Natural photography at Monkey Island

Jess currently lives and works in the US while Phil lives close to where the wedding was held in Maidenhead, Berkshire. They've both done incredibly well at planning the entire wedding, right down to the intricate details of the day, mostly via email and phone.

The wedding day was great to document and despite the threat of rain early on it turned out to be a scorcher. They had a local church service then their wedding reception was held at Monkey Island in Maidenhead near Reading, it's a quirky little wedding venue in the middle of the River Thames. The day had an effortless flow, with some fantastic speeches and an amazing funk band for the evening's entertainment.

I've really enjoyed working with these two and their incredibly welcoming family and friends. Wedding guests always play a big role in my photographic coverage, you can start to piece together relations within the first hour of a drinks reception as people settle into the day with a glass of champagne. Two complete families attending a wedding probably won't meet again, not to this extent anyway, so it really is a once in a lifetime opportunity. I know a lot of wedding photographers that will focus the majority of their wedding coverage on the bride and groom, documenting their personal journey of the day. I too dedicate a lot of time to study this however, I feel that family and friends should feature just as much. This then gives the body of work a little more substance.

"Phil and I want to thank you for the spectacular wedding photographs! They mean so much to us and I can't believe how you were able to capture all of the big and little moments that made our wedding so special. It's hard for me to put into words, thank you really just doesn't seem enough. I truly hope to stay in touch with you and know if there is another special occasion we will be in touch.

Your service is incomparable to any we’ve seen. From our first meeting and throughout the entire process you have been professional on an enjoyable, friendly level. Our wedding pictures took our breath away. Y

ou captured the essence of the day and the special memories we now will be able to treasure forever. We are so fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with such a talented photographer!"

Jess & Phil