I’m Mike and I hate weddings.

But that’s ok, so do you. You hate wedding blogs full of bunting and jam jars and super hot couples that can’t be real. You hate smoke bombs and cheesy poses and looking out the window to see your photographer out in the garden hanging your dress in a fucking tree. You hate chair covers and cheesy speeches copied from Google and group photos that go on for hours. You hate princess brides and cheap tophat-and-tails grooms, you hate everyone being on their best behaviour.

You hate being told what to do.


Your wedding is about being with your favourite people and having a great time. It’s about love and laughter and good times. It’s about getting married.


Most of my couples are afraid of having their picture taken, and a lot of them have said they had no interest in booking a photographer until they found me. I got an email from a couple recently that says: “It was such a pleasure having you at our wedding. You really are the photographer for people who don't like having their photos taken!”


You want wedding photos that show the inside story, warts n all, and that’s what I live for. If Cousin Bill sticks his hand up Auntie Mavis’s skirt and then gets beaten with sticks for his trouble then you want photos of that. If your nan stands up and tries to make a speech after too many Proseccos you want it captured. If your new spouse falls down the town hall steps during the confetti toss you sure as hell want evidence.


I first got into weddings decades ago. After shooting a few weddings I promptly binned that as a bad idea (hated the cheesy posed bollocks and the lines ups) and carried on with commercial photography. Then a couple of years ago I decided I would revisit weddings - but only if I did it my way, which probably isn’t like a wedding at all. If you hire me you get a photographer who will make the best pictures he possibly can of your wedding which will show you what it felt like to be there.


So if you’re looking for a wedding photographer who shows what it was like to be there, while disrupting your day as little as possible get in touch

MAtt & MartinA - Rome

"Mike!! Looking at the pictures and having streams of tears coming from my eyes! WHat a spectacular job! thank you!...Grazie di cuore!"

award winning uk wedding photographer

award winning wedding photographer Mike Riley