I just wanted to say thank you so much for photographing and being part of our day. The photos are breathtaking and really brought everything back. We loved the way you captured all the small, but v important details e.g the copy of mum’s speech in the hotel, the flower arrangements and the tying of the ring to the cushion!
The photos of ‘getting ready’ were stunning and really captured the beautiful details on the dress as well as highlighting the various elements of the bridesmaids dresses which took a fair few days to put together. The photos look like something you might see in Vogue!
We were so pleased you were a bit naughty and managed to take a few shots of the ceremony – those photos are particularly special to us.
There were just so many beautiful shots I could comment on each one!! The photos outside the Cathedral really captured the atmosphere and the group shots were perfect – a lovely balance between formal and friendly and great for the family album!
And as for the photos you took of the two of us. THEY ARE STUNNING. Neither of us enjoy having our photo taken yet you managed to put us both at our ease and we are so pleased with the results. Some of the photos were so tender and other had a real sense of humour about them – especially the photos on the escalator!!
And we marvelled at the shot of us and The Shard – I always assumed it was almost impossible to get the whole building in one shot! The reception photos were a joy to look at and every guest is in a least a handful of photos. Your photos of the speeches made them come to life again, especially the reactions from the audience and amazingly you managed to get some nice shots of the first dance (which was both found excruciating!!!)
Everyone looked so natural and happy in your photos and the venue looked GORGEOUS. The drunken, dancing pictures were funny and the ones of my friend Colin in my mum’s hat was hilarious!!! We laughed loads!!!
We would definitely like a photobook and will be in touch at the end of the month. Once again many thanks.
All our love,
Filiz & Stephen xxx
Thats the only way to describe both the end photos and the overall service from Jay. My wife has incredibly specific (and excellent) tastes and while she didn’t start with a pre-formed vision of our wedding day, there were a few things she knew she didn’t want including a stereotypical wedding photographer. Kelly spent many hours looking at different photographers’ websites and we met a few at wedding open days.
When Jay popped over to see us, at our home, to talk about the wedding we instantly knew we had our man. And in retrospect, we were absolutely correct. Not only does the work on Jay’s website truly reflect the style and quality of the photos he takes – his whole approach is incredible professional and soothing. Nothing was too much to ask (either before or after the day) and it was a complete joy to have him there as part of our special day. In fact if we’d known him longer there is a fair chance he’d have been on the invite list as a guest!
His eye for detail combined with his photography skills (which were tested in the low light of a late November day), mean that we have hundreds of great photos of the day. They capture the sentiment (a lot of fun!) as well as fact, and they tell a story in a classy, contemporary and stylish manner. When we had to narrow the photos down for the wedding book we, quite literally, couldn’t reduce them!
As with many elements of organising a wedding you have to think about the value you are getting from each component. One of the joys of working with Jay was that his whole approach was different to everyone else we spoke to. He didn’t fix the number of hours he’d be with us. He didn’t expect us to fit in with his photo ideas. He just committed to doing the best possible job on the day, and to do it in a way that would add to our enjoyment of the day. And that is what he delivered. I genuinely can’t recommend Jay enough. Any couple who want to create for the rest of their lives a visually stunning, detail enabling, warmly told story of their day in pictures should choose him. You’ll enjoy working with him.
Thank you Jay – we will treasure your images for decades to come.
Nathan & Kelly
Dear Jay. We would like to thank you for the incredibly beautiful photos from our special day. We are so happy with them! We are not very comfortable posing in front of the camera but Jay, you made us feel relaxed and comfortable.
We love how professional you were on the day but yet so friendly and really just like one of the guests! We had so many comments about how lovely you were. We really are so over the moon with our photos and are so glad that we chose you. We will be recommending you to any of our friends and family that are getting married.
Love Lee & Iris
Dear Jay. Thank you so much for being such an incredible part of our wedding day. We really can't thank you enough. It was such a pleasure to work with you and everyone has remarked on how you put them at ease.
