Celia Mannings' work is superb.
She goes way beyond the usual formula of picking up those personal touches which mean something to every bride - the shoes before they are worn, the flowers before the service, the bridesmaids before they are "made up". She captures the EMOTIONS that are seen in the faces of all the guests. I was particularly impressed with the way she discretely waited for those all-important moments (the rude joke, during the best man's speech, the fond look from father to bride, the words of thanks from the groom and his love for his new wife), then CAUGHT them!
Celia is also discerning enough to know which people enjoy the camera's focus, and which do not! She is able to portray a PERSONALITY through her work.
The album she has created re-tells the day, and as I look through the photos, I re-live every memory with pride, pleasure and love!
This is especially important for me, as I live in Australia, and do not get to see my daughter and her husband very often. ALL of my Aussie friends have commented on Celia's stunning work, without which, our memories and emotions would fade.
Thank you, Celia for this priceless treasure!
"A talented, dedicated, caring professional who is an absolute delight to work with" and that comes from someone who has never liked having her photo taken! What struck me immediately about Celia, was how easy she was to talk to, down to earth, enthusiastic and passionate about her work yet also interested and caring about the bride and groom and their Big Day.
Celia turned two individuals who were uncomfortable in front of the camera, into a beaming happy couple, relaxed on their wedding day - a revelation! I could relax on the day as I was completely at ease with Celia (even in my dressing gown!) and confident of the work she could produce, thanks to the pre-wedding lifestyle shoot.
We arrived back from honeymoon in a daze; did it all really happen? Could we remember anything? Cue Celia! She came round to our house with a slideshow of our wedding photos. Every moment, shared look, expression and detail of the day had been beautifully captured by her - I nearly cried - there was my day being played back to me as a story through photos - what an amazing talent! Not just "and this is us posed by the church/car/with bridesmaids/parents..." but the real emotions of the day. You work hard to plan your Big Day; attention to detail etc and here was someone that appreciated and reflected it back both in her ethos and also her photos. Our finished album is a fantastic keepsake that I will be delighted to show anyone and look at again and again! Thank you Celia.
Andrew and I first met Celia in 2006 at a Wedding Fayre in 2006. We had been looking for a wedding photographer for quite a while but nothing we'd seen was to our taste. Celia's portfolio immediately jumped out as being exactly what we both wanted - we booked Celia within weeks of meeting her for the first time! Celia's style of photography is beautifully natural, her ability to capture moments that make you smile every time you look at her work is amazing. During the planning of our day Celia really took time to get to know us and managed to remember all the names and relationships of my very complicated family! Our wedding day was very relaxed and Celia was very much a part of our day. Andrew and I both felt is was important for Celia to feel like a guest at our wedding as over the year and a half planning Celia became our friend. Celia will remain the only photographer we ever use for major events in our lives - she is truly an amazing artist and wonderful person
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