Testimonials

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(See also the testimonials section of our blog)
“Initially we had decided against booking a professional wedding photographer, but we’re so glad that we changed our minds as we found Simon and Helen!
It was really important to us for the day to be relaxed and friendly, and Simon and Helen felt like a part of our family and friends, and were a pleasure to have with us.
The truly horrid weather (ALL day and evening!) did not hold them back, not even a semi-outdoor church and their standing in the rain through the service, but instead they worked their socks off for us and we truly could not have asked for more dedication or enthusiasm. Their love for what they do shines through every one of our photos and we are delighted at
how wonderfully they have captured the laughter and magic of our day. We are also equally thankful for their artistic eyes and how beautiful they made our finished images.
We will be forever glad that Simon and Helen photographed our wedding. We think they are very special people and they ended up being a very important part of our day.”

– Rebecca and Steve (Private wedding, near Buckfastleigh.)

 

“They are really wonderful – looking through them tonight has brought the whole day back to life. It was so amazing, and your photos capture it perfectly.”

– Sophie and Leigh (Private wedding, nr Salcombe.)

 

“Blubbing over my wedding photos. They are beautiful! Thank you Simon  :-D”

– Angharad and James via Facebook (King Arthur Hotel, Gower, Swansea.)

 

“They make you feel very at ease in front of the camera which is why they are able to take such beautiful images. The pictures tell the story of the day from beginning to end, they take you back to those moments you will always want to remember.”

– Kate and Graham (Charlton House Hotel, Bath).

 

“It would be impossible to pick a favourite moment from our day, which felt like it went by in the blink of an eye. We felt a little nervous prior to receiving our photographs as neither of us could remember seeing much of Simon and Helen throughout the day. This however is a huge credit to their working method in being completely inconspicuous, enabling them to capture natural moments as they happened. We were both overwhelmed with emotion when we got to see our beautiful pictures for the first time.

It is thanks to Simon and Helen that we have so many wonderful memories captured in the photographs of our day. We would not hesitate to recommend them to others and we hope that we may have occasion to work with them again in the future!”

– Kathryn and Andrew (Broomhill Art Hotel, Barnstaple).

 

“Simon our photos are AMAZING! Thank you so much, they are so much more than we expected!!! We love them x”

– Sam and Ashley (Oxwich Bay Hotel, Swansea).

 

“Helen and Simon are both great.  We wouldn’t have wanted anyone else to take our photos, they helped the day run smoothy, were super relaxed and made everyone feel at ease.  I normally hate having my photo taken but they both made it painless and we were very pleased with the results!”

– Emma and Peter (Bovey Castle, Dartmoor, Devon).

 

“You guys were great!  The GTKY shoot gave us an idea of what to expect on the day.  On the big day it was nice to have 2 of you to capture us both getting ready.  You’ve captured so many moments in the day of our loved ones having fun, and some really special ones of Mark and I!”

– Emma and Mark (Penpont, Brecon).

 

“It was a pleasure to have Simon & Helen at our wedding. They put everyone at ease & have a brilliant knack for being in the right place at the right time without anyone really noticing they were even there! Everyone we spoke to before the wedding said that the day flies by & they weren’t kidding; having Simon & Helen’s pictures make every moment so fresh again. They have captured so many happy moments, each image has a story & provokes another memory. We are so pleased with them – thank you!”

– Teri-Ann and Mike (Langdon Court, Plymouth).

 

“Thank you so much for the album- it looks gorgeous! We guessed what it was and waited until Christmas Day to open it. It made a fantastic bonus present and we absolutely love the memories it brings back. We couldn’t be happier with the finished product, so thank you again for all your hard work and enthusiasm. We  consider ourselves very lucky to have found such talented photographers!”

– Helen and Siddhartha (Bickleigh Castle, Tiverton, Devon).

 

“Throughout the day, Helen and Simon were so unobtrusive in their photography, they helped to create a sense of calm. We never once felt ‘we’ve had enough of this’, and it was lovely knowing that this day was being captured so that we can remember it for the rest of our lives, by professionals who knew exactly what they were doing.
The moment we had the email to say our images were ready, we were straight on the computer to view them. It was amazing to see our pictures, and to relive the day through them. We had a real laugh looking at the evening do photos of our guests crazy dancing, and had a few tears in our eyes when we saw the amazing photos of the whole day. They were absolutely perfect!!!! A big thanks to Helen and Simon for everything!”

– Michelle and Matthew (Dartington Hall, Totnes, Devon).

 

“The pictures are absolutely amazing!! We are so pleased and feel that you really captured the day – thank you so much.”

– Lucy & Peter (Miskin Manor).

 

“We loved having Simon and Helen as our photographers, they were non-intrusive, completely flexible and laid back and that is what we wanted. We love our photographs, they have captured the atmosphere of our day to a degree that we could never have done. We are very pleased, thank you!”

– Elaine and Bryn (National Library of Wales & Ty Glyn Aberaeron).