We absolutely ADORE our wedding photos - choosing one for the thank you card was so hard :) We would be delighted to recommend you to absolutely everyone and we are more than happy to act as a referee at any point in the future. Please use us! We hope you have a really lovely holiday and that we get to see you again in the future.
With love, Lisa & Jordan xxx
Dear Jay. One of the most valuable bits of advice I received before getting married was to choose a great photographer, after all, the photos are the only thing you have to look at after the day has been and gone. What a fantastic piece of advice that turned out to be as it meant we found you.
What you did for us that day was truly above and beyond what a photographer should do – you didn’t just turn up and take photos.... you were very much a part of the wedding party, capturing each moment in a special unique way.
When I look back now to the time we spent in the cornfield it was without doubt the highlight of the day, all 3 of us having a laugh and enjoying every moment. When we look back at the photos now, the cornfield ones are absolutely stunning – it doesn’t really look like Joe & I, more like a set of a film – how did you do that?
I could ramble on all day about how wonderful you are all day, the photos we have we can cherish forever, thanks to you and your unique ability to convey love and happiness through a lens.
Many many thanks.
Max & Joe x
Having been recommended the services of Jay Rowden on Facebook by someone who was a guest at a wedding where he was the photographer, I had a feeling that Jay would be a lovely person to work with. And I was right.
From the moment my husband, Jonny, and I met him at our house, we felt instantly confident that that aspect of the day was under control.
Despite the weather being rather inclement (!) on the day, you wouldn’t know it from the photographs. Jay managed to simply work round the obstacles and get the best weddings shots we could possibly have hoped for. They are natural, unposed, and convey the feeling of the day perfectly.
We particularly loved the fact that we don’t only have pictures of the bridal party but almost every single guest was captured from the shots Jay took during the line up. And when we nearly ended up without group shots owing to the fading light, Jay got everyone organized and took the group shots so quickly and easily, so that what normally is a long winded tedious experience was fun and over in a flash, all the photographs we wanted of the day captured expertly.
I like to take a photograph or two and felt a bit bereft on the day not having my camera but everytime I saw something I wanted to take a shot of, Jay was there taking it for me.
So many people have commented on how lovely our wedding photographs are and how they wish they’d used Jay for their wedding. We can’t recommend Jay highly enough.
So thank you Jay for capturing our day better than we ever could have imagined, we will treasure the photographs for the rest of our lives.
xCelia and Jonny
To dearest Jay.
How utterly wonderful to have you with us at our little wedding, thank you so much for coming.
It meant a lot to have you there to capture our day and you did so beautifully (of course!).
We will always have those great memories of our jaunt through the woods in the rain.
Thank you again. We hope you're well and we hope to see you again soon.
Lots of love H&D (and bump!)
We’re blown away by what Jay has done. Utterly charming, thoughtful and unobtusive, he managed to capture the spirit of ‘us’ to a T.
We think our photos look incredible and we’ve had hundreds of great comments. I would recommend him to anyone with delight.
Dear Jay. You might recognise the photos on the front of the thank you card I sent you! Some lovely talented photographer took them!!
Just wanted to say a big thank you for being such an amazing person to work with for our wedding. Your service was the best from start to finish. We will treasure the photos forever.
Love Hazel + Paul xxx
Dear Jay. We just wanted to say a big THANK YOU for helping us make our wedding day truly special. Between your kind manner and amazing photographs, you did absolute wonders and we are truly grateful!
We absolute can't wait to see the albums and we are so excited that we will have the photographs to remember the day by. You really have a remarkable ability to capture the spirit, love and emotion of the event. Thank you so much again!
Henry & Hannah -x-
We met Jay at a friend’s wedding and remembered him as being a fantastic photographer who not only takes great photographs but who goes about his work in a great manner. My now wife and I were extremely happy we found out he was available for our wedding.
Jay will take on board exactly what the bride and groom would like to see in their photos and this, matched with his vision and expertise, provides the perfect combination for photographing your special day.
He also blends seamlessly into the day and manages to take countless photos of guests mingling naturally with each other which really adds to capturing the day. Unlike most other photographers, Jay will also stay all night for the party which is where some of the best and funniest shots are taken!
