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50 Best UK Wedding Photographers of 2018

May 15, 2018
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Good wedding photographers capture pictures. The best wedding photographers capture priceless moments helping you keep those precious memories forever. But finding that perfect camera artist can be as tricky as finding “Mr. Right” in the first place. Once again here at GoHen we’ve gone in search of the most ground-breaking wedding snappers.

If you’re still planning your big day it might not be too late to bag one of the best camera artists, so here are the 50 Best UK Wedding Photographers of 2018.

In no particular order…

Alan Law

Style: Documentary
Where: UK & abroad

Alan Law’s gorgeous Cornish weddings look radiant in his creative documentary style. Whether he’s shooting a discrete moment between the bride and groom during the first dance, a private joke between wedding guests or the sheer craziness of the reception, Alan always seems to find unique angles, lending a dynamic, living feel to his photography. Without a posed shot or a forced smile in sight.

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Jonny Draper

Style: Contemporary
Where: Manchester & nationwide

We love it when we find wedding suppliers so obviously passionate about their craft as Jonny Draper. He lives, eats, sleeps, breathes and quite possibly dreams weddings and he’s fantastic at recording them too. His contemporary style often results in slightly mad scenarios including wedding parties wielding smoke grenades, groomsmen blowing bubbles at their leading man and brides in haystacks. Yep, his style is completely different, and he’s completely blown us away yet again.

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Freckle Photography

Style: Contemporary
Where: South West

Working out of beautiful Devon, Emma Latham, the leading lady behind Freckle Photography, doesn’t try to distil your wedding day into a series of posed photos that you’ll get bored of within the first ten years of your happily ever after. Instead, she simply asks you to be, well, you. Emma fades into the background on your big day, perfectly capturing those small but perfectly formed moments that tell the real story of your dream ‘I do’, freckles and all.

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Jessica Raphael

Style: Contemporary
Where: UK & abroad

When Jessica Raphael puts your wedding day to glossy photo paper, she’s covering every emotional moment, every happy tear, every giggling grandparent and every badly-dancing dad. Jessica is a wedding photographer who doesn’t miss a beat of your special day, picking up on the bits of your celebrations that you might’ve missed out on the first time around because you were too busy enjoying yourselves, which is exactly how it should be.

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Sanshine Photography

Style: Contemporary
Where: London & abroad

With a luxury style that results in pictures that are as rich and deep in colour as they are in feeling, San’s ’emotion-centric’ approach to wedding photography results in simply breath-taking work behind the lens. Her albums are like individual works of art, with her subjects totally unaware that they’re being painted in San’s timeless style, leaving them free to enjoy the happiest day of their lives without stopping to smile for the camera every five minutes.

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The Crawleys

Style: Reportage
Where: UK & abroad

We’ve sung the praises of Liam and Bee Crawley in previous editions of this list, but every year they find a new way to impress us. This is wedding photography with a flavour for the unexpected. But The Crawleys aren’t the ones providing the ‘unusual’, they’re the ones making sure that they’re there for all the unique, character-fuelled moments of your big day to record them forever. Whether that’s the groom stuffing his face with cake or the bride dabbing in celebration.

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Kristian Leven Photography

Style: Documentary
Where: UK & abroad

The proud owner of a prestigious Wedding Industry Award, Kristian Leven is an immense talent well worth adding to your ‘ones to watch’ list in the build up to your big day. His crystal-clear documentary style creates wonderfully natural shots that don’t just tell the story of his weddings but capture the character of the special people in front of the lens as well.

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Chris Barber Photography

Style: Alternative
Where: London

If you’ve become allergic to the recycled posed shots you’ve seen at every wedding you’ve ever been to, then Chris Barber is the cure. Chris’ fabulous photography pictures guests at their most sincere, committing those tiny expressions and special moments to film so you get an honest, authentic memoir of your wedding day that you can immerse yourself in long after the confetti has all blown away.

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Alex Beckett

Style: Contemporary
Where: UK & abroad

Alex Beckett might’ve once worked as a legalised computer hacker (#truestory) but today you’ll find him behind the lens capturing jaw-dropping wedding shots. Instead of taking a photos-by-numbers approach to your big day, Alex instead throws the ones and zeroes in the bin and writes his own rules, formulating a unique style that’s taken him to some of the world’s most beautiful wedding days to shoot in an artistic way like only he can.

