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What people say about me…

 

Find out what people whose weddings I have photographed think of the service provided by Martin Hambleton Photography.  They tell you more about me, and how I work, than anything I could write.

bride and groom in front of Capesthorne Hall in Cheshire

“Dear Martin, thank you for all your help and hard work for our wedding photos.  Your friendly and relaxed approach on the day has produced the natural look we were hoping for.  We’re thrilled with all the photos, which are stunning, and have already looked through them time and again to reminisce.”

Rachel and Chris, who married at Capesthorne Hall

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“Thank you very much for the photographs, they are brilliant.  I love all the ‘unexpected’ shots.  I have laughed so much working out what we were reacting to at the time.  We would like to thank you again for doing such a good job on the day, you have definitely captured the moments we will remember forever.”  

Rhianne and Lee, who married at Nunsmere Hall

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Martin was recommended by our wedding florist and was First Class from the outset. His professional approach from pre-planning to final delivery of the images (all as promised) simply can’t be faulted. It was a real pleasure having Martin at our wedding – a great persona and a true professional. He made us, family and friends feel completely at ease and captured every candid moment of our special day. We thank you Martin and appreciate all of your time and support. We would recommend him to anyone for any significant event.”

Paul & Carol, who married at St Peter’s church in Prestbury, followed by a drinks reception at Kingsley Lodge in Wilmslow.

“From our initial meeting with Martin to the day we received Nunsmere-Hall-wedding-photography our amazing wedding album, his service has been first class.  We could not have asked for a better photographer.  

From day one he answered any queries we ever had and made sure we understood everything we needed to do on our pre-wedding photo shoot, and on the day of the wedding he made us feel extremely relaxed.  We received so many compliments on the day about Martin, he did not intrude, he just fitted in from start to finish.  We could not have been happier.  The photos Martin produced were fantastic.  

Martin always kept in regular contact with us before and after the wedding.  We received our album which we are over the moon with.  

We would 100% recommend Martin to anyone who is looking for a first class photographer.”

Gill and Phil, who had their wedding reception at Nunsmere Hall, Cheshire.

Arley-Hall-wedding-photography“Martin Hambleton was our photographer for our big day in summer 2011. The choice was easy for us to make after meeting numerous photographers in the Cheshire area. Leading up to our wedding day I was very relaxed, however everything changed on the day, and so having Martin with me (who has obviously experienced far more weddings!) from the morning when I was panicking about timings to the ceremony where he reminded me to smile and enjoy it when I was nervous was life-saving! 

Prior to our big day Martin gave me some fantastic advice “this is your day, it will go quickly, so take your time and enjoy it”, a piece of advice that I kept in my head from start to finish. Even walking down the aisle after our ceremony Martin reminded me of this and I was able to relax (instead of tripping over my huge dress!)
We opted for some posed family photos, some ‘comical’ photos with ushers and bridesmaids and some natural photos of ourselves and our guests. All were taken by Martin in a very relaxed, enjoyable manner; he captured the natural ambiance of our day and characters of our guests easily and this can be seen in every shot.
We enjoyed welcoming him into our ceremony and party and he made choosing our photographs and the album afterwards a lot easier than we thought it would be. Both Andrew and I would highly recommend choosing Martin Hambleton as your wedding photographer without any hesitation.”

Charlotte and Andrew, who were married at Arley Hall.

 “Hi Martin,

We just wanted to email you to say a huge thank you now that we have received our beautiful wedding album.

Martin, you were everything that we could have wanted in a photographer. Right from our very first telephone conversation and meeting you made us feel at ease and in control. You listened to our ideas about the day and offered your own opinions where you thought we might do something we could regret (like the idea of having our best man in RAF dress uniform and potentially upstaging the groom!).

We worked in partnership throughout the build-up, which was great as we felt confident that we knew what type of phtographs we would end up with. Not only were our expectations met but they were exceeded. You managed to calm a nervous bride, and brought out the inner model in a previously camera-shy groom.

On the day we felt safe in your hands, you were a figure of serenity photographing the preparations when the nerves were building for the wedding party. You captured some beautiful shots of the ceremony and the celebrations afterwards. Every time we look at the photographs it takes us right back to our special day and brings back all those wonferful emotions.

Jennifer-and-Gareth-at-Gibbon-Bridge-Hotel-181So many of our friends and family commented on you after the wedding. Everyone felt at ease in your presence and this allowed you to blend in with the party and capture the candid shots that we love so much.