Added to this, Jay is genuinely such a nice guy and was a pleasure to have around at our wedding, so all in all we can’t recommend him enough.
Jen & Mikey
A picture truly is worth a thousand words, and the story of the best day of our lives found a master story-teller in Jay. Within minutes of meeting, one of the most important decisions we had to make had decided itself. We couldn’t have wished to meet a nicer person whose character and passion for his art translated so brilliantly to his work.
The wedding day blew our minds, and Jay captured so many of these amazing memories it made it almost impossible to put the wedding album together. The album itself is just perfect, and every time we show it to family or friends, the memories fly back and stories flow like it was yesterday.
We look forward to seeing Jay again next year as our friends were so impressed, they booked him straight away….you can’t say more than that. Quite simply the best photographer you could wish to have for the best day of your lives!!!
To Jay. Thank you so much for being the best photographer a bride and groom could ask for!! We really wanted wedding photos that were natural rather than the formal stiff portraits and you gave us exactly what we wanted!
The photos are so beautiful and will provide us with the most amazing memories. You really captured the day and the feel of the wedding. You simply melted into the background. It was like you were one of the guests who we'd known for a long time and several people commented on how charming you were. We really couldn't recommend you enough and certainly will be doing so to anyone we know who is getting engaged. Thank you again.
Best wishes, Gemma & Ian xx
Dear Jay. Thank you for being part of the best day of our lives.
Thank you so much for being such an integral and incredible part of our special day. We loved having you there and adore the photographs. Love Sarah & Richard xx
"He worked so hard. He hasn’t stopped smiling. Such a nice guy."
These were the comments we received during and after our wedding and we couldn’t agree more.
When you are spending all day with your photographer, it is just as important to get on with them as it is for the photos to be perfect. So when a friend recommended Jay from a wedding she had been to we knew it was a good sign. Then upon meeting him for a coffee in Putney it didn’t take us long to decide he was the photographer for us.
A genuine lovely guy who we knew would become as much a part of the day as our friends and family. His portfolio was amazing and there was no question that he would capture the perfect memories.
From the moment Jay arrived at The Elvetham he put everyone at ease…it was so lovely to have him around, while chatting to him and enjoying his company we didn’t even notice he was taking pictures…yet he caught every moment in the most beautiful, fun and heartfelt way…now looking back I am reminded of when it took six bridesmaids to unstitch the tissue paper still attached to my dress; when my Dad’s shoe came apart; when we laughed at the readings; when we cried at the speeches and when we found ourselves ‘on stage’ dancing with the band.
While every good wedding may not always go to plan, with Jay doing the photos we knew that he would create images to be treasured forever and we know that in years to come we will look back at the photos, we will laugh, we will cry and we will relive our special day like it was yesterday.
Thanks Jay for the amazing photos.
Roberta and Nick
Ruth and I could not be happier with the wedding photographs, the album and the all round service that Jay has provided.
The reportage style was exactly what we wanted, as neither of us are too keen on, or comfortable with staged photographs. The most important aspect though, was just how nice and enthusiastic Jay is with regard to weddings.
All day, he genuinely seemed excited to be at our wedding and was there to the very end. Many of our guests had a chance to chat with Jay and all of them have commented on how nice he was.
We cannot praise Jay highly enough, and would strongly recommend him to anyone requiring a photographer
Rob and Ruth (Royal Society of Arts)
Jay, from the moment we first saw your work we knew we wanted to involve you in our day. To then get the opportunity to meet you before the day and discover what a lovely guy you were absolutely sealed it.
I don’t think we ever could have imagined our wedding pictures capturing the spirit of the day like yours do Jay. You made, not just us but all of our friends and family, feel so comfortable and relaxed in your company.
People have not stopped commenting on how beautiful and natural the photographs are, what a nice guy you were and how late you stayed to capture everything. A hearfelt thanks from the both us.
