tanya and Marlon’s London wedding at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel

Venue: Millennium Gloucester Hotel | Videographer: Valo Studio | Hair: Maison Style | Makeup: Martine Lewis | Catering: McCallas | Flowers: Emma’s Flowers | Transport: Grand Executive Travel | Entertainment: UV Talent | Cake: family member

Millennium Gloucester Hotel wedding in London


Amy and Alan’s Cooling Castle wedding

Sneak Peek Facebook Album

Venue: Cooling Castle Barn | Hair: Zoe at Blow Garden Bridal | Makeup: a friend | Wedding dress: Wed 2 Be | Bridesmaid dresses: Silkfred.com | Flower Girl dresses: Etsy MillyWeddingshop | Flowers: Daisy May Flowers| Entertainment: Estilo | Cake: Karen Iced Images Cakes | Light up letters: Sarah Little Big Things Essex

Cooling Castle Barn wedding


Jess and Adam’s Langtons House wedding

Sneak Peek Facebook Album

Venue: Langtons House  | Shoes: Irregular Choice | Hair: Vicki  | Makeup: Lynda Susie | Suit: Davids Formal Wear | Catering: Leave It To Us | Entertainment: James, Essex DJs

Langtons House wedding ceremony and reception


But in addition to these incredible weddings, we also photographed their beautiful engagements which I’ll showcase in the New Year.

I’m excited for 2020, we have some more amazing couples, being back at venues we love as well as photographing at new ones.  We are also planning some stunning editorial shoots, to bring some of the upcoming trends to life in the wedding world, not just within the UK but globally (watch this space for LA vibes and maybe even some European romances too!)

We have space still in our 2020 diary, so if you’re still looking, or were asked that particular question with a “yes” response, drop us a note and we’ll arrange a time to chat more.  Let’s add your beautiful story to our 2020 highlights!

Until next time,

Amanda x