Having lived through one, we now know a wedding day is actually a thousand moments against which a whole gamut of feelings, emotions and interactions play out. When it came to writing our thank you cards afterwards, we’d wanted to capture something of that and describe what the day had meant to us, but soon realised that words don’t do a great job of conveying it.
But an ‘image speaks a thousand words’ though, or so the old adage tells us. A great photograph can capture the essence of the moment, but as anyone who’s been on your side of an SLR camera soon realises, it’s an elusive quality and seeing it and then capturing it really takes immense talent.
We now have a visual record of our wedding across more than 300 images that are all imbued with that elusive quality. Images with perspectives that have captured perfectly those moments as they unfolded. Images that really describe so much better than any words what the day was about and why it meant so much to us. Images that will invoke very many happy memories as we look back through them over time. Thank you.
Beyond expressing our gratitude for the end result, we’d also like to say thank you for the flexibility you showed and assistance you gave prior to the wedding – both through email and in person. Having the opportunity to meet up beforehand and discuss what we were aiming for, as well as get to know you and your work a little better was invaluable.
We’re more than happy for you to add this to the ‘kind words’ section of your website, but as we discovered when searching (and searching and searching) for a photographer, your portfolio stands out as a testament to your talents. If your future clients’ experience is anything like ours, it’ll pretty clear to them that they’ve found what they’re after from the moment they land on your website.
Rhonda and Richard
When the words are said and the dancing is done, lingering memories are all that is left to fade as time rolls onward. Looking at Mark’s work now, we are both amazed at how he has captured our Day in a way that is timeless and we are certain that his documentation of our Day will bring feelings of wonderful and moving nostalgia years from now. Indeed, even now, we sense a tingle of it each time we look through our photos. No words can replace the images Mark has caught for us with his eye for framing a moment and his ability to make interesting out of simple. If colours did not exist, we would want to live in Mark’s black and white world. Thank you for sharing your talent with us, Mark. We are privileged.
Hae Joo and Michael
Mark, when we first came across your photography, we knew straight away you were the photographer for us. We wanted a fairly informal day, and to reflect this we didn’t want the traditional line up type photos, but photography that caught natural moments and real expressions. What you have managed to capture and have given to us, is a very real set of photos that documents beautifully every facet of our wedding. Everytime we look through our photos we are totally overwhelmed, it’s like being transported back there, reliving all the emotions we felt throughout the day. Your compostions have blown us away too, they are so subtly clever. At first look your eye is drawn to the main subject of the photo, but so often you have captured so much more in either the foreground, backgound or both, that your photographs tell so much more of a story than you sometimes first see. This makes your photos so beautiful and so incredibly interesting to look at again and again.You worked tirelessly all day, always looking for a shot, and we just want to thankyou for capturing so many wonderful moments, we are truly moved by what you have produced for us.
Tanya and Andy
It took us a while to find the right wedding photographer but as soon as we saw Mark’s style we knew that’s what we were after. Mark’s photos are beautiful. I have had so many people say they are the best wedding photos they’ve seen. They’re photos that are so ‘real’ if that makes sense. Moments which truly reflect the emotion and atmosphere of the day. I’m sure the photos on the website speak for themselves but I can thoroughly recommend Mark. He is hugely talented and has an amazing eye for shots that already feel iconic to us. We chose not to have our wedding filmed as we didn’t want too ‘literal’ a record of the day – we wanted to remember it as we felt it at the time. Somehow Mark has managed to give us a record that matches how we saw and felt the day ourselves. Lots of wedding photographers say they do ‘natural’ shots but often these can feel as flat as line ups – Mark’s photos have a personality and spirit that’s very rare to find. We’re truly delighted.
Sharon and Will
We are absolutely delighted with the photos you took of our wedding. We could not have found a photographer more suited for the job of capturing our day with such artistry. It was a complete pleasure having you there for the whole day and you made us feel completely at ease. You have a wonderful talent for capturing personalities in a shot; you seem to so effortlessly catch fleeting looks and special moments that so perfectly sum up the day!
Every picture is a work of art. And put together they build a complete picture of the day so that you can’t help but relive all those wonderful moments all over again. The excitement, the nerves, the emotion, the joy — the absolute wonderful reality of the day are found in your pictures, which are all so beautifully shot, lit, framed, and focused.