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David Pullum Photography

Style: Documentary
Where: UK & abroad

David Pullum’s gorgeous photography is far from skin deep. His pictures pop with tiny details that you might’ve missed on the day itself and each frame is rich with moments you’ll still be smiling about, tearing up or laughing at long after you’ve said your vows and danced your way out of the reception.

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Red on Blonde Photography

Style: Documentary
Where: UK

Hannah and Toby are a happy couple with a shared love of creating timeless memories with their wonderfully unique photography. Shooting everything from rustic days in the countryside to boho weddings by the sea, Red on Blonde Photography are never afraid to flex their creative muscle in pursuit of that perfect snap that defines your special day, and they’ll never steal you away from your celebrations to do it.

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Voyteck

Style: Reportage
Where: UK & abroad

Equal parts artistic and candid, Voyteck’s stunning wedding photography is the kind of work you can find yourself gazing at for hours, flicking through his photo albums just waiting to snap out of the trance you’ve been put in. Spoiler alert: that point never comes, so be prepared for a long, joyful exploration of what happens when you mix an expert use of colour and lighting with Voyteck’s eagle eye for moments of ecstasy. Oh, and bring tissues, you’ll need them.

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Simon Biffen Photography

Style: Documentary
Where: UK & abroad

Whether countryside or by the sea, in the city or across the ocean, Simon Biffen’s photos look like the sort of thing you’ll find yourself pinning to your Pinterest boards over and over again. Simon’s gorgeous work with a camera has a rare depth that belies his years of experience, distilling all the little smiles, laughs, toasts and dance moves into a series of photos that tell the story of your big day beautifully.

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Sarah Horton Photography

Style: Documentary
Where: Cheshire

It was only when Sarah Horton received her own wedding pictures that she realised her dream of becoming a professional photographer, and we are so glad that she did. Otherwise, we would never have feasted our eyes on her stunning portfolio, a dynamic collection of shots that show off Sarah’s eye for the most wedding-photo-album-worthy moments of her special days and the abundance of creativity that’s made her an easy choice for our Top 50.

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Sharron Gibson

Style: Documentary
Where: UK & abroad

If pictures speak a thousand words, then Sharron Gibson’s are the visual equivalent of a novel. Shot in her distinctive documentary style, Sharron’s photos tell the stories of her weddings in a fabulously romantic and artistic manner. Which becomes even more impressive when you realise that, unlike some photographers, Sharron doesn’t ask you to pose if you don’t want to. She’s simply capturing what’s already there, the love and support of everybody involved with your ‘I do’.

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Photographs by Eve

Style: Photojournalism
Where: Scotland

Get ready, things are about to get emotional. Eve is supremely gifted with a camera in her hands and has mastered the art of candid photography, registering all the looks, smiles and unforgettable memories on film in an unintrusive yet incredibly cinematic way. Unafraid to break convention to create a photo album that tells the true story of your big day, you simply must take a look at Photographs by Eve if you’re tying the knot north of the border.

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Umbrella Studio

Style: Contemporary reportage
Where: London & UK

Prepare to fall in love. The Umbrella Studio must have an incredible clipping room floor because what’s ended up in their wedding portfolio is nothing short of outstanding, combining a reportage style with a contemporary approach in effortless fashion. It’s entirely possible to lose yourself in each rich frame as Peter and Monika, the experts behind the studio, take you on a visual journey down the aisle and into the night.

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Emma-Jane Photography

Style: Documentary
Where: UK & abroad

Emma-Jane’s creativity with a camera in her hands is boundless. A true visual storyteller, her documentary style is as beautiful as it is unique, managing to capture her wedding days exactly how they happened without losing any of the individual quirks that make your friends and family who they are. This is dreamy photography at its very best and we think it’s safe to say that you won’t want to wake up.

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Rafe Abrook Photography

Style: Documentary
Where: UK & abroad

Rafe understands that recording your wedding day doesn’t mean coercing your guests into awkward poses and group shots, but rather letting the celebrations play out exactly how they would if he wasn’t there at all. With this fantastic philosophy, Rafe captures all those lovely, truthful moments that you’ll want to remember years later. All shot in his wonderfully beautiful and timeless style.

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Enchanted Brides

Style: Contemporary
Where: Cornwall

Just when you thought that Cornish weddings couldn’t get any more magical, along come Enchanted Brides with their stunning signature style. This is the kind of photography that finds its way straight to your heart with it’s unposed, untamed brilliance. We’re talking about brides and grooms climbing over rock faces, boho ‘I do’s’ in the woods and quirky fox masks. It’s all different and it’s all incredible.

