2019 Yearly Review | Aaron Jeffels Teesside Wedding Photographer
2019 has been unbelievable for me as a wedding photographer. I have had such an amazing time. I thought I would just do a quick review of my year to show you some of my favourite images from 2019 and discuss some of my favourite memories, suppliers and weddings.
I always feel very privileged and humbled to be a wedding photographer. The fact people invite me to photograph their special day still blows my mind.
Unlike most suppliers as a wedding photographer, you get to know your clients pretty well. You are in their pocket most of the wedding day and you have to get pretty close and personal. So when people book me it is a virtual high five for me and it’s them saying, hey we like you!
I have been to some unbelievable weddings this year! From South Yorkshire to Northumberland, from the coast to the Pennines. Moors, castles, tipis, farmers fields, pubs, beaches, hotels and gardens. Extravagant to DIY. It always amazes me when people manage to turn their vision into something physical.
Three quick shout outs for this year that seem to stand out for me though are…
Becky and Richard
Becky owns Cabbage Patch Bakery, and she created a cake like no other. They tied the knot in a little church in North Yorkshire before heading up the road to the local pub, where they had a tipi set up in the carpark. Inside was like something I had never seen before and I don’t think I will again. A brilliant wedding, an amazing couple and an even better baker!
Issy and Tom
Issy and Toms Durham wedding is one I often think about. They tied the knot in Durham before heading north to the amazing New Close Farm
What sticks out more than anything with Issy and Toms wedding was the bond they had with their friends and family. People constantly praising both of them for their work in their local community and how such good friends they are. It’s hard to describe but I don’t think I have been to a wedding this year that had that much energy and love for each other. And to top it off I think I photographed my favourite images from 2019 during this wedding.
Emma and Phil
Emma and Phil tied the knot at City Church Newcastle. It is stunning! A huge old factory that has been converted into a modern and welcoming church. They then headed over to Healy Barn, near Hexham. This is probably my favourite wedding venue I have visited this year. It’s a converted barn, that’s modern but still keeps its rustic charm. Its also set in the stunning rolling hills to the west of Newcastle. It’s perfect for a wedding and perfect for wedding photography.
What set this wedding apart from any other though is Emma and Phil’s love for each other and the people around them. They bring such energy to everything they do, it’s hard to find that in people and it’s pretty infectious.
Supplier Shout out!
Before I finish off I just wanted to give a quick shout out some of the amazing suppliers that I have worked with and who have helped me out this year.
Cabbage Patch Bakery
Firstly I have already mentioned here but if you are looking for a wedding cake then check out Cabbage Patch Bakery. Becky just doesn’t bake cakes, she produces art. When you see you’ll know.
Sophia Jo Bridal
This little bridal shop opened last year in Guisborough and now it’s not so little. Over the last year, I have gotten to know Sophie and Jo through working together and they are soooo good at what they do. They both bring passion and energy to their business. If you are looking for a wedding dress then look no further.
Dandy Threads is another local business that has just gone from strength to strength over the last few years. It is a family run business that sells premium men’s wedding suits. Its where I get all my suits from and I wouldn’t look elsewhere.
Ruffled Flowers are an established wedding florist business, but have just opened a shop in Guisborough in the last few months. They are experts in producing unique flowers arrangements that stand out from the usual wedding designers. If you are looking for something different the give Jenny a ring.
Pinecone Productions is run by Alex. He produces stunning wedding films and has a vision like no other. I recently photographed his Game of Thrones styled wedding and it was unbelievable.
Some brilliant wedding venues that I would recommend..
Whinstone View, Great Ayton – Modern barn with a rustic feel
Healey Barn – Northumberland – Just stunning
Crab and Lobster – Topcliffe – Quirky, excentric, brilliant
Danby Castle – Converted Barn with brilliant views
Raven Hal Hotel – Best views you will find of the North Yorkshire Coast.
New Close Farm – Brilliant views, farm, tipi
What does 2020 have to offer?
Well, 2020 is already extremely busy! I don’t have a wedding in January so will be spending the first month of the year catching up on blogs, editing, albums and advertising for this year. It’s also a great time to get camera gear serviced and sort odd jobs out. The beginning of February sees me head to Newcastle for my first wedding of the year before I head off to Thailand for my first destination wedding.
Once I am back in march I will be having a week off to catch up with family and some last-minute work before the wedding season kicks in.
The summer is already busy with only one space left for July and August.
I can’t wait to get stuck into 2020, I honestly think this is going to be a brilliant year.
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