We couldn’t be happier — Thank-you.
Emily and Terry
After trawling the Internet to find a photographer for three months with no luck, we finally came across Marks photography and we knew instantly that this was the guy for us.
We found his photos weren’t just pictures, they were individual pieces of art, capturing the whole essence and unseen moments, documenting the wedding and all the natural occurrences rather than the more traditional posed wedding photos. As a couple, we are not that comfortable in front of a camera and our wedding was not very formal or traditional so Marks relaxed, documentary style was essential for us. He made us feel relaxed and at ease as he discreetly took pictures through out the day and also gave us guidance when needed.
Having received his pictures, they are the individual pieces of art work we had hoped for, telling the whole story of our wedding. We are so pleased with pictures and grateful we found him!
In another twist, I rang my sister to tell her about this wonderful photographer we had found, Mark Carey, to which she replied, ‘that’s my photographer!’ We had come across him completely separately and both fallen in love with his work and booked him for both our weddings non the wiser!
Thanks again, Mark, it was a pleasure to work with you.
Nicola and Sam
Maisse and I can’t thank you enough for the beautiful photos you have produced for us. Each photo has been given so much attention to detail and transformed into beautiful colour and black/white images.
The photos were exactly what we were looking for, they captured every little detail in such a way that you can really feel the emotions that were experienced on the day. You have such an amazing eye for what makes a great photo, it was so nice to see how passionate you were about taking photos and ensuring that you captured each moment / scene with as much detail and energy as possible.
Your subtle presence on the day and reassuring words throughout made everyone feel comfortable and at ease with you and your camera.
Your photos have captured so many memories we will hold onto and look back on for years to come.
Debs and Maisse
We could not have been happier with our photographer or with his photographs. Alice — who’s very particular about photography — picked Mark out after looking at dozens of photographers’ sites. His work stood out as having just the qualities of documentary casualness, technical precision and on-the-hoof imagination we’d been looking for. He was enormously courteous and easy to deal with, and on the day did a superb job. Every couple of hours, having forgotten he was there, I’d catch sight of him out of the corner of my eye. Every time, he had his camera to his eye: melted into the background but working like a Stakhanovite, and doing so tirelessly right through to the end of the night. When he sent his photographs, we were knocked out by how good they were: he has a real knack of capturing a moment and framing it cleverly. The shot of Alice arriving at the register office alone — and you only get one chance of that — is so radiant it seems to capture the feeling of the whole day. Many, many thanks
Alice and Sam
Having known and admired Mark’s photography for a number of years, I knew instantly, when David and I got engaged, that he was the only photographer to shoot our wedding – and we breathed a sigh of relief that he was available.
Our wedding was a particularly special day, with every element having some contribution by friends and family, so to have our friend, Mark, with us throughout was incredible.
Mark, you are a great friend and a truly wonderful photographer. You have captured the style, theme and feel of the wedding absolutely perfectly.
We cannot thank you enough for the amazing photographs you have produced for us and for being a part of our special day. You have given us so many additional memories and ones that we will treasure for a lifetime. Thank you.
Tamara and David
One of the things we loved about Mark’s photography when we came across his website was his move away from traditional wedding portrait photography. We didn’t want to stand posing with various groups for endless amounts of time on our wedding day, but a photographer who documented every aspect of the day as it occurred. We loved the way Mark captured all the romantic, fun and precious moments of our wedding day. Each photo he took conveyed the personality and emotion of each moment and we are so pleased with the end result. Mark was fabulous on the day, very discreet and all our guests will fondly remember him as the man that looks like Tin-Tin.
Sarah and Jonathan
Sarah and Jonathan
‘Mark, when we chose you to photograph our wedding, we were already excited to see what you would produce, having seen your art work on your site. However how you captured the emotions of the day, with such perfection and creativity is beyond words. Every photo is beautiful and we will frame them all!! Our dream for our wedding was to have photos we wanted to look at forever, instead of the usual style these are individual works of art, and so you have made that dream come true. It was also a pleasure having you with us on the wedding day, we hardly knew you were there (snapping quietly!) although our friends loved talking to you and hearing your passion for photography. You are brilliant at what you do and we are so proud to have shared this amazing day with you.