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ARJ Photography

Style: Contemporary
Where: Cheshire & UK

Adam Johnson, the leading man behind ARJ Photography, has not one, but two prestigious Wedding Industry Awards to his name and there is a good reason why. His work behind the camera is nothing short of outstanding, creating dynamic images that ensure your memories of the big day are never forgotten. Adam often prefers naturalistic shots to poses, but when he does find some alone time with the happy couple, the results are out of this world.

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Bridgwood Wedding Photography

Style: Contemporary
Where: UK & abroad

It’s rare that you find wedding photography as vibrant and bristling with colour as Steve Bridgwood’s. His distinctive camera work never fails to find a dynamic angle, unexpected light source or authentic moment of expression, and the result is a sharp, crystalline memoir of a perfect day that you can look back on and relive over and over again. A must for brides and grooms who love to go their own way, Steve doesn’t just match expectations, he smashes them into thousands of tiny pieces and asks, “What’s next?”.

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Wes Simpson Weddings

Style: Documentary
Where: Liverpool, UK & abroad

Wes Simpson’s wedding photos capture every emotion, interaction and connection without sacrificing the story of your special day. His talent behind the lens has led him to the weddings of celebrities, footballers and around the world, but instead of resting on his seriously impressive laurels, he keeps finding ways to surprise and amaze his happy couples. Yep, we’re getting a little misty eyed over here.

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Frances Sales

Style: Contemporary
Where: London, UK & abroad

Rich in detail, bursting with colour, alive with emotion and bristling with creativity, Frances Sales’ stunning photography can steal your heart with just one look. With so many unique styles out there, it can sometimes be difficult to find a photographer who’s truly different but that’s what Frances is, uncompromisingly brilliant and unafraid to go her own way to tell the story of your big day the way it deserves to be told.

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Oobaloos Photography

Style: Contemporary
Where: South West & UK

What Sheryl (Oobaloos Photography’s camera-wielding maestro) excels at is bringing out the unique personalities of your wedding guests in her stunning photos. Flicking through her portfolio is like watching a movie in stop-motion, by the end you feel as if you were really there at her weddings, you know a little about the people behind them, and you know just how elated they must have been to have their perfect ‘I do’ at last. If that isn’t worth a place in our Top 50, then we don’t know what is.

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Andy Turner Photography

Style: Alternative
Where: UK & abroad

Andy Turner’s website has a slogan that reads, “I am the moth, you are the flame”. Well, consider us the moth because we can’t stop ourselves from pouring over his beautifully alternative albums again and again. This is wedding photography for couples who are bored of seeing the same rehashed poses over and over again as Andy matches your thirst for something new with a unique style that captures your wedding, your story, your day, your way.

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Andy Li Photography

Style: Alternative
Where: UK & abroad

This is photography that positively sings with originality. Andy Li can do things with a camera that we can only dream of, but fortunately, we don’t have to wonder how he does it. We can just be thankful that he does. Otherwise we would never have gotten to see what happens when Andy mashes up a cool alternative style with a contemporary reportage approach, creating a patchwork of his special days that you can really sink your soul into.

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Richard Skins

Style: Documentary
Where: UK & abroad

Richard Skins is extremely talented when it comes to capturing real emotion and the special moments that build the bigger picture of your wedding day. He’s a fabulous personality to have as part of your bridal celebrations and when you’re flicking through gorgeous shots of your friends and family enjoying the happiest day of your life, you’ll see for yourself why Richard more than deserves the acclaim he’s earned throughout his career.

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Luis Holden

Style: Documentary
Where: UK

Achieving a beautiful blend of documentary and contemporary photography, Luis Holden’s eye for the perfect picture is one of the best in the industry. He doesn’t need you to pose for him though, instead, he’ll fade into the background and find those hidden angles and alternate perspectives that create unexpected, pulse-raising snapshots without once getting in the way of proceedings. He’s a truly talented wedding creative who brings a sense of the extraordinary to every day he photographs.

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Through the Woods we Ran

Style: Documentary
Where: South West & UK

Glenn and Lauren, the super-talented duo behind Through the Woods we Ran, are “Perfection haters”. They love the little imperfections that make you and your guests who you are and in their chic, alternative style, they’ll catch every quirk, every giggle and happy tear, because that’s who you are and your wedding is the perfect time to celebrate that fact. This is photography at it’s most gleeful and simply begs to be experienced and pinned to your Pinterest boards.