We are thrilled with the quality of the photographs and album and would wholeheartedly recommend you to anyone.

THANK YOU!

Jenny and Gareth”

Jenny and Gareth, who married at the Gibbon Bridge Hotel in Chipping

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“Hi Martin,

I wanted to say once again, thank you so much for the unbelievable wedding album, it has touched me more than I ever expected it to. When you left last night I had a little cry, mainly because I was so sad that it was all over! You have been so amazing to both Mike and myself and you captured our wedding day perfectly, which now looks fabulous in our official album.  I know we will forever keep in touch with one another and I can assure you once we (fingers crossed!) have a baby we will be asking you once again to document another milestone in our life together.

 Thank you again, for everything.  All our love,

 Jess & Mike xx”

Jessica and Mike, who married at Thornton Manor

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“From the moment we met Martin, we knew we wanted him to photograph our wedding. You have to like your photographer as he is going to be spending the whole day with you.  Martin is personable and professional with a great eye for detail. He made us feel at ease right from the start and we are delighted with the results. We have the prefect mix of photographs which really captured the essence of our day, classic and beautiful. We have had so many people comment on our photographs, we would not hesitate in recommending Martin, we definitely made the right choice.”

Catherine and Winston, who married at Peckforton Castle

 

“For us choosing our photographer was the most important decision of the whole wedding, nothing else came close. We would be pouring our hearts into the wedding day and were planning on including many differing elements, so capturing each and every one of them in the correct way was essential. Of course we’d all be there for the wedding, absorbing every moment and soaking in as much as possible, but once the day was over all we would have would be our memories and over time memories fade; therefore capturing the day on camera, and capturing it very well, was of the utmost importance to us both.                                                    
But where to begin looking? With so many photographers out there, both professional and gifted amateurs, it was extremely daunting trying to find a starting point. Therefore we just went for it and searched for every photographer within a reasonable distance and split them into 3 categories, Yes, No and Maybe. It was a simple approach and we were soon racking up names in each category but once we ventured onto Martin’s website (via the wonderful Marry Me Films) we created a new category – drop everything and contact him!  So in March 2011, with the best part of 18 months still to go, we contacted Martin and arranged an appointment.
First impressions are vitally important and upon driving to Martin’s ‘office’ at Arley Hall it was impossible not to admire the locale and the building in which he was based.  This first impression never wavered and about an hour later we were convinced the Martin was the photographer we wanted and he was booked there and then, we didn’t want anyone else booking him in the meantime!
During that first meeting Martin was brilliant with us, both very humble and approachable yet confident enough in himself to guide us through what would work best on the day. We left that meeting feeling elated and we knew we had made the correct decision.
Fast forward to October 2012 and the day arrived, the time had flown by (just as everyone said it would) and Martin had kept in constant contact so we could nail down the plans for the day, he was even in on a surprise for Gary’s arrival to Statham Lodge in a VW Camper and went along with his false plans for arrival knowing full well the real arrangements. From hereon in Martin was the epitome of professionalism and guided the day like a conductor with an orchestra, he knew exactly where everybody should be and what was needed. Not only was he firm in his direction of ourselves and the guests but he was also a joy to work with and added to the fun of the day, so much so that numerous guests have gone out of their way to comment on how much Martin added to  whole experience.
In true CV style Martin not only used his own initiative during the day but he also worked very well with others and had an amazing camaraderie with both our videographers and venue wedding co-ordinators. It seemed there was nobody during the day who was not immensely impressed with him.
But the proof is in the pudding and once the day was over we met the announcement that our batch of pictures were ready with great excitement and could not wait to view them all.  Needless to say Louise was reduced to tears during the presentation.
That was almost two months ago and we now have the nigh on impossible task of choosing the final selections for our album, but how can you discount so many fabulous pictures? Each and every one has been captured expertly and tells it own tale, so much so that we foresee another 2 months passing before we get anywhere near to finalising anything!
For us choosing our photographer was the most important decision of the whole wedding, we got it spot on.  Thank you very much”
Louise and Gary, who married at Statham Lodge, Cheshire