Joel and Becky Cantor’
Becky and Joel
All our friends who had experience of planning weddings has impressed upon us the importance of finding a good photographer. We looked at numerous websites but were reluctant to book someone whose style was too trite or overengineered. Fortunately we found Mark.
He has been a pleasure to deal with throughout the process, and has delivered what we consider to be an immaculate set of photos, with which we are thrilled. They not only doccument the day brilliantly, but more importantly are stunning images with enlightened compositions which can only be achieved by someone with an incredible talent. Mark was so unobtrusive that some questioned whether we actually had a photographer(!) but therein lies his talent– he quietly captures the subtleties that so many others would just miss, and Importantly he didn’t sacrafice us looking our best in the pursuit of photojournalistic realism– he achieved a perfect balance.
Lucy and Jonathan
When planning for our wedding a photographer was top of our priority list. We had looked at several photographers but no one had successfully captured what we were looking for. After further research we managed to find Mark’s details from the WPJA’s website.
Once looking through Mark’s portfolio and upon meeting Mark I knew we had found our photographer. He had captured all the couples big days whilst staying true to their individual personalities and styles throughout the process.
On the day Mark was a true professional and disappeared into the background whilst capturing all the moments and people dear to us during the day.
Family and friends have inundated us with compliments and requests to get hold of the pictures due to them being artworks in themselves. For the family that were unable to attend they now feel they have been a part of the experience!
Myself and James can’t thank you enough Mark.
Will let you know when the pictures arrive Mark.
P.S I was hoping to get your authorisation to submit one of our pictures of to Hello! Magazine in the inside back they print peoples wedding days (it would make Gran’s day). I will ensure your name is put their as Official photographer but didn’t want to do anything before asking you first.
Gemma and James
Please note these clients prefer to have a certain degree of anonymity and so their names have been changed and profile image is a scene from their wedding only.
‘We have just seen the images from the day and to say we are thrilled is an understatement. They’re exactly what we’d hoped for and we can’t stop looking at them! We can’t wait to share them with our family and friends.
We were both absolutely adamant that we wanted spontaneous photos of our wedding day with very few posed images. I began the search — there were the photographers who never lured me in past the homepage, the ones who took ‘traditional’ and dull posed wedding shots, the ones who took spontaneous shots that actually just resulted in a handful of pictures of people blinking, squinting or being caught mid-chew, and then there was Mark.His was the only site that had images from other people’s weddings that we actually wanted to look at — generally it’s hard to form any real interest in a total strangers wedding snaps but Marks pictures aren’t just snaps, it’s like looking at a documentary of life — there were the funny moments, the little asides (a sticker on someones bedroom door, the chairs lined up in the ceremony room waiting to be filled, the barometer in the hallway predicting fair weather), and the touching moments (the grooms face as the bride enters, an usher helping to seat an elderly relative, the bride hugging her father one last time as a single girl). I have looked at every album on his site, some more than once, simply because his images are an absolute pleasure to look at.Prior to the day Mark was as chilled out as I’d hoped he be, giving me enough information that I felt confident about what to expect but not demanding meetings or long lists from us. On the day itself, we were aware of his presence obviously, and yet there were points in the day when I’d notice him and be surprised because I’d completely forgotten he was there. He totally blended into the surroundings and that’s where his talent lies — because no-one was aware of his lens on them, there were no stiff poses or forced smiles, and no self conciousness.
For us our friends and family are the most important things in our lives, our wedding day was the one day when all of them would be under the same roof, and we wanted that documented. We have got exactly that, and we are so so grateful to Mark for capturing all of our loved ones on film. These are images we will treasure forever. Thank you so much Mark!
Jane and John x’
Jane and John
Mark, you have such talent for photography that Deb and I are honestly overwhelmed reviewing these. The wedding was perfect in every way, which could well have made the task of documenting this nigh-on-impossible however, the results are outstanding. You’ve uncovered a multitude of intimate moments which express the wide range of emotions everyone experienced throughout.
Your dedication on the day (and in post production) has been noted by all and all are eager to see the results of someone who is so clearly passionate about his work. Proudly forwarding your link to everyone now.
