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Wedding Photography Reviews

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"I just wanted to say thank you so much for photographing our wedding day. The photos are breathtaking and really captured the beautiful details of the dress as well as highlighting the various elements of the bridesmaids dresses. The photos look like something you might see in Vogue! 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. We marvelled at the shot of us and The Shard! The reception photos were a joy to look at! Once again many thanks." All our love, Filiz & Stephen xxx


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! Quite simply the best wedding photographer you could wish to have for the best day of your lives!!!


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 wedding 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! You are a very talented, professional and personable artist. It is so rare to have all three qualities! We have so many photos which we love!


Thank you so much for being the best wedding 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.


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!


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


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. 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. We hope you have a really lovely holiday and that we get to see you again in the future.


When you are spending all day with your wedding 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. His portfolio was amazing and there was no question that he would capture the perfect memories. From the moment Jay arrived, he put everyone at ease…It was so lovely to have him around and we didn’t even notice he was walking about taking pictures…yet he caught every moment in the most beautiful, fun and heartfelt way. With Jay taking 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.

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  1. Terry and I could not have asked for a more memorable wedding day, so we were delighted to see that it had been so fantastically captured.

    Whilst the weather wasn’t kind to us, your passion for photography shone and all of the photos taken were fabulous! Everyone has commented on how amazing the outdoor photos under the umbrellas are… so a nice sunny day is definitely not everything. You put everyone at ease and were a pleasure to deal with from start to finish and so genuinely enthusiastic. We are so glad we chose you to capture our special day – the photos are amazing. Thank you so much!!!

    Vicky & Terry

  2. We got married at Pembroke Lodge, Richmond Park and we are very pleased that we chose Jay to be our wedding photographer. He took the most beautiful pictures and managed to capture the whole day with great attention to little details that made the day special! He captured not only details but also peoples’ emotions and expressions perfectly. We were thrilled with the photos Jay took and they will always remind us how wonderful the day way. Jay is not only a great photographer but also a pleasant person to deal with who’s truly enthusiastic about what he does. We’ve had so many positive and lovely comments about Jay’s work and we couldn’t recommend Jay highly enough! Thank you so much!

  3. Jay Rowden Reviews 3 5ff34ea0912de178ac31047785659c3c?s=32&d=mm&r=g Sarah and Gareth Batty says:
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    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
  4. Thank you, Jay, for these stunning photographs! It was a pleasure to have you at our wedding, and we could not be happier with the photos! You were able to capture all the details of our wedding, big and small. Now we have something to send to our relatives back home that couldn’t be with us on the day – it really means the world to them and to us to have these memories preserved by you in such a spectacular way!

  5. 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

  6. Jay – the photos you took really told the story of our wedding day. Each one is beautifully shot, atmospheric and considered. Thank you for being a joy to work with, nothing was ever too much trouble. All the very best, Rebecca & James Richer.

  7. Jay Rowden Reviews 7 bb8614e743e361aafdff205d5dbc63ce?s=32&d=mm&r=g Matt Baird says:
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    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. (Feb 2013)
  8. Jay,

    As soon as we got engaged we knew who we wanted as our photographer. After seeing the incredible photos you took at two of our best friends weddings, there was no contest, it had to be you! We were so pleased to find out our wedding day was your only available Saturday left in July, it was meant to be.

    A wedding day is such a special and personal day so it is really important that you feel completely comfortable with everyone around you. Jay, you made us feel at ease from start to finish, always there when you needed to be but also knowing when to stay in the background too letting you enjoy every minute of our day.Having you as the photographer at our wedding felt like having an old friend there with us and we loved sharing our day with you.

    Not only did we (and all our friends and family!) have such a great time with you on the day but now we have all of your amazing photos to look back on again and again. Your an artist with a camera Jay. The photos truly capture the feeling of the day, not just how it all looked. We can’t thank you enough for that.

    For anyone who is trying to choose their photographer, your search is over! Jay is without question the best photographer ever!!


  9. Hi Jay,

    Sara and I would like to thank you for your relaxed professionalism at our wedding. You took some cracking snaps and every intervention you made to the somewhat chaotic flow of events was an enhancement to the day rather than feeling like a necessary interruption. Everyone was charmed by your presence and it was a pleasure to have you there.

    All the best
    George and Sara

  10. Working with Jay was like working with a good friend and he is such a lovely, kind, fun, creative and professional chap. All our guests, from our 91 year old Granddad to our 6 year old niece had great things to say about you.

    I still can’t quite believe how lucky we were to find someone like you without a recommendation. Without doubt, one of the best decisions we made about our wedding.

    On the day you made us feel at total ease and gave us some great tips for when we having photos of just the 2 of us.

    Every photo that you took is so perfect in its unique own way and you completely captured every detail of the day. We love all of them so much especially the one of us sat on the steps showing our shoes. I even got told it should be on the front of a vogue magazine!!