“Martin is simply a superb photographer and one we would recommend to anyone and everyone. I spent so long trawling through websites and wedding fairs to find the best photographer and that’s exactly what we got with Martin. Everyone who has seen the photographs (practically everyone we know, due to the helpful on-line gallery) has commented on how stunningly beautiful they are and how they perfectly encapsulate the happiness and romance of the day and, for us, the personalities of many of the guests. We are so delighted with all the photos (including the ones from the pre-wedding shoot) that making album selections has been nigh on impossible; taking us a whole year!
Martin manages to put people who hate having their photo taken completely at ease as he’s such a genuinely lovely bloke; you get the best of both worlds as it’s like an enthusiastic friend taking the photographs but with all the creativeness and talent of a consummate professional.”
Vicky and David, who married at Thornton Manor

Cheshire wedding photography 03“Dear Martin,

I just wanted to tell you how delighted we are with our wedding album.  It was clear from the very beginning how passionate and determined you were to ensure that Louise and I had the perfect wedding day.  You would not believe how many people commented to me about how good our photographer was!  The album you have produced is simply stunning.  You have given Louise and I something that we will cherish for the rest of our lives.  The biggest compliment I can pay you is that it feels like we have gained a friend as well as a beautiful set of wedding photos and we are looking forward to our next photo-shoot with our new baby girl!  Thanks again for your passion, personal service and most of all our fantastic wedding album.”

Louise and Matthew, who married at Thornton Manor


“Hi Martin,

Helen and I would like to thank you for all you did on our wedding day; in fact, not just the wedding, but every time we met beforehand.  Your attention to detail with the schedule of the day was impeccable and put us both at ease with the knowledge that you are super organised and professional.  On the day you made us feel relaxed from the word go.  You even relaxed the bridesmaids and mother of the bride!  You were a massive part of our wedding day and a number of our guests came up to us expressing how much they liked you.  We were truly proud to have you as our photographer on our special day.   We are over the moon with the photos!  You’ve managed to capture the magnificent hall, the happiness of our guests and wonderful memories shared between us all.  We can’t wait to get our album to show our family and friends!  We would strongly recommend you, and have already recommended you to others!”

Helen and Mike, who married at St. Monica’s Church, Appleton and Arley Hall, Cheshire


 “Dear Martin,

On behalf of Richard and me I would like to say a big thank you for helping create and capture our wedding day so beautifully.  It took me quite a while to look for a photographer who I thought would work well with us as our special day was small and intimate with lots of young children as you know, so it was a very important decision for both of us.  Once we met, we had no hesitation in asking you.  Thank you for all your support and making us feel at ease during the pre-wedding shoot, during our wedding and afterwards.  Your presence on the day fitted in perfectly and you completely understood the type of day we were trying to create which was of utmost importance to us.  Your professionalism, integrity and personable nature was much admired and appreciated.  The photos are simply stunning – I keep looking at them over and over!  Your attention to detail and artistic flair perfectly and beautifully captured our day just                                                                                      as we wished.  Thank you once again for sharing our special day with us.”

Anna and Richard, who married at the Didsbury House Hotel, Manchester


“Hi Martin, I just wanted to say a huge thank you for everything you did for Laura and I on our wedding day at Arley Hall.  So many of our guests commented on how professional you were and full on fun.  It was lovely to hear their comments throughout the day and after the event itself.  Thank you also for our beautiful photographs.  They truly are fantastic and we didn’t expect them back so soon.  We couldn’t have asked for anything better.  They were exactly what we both wanted and your organisation on the day was excellent – so thanks so much for everything you did for us both.  Hope you too enjoyed our wedding day.”

Laura and Garry, who married at Arley Hall, Cheshire



“Martin, just a quick note to say thank you so much for all your hard work on our wedding day.  We had a fantastic day and you were brilliant.  You helped to keep the day running smoothly and we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.  We have had many comments about how great an addition you were to the whole vibe of the day.  The photographs are gorgeous, we love your relaxed and romantic style and you have managed to capture every special moment and more which helps us to relive the day again and again!  The variety of amazing shots is giving us a tough task choosing our favourites for the album, we want them all!

From our first meeting you have helped to build up the excitement but made us feel at ease the whole time.  We can’t thank you enough.  Looking forward to seeing you again soon.”

                                                                                                           Ellie and James, who married at Thornton Manor Lakeside Marquee

“Right from the moment we met Martin he made us feel completely at ease and was an absolute pleasure to deal with throughout. He is immensely professional, yet at the same time hugely personal. On the day he went about his business with great enthusiasm and many of our guest have since commented on how excellent he was. His passion for photography is second to none and this really comes through in the superb images he creates. We are so pleased with the moments Martin captured on our wedding day – they are the memories we will treasure for years to come. Highly recommended.”