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Emily & Steve Photography

Style: Contemporary
Where: UK

Often described as, ‘Photo ninjas’, the husband and wife team of Emily & Steve Photography are relaxed in their approach but incredibly detailed when it comes to the finished product. Their photos are rich in emotion and in an age of Instagram stories and Facebook Live, remind us that sometimes, the loudest and purest form of expression can be a still image that shows brides and grooms at their most truthful. Moving, funny and extremely heartfelt, this is what incredible wedding photography looks like.

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Rebecca Douglas

Style: Contemporary
Where: Kent & UK

With Rebecca Douglas, you won’t get a uniform photo album that looks the same as everyone else’s. Her style is an honest, heartfelt reflection of your special day as it happened, that best of all, is completely unique to you. Rebecca’s passion for nature and sustainability makes her the perfect choice for a rustic wedding in the countryside too, as her expert eye for shooting away from the big city can capture boho celebrations in crystal clarity.

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S6 Photography

Style: Contemporary
Where: Yorkshire & UK

Whether he’s shooting in the south of France or in the south of England, Jon Dennis’ beautiful wedding photography is the stuff of your Instagram-fuelled bridal fantasies. Like all true experts, Jon makes finding the best angles and moments on the day look easy, when in reality it’s anything but. Natural, stylish and artistic in equal measure, Jon Dennis is a fabulous camera maestro that lives up to his fantastic reputation.

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Sarah-Jane Ethan

Style: Contemporary
Where: UK & abroad

Sarah-Jane’s signature style is a breath of fresh air if you’re bored of the same-old shots you’ve seen in wedding albums since you were little. Bright, fresh and contemporary with just a hint of vintage, her work behind the camera has a candid feel throughout as she captures the best people being their best selves on the very best day of your life.

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Steve Fuller

Style: Documentary
Where: South East & UK

Steve Fuller describes his approach to wedding photography as ‘Natural storytelling’, but what does that really mean? For starters, it means that he won’t intrude on the celebrations to pull you to one side every five seconds. It means he’ll be capturing all the moments that you don’t have time to see on your special day, and most importantly, it means he’ll be getting all the emotion on film, so you can relive it long after the confetti has all blown away.

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Marianne Chua

Style: Funtojournalism
Where: London, UK & abroad

There’s alternative wedding photography, and then there’s Marianne Chua’s wedding photography. Pioneering her own style of ‘funtojournalism’, Marianne shoots some of the quirkiest couples tying the knot in our United Kingdom of eccentricity. There are no limits Marianne won’t go to in pursuit of that perfect shot that might turn out to be your favourite, and if that means wading through a small steam to get it then so be it.

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Ed Godden

Style: Documentary
Where: Midlands & UK

Your wedding day should unfold naturally without distraction, so you can soak up every moment of bliss as the celebrations you’ve spent months planning go off without a hitch. That’s what makes Ed Godden so bloomin’ brilliant. He sinks into the background of your big day, putting all the amazing moments of your ‘I do’ in his lens without missing a single beat in your story. It’s relaxed, unintrusive photography at its finest, resulting in some truly incredible shots.

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Katie Dervin

Style: Documentary
Where: North West

Real people, real emotions, real moments. Katie Dervin is a documentary wedding photographer with a penchant for snapping up some of the prettiest weddings we’ve seen and she more than does them justice with her fabulous photography. What makes Katie stand out is the fact she realises that it’s the people you love that make your wedding special, so that’s what she focuses on as she goes about the joyful task of mapping out the visual journey of the happiest day of your life.

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Christian Michael

Style: Reportage
Where: Cornwall

On a day where you’ll be rushed off your feet as you’re blown from the aisle to the reception to a (slightly boozy) disco, Christian Michael will be a breath of fresh air, a calming influence and a friendly face who will be able to catch all the things that you might miss in the moment on camera. There are no poses, no forced smiles, just an honest reflection on the best day ever in Christian’s timeless reportage style.

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Kerry Woods Photography

Style: Documentary
Where: North West, UK & abroad

Whether she’s shooting in the UK or abroad in places like Ibiza, Italy and Greece, Kerry Woods’ beautiful wedding photography always looks like the stuff of dreams. These are images filled with life, love and laughter, where happy couples go their own way to celebrate their big day with Kerry there to capture all the memories on camera. She’s somebody who’s truly passionate about your wedding and will do whatever she can to make your memories pop on camera.