Deb and Dan
Although we had no experience of professional photographers, we were clear on what we were searching for: we wanted to feel comfortable and we wanted our guests to feel comfortable with whoever took on this role. It was also essential that our photographer captured rather than orchestrated moments. On meeting Mark, we felt instinctively that he was the right person. On seeing his photographs, we were transported straight back to our wedding day, experiencing all of the excitement, energy, laughter and emotion of the day. Finding the right person to document our wedding was one of the most important decisions we made, because it is key to helping us and our loved ones to remember the day. We absolutely LOVE the photographs – we can’t stop looking at them – and feel incredibly lucky to have this wonderful record of our day. Thank you so much!
Chloe and Sam
Mark, we are so grateful to you for capturing the story of our day, the multitude of beautiful photos you have provided for us will bring forth happy memories for years to come. We cannot speak highly enough of your professionalism, flexibility and forethought for our day. You complied with our grueling timetable and captured hidden smiles and special moments all with the speed and subtlety of a photographic ninja! We cannot recommend your talents highly enough. Thank you.
Liz and Richard
Mark’s reportage style of photography was exactly what we wanted for our special day. He is great at capturing all the wonderful moments of the day without being noticed by the guests. Mark is very friendly and professional; we are so pleased to have found him and would recommend him to all our friends and family. Thank you Mark, for all your hard work and fantastic pictures!
Sam and Kevin
We took a long time researching a photographer for our wedding and were looking for a strong documentary feel to our photographs. After viewing Mark’s website and meeting him we knew that we’d made the right choice. From the start of the day he was incredibly discreet; after a while I hardly noticed him and so many of our guests commented that they don’t remember seeing him for most of the day! And by using this skill Mark managed to capture some beautiful, funny and touching moments with subtlety and great skill which bought our wedding day to life. He has captured the characters of our friends and family so well and has a great eye for finding something in scene or a composition that goes far beyond other wedding photography. We love looking at our wedding photos and showing them off to anyone we can.
Anna and Colin
When looking for a wedding photographer, as soon as we saw examples of Mark’s work we knew we had found the right man. Mark did an amazing job of remaining in the background and capturing so many small and interesting moments from the day in a beautiful insightful manner. Everyone who has seen our photos has been wowed by them, and we cannot recommend him highly enough, both as a photographer and a lovely fellow to spend time with. Thanks again Mark!
Kate and Richard
Mark was recommend to us and we couldn’t be happier with the fantastic pictures of our wedding day. His talent for capturing emotions is incredible, his photographs put you back in the moment perfectly and will have you laughing, crying and reliving the best day of your life all over again.
Mark has an ability to put you at ease and blend into the back ground so you are completely relaxed, you then get the wow factor when he presents you with an amazing pictues you never guessed were being taken. His documentary style means you have great feel for how you guests enjoyed themselves and the briliant moments that happened when you were busy elsewhere.
We are already thinking about our first wedding anniversary party which is a perfect excuse to work with Mark again.
He is a lovely person and an exceptionally talented photographer
Louise and Adam
We chose Mark for our wedding based on a combination of factors, most important of which was his unique and individual approach to documentary style photography, and the artistic quality of his shots.
The bonus for us, and anyone working with Mark, is that he complements the high quality of his work with a personal character that is warm, caring and calming.
Mark captured the spirit of our day perfectly with his pictures telling the real story of events and as they unfolded. We could not be happier to recommend Mark to others
K & J
I wanted to say thank you for the DVD. It did not arrive with us and I thought it had been lost but my next door neighbour discovered it thrown into bushes in the front garden so I suspect that the postman had left it on the doorstep as he could not post it through the letter-box and someone had nicked it but then thrown it away when they saw it was not of interest to them. Anyway we have now had the full set of photos and are thrilled with the results. You did exactly as you said you would do and were a low key, unobtrusive presence at the party. We love the style of the photos which combine a great sense of reality captured with a talented eye and a stylish approach. There are shots there that I would love even if they were not from our special day. I have had very nice feed– back from friends who I have shown the photos to and I like the fact that you have them on your website so we can direct people to look at them there. We are very pleased and wanted to thank you.
Jonathan and Chee
We are currently on our honeymoon and have just seen these photos and they have completely brought back how wonderful the day was. I don’t think that saying we like the photos comes close enough to describing how we feel about them. We’re absolutely ecstatic with them. They totally transported us back to the day when we saw them and are exactly what we wanted — we couldn’t have asked for better at all. The images have captured all the colours, fun and emotion – we have been grinning looking at them all! Your sample photos have already really enriched the day for us as you caught so many lovely moments that we were unaware of.