 

“We had a great day working with Simon and Katherine.  We felt really comfortable after the ‘getting to know us’ shoot, which got out the awkwardness of being photographed.  We’ve seen beautiful photos that neither of us remember being taken, the photographers were really un-obtrusive during the day. We felt like we were enjoying the day, not spending time being photographed.  When we did the short portrait session, it was a nice break to enjoy being newly married.”

– Chloe and Rozi (Orchardleigh House, Somerset).
“Hi Simon, we absolutely love the all the photos! And it was lovely seeing the pictures of what happened when we were in different places! It was a brilliant day and we are so glad we choose you guys for it!”

– Louise and Seth (The Imperial Hotel, Torquay, Devon).

 

“Hi Simon, our photos are fantastic! Thank you so much! It was so nice to look through them last night and remind ourselves of all the little things that seemed to go by in a blur- and also to see the parts that either one or both of us weren’t around for! It’s going to be very hard to pick just a selection! We look like we didn’t stop laughing and smiling the whole day! Thanks once again- they really are lovely!”

– Kath and Mike (The Orangery in Margam Park, Port Talbot).

 

“Hi Simon and Helen, thank-you so much for the wonderful photographs. We have just relived the whole day (this was great as it all went by in a bit of a blur). You have really captured what the day meant to us, The most special day of our lives, full of happiness and quite a few tears. Everybody that is special to us has been captured. Many, many thanks”.

– Sarah and Neil (Canada Lodge, Cardiff, Wales).

 

“Hi Simon, Thank you so much for the photos they are truly amazing, they really captured the day, every single one is A grade! We will be in touch soon but I can only reiterate how much we love the photos! They have gone way beyond our expectations. Best wishes.”

– James and Victoria (Clearwell Castle, Clearwell, Gloucestershire).

 

“Hi Simon, we are so so happy with our wedding photos, they’re the best and you have had so many compliments from our friends and family too. Thanks so much,
Sarah :)

– Sarah and Chris (Buckland Tout Saints, Kingsbridge, Devon).

 

“Simon, thank you so much!! I love them! Ben and I are both away with work this week so we haven’t even had a chance to look through them together but they are being viewed by people from around the world!! We have so many lovely things to say about Gilbert & Evans and have recommended you to many people!! Thanks again x”

– Jo and Ben (Penrice Castle, Swansea, Wales).

 

“Hi Simon, we just wanted to email you to say thank you so much to you and Helen for sharing our special day with us. We really did have an amazing day and can’t wait to see the fantastic photo’s that you took so that we can look back on the day. We couldn’t have wished for nicer people to have shared our day with us. You and Helen made us feel very relaxed and we enjoyed our creative shoots with you, especially under the blossom tree. ”

– Ceri and Jonathan (Bryngawr House, Bridgend, Wales).

 

“Thank you so much! We’ve had such a difficult time describing how much we enjoyed our day and these photo’s just say it all. The day has seemed like such a blur over these past few weeks but it seems that each photo has brought back another memory. The quality of your work is nothing but exceptional and can’t wait to start showing it off!”

– Alyx and Mark (Morgan’s Hotel, Swansea, Wales).

 

“Just a very quick email to thank you so so much for the most beautiful wedding photos! We love them! I just want to look at them over and over again!!! I wanted to be able re-live our day over again and we can do now via those beautiful photos!!”

– Holly and Froy (Hellen’s Manor, Much Marcle, Herefordshire).

 

“We LOVE the photos!! Thank you and Helen SO much :)”

– Clare and David (Highbullen Country House Hotel, Devon).

 

“The pictures are amazing – we can’t stop looking at them! We love how you’ve captured the atmosphere of the day with the expressions of our guests. You managed to pick out all the little details of the setting which were important to us. Thank you so much to both of you”.

– Dori and Kevin (Brown’s Hotel, Tavistock, Devon).

 

“Nick and I are now back from honeymoon and have had a chance to have a look at our wedding pics online – they’re amazing. Thank you so much! There were so many little moments that made up our wedding day and I’m amazed at just how many of them you managed to capture. You obviously worked very hard, most of which we were entirely unaware of. Thank you so much, we’re really delighted with them.”

– Anna and Nick (Halswell House, Somerset)

 

“We are really pleased with the photographs. They meet your promise to tell a story simply because of the amount of emotion and expression you have captured! The shots during the ceremony and speeches especially are really revealing and a pleasure to see. The images have received lots of compliments already. There are a couple of absolute crackers in there such as the one of little Vassily looking at the camera in the gents dressing room! I truly am very happy with them and, as you know, I have high expectations when it comes to photo/videography! You both have a lovely demeanour which is calming and friendly. Everyone loves the fact you have mixed candid shots with formal shots. It all works so well and Sash complimented your style which attracted me to you both in the first place. We are very, very happy indeed!!”

– Kerry and Sashin (Orchardleigh House, Somerset).

 

“We have just looked at the pictures and they are absolutely stunning, better than we ever could have imagined. Thank you so much for your time, effort and patience on the day which has clearly shown throughout all of our pictures.”