Love James & Lydia
Dear Jay. Hope you like our choice of photo for the thank you card!! Just wanted to say a massive thank you for everything. You put us at ease from the moment we met you and really enjoyed having you there at Kew Gardens. The photos, needless to say, are spectacular. Best of luck with everything and have a great Summer.
Hugh & Meera
Dear Jay. We just wanted to say a HUGE thank you for being a fantastic wedding photographer. We love all the photos so much and look at them almost every day. They capture the atmosphere and all the fun and emotion of the day.
It was great having you there and the day, it felt just like you were one of the guests.
Thanks again and will be in touch about the book.
Love Steph and Matt
Jay, Tessa and I would like to thank you for the amazing pictures that you have given us, everyone who has seen them has been totally blown away by them – in fact a few people have even cried… (in a good way, I assure you). I cannot describe well enough just how beautifully your photographs capture not only the tiny details, but also the movement and the atmosphere of the day. Looking back through them it’s amazing to think of how you even managed to capture some of them, it seems you were always there in the right place at that perfect moment in time.
Having you there was great, and you were fantastic at setting our minds at ease. It was almost as if we were being photographed by a friend or family member. I especially loved how you both seamlessly blended into the background, silently snapping away and only coming forward at key moments- a tactic which was especially crucial in obtaining photos of some of my own family who are very camera shy.
In the run up to the wedding, everybody I spoke to told me that the day would go fast- and as it turns out they were right! The day was perfect, but over too soon- and with your photographs Tessa and I will be able to look back on our special day in perfect clarity for the rest of our lives.
Many thanks for all your work in achieving this for us.
Jamie & Tessa
Linley and I just wanted to say a huge thank you for the wonderful photos you took at our wedding. Every single photo is not only amazing, but brings back so many memories for us. You really captured the essence of our day, and of us! All our friends and family have commented on what fabulous photos you took. You are an amazing photographer, a total professional and a lovely, lovely man!
The photos you took of us in that gorgeous yellow field of rape seed are extraordinary – not just as wedding photos, but as pieces of art.
Thank you so much again for everything.
Lots of love,
Sara & Linley
Dear Jay. Thank you so much for being such an important part of our special day. Your photos look amazing and your professionalism amazed us.
We LOVED working with you - thank you for making us look so good! P.S. Look forward to working with you again in the future.
With love from Sophie & Lee x
Just a note to say thank you for helping capture our wedding day so beautifully! You've been great to work with from the start. You made us feel at ease in front of the camera and fitted in with our guests like a 'trendy uncle'!
Thank you for the thoughtful sixpence and the stunning framed photos. We love it and it's taken price of place above our bed!
We hope you enjoyed the day also.
Wishing you all the best for the future!
With love, Rachel + Phil xx
Jay is quite simply the best wedding photographer we could have wished for. He pulls off the astonishing feat of being both everywhere, and nowhere. He’s everywhere in that he takes the most captivating, beautiful and creative photographs of every part of the day.
Best of all, he really captures the joy of every moment (including a good many moments we ourselves missed!). He’s also nowhere in that he’s so subtle and so unobtrusive that you’ll wonder how he took any shots at all. Those friends of ours who did get chatting with him, loved him. So many compliments. Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant.
With much thanks, Matt & Amy.
When I stumbled upon your website I knew that we had to have you as our wedding photographer. Best decision we ever made!
Our wedding was slightly out of the ordinary as we’d had our actual ceremony in South Africa so you had the tough job of combining an intimate family lunch with a proper knees up in the evening.
You absolutely nailed both. The photos are brilliant fun and they absolutely capture how much we enjoyed the day. They are beautifully composed, lit and shot and everyone has gone wild for them. Not only are the photos stunning but you are such a lovely relaxed presence and you managed to capture really special moments without being bossy or intrusive as some photographers can be!
We both felt totally at ease with you which is saying something for two total photo phobics. All our guests commented on how lovely you were too and even in the run up to the wedding you always made us feel that we had your undivided attention.
We really can’t thank you or recommend you highly enough. You are a consummate professional who made the whole wedding day that extra bit special. THANK YOU so much, it really does mean the world. I’m now racking my brains to think of another occasion that I can have an excuse to use you for! Wedding reunion maybe! Thanks again so much.
