Tom (groomzilla) and I are unapologetically perfectionists, and from the time we decided to get married in Tuscany, we were relentless in researching for countless hours on every single aspect of our wedding–referrals, Pinterest, wedding fairs, blogs, you name it. Probably to our own demise, we started with 50 options for everything and trawled through hours of information-finding till we made our final decisions.
For people who have had the daunting task of planning their own weddings, they will understand how hard it is to find the right person to capture the wedding day. The internet throws out an overload of photographers looking for their next wedding project, and it’s easy to get overwhelmed with the sheer volume of portfolios to go through as your fingers fall off from too much mouse-clicking. Taking nice photographs is a baseline requirement, but how do you find that special touch that will do your wedding justice?
Through completely serendipitous circumstances, we were introduced to Jon (referral from the amazing Jackson & Co Photography) whom we met through Skype, and he had us at ‘hello’. No, actually it was his enthusiasm and killer personality that won us over. He was friendly, excited and upbeat while he listened to us describing how we envisioned our wedding weekend. He always smiled and seemed just as excited as we were, and it is remarkable that someone who has shot thousands of weddings can still be so excited at the prospect of sharing your special day with you. Jon exuded what we can only describe as a SUPERNOVA of energy, from the first time we spoke to him, through to our entire 3-day wedding. Of course we liked his work already having seen his portfolios, but as with a wedding, people are what make or break it. It didn’t take us long to decide that Jon would be the right guy to make ours.
We could talk all day about Jon, but fast-forwarding to two days before our wedding, we met him and what we now refer to as The Dream Team: Jon, our second photographer Keith Lee, third photographer Dan Bold, and our videographer Jeff Wood. Perhaps it was the wine or the romantic Tuscan atmosphere, but over the lovely meal we shared we all became instant friends, talking and laughing like we’d known each other for years. And that was probably the beginning of what turned out to be the most fun and awesome three days anyone could ever ask for.
While being the nicest people you could ever meet, first and foremost Jon and The Dream Team are impeccably professional. Jon is a master of his craft, and his eye and instinct for capturing a mood or moment are unparalleled. He did not stop–he would run to the next shot, climb to get the right angle, roll onto on the floor to catch a funny scene–all the while staying cool and collected even when the circumstances should have called for chaos! Not only that, but he worked seamlessly alongside our videographer to ensure that they were coordinated and each could do the best job possible. Having done lots of research and talking to other photographers, we can confirm that this type of cooperation is nothing short of a miracle and really takes friendly, flexible and capable people to accomplish with finesse.
Let’s not forget that he was also my therapist on the wedding day–when I was anxious about everything working smoothly, Jon’s reassuring smile and kind words went a long way to remind me that it was a day to be enjoyed. Jon managed to befriend our entire wedding party and throughout the weekend, he would chat with our friends and family with the warmth of familiarity. From the beginning to the end, Jon was by our side to experience the love, fun and magic, and we couldn’t have been luckier to have him be a part of our wedding.
Jon is a professional, an artist, and beyond all else, a friend whom we were glad to entrust with the most special day of our lives. Our wedding was about family and friends, you only have to look at Jon’s Instagram to see family is important to him too. We know Jon will do our wedding justice and bring out each invaluable moment in his photos–the anticipation, the nerves, the joy, the many tears of happiness. They will be the ones we look back on time and time again in years to come, when we want to relive the most amazing weekend we’ve shared with those closest to us. We’ll show our children and our children’s children. We will see the photos and remember how our hearts were so full with joy that they could burst, and we will be grateful that Jon gave that priceless gift to us.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts, Jon, and we hope you keep infecting many others with your incredible zest for life and photography as you have us! Believe us when we say this is the man you want by your side on your big day. You only do it once, so do it right. Once again, we cannot express how much you need this man in your life if you want your day to go that extra mile.
Oh Jon, before you become super exclusive and only shoot the weddings of royalty and A-listers, could we lock you in for CHOM2040 to help us celebrate 25yrs and circa 2050 when our kids start to get married?
Love Cheryl & Tom”