– Rachael and Neil (Stradey Park Hotel, Wales).

 

“Hi Simon, we can’t express how much we love and admire your photographs! They really capture the very essence of our day and we can’t help but smile a huge smile every time we see the photos :) You have certainly gained some fans, I wish I could send you all the texts and emails I’ve received on how wonderful the photos are!

– Love Julie and Andy.” (The Great Barn, Devon).

 

“Hi Simon and Helen,

Well, I don’t think I’ve ever cried so many happy tears before! Our photographs are so moving, so stunning, and so so beautiful. This is the best gift anyone has ever given us and we simply cannot thank you enough.”

– Sam and Neil (The Royal Beacon Hotel, Devon).

 

“Simon and Helen, we absolutely love our set of magical photographs. You made our photography experience very easy and enjoyable and we have been impressed both with the fantastic quality and range of photographs but also your thoughtfulness. Our house is now filled with pre-wedding shoot and wedding photographs! We cannot recommend you highly enough!”

– Cheryl and Bryan (Compton House, Somerset).

 

“Dear Simon and Helen,

Thank you so much for all your hard work at our wedding in August at Huntsham Court. You took a lot of time and effort throughout the day, which shows in every beautiful photo. What more could we have asked for, it was perfect.”

– Alison and Steve (Huntsham Court, Devon).

 

“We found Simon and Helen really nice to work with, they were easy to contact and made us feel very comfortable by doing an initial Getting To Know You, and talking us through what would happen on our big day. The photographs that they took at our wedding were amazing and exceeded our expectations, they did some incredible things with lighting and colours which never fail to attract comments; they produced great pictures which we will always treasure.”

– Siobhan and Craig (The Oxwich Bay Hotel, Wales).

 

“Dear Simon,

We are so grateful to you and Helen for our perfect wedding photographs! Our day was full of so much love and happiness, and you have captured it so that we can re-live the day again and again. The images and moments that you capture are so special, it’s a real art. Thank you again.”

– Hannah & Ashley (Two Bridges Hotel, Devon).

 

“Our day spent at Stoodleigh Court celebrating Jennifer and Craig’s wedding was truly perfect. It was the most stunning, picturesque wedding venue which we had the pleasure of sharing with family and friends and felt exceptionally lucky to do so on such a beautiful day. We have been reliving, again and again, so many special moments of Jennifer and Craig’s wedding celebration but thanks to your patience, skill and dedication the beautiful photographs you have produced have not only captured the day perfectly for us, they have brought these moments back to life so that we shall never forget them. It will be a day we will remember forever. Thank you.”

– Mother of the Bride- Jennifer & Craig (Stoodleigh Court, Devon).

 

“We cannot thank you enough for the fantastic job you did of capturing our special day. We still look at the photos on a daily basis and say to each other that they couldn’t have turned out any better. You were so wonderful to work with and did an excellent job of blending in with our guests. We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend you in a second. Many, many, many thanks.”

– Cynthia & Marco (St Audrie’s Park, Somerset).

 

“It was a very special day for me seeing my one and only beautiful daughter getting married, the day flew past so quickly and will soon be a distant memory but you have captured the essence of the day with such exquisite photographs they quickly bring the memories flooding back, we will treasure them forever. It was a pleasure to have you there. Thank you so very much.”

– Mother of the Bride- Emma & Dan (Orchardleigh House, Somerset).

 

“Simon and Helen, our wedding photos are totally stunning. We couldn’t have wished for anything more, exceeded anything we imagined. Fantastico! Thank you.”

– Kerry & Daniel (Private Wedding, Devon)

 

“Simon and Helen prepared very well before the day asking questions, checking light and so on…as a result the day passed without a hitch and beautiful photos resulted. They shied away from the obvious and formal and captured the events of the day from a more interesting angle. Simon and Helen have an amazing knack of capturing fleeting golden moments so that when you look through the images you’re not so much looking at pictures as precious memories distilled.”

– Laura and Tom (Stourhead Estate, Wiltshire).

 

“Thank you so much for the pictures- they have all come out so perfectly! The day went by so quickly and looking at them means we can re-live it again.”

– Lindsey & Tim (Escot House, Devon).

 

“Simon and Helen captured our special day exactly how we wanted to remember it- relaxed and everyone enjoying themselves. They were professional but approachable, friendly and interacted well with our guests. Their eye for detail around the venue means we can now look back on photos that make us smile every time. The after service was quick and the mix of black & white and colour photos is beautiful. Again we cannot fault their professionalism, responding very quickly to any of our queries.We would be happy to recommend them to anyone who is looking for a professional, friendly and affordable service. ”

– Faye & Lloyd (Bickleigh Castle, Tiverton, Devon).

 

“We couldn’t be more pleased with the service we received from Gilbert and Evans. Their professional yet personal manner made for stunning photographs with no stress involved. Perfect!”

– Julie & Richard (Lakeview Manor, Honiton, Devon).