Weddings > In Their Words

'Like timeless magic'

“The more time goes on and the more I look at my pictures, they get more and more intensely beautiful, like timeless magic.”

- Rob and Anna Jagger

'The most beautiful photos they have ever seen'

"Kate, your stunning photography is breathtaking! So many family and friends keep saying how they're the most beautiful photos they have ever seen and what a pleasure you were to be around. You have captured our perfect day for us to relive forever. We can't thank you enough for everything you did for us, from keeping me calm at that 'get the frock on' stage, your invisible presence at the Church, the easy breezy formals to the extra special shoot at the Priory. Thank you."

- Rebecca & Paolo Marsala

'Discreet, artistic and brilliant'

'Thank you for being discreet, artistic and brilliant'

- Mr and Mrs David Tennant

'An absolute pleasure to work with'

“Words cannot express how grateful we are for the beautiful way you captured out wedding. Your images bring both of us and our family and friends so much joy. We will never tire of looking at them. You were an absolute pleasure to work with – before, during and after the wedding and not only made us comfortable being photographed, but confident that our photos would be stunning. Thank you so much for the beautiful gift you have given us from a day that went by all too quickly”

- Melissa & Joe Swithenbank

'The most perfect set of images'

We wanted to say an enormous thank you for photographing our very special day and putting together the most perfect set of images which tell the story of our happy day.

We have been so busy since collecting our album a week ago but now that our closest family have had a look at it and expressed nothing but pure compliments, we sat last night to go through it and it really is stunning.

Thank you for putting us both at ease on the day, thank you for capturing us so naturally, it was exactly what we wanted from our album. And thank you for an album we will treasure in our hearts forever. The memory of our wonderful day is now stored in a beautiful album.... THANK YOU!! You're fantastic!!

- Graeme and Amanda Atherton

'Treasure forever'

“Thank you so much for our wonderful wedding album – we absolutely love it! It is a fabulous collection of memories from our wedding day that we will really treasure forever. We are so glad that Helen recommended you and that you were able to tell our story”

- Gemma & Will Dobson

'I didn’t think it was possible to capture in a photo just how much I love that boy – but you did'

“We just wanted to say a huge thank you for the beautiful photos. You captured perfectly the joy we felt on our wedding day. From start to finish you captured the special moments and the important details that made our day everything we could have dreamed it would have been. Every time we look at them we can’t help but smile and remember just how much fun we had. I didn’t think it was possible to capture in a photo just how much I love that boy – but you did... Thank you”

- Sam & Dan Harrison

'Everybody that has looked at them has shed a tear and said how beautiful they all are'

Just a quick email to say a massive thank you to you for Saturday. You are an amazing photographer and a lovely person. You really helped the day to go smoothly. Lots of friends have been saying what a great photographer you are, how they felt relaxed with you taking photo's. Thank you so much for taking such amazing photo's, everybody that has looked at them has shed a tear and said how beautiful they all are.

- Pete and Fran

'Thank you Kate from the bottom of our hearts'

“I had always believed that no matter how good a photo is, a memory is always better, after my experience with Kate, I believe this to no longer be true. Thank you Kate from the bottom of our hearts x (For the full testimonial please have a look on my blog).

- Ross and Elizabeth

“It’s all about light “

“It’s all about light “; those are the words that appear in my mind whenever I think of Kate Hopewell-Smith. Words she often repeated when we met up and spoke about photography and the essential elements of a photograph capturing a moment in someone’s life. Remembering what kind of light there was when taking a picture in order to restore that light when working on the picture. Observing, remembering, restoring.

When my husband and I decided to get married, we didn’t know where to start, but what we did know was that we wanted every moment, every emotion, to be captured for us to remember. At the time we lived in Paris and we had chosen to get married in Oxford, my home town, in the Ashmolean Museum. Not knowing any photographers in the Oxfordshire area, we were recommended a few names by the Ashmolean.

Looking through websites and galleries was my task! As I browsed through the websites, I always came back to Kate’s galleries. Her pictures struck me as being so spontaneous and natural. The aesthetic of her pictures was extraordinary and well, her pictures were simply beautiful. What more was there to add? She was the one! So, I took the first step and wrote to her. I just wrote, sincerely and simply. I did not have to wait long for answer. I don’t know what made it, but after only a few e-mail exchanges, Kate agreed to be our photographer for the big day. We felt so lucky she chose to work with us, and privileged too. I was excited to meet her.

We exchanged a lot by e-mail, and then came the chance to meet up. Kate was everything I had imagined through our exchanges, but when seeing her she revealed such an aura, a charisma, that it was hard not to be impressed. And rightly so; it was quickly obvious how invested she was in her work, but also in the people. It wasn’t only about taking a pretty picture; it was about telling a story, unique to each couple, person... And that showed how much Kate was interested in knowing the people she was going to work with.

All of this was reflected on the day of the wedding. Kate was always there but always discreet. At ease with everyone, she fitted in naturally and took her shots, whether from a discreet angle or having to stand on a chair! But most of all, she was with us, not only as a photographer but as a reassuring figure. She helped us hide away from the crowd when we had to scurry off and take our couple pictures...! She understood what we were going through between emotion and stress. She knew when to give us a moment to relax. She guided us through the picture session and was supportive at every moment. One thing I under estimated was how essential it was, for me the bride, that Kate was a woman. She helped me with my hair, my dress, helping me keep my cool when I had to go down the stairs for the first time. She was caring and did more than just photograph the big day.

Needless to say, when we saw the wedding pictures for the first time, we were taken aback by how beautiful they were. It was just magic, like reliving that day. Our family, our guests, everyone was impressed with the pictures. So much emotion and warmth came from the pictures. Just beautiful.

There is no question that I would trust Kate again with taking pictures of us. I would know; I later did a boudoir shoot with her...

- Sarah Delens

How on earth can we thank you enough for your incredible work?

How on earth can we thank you enough for your incredible work?  The photos are all absolutely stunning and we are so grateful to you for that.  From our first meeting in London we that you were 'the one' and we thank you for always putting us at ease and doing so with so much warmth and humour.  It was an absolute pleasure to work with you and to get to know you and we are so excited for the final album - we will treasure it forever! 

- Kate & Radleigh

We knew we were going to get something special but this is just unbelievable

What can I say.... I'm lost for words.

We knew we were going to get something special but this is just unbelievable. We are so happy.

When we received our wedding photos it was an incredible memory in itself just going through all the images and re-experiencing our day as told by KHS. The photos we have will be a lifelong keep sake of what was the best day of both of our lives. I’m so glad we chose to invest in you and your skills/passion. I knew from the first time I saw some of your work that you were who we wanted and needed! So much so we didn’t confirm our date until we knew you’d be available!
 
I am also so happy that KHS produced our wedding video as the synergy and story between the video and stills made our wedding day ‘memory time capsule’ even more special. I cannot imagine having one without the other as they work together so seamlessly whilst offering such different points of view. We did consider whether or not to have a video and are so glad we decided to. I would whole-heartedly recommend anyone who is lucky enough to have you photograph their wedding to not miss out on the once in a lifetime opportunity to have you also create their wedding video.
 
Thank you so much again for everything.

- Will & Louisa