It was a pleasure having Mark there as he was so pleasant and so unobtrusive. We were surprised at some of the photos as we really had not noticed he was there!
Thank you Mark, the pictures are wonderful and we will treasure them.
Emily and James
My wife and I used Mark as he was highly recommended by a family member whom had used him at his wedding. We have since gone on to recommend him to our newly engaged friends. Mark was brilliant. On the day, he was unobtrusive and quietly efficient – it was perfect that we were able to enjoy our day naturally. He worked above and beyond what we could have asked for and the result was an amazing set of photos which we can treasure forever. Thanks Mark!
Nicky and Mark
A quick note to say the images are stunning and we are extremely pleased with them, thank you! It is so wonderful to have the images of the expressions on everyone’s faces throughout the day, and I think you do an amazing job of framing your shots. You cannot believe the excitement we had seeing these photos on our honeymoon!
Ailanore and Ed
Mark, thank you again for capturing our day so beautifully — we love our photos and everyone has said how wonderfully they tell the story of the day. You went above and beyond in getting to the venue in difficult circumstances and I hope hitchhiking remains a one-off! ( There was an accident in the snow on the motorway, I left my car by the road and hitchhiked in the opposite direction to get to the venue on time!)
Helen and Rob
We could not be happier with our wedding pictures, they were exactly what we had hoped for — truly natural shots that are full of personality and show the unique moments of our day. Neither I or my husband are particularly comfortable in front of the camera but Mark assured us he would be ‘in the background’ and he was right – we hardly knew he was there. He was friendly, calm, and really listened to what we wanted from the day. Although I was worried about having Mark there in the morning whilst I got ready, he was quiet, discreet and got some gorgeous shots of my daughter which I will treasure forever. We are delighted with every single shot and would not hesitate to recommend Mark to anyone.
Claire and Neil
The photographs Mark took of our wedding are absolutely wonderful. Finding the right photographer to document our wedding was a priority for us and with Mark we certainly achieved that. Not only is each picture a beautiful piece of art and a memory in its own right, together they truly tell the story of our wedding day. Mark put a huge amount of energy into documenting the day for us and did so in an utterly unobtrusive way. The photos he took are artistic and timeless and above all a real reflection of the atmosphere of the wedding. I don’t think we could have asked for more!
Julia and Henry
Sam and I cannot thank you enough for capturing our day. You didn’t merely just photograph the day– you’ve told our story and have given us an opportunity to see love, friendship and family through different eyes.
From that very first meeting over a year ago you instantly put us at ease and we knew that we could put our trust in you. On the day itself you were fantastic and it was a joy watching you interact with our family and friends– (we hope they didn’t drive you crazy!). You were professional and informal and perfectly complimented the relaxed feel we wanted for our day.
You were everything we wanted and more– there is real heart in your work. Thank you so much, we wish you every success and are delighted to have had you be a part of our story and to have been one of your clients.
Tammy and Sam
On meeting Mark, we knew immediately that he was the right photographer for us. Apart from the fact his pictures are utterly stunning, he makes you feel relaxed and excited about your day. He wants it to run as smoothly as you do, and genuinely cares. He took the time to get to know our families, which meant a lot to myself & my husband, and made everybody feel at ease.
Becky and Mitch
Thank you so, so much for your pictures, which we love very much. You’ve completely captured exactly how the day felt, and our friends and families as their very best, happiest selves– i love the incidental pictures– details like the postman crossing the road under my dress, and the portraits weren’t cheesy at all, which is remarkable.
Very very many thanks again
Kate and Mat
The moment we met Mark, we knew his photography ethos was very much in line with our wedding day plans. We wanted un-intrusive shots that reflected the warmth of the occasion whilst capturing the emotions of the day. Our wedding was focussed around family and friends and Mark’s photography captured the story of the day perfectly. Viewing the shots first time brought tears to my eyes… it was like reliving the day all over again. Mark was discreet, professional and created amazing images – we would not hesitate to recommend him.
Emma and Alex
We just wanted to say a massive thank you for sending through all our wonderful photographs. We’ve only just had a chance to sit down and view them all, but they look so great. They really tell the story of the whole event and perfectly capture all the important moments and small details that together make up a day that was so special to us both.