Jennifer and Mike, who married at Peckforton Castle. Cheshire

We would like to say a massive thank you for doing our wedding photography.  We are so pleased with the photos and with you.  You did a fabulous job and our family and friends have commented on how relaxed and approachable you were on the day.  It was a pleasure for us to share our special day with you, and I will be recommending you to everyone.”

Jade and Paul, who married at the Manchester Marriott Victoria & Albert Hotel

       

 “Perfect day with perfect photos, you listened to what we wanted and the pictures speak for themselves.”

Emma and Mark, who married at St. Peter’s Church, Prestbury and Capesthorne Hall, Cheshire

     

“Hey Martin, just wanted to say thank you so much for our wedding album.  It is absolutely lovely.  It brings back memories of the best day ever!  Thank you so much for all that you did on the day and beforehand with the pre-wed and everything.  You have given us some wonderful photos which we constantly look at!”

Clare and Diego, who married at Nunsmere Hall, Cheshire

     

“Huge thanks to Martin for his extremely hard work, patience and fantastic eye for a shot at our wedding last Thursday.  He was a pleasure to work with.  The shots looked great and we can’t wait to show everyone.  Thanks for helping make our day so special and for capturing all of the moments that will allow us to remember it exactly the way it was.”

Jill and Mark, who married at Peckforton Castle, Cheshire

     

“Dear Martin,  thank you so much for being our photographer on our wedding day.  We had such a perfect day and you’ve managed to capture so many treasured memories.  You’ve been fantastic to work with from the start – always very efficient and attentive to our own personal needs, including the welly shots!  We are now enjoying reminiscing our day by looking over and over at your photos, which truly are lovely, and can’t wait until we get our album.”

Natalie and Tim, wedding at Sandhole Oak Barn, Cheshire

   

“Hi Martin, I just wanted to say that both Martin and I absolutely love the album.  It is beautiful!  We have been showing it to everyone!  The photos are really beautiful, and seeing them at a bigger scale we can see just how much detail you have captured in each one.  Thank you so much.  They are a stunning reminder of the day.”

Lara and Martin, wedding at Thornton Manor, the Wirral

   


“Thank you so much for the wedding album.  Simon loves it too!  It’s a beautiful memory of our very special day.”

Bethan and Simon, who married at Arley Hall, Cheshire

         

“Dear Martin, we just wanted to say thank you so much for all your hard work and our truly beautiful wedding album.  What an amazing memory of our special day and thanks to you one we’ll never forget!  We are so pleased and have been from the day we met you – we certainly made the right choice.  Everything before, during and after the day has been first class and I look forward to using you again in the future – for us and our family!”

Sarah and Phil, who married at Rowton Hall, Chester, Cheshire

     

“A fabulous, personal service from a friendly professional photographer.  Martin really captured the essence of our wedding day with beautiful, clean, modern photography.  Truly stunning!”

Rachel and Bill, who married at home in St Asaph, North Wales

       

“Dear Martin, we just wanted to say thank you for everything you’ve done so far on our wedding photos.  During the ceremony you were practically invisible which was very appreciated, yet the pictures taken are fantastic.  Everyone has loved the photographs, and even those that haven’t seen them thought you were great throughout the day, as you weren’t in the way.”

 

Fiona and Tim, who married at The Pines, Chorley, Lancashire

“Hi Martin, just wanted to say a quick thank you for Saturday.  All the pictures seemed to go really well and I didn’t really notice you for the rest of the day, which is great!  We will be in touch when we get back from honeymoon; can’t wait to see the pictures!”

Charlotte and Andrew, wedding at the Quay Hotel, Conwy, North Wales

       


“Martin provided a professional service from start to finish and we have already recommended him to other people planning their wedding.  He was fantastic at getting guests together for the group shots but was not overpowering.  Guests commented on how good he was i.e. very personable with people.”

Jenny and Mark, who married at the Midland Hotel, Manchester

     


“We cannot recommend Martin enough.  We have been given a wonderful reminder of our wedding day – you can see everyone’s personalities in the photographs together with the joy and happiness.  Martin has a fabulous talent for capturing everything you want.  He and Rachel are great people to work with and you totally forget they are there – which is a compliment!  We can only hope that they enjoyed the day as much as we enjoyed having them there.  We now have the difficult job of choosing our album from the most amazing photos.  Thank you so very much for everything!”

