wedding stories

I have photographed weddings all over the UK and as far afield as Rome and even New Orleans. I have shot weddings in everything from castles to a tent in a farmers field. I’m equally happy photographing an intimate wedding in the local pub as I am a wedding in a magnificent palace in some far flung place. For me it’s all about showing what the day felt like, telling the story of the people and why they have all come together on this day. Here are just a few of those stories.


A Wedding in Italy, Martina and Matt.

The Bride and groom at a wedding in Italy

From Exeter Cathedral to a destination wedding in Italy.

Almost two years in the planning and involving almost every element of the wedding changing from the initial plan from a wedding at Exeter Cathedral to a destination wedding in Italy, Martina and Matt’s wedding was a long time coming but well worth the wait.  Martina sent me an email back in November of 2015. Although they lived in London, Martina and Matt were coming to Devon to get married in Exeter at the Cathedral and looking for a photographer. Over the course of some phone calls, emails and a coffee meeting that turned into lunch at Matt’s mum’s house in Exeter we got to know each other and soon Martina and Matt had placed their trust in me to document their wedding day for them.

Planning a Wedding in Exeter Italy.

The plan was that the wedding and reception would take place at the Cathedral and Chapter House in Exeter and then a couple of weeks later, Martina and Matt would travel to Italy to have a blessing service for Martina’s family. Martina comes from Civitavecchia, a town near Rome and has a large family network there who couldn’t all make it over to England for the wedding. But even the best laid plans can go awry and despite Martina’s best efforts bit by bit things started to change. The jewellers that the rings were coming from closed down and then Cathedral Square in Exeter was devastated by fire which thankfully didn’t harm the cathedral but did destroy large parts of the square including the hotel Martina and Matt were going to use on the day. Eventually a new plan was put together, the date changed, the venue changed, even the country changed, then the venue changed again – all that was left of the original plan was me – something for which I am very grateful.

Documentary Style Destination Wedding Photography.

I have spent a large part of my working life travelling round the world for various events at which flexibility is a key requirement to success and so I’m not particularly fazed by changes that happen along the way or by working abroad – I’ve done a lot of it and it’s really not a problem. All I really need to know is where to be and when. My documentary style approach to wedding photography allows me to not worry about the details but to maintain a relaxed approach to the day and to go with the flow. Observing and documenting the day rather than trying to orchestrate events to meet some vision of what the day should look like. Martina and Matt’s family and friends made this even easier, being hugely welcoming and inclusive and even though there was an obvious language barrier, my Italian being non existant, myself and my partner and second photographer Fiona Campbell were welcomed with open arms and made to feel like family for the day.

If you’re looking for a wedding photographer in Devon or planning a destination wedding in Italy or anywhere else for that matter and you like my style of photography and approach to a wedding day why not get in touch for a chat about your plans.

Other suppliers

Bride’s makeup:  Sara Pintus.

Bride’s mother and sister’s makeup: Paola Vella.

Venue: Villa Provvy, Santa Marinella.

The band: Audio Magazine.

award winning uk wedding photographer

award winning wedding photographer Mike Riley