Best of 2018!

best wedding photography of 2018 by Joab Smith, Wedding Photographer Bristol

Best of 2018

So it’s that time of year again and yet again my mind has been blown, my heart strings have been pulled and my backs got a little bit achy from awesomely long wedding days. I feel so lucky to have met so many lovely people and been a part of so many amazing moments, it really is incredible when I look back at past couples albums how many memories come flooding back.

And that’s the point right? As well as the stunning photos you’d like to frame, this year I’ve tried to focus on family and special or joyous moments. Though they may not be shared on Instagram these are often amongst the most important photos, and it’s so important to remember.

Personal highlights:

Wading through the river at The Tythe Barn, Priston Mill to capture sunset photos in the field behind.

The Norwegian choir making quite a few people tear up at Lucy & Alvar’s Wedding – and the full wedding party sing along that evening!

The many, many memories of people on the dance floor from grandads doing twirls to nephews with hands in the air on an ushers shoulders.

Walking through Holland Park in Kensington with Tracy & Sam and watching peoples faces light up – also still managing to find a quiet spot for photos!

Jen & Mike fully embracing the rain – this is why my kit’s waterproof!

So to everybody in 2018 – thank you!

And to everybody who’ll be getting married in 2019 –

Let’s freaking do this!

Thank You All

I would also like to thank everybody that made this year so special and of course primarily that’s the couples. I know wedding days put you in a good mood but everybody was so lovely and I’m still yet to meet a bridezilla! Thank you to you all, for smiling for laughing, for being amazing in front of the camera even though you thought you’d be awkward! I hope I let you enjoy your wedding to the max and have some stunning memories because of it.


Also thank you to the venues! The Lost Orangery really cemented it’s place as one of my favourites this year but the staff at Coombe Lodge (who won best country side venue – woop woop!) Priston Mill and Grittleton House (big shout out to Emma) were endlessly helpful as always, plus they’re all gorgeous venues so I can’t recommend them enough. Of course there were so many other great venues, many of which I photographed for the first time, highlights include the gorgeously old Brympton House in Yeovil, The Painswick in the Cotswolds, Cripps Barn in Cirencester and Thornbury Castle.


Finally the suppliers and I’m going to do a terrible job of remembering people here but Eat Five Star did marvelously creative food at Euridge Manor. Katy Pheiffer and Ellie Hitchens did some really stand out make up, and Stacey Jade wowed with hair. For flowers Through the Looking Glass Flowers and Jill Jefferies were brilliantly creative as always. Oh and I nearly forget the fantastic entertainment! The best band has to go to The ZuZu Men, and best DJ is no doubt Kieran Clarke

Your Day!

Wherever you’re getting married if you think I’d be a good fit for your day I’d love to hear from you, you can get in touch below.





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  1. Isabelle December 10, 2018 at 12:35 pm - Reply

    Looks like you had s fantastic year, loved looking through all the beautiful images!

    • Joab Smith December 10, 2018 at 6:33 pm - Reply

      😀 I did, thank you!

  2. Tommy December 10, 2018 at 1:23 pm - Reply

    Lovely range of work looks like an epic year, best wishes for 2019

    • Joab Smith December 10, 2018 at 6:35 pm - Reply

      Thanks Tommy, it really was! And to you too.

  3. Brianna December 11, 2018 at 4:03 pm - Reply

    Wow! Incredible work, Jacob! You’re so good at capturing the special moments!
    Congrats on a incredible 2018, hope 2019 is even better for you!

    • Joab Smith December 11, 2018 at 5:17 pm - Reply

      Aw thank you Brianna!

  4. Fiona Walsh December 12, 2018 at 1:29 pm - Reply

    What a year, Joab! The colours, the romance, the fun. You’ve captured such special memories. What people don’t see is all that hard work behind the scenes that you put in to get those results, so well done from me!

    • Joab Smith December 12, 2018 at 4:28 pm - Reply

      Very True! Thanks so much.

  5. Lucy Turnbull December 12, 2018 at 8:08 pm - Reply

    These are fab. Looks like you’ve had an amazing year

    • Joab Smith December 14, 2018 at 10:06 am - Reply

      I did thanks Lucy! Hope to see one from yourself!

  6. Bart December 13, 2018 at 6:57 pm - Reply

    Holy F… that was a good year !!!

    • Joab Smith December 14, 2018 at 10:06 am - Reply

      Haha it was thanks! Hope yours was too.

  7. Ashley Davenport December 13, 2018 at 7:38 pm - Reply

    Joab – What a year!!! This is one of the most colourful and vibrant blog posts I have come across. Totally love your work and its clear you love it too! Every frame is packed with emotion, love, energy and creativity. Awesome job!!

    • Joab Smith December 14, 2018 at 10:09 am - Reply

      That means a lot from yourself, cheers! Hope to see a compilation from you guys!

  8. Albert Palmer December 13, 2018 at 9:39 pm - Reply

    Stunning! Wishing you the best for 2019 – can’t wait to see what you get up to

    • Joab Smith December 14, 2018 at 10:09 am - Reply

      Cheers Albert, right back at ya!

  9. Martin Dabek December 15, 2018 at 7:39 pm - Reply

    Great year Joab. Lots of very creative and stunning pics here.

  10. Soven Amatya December 16, 2018 at 10:13 am - Reply

    Amazing set of images – what a year !

  11. Sweetpapermedia January 5, 2019 at 9:43 pm - Reply

    great work! i seriously love your style

    • Joab Smith January 7, 2019 at 6:05 pm - Reply

      🙂 Thank you so much.

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