Sarah and Gareth xxx
Dear Jay. You captured the essence of our wedding day perfectly! From the moment we first met you, you put us at ease, and on the wedding day itself, you were so friendly and unobtrusive, that many people thought you were a member of the family!
But the shots you captured put paid to that idea – the quality of the photos is truly professional, and you managed to capture all the small moments of the day. We love the photos and they will always bring a smile to our faces.
Thank you truly,
Sarah & Daniel
Dear Jay. Our wedding was one of the most profound experiences of our lives. You not only captured the sense of joy, wonderment and celebration in every frame but you also immortalised moments and idiosyncratics that could never be retold in words alone!
The images are so evocative, rich and effortlessly beautiful that we can recall each and every moment of that weekend whenever we look at them.
Thank you Jay for being a part of our wedding – not only as our photographer but as our new friend as well!
Dear Jay. Thank you so much for cpaturing our wedding so authentically. You are truly gifted. Everyone has said how great you were and we feel so lucky to have had you there. You are the BEST PHOTOGRAPHER EVER!!!
Much love, Vanessa & Ben x
Dear Jay. Once again thank you. Thank you for capturing our big day and enabling us to see those moments we may have missed.
We had such a wonderful and felt incredibly lucky. Thank you for sharing your birthday with us. We hope you enjoyed it! We loved every minute of it. As you could have probably guessed by our constant smiles!
Thank you again. We can't wait to share all our amazing photos with our friends and family. Love Jennifer & Nick xxxxxx
Dear Jay. Thank you so much for photographing our wedding. It was a pleasure having you at the wedding (and the pre-wedding at Willow Road).
So many of our guests have commented on how sensitively you were working on the day, and of course thank you for the wonderful photos.
They will certainly provide us with fantastic memories of our special day.
With love Anousha & Will
Dear Jay. We wanted to write and thank you for all your beautiful photography on 13th August. The photos are absolutely perfect.
They are all so beautiful and capture the emotion of the day perfectly. It was an absolute pleasure to have you with us all day. The prints we've ordered are fantastic and the framed photo is perfect.
We cannot wait to hang it in our new flat. We love looking through our album too.
The photos will help everyone to remember the happiest of days and we have really enjoyed showing all of our guests the online slideshow.
We hope to meet again in the future.
Best wishes Anna & Mark x
Dear Jay. We really can't thank you enough for the amazing photos of our wedding day.
As well as being creative and talented, you were fantastic company and a huge hit with our guests too!
Much love Jan & Al xxx
I know we've already said it, but thank you so much for being our wedding photographer! You were the perfect guy for us, fitting in with our guests amazingly!
We absolutely love all the photos and can't wait to print some to put up in the flat - thank you so much for your hard work.
We hope you and Sam also got to enjoy a bit of Berlin even though it was a busy marathon here!
We hope our paths cross in person at some point in the future and we'll definitely keep in touch!
Thanks again Jay, you are/were amazing.
Our love Fran & Timo xx
Thank you so much for being such an amazing photographer and guest at our wedding. You have faithfully and beautifully captured the whole wedding weekend for us and our family.
We are so grateful for your beautiful photographs - they are something we will always treasure!!!
You are a very talented, professional and personable artists. It is so rare to have all three qualities! We have so many photos which we love! Thanks again Jay!
Keep in touch!
Jean-Francois & Jessica
It's not been over a month and we are still talking about our big day and what fun we had with all our close friends and family.
Betty & I are thrilled with the photos and we both felt so relaxed with you there capturing the special moments, in particular the the photo on the thank you card.
The family all remarked on how professional you were and how discreet you were in taking some of the more intimate photos.
Thankfully my ushers did a great job job on the day, even Pete excelled himself and we love the shot you got of him during his reading.
We had a wonderful four days in venice and we are going to Mauritius in May for a proper honeymoon.
Thank you so much for staying so late on the day and for making our day so special!
Look forward to seeing you soon.
Love and best wishes,
Andy & Betty x