Thank you Mark.
Jo and Scott
We spent ages checking out photographers, both locally and in France where we were getting married. Most were crap and but Mark stood out as someone who is passionate about photography and enjoys people enjoying his images.
Friends watching slide shows of our wedding actually say “wow” at each image (until they’re bored) because of the quality of the images. We feel lucky to have had Mark as our photographer at our wedding and as corny as it sounds, he really did capture our day fantastically. We’re more than pleased with the results and we really do have some great images to treasure.
Mark and Tor
Our pictures are beautiful – we wouldn’t think twice about recommending him to others. We couldn’t have been happier with our pictures. Mark was brilliant on the day – everywhere at once without ever being in the way – and the pictures record the day beautifully. We’re still being complimented on them nearly 6 months later!”
Jo and James
We knew as soon as we saw his work at a local pub in Camberwell that he was the photographer for us and our wedding. From getting up at the crack of dawn to staying until he fell over with exhaustion, his photographs captured the day perfectly. Mark’s unobtrusive fly on the wall style meant that feeling and emotions were captured, and his photographs envelop all of the senses. From the serene and spiritual photographs of the traditional Hindu ceremony to the raucous life and movement of the Irish Céilí, we are eternally grateful and will treasure the photographs forever.
Charmaine and Dominic
Our wedding photography coverage from Mark was just what we were looking for. He was able to perfectly capture the atmosphere of our special day. He fitted in to the relaxed approach we wanted, working discreetly and putting our guests, and us, at ease. He was very professional and creative and his pictures allowed us to see bits of the day we missed in all the excitement. We highly recommend Mark for the reportage style of photography. Thank you Mark!
Jenner and Jonathan
Thank you so much for documenting our day. The images you have taken for us have caused many a complement. Lots of people have said that they would have the images in their homes because they just love the photographs as works ofart. Every time Martin and I look at the photographs we see something else from the day that makes us smile. We love that you have captured our day in such a way that we can tell a story, we add the words to the photographs like excited children reading their favourite picture book. The memories of each part of our day come flooding back to us through every picture and your work can’t help but make us smile. I am grateful that you managed to capture the mood of the day from laughter, broad smiles and cheeky guests misbehaving, to those more tender moments such as contemplating a guest book message and the odd tear wiped from an eye.
We cannot thank you enough for the very special moments of our life that you have captured in film and they are photographs that we will always treasure. We hope that you=will be able to create a wedding album for us in the not too distant future.
Hannah and Martin
We would like to give massive thanks and warm regards to Mark. He is an amazing artist with such a lovely temperament and discreet approach.
As soon as I had met him the morning of our wedding when I was getting ready. I was put at ease with his chilled out persona. He made me feel very relaxed and I enjoyed the non evasive way he captured some truly amazing moments. After about ten minutes Mark’s presence was unnoticed as I continued to get ready with my Mum & Sister and welcoming my dad into the room for the first time on our big day.
Personally I was concerned of certain angles that Mark might catch me in (as everyone I have little parts of me that I am not keen on) But Mark made us both feel very comfortable and look very beautiful and caught us in some fantastic shots! I feel like a professional model now. Mark spent a lot of time snapping away all day to get our perfect pictures. As we weren’t keen on the cheesy style of many mainstream photographers. We found Mark in complete understanding of our requests and then the rest was just left to his discretion.
The rest of the time was spent taking pictures of us and our guests in their natural settings. The documentary style pictures are so interesting as they have such character. You can see what people are doing in the background and its lovely. Everyone was smiling and it looks so natural and beautiful.
The pictures of the children at the wedding were angelic. They all look so cute! It even made a few parents cry on viewing! Our amazing wedding pictures have defiinitetly reduced me to tears on many occasions (in a good way of course!)
I especially love the black and white edited photographs infact I love all 320 photos on our carefully edited disc. If you are looking for a photographer that is professional, extremely artistic, patient, value for money, chilled out attitude and a very warming man you really have to choose Mark.
We have already recommended Mark to many of our friends for Weddings and other major events. I really can not praise him enough – They are the best photographs we have ever had of us and our family and friends.
To summarise – Lovely man! Amazing Photographs!