A little while ago, I had the very lovely privilege of photographing Ashley Banjo (Britain's got talent and diversity fame) getting married to his beautiful wife Francesca.Read More
Words cannot express our gratitude for these! The photos are stunning, but most importantly they really captured the essence of the ceremony spot we chose and the country we were in. Each photo manages to convey so much emotion not only from us but from the landscape around us. I know you will do amazing things in this lifetime with your unique talent, and I am just happy to always be able to look back at these photos and remember, not just the love we felt that day, but the people who made that day spectacular. The wonderful thing about such a small wedding is that you will forever have a part in that wonderful day in our lives. Please never forget you are always welcome in our home and hearts. I am proud to hold a small step in what I know will be an amazing journey of your career and work. May your passion always and forever meet your talent!
Anna Marie x
Thank you to Emma at Timeless White wedding planning x
Thank you so much for watching, it means so much...
Yesterday, finally the suspense was over... I am very sorry to admit that I had started to wonder whether the dream-like state that the monumental effort it took for you to drive non-stop through the night to make it to our wedding, had resulted in a sub-standard portfolio of images... Could I really be that un-photogenic that it would take so long to edit my photos...
However, yesterday evening I had the immense pleasure of reliving the emotion, anticipation, elation and amusement of the day through the eyes of my guests, through the eyes of a genius. Having followed your Instagram feed, to someone who loves a quote, here’s one for you: “Talent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see”.
You are a genius.
Craig, you have managed to capture the beauty of moments that were very personal to me, your photos evoke so many of the specific emotions from the day that I felt. They take me back to this incredible moment that I have been desperate to capture, remember, stash away and preserve in my thoughts forever. To see Sam walk out from the chateau in that dress... To hear the beautiful words of my cousin in the intimate ceremony... To feel the whole party hanging on my speech... To totally lose myself in the love of everyone around me, completely fit to burst out of the happiness I felt for the futures to come with my new (and totally stunning) wife...
Aside of the enormous collective beard-envy from my mates, it is perhaps the biggest compliment to say that you weren’t really noticed, this wasn’t an in-your-face-oh-god-there-is-the-camera-put-on-a-smile experience. The results are stunning. Somehow you went about your business in the shadows, while at the same time absorbing the emotion that everyone was feeling around you – I kind of wish my whole life was documented like this, given I have an infamously patchy memory whenever booze has been involved, the blur of my twenties... Countless people have commented what a great guy the photographer was, how great it was to meet you, and I am sorry that I didn’t get the opportunity to give you a ‘thank you’ on the scale of which you deserved on the day, now with the benefit of hindsight, having had the chance to re-live it all through the gift of your shutter. I very much hope our paths cross in the future so that I can begin to try to.
No doubt Sammy will want to meet up and give you a massive hug, to let you know how grateful she is for being lucky to be able to remember our day in this way for ever more. But on a personal note I just wanted to let you know how grateful I am, as someone that dared question the cost of locking you in as our photographer, as someone who hates a “cheesy wedding shoot”. It was the best decision we could have made.
Please do look us up if you have any spare time in your ridiculous schedule and happen to find yourself in London. Perhaps when wedding season is over.
Thank you, really.
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Josh pike.. a name that will live with me forever...
a maverick and a beautiful soul.
I drink coffee, a lot of coffee and when a new coffee house was recommended to me of course I did the obvious. walking in I was met with a smile and a welcome of the nice unusual kind, a warmth that immediately broke down any first hello barriers. - josh aired a calmness and joy of someone who's soul was completely at peace.
I wasn't wrong, - fast forward 8 months and I'm photographing him and his beautiful wife Beth' wedding on the gower peninsula surrounded by 250 of their closest friends and family.
This period of time has changed who I am - so i would like to openly say.
Dear Josh & Beth,
Well where to begin, so many words to say.
To be able to deliver these photographs to you is the highest respect I can bestow on you both, in gratitude for inviting me to document your day.
To say it was perfect in every way would be an understatement entirely, from the styling to the dress but most of all to the welcome I received from every last single person included.
Your friends and family are the highest testament to you as people and as a couple. It has truly been my honour and privilege, thank you from the bottom of my soul. Thank you.
I sincerely hope you love every single image, and more so I will cherish the day our friendship was forged as a result of your wedding.
All my love Craig xx