    A very big thank you (and hurray!) to the best photographer ever!!

    For anyone who is looking for a wedding photographer, don’t hesitate to book Jay!!

    Hazel & Paul xxx

  11. We met Jay a couple of years ago in London after we had initially booked him to be our wedding photographer. As soon as we met with him, we felt instantly comfortable in his company…it seemed as though we were just catching up with an old friend! This was even more evident on our wedding day when many of our friends and familiy thought Jay was one of our guests! He made everyone feel totally relaxed and as a result has created photographs which capture every moment of our special day and will be memories we treasure forever. The standard of the photographs are absolutely stunning and the album Jay created for us is exquisite, we cannot thank him enough for all of his hard work and incredible talent!

  12. Hi Jay,
    We just wanted to say a massive thank you for being such an amazing wedding photographer. Not only are the pictures incredibly special but you captured it beautifully and we hardly knew you were there! (you were more like a guest to us than a wedding photographer) we have the pictures to last a lifetime and the best memories made easier by you and your easy attitude and professionalism. we would recommend you to anyone – they would be stupid not to use a pure professional like yourself who has an abundance of talent. Love P & K

  13. As soon as we had our initial meeting with Jay, we knew he was the photographer for us. It was extremely important that we would feel comfortable with our photographer throughout the day , from the pre-wedding excitement and nerves on the morning of the wedding, through to those moments on the dance floor when friends and family were all letting their hair down. We knew, without a doubt, that not only would we be comfortable with Jay but that he would fit in perfectly with our guests.

    A huge thank you for the most beautiful photos we could have wished for and for being an absolute pleasure to be around. Our photographs and Jay, have been at the top of the list of comments when we’ve been talking to our family and friends about our wedding day.

    We would not hesitate to recommend Jay to anyone who is looking for a wedding photographer. THANK YOU! Sarah and Alasdair xx

  14. Having Jay at our wedding meant we had so much time to think about everything else and truly savour the day. We knew we were in good hands having seen so much of Jay’s work and the air of confidence he instilled in us when we met him months prior to the wedding day was mirrored upon seeing our final photos. Not only do we have a large selection of beautifully composed photos that have really captured the day for us, but the numerous guests who got a chance to speak with Jay all enjoyed his company and the ease at which he put them when taking their pictures.

    A massive ‘Thank You’ to Jay for the fantastic photos he gave us – we can’t recommend him enough!

    Sarah and Ian

  15. Looking for a wedding photographer seemed to be harder than we thought, we knew what we wanted from the beginning.. Classic, beautiful photos that would tell the story of our day, without all of the forced, cheesy snapshots that seemed to be in a lot of portfolios. We wanted photos that looked more like pieces of art that we could hang on our walls.. That’s exactly what we got when we found Jay!

    Not only did he make us feel completely at ease in front of the camera and give us some breath-taking beach wedding shots, he completely fitted in with our day, he was more like a close member of our family joining in the fun!

    Thank you so much Jay, we couldn’t have imagined the day without you.

    – Helen & Kev

  16. Jay is the perfect combination of what you look for in a wedding photographer; he is utterly charming, happy to be collaborative, and easy to work with, while at the same time being a consumate professional, and an extremely, extremely good photographer.

    In all our meetings & correspondence with Jay – before, after and on the wedding day itself – he was a pleasure to deal with. Not to mention entirely unflappable despite being asked to photograph close to 250 people throughout several Jewish traditional ceremonies, and never without a smile.

    And the end result is just magnificent. We absolutely love our album. We have another photo blown up and framed hanging on our wall. The images are both aesthetically beautiful and hugely personal; Jay managed to capture incredible moments we simply couldn’t have noticed on the day. And everyone who has seen them has commented on how brilliant they are (and a few have said they wished their wedding photos were as good!)

    Simply put, we could not have found a wedding photographer more perfect for capturing our day and all those special moments. Thank you Jay!

  17. Jay,
    I’m not sure if its possible to convey how utterly overjoyed we are with the pictures of our wedding. We love them and everyone who has seen them has commented on how stunning they are, you have such a skill for capturing the most simple things and making them look breathtaking,your ability to capture the best lighting is outstanding. So many of our guests have comented on how well you fitted in to the day.I must have gone through the pictures a hundred times as they bring me back to the moment each time. I will be recomending you to any friends who get engaged as in my opinion you are simple the best!!
    Many thanks and best Wishes

    Julia and Ol

  18. Photography is important to us, so we wanted the right photographer for our wedding. Someone to capture the day and all those moments we would miss. Photographers are artist, so we were looking for well-presented websites full of works of art. We also wanted a photographer to do what we wanted and provide all the photos to us on a disk without watermarks (you’d be surprised how many don’t).