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Lisa Devlin

Style: Alternative
Where: Brighton & UK

Working out of beautiful Brighton, it’s no surprise that Lisa Devlin’s fabulous photography is just a little bit left-of-centre. She’s unafraid to break convention to make your wedding photos stand out from the rest, shooting in a vintage yet contemporary style that’s perfect for boho brides and laid-back city ceremonies in equal measure. Lisa’s pictures have an incredible depth to them, colours leap off the screen and you’ll find yourself lost in them before you know it.

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Martin Hill

Style: Reportage
Where: UK & abroad

As an international award-winning wedding photographer who has appeared in our Top 50 list multiple times, Martin Hill has a lot to live up to and we’re happy to report that, once again, he’s left us breathless with his stunning work. Adopting a luxury reportage style, Martin’s weddings have a natural glamour to them that’s attracted both celebrities and style-led brides-to-be in their droves over his 20 years of experience.

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We Heart Pictures

Style: Alternative
Where: UK & abroad

Just noticed your pulse increasing a little bit? Don’t worry, that’s the typical reaction to a first viewing of We Heart Pictures’ beautiful photography. These are pictures packed with romance and off-kilter style, telling the stories of brides and grooms who weren’t afraid to go their own way in order to create the magical wedding that they always dreamt of. This is fearless, alternative photography that throws convention out the window and kicks it down the garden for good measure, and we love it.

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Mark Seymour Photography

Style: Documentary
Where: UK & abroad

With 20 years of experience, the award-winning Mark Seymour was the first Nikon UK ambassador for wedding photography. But for Mark, it isn’t about the titles. It’s about seeing the smiling faces of his ecstatic couples when he’s staring down the lens and recording all the unique moments of their big day. Luxurious, glamorous and effortlessly romantic, these are gorgeous photographs that’ll be cherished long after the big day.

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Lina & Tom

Style: Documentary
Where: UK & abroad

Beautifully different from the norm, Lina & Tom’s work is weddings at their most unusual. Their galleries read like a storyboard of some of the UK’s happiest ‘I do’s’ as every smile is caught on camera in their own colourful fashion. What really makes Lina & Tom stand out is the fact that they get to know their happy couples and their day inside out ahead of time, meaning that they’re just as invested as you are when it’s time to shoot that first frame.

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Andy Gaines Photography

Style: Contemporary
Where: Yorkshire & UK

We think Andy Gaines is going to need a bigger awards cabinet. He’s been showered in accolades over the years, but that’s not stopped him from getting better and better with each passing wedding. For him, wedding photography is about documenting who you are and how you felt on the happiest day of your life. We wholeheartedly agree, and we’re pretty confident you will too once you’ve feasted your eyes on his stunning gallery.

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Chris Giles

Style: Reportage
Where: UK & abroad

Chris Giles doesn’t settle for ‘ordinary’. His weddings are snapshots of people at their happiest, their most creative and quite often at their craziest. It’s photography that’s as funny as it is emotional, as heart-warming as it is hilarious, and it’s all down to Chris and his unique approach to special days. Getting to know the happy couple beforehand, he delivers a personal service that results in wonderfully personal shots at the wedding itself. What else would you expect from a ‘Swiss army knife’ of wedding photography?

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Nick Rose Photography

Style: Documentary
Where: UK & abroad

Shooting at all weddings great and small, Nick Rose isn’t so much a breath of fresh air, but an ice blast that’ll change what you think beautiful photography should look like. It seems that no detail goes uncaptured by the lens when Nick’s in charge and from start to finish, he’ll seem like one of the guests. Except unlike your other guests, he’s got the internationally tried and tested skills to tell the story of your big day with gorgeous imagery.

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Jackson & Co Photography

Style: Alternative
Where: South East

Jackson & Co’s husband-and-wife team of Michael and Hannah have been there, walked the aisle and signed the legal documents to prove it, so they know just how nerve-wracking picking your wedding photographer can be ahead of the big day. But their portfolio makes it clear that if you’re looking for bright, colourful pictures flooded with character, then this is the duo for you.

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Fiona Kelly

Style: Reportage
Where: UK & abroad

Where do you begin with Fiona Kelly? Her stunning photography is playful, bright, contemporary and has that timeless quality that means you could look back on the pictures she’s taken in 30 years’ time and feel like you’re there all over again, kissing at the altar, laughing at the best man’s speech and throwing shapes with your new husband on the dancefloor. A truly fabulous talent that every woman should have on her bridal radar.

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