Georgina and Shea, wedding at Capesthorne Hall, Cheshire

 


“From the first day we met Martin he was approachable, professional and instantly put us at our ease.  His eye, attention to detail and ability to ‘capture the moment’ has given us an album of magical memories.  It has taken us over a year to choose the picture for our album as we loved them all.  Martin’s endless time and effort has ensured we have the album of our dreams – one we are so grateful for.”

Allysa and Andy, married at Arley Hall, Cheshire

     

“The photos really captured the sense of the day – but you were an extremely unobtrusive part of it.  You listened to what we wanted before the wedding – and you always made yourself available on the mobile (an important feature in wedding planning!).  We felt we really trusted you to deliver some beautiful and tasteful photos – and now we’ll really treasure them.”

Sally and Luis, married at home, Bowdon, Cheshire

     

“Dear Martin, our album arrived this morning.  Thanks so much for all your hard work – it looks wonderful and is a fantastic memory of a really happy day.”

Ishbel and Rob, married at Beningbrough Hall, North Yorkshire

       


“Martin did exactly what we wanted, telling the story of the day in pictures.  A lot of guests did not even know he was there, which was what we wanted.  The photographs were everything we expected and more.  Martin is certainly a photographer we would highly recommend to anybody.”

Sarah and Rob, married at Sandhole Oak Barn, Cheshire

     

 

“Very professional organised service, both before and after the wedding.  Extremely discreet and friendly to guests on the wedding day.  Each time we look at the photos we are transported back to our special day.”

Fiona and Tim, married at home in Greenfield, Manchester

       


“We found the service to be outstanding – a very personal service with thought, good planning and attention to detail.  There wasn’t a bad photo amongst the proofs we received, which made choosing our album extremely difficult!  You were recommended to us and we would have no hesitation in recommending you in turn.  Thank you.”

Donna and Rick, married at Haighton Manor, Preston, Lancashire

     

“Martin, thanks for capturing our wedding day in photographs.  Throughout our dealing we liked your relaxed and personable approach, your time and ability to explain details in a simplistic way and your overall passion and enthusiasm for photography … Overall, we have been impressed with your photography service and would not hesitate in recommending you to any other couple wanting to capture their wedding day.”

Helen and Steve, who married at Rookery Hall, Cheshire

     

“To Martin, Thank you so much for photographing our wedding at Nunsmere on 29th January.  You took some beautiful pictures and blended seamlessly into the background.  You were a pleasure to have around and captured some very special moments of the day.  We will highly recommend you to other.  Thanks again.”

Kerry and Paul, who married at Nunsmere Hall, Cheshire

   

“Dear Martin, the photographs are superb – you are so talented – and I wish we could do it all over again!  You captured so many lovely moments.  I can’t stop looking at them – every time John walks in the office he laughs and asks when will I come back down to earth!  Probably never!”

Margaret, mother of Kate, who married Gino at Linthwaite House Hotel, Bowness-in-Windermere, Lake District

   

 “Dear Martin, We could not have been happier with the service that you have provided.  From the very first meeting at Arley, through the various meetings before and after the wedding and of course the big day itself, we have never regretted choosing you as our photographer.  We have had no end of compliments on the way you managed the photo sessions, your presence and good humour on the day, and of course on the quality of the pictures themselves.  The album looks beautiful and brings back great memories whenever it is opened.” 

Holly and James, who married at Arley Hall, Cheshire

 

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 “Just wanted to say a big THANK YOU for the album.  We are both really pleased with it.  It’s beautiful.”
Marie and Steve, who married at Arley Hall, Cheshire

     

Heathercliffe-Hotel-wedding-photography-by-Martin-Hambleton” We collected our wedding album today and had a cuppa and catch up with Martin Hambleton.  Thank you for capturing our happy memories so perfectly.  You’re the best!”

Rachel and Tony, who married at the Heathercliffe Hotel, Frodsham

        “Dear Martin, This is just a small note to say a huge thank you for giving us such special memories of our wedding day.  Your photographs are nothing short of brilliant and the album is really more beautiful than we could have imagined.  We feel so lucky to have come across you at the wedding fayre, as we knew from meeting you and Rachel that you would make sure everything was perfect – we knew we were in safe hands!”

Amelia and Yasir, who married at Capesthorne Hall, Cheshire