    Of hundreds of websites we visited none came close to being as impressive as Jay Rowden’s. This is even more true of his photos; and after meeting him for the first time we were sure he was the man for the job. We were not let down, in fact we were amazed (as were our guests) by how professional, kind and charming Jay was.

    Jay is a reportage photographer, he wears a suit and slips into the background of your wedding to capture the little details, the big details, the laughter, the tears and all those moments you wish you could experience on the day but can’t. And for the most part you’ll hardly notice he’s there. If you don’t fall in love with his photos we’d be amazed, we cannot fault JR!

    Thank you Jay!

    Nick & Jen

  19. Jay – What can we say? Other than THANK YOU SO MUCH! for our amazing wedding photos! They are quite simply stunning! I have had so many compliments from friends and family about not only the photos, but also about you! It wasn’t like having a photographer at our wedding, you became another guest……everyone commented on what a lovely person you are….and you are!

    Jay manages to capture the atmosphere, the light, the moments….his pictures tell a narrative from beginning to end…..his pictures hold such intimacy……something only a true gentleman could capture.

    Love Sarah & Jonathan xx

  20. Jay , you are simply the best wedding photographer! You are talented, creative, genuine, reliable and easy to work with. Our wedding became a fairy tale under your camera lens! Our guests only have great things to say about you and gave us rave reviews on our wedding photos. Thank you for your dedication and for delivering more than 100% throughout our wedding weekend. We enjoyed every moment we shared with you especially our adventure photo-shoot trips to Cote d’Azur and Gorges du Verdon. You captured all the important moments beautifully and naturally. Each photo tells a great story. We won’t recommend anyone else but you to our friends and family and look forward to working with you again at other occasions!

  21. As keen photographers ourselves, Jake and I feel really uncomfortable on the other side of the lens, we wanted the photos to represent the feel of the day which we hoped would be about a celebration of love and all relationships rather than just being about us. We were looking for photographs that would capture all the important moments rather than overly staged or stiff images that just didn’t represent us.
    When a friend recommended Jay to us we took a look at his previous work and knew instantly that he was the man for the job. After chatting to Jay we felt so relaxed working with him and totally confident in his ability to capture on film “The Jolly Wedding” as we had planned.
    On the day of the wedding, Jay was an angel he was so professional (and with excellent dress sense too!), he felt like a member of the family in that we all felt so at ease with him and because of that the photographs we have are just perfect. I am not sure how he managed to do it, but every shot encapsulates the happiness that everyone was exuding on the day. His photographs are second to none and above all we both feel so lucky to have been able to work with such a kind and talented man.

    Thank you so so much Jay, you have recorded the happiest day of our lives in the most beautiful and natural shots that allows us to relive the whole day every day.

    With Love,
    Jake & Holly

  22. Jay, Stunning Stunning, Stunning! The most professional but gentle & charming photographer to have on your wedding day. You couldn’t ask for anyone better. He floats around both as part of the party but also subtle…. blending in with the background and managing to capture moments that you didn’t think possible (until you see the pictures!)

    I cannot compliment Jay enough, I must have said thank you to him a thousand times. Such professional after care also. We have so many amazing memories from this day, all thanks to Jay 🙂 xxx

  23. We had Jay take our wedding photographs and with Jay’s help we had a perfect day from start to finish. Jay is one of the nicest people you could ever meet. He is professional, polite and charming. In addition, Jay is an amazing photographer. We love our wedding photos – Jay managed to capture lots of formal, family poses plus captured a large number of natural scenes which we will cherish forever. The final product (USB stock with low resolution and high resolution photos) was very nicely packaged and presented.
    All in all, we would highly recommend Jay to anyone looking for a high quality, reliable and also very personable wedding photographer.
    Thank-you Jay for everything!
    Best wishes,
    Richard & Sonia.

  24. Dear Jay,

    Marina and I would like to thank you for your professional services at our recent wedding.  We trawled through the usual photographic services with some dismay.  By sheer good fortune, your name appeared, and by coincidence, you only lived ten minutes  from our house and St Pauls.  It is fair to say that from my first contact with you, initially over the telephone and then at your house, we were immediately impressed by your obvious enthusiasm and capability.

    At the wedding, you took stock of the situation and immediately blended into the surroundings, the Vicar was most impressed!  The end result was that we now have an absolutely splendid selection of precious photographs which will remind us of that happy occasion.  

    You clearly have the natural ability and instinct to precisely capture the most important moments which truly mark the occasion. This is  no doubt enhanced by many years of dedicated service to photography and your numerous clients.

    Your record speaks for itself Jay.  You are an absolutely brilliant photographer and great communicator with a profound liking for your craft.

    We will no doubt  see you in the surrounding area in the future.  Will be in touch regarding the prints.

    Many thanks once again Jay.

    Ian and Marina 

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