I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas break with friends and family and lots of relaxation. I had some days off down in Southampton with my family with lots of games, food and chilling. I’m now back at my desk and prepping for a busy 2020.

At this time of the year I’m looking back at what content you guys most loved or found useful and using that to shape my 2020 content. With this in mind, I thought I would write a 2019 wrap up post featuring my most popular blog posts of the past year. This year has probably been the most I have ever blogged! So, here’s your Top 10:

10. Beach Bridal Shoot in Malta 

Bohemian bride on Għajn Tuffieħa beach in Malta

I was only chatting about this shoot this week with my sister. We went on a last minute holiday and I decided it would be a great opportunity to plan a bridal styled shoot on the beach. It was challenging to say the least because of my lack of contacts, but it all pulled together in the end and I got to know some Maltese suppliers. The most hilarious moment was when, to our surprise, the cake company delivered a 3ft fake cake to our hotel, and I then had to try cram it in our hire car. Lots of people were watching us as we turned this fake cake upside down, on it’s side etc to try and get it in. They clearly all thought it was real!

9. Runaways Styled Shoot at the Barns at Lodge Farm

Brides in front of a white VW Campervan

This was the only styled shoot I had time to plan in 2019 and I’m so glad I managed to squeeze it in. It’s been an idea I’d been dreaming up since road tripping in California/Nevada, but it had a bit of a British twist.

8. Disney ‘Esmerelda’ Styled Shoot at Longton Wood

Bohemian bride sat in the woods at Longton Wood wedding venue

Another styled shoot, but this one was from 2018 and the brain child of Kayleigh K Mua and The Stars Inside. This was part of Kayleigh’s Disney princesses series and I was so flattered that she thought I was the ‘boho queen’ and perfect to shoot this particular one.

7. 2019 Wedding Trends

Longton-Autumn-Shoot-113

At the start of every year I really enjoy looking through all the industry blogs and magazines to see what the biggest wedding trends of the year are looking like. This year I predicted a rise in sustainable weddings, lots of love for crop tops over dresses, and much more. Look out for my 2020 list coming soon.

6. Neil & Karin’s Swedish Wedding at Baldernsas Herrgard

Groomsmen holding the bride in the air

I can’t believe how lucky I was this year to go and shoot Neil & Karin’s beautiful wedding in the rural Swedish countryside at Baldersnas Herrgard. They really included me in the whole weekend of celebrations and it was a blast!

5. Tanya & Claire’s Outdoor Copse Wedding

Brides standing in front of Dummer Down farm wedding venue

Another beautiful outdoor wedding! Tanya and Claire were married in a wooded copse at Dummer Down Farm in Hampshire, followed by their reception in a tipi. It was a beautiful, relaxed day with lots of games, a bouncy castle and a buffet dinner of a delicious curry.

4. Hannah & Olivia’s Richmond Wedding

Newly weds stood amongst trees at York House

Hannah & Olivia kicked off my summer weddings in June with their Richmond wedding. They got married at York House in Twickenham, before getting themselves and their guests on a riverboat cruise ahead of their reception at riverside reception venue, The Wharf. The cruise was awesome, especially on such a hot London day, and I’ll always remember their hilarious speeches.

3. Ten Steps for a Sustainable Wedding

Vintage inspired wedding rings on a rustic table

Weddings can traditionally be draining on resources and create a lot of waste. I put together a simple list to give you some guidance on how to make your wedding more sustainable. I’m so happy to see so many of you reading this and thinking about how you can make your wedding more green.

2. Alternative London Venues – The Depot 

London pub set up for a pretty wedding receptuon

This is an old post but is one of the most clicked to on my Pinterest account! I guess it shows a lot of you are searching for alternative wedding venues in London. I put this blog together after showcasing at the Depot’s wedding fair at the start of last year. Take a look to see why I love this venue. This year I had two weddings there and am expecting more in 2020!

1.  Zanna & Ben’s wedding at Euridge Manor

Relaxed wedding portraits at the Lost Orangery

Wow your number one blog of 2019! Zanna and Ben were my final wedding of 2018 and had a Lost Orangery / Euridge Manor wedding. This amazing venue on the edge of the Cotswolds is an absolute gem. These two tied the knot in the iconic Lost Orangery, before having a reception downstairs in the unique ballroom. It rained all day, but that didn’t take away from the fun of the day!

Well, that’s my 2019 round up. Thank you to everyone who read my blog posts or explored my website and gave me 6000+ views this year. And to all my wonderful 2019 couples, thank you so much for choosing me to be the one to capture your big day.

2020 is set to be a big year – I am implementing new packages which will be added to my website this week and generally stepping everything up a gear! Keep your eyes peeled and if you are looking for a wedding photographer, do get in touch.

Happy New Year!

Caroline Opacic Photography