Rafe is incredible! If you read no further, know that he is not only a phenomenally talented photographer, but has wonderful personality and is a great addition to any wedding. As a self-conscious bride, walking around in my undergarments around any stranger is… well, terrifying. But Rafe made me, and my bevy of bridesmaids feel completely at ease. Now, I scoured the country looking for a photographer that would be able to document our wedding in a way that would capture not only the beauty of the day, but also the many wonderful personalities of my loved ones that would be enjoying the day with us. As an art advisor, who has bought a great deal of photography from artists around the globe, I was very critical with almost every wedding photographer that I came across. While the cliché wedding shots were charming, I was looking for something different. Rafe delivered! The only issue was that I was getting married in Liverpool, and Rafe was located in Hitchen. Not to worry though, Rafe travels! He happily journeyed to Manchester to meet with my fiancé and I, and made the long trek for the wedding (very early in the morning). His team photographed well into the evening, and everyone remarked about how lovely they both were. I dare say that everyone wanted them to stay! The resulting photos bring back every happy moment from our day. They are beautiful memories that I will cherish forever; a wrinkled laughing face, some very uncoordinated dance moves, touching tears, and most especially the love of my life. I feel so fortunate to have had Rafe shoot my wedding. Thank you so much Rafe!
— Lauren - (Bride)
Amazing photographer!! We hired Rafe for our wedding in summer 2016 and we couldn’t have been more pleased! Rafe has an amazing way of putting you completely at ease without you even knowing he’s there. All our family and friends commented on how wonderful he was on our special day. The photos we now have to cherish for a life time are absolutely perfect. Such high quality and so natural. We would recommend Rafe again and again.
— Jennifer - (Bride)
In short - Book him, he’s amazing and you won’t regret it. In slightly more detail - 1. Everybody loves him.. and for good reason. From the moment we spoke, we knew he would be perfect for us. He worked with us and advised us on aspects of photography things we knew nothing about and we did the same with him (being his 1st same sex wedding, some things were a little different for him too). He made sure we were 100% happy with the plan of action and when the day finally came, we were all confident that we were going to have an utterly amazing day. You’ll have your bridesmaids doing everything he asks of them, your Nan ogling over him and your guests constantly commenting on how brilliant and dedicated his is. 2. He LOVES his job. From the very civilized start of the day to the embarrassing drunken mess near the end, he’s there capturing your amazing memories.. for better and for worse.. Nothings staged, it’s raw, natural and perfect, moments captured in whatever way he can, even if it means lying on the floor or standing on tables. 3. He’s more than your photographer. For us, he slotted in like one of the family. Here are a few small but significant ways he went above and beyond: - He pretty much guided the morning for us, made sure we were on time for meeting with the registrars and various time sensitive points of the day. - He gathered up our very excitable bridesmaids for hair and makeup. - He helped make sure my wife and I didn’t see each other the morning of the wedding by forming human barriers and acting like our security. - Hung my dress up on a curtain rail when i couldn’t reach.. Having a 10ft photographer does have its advantages to a 5ft bride. - Gave me a fireman’s lift over gravel to where we were having evening photos, because I was drunk and stupidly took my shoes off and couldn’t walk anywhere. All of this whilst still perfectly capturing every single aspect, emotion and feeling from our day in his outstanding photos, makes him a very special photographer indeed.
— Gemma - (Bride)
Rafe was amazing! We absolutely love our wedding photos, they really tell a story and Rafe was able to capture the emotion from the day beautifully. Our photos are so creative and he made both of us & our guests feel so comfortable. Very highly recommend.. worth every penny!
— Bobbie - (Bride)
Well what can I say?! The photos are just amazing and couldn’t be more perfect!! We had such an amazing day and the photos DO do it justice. Rafe and his team were fantastic on the day. As well as being very professional they also had a sense of humour, a winning combination. I would not hesitate to recommend Rafe to anyone and everyone. Get him booked!
— Katy - (Bride)
Rafe and his team shot our NYE wedding last week and were absolutely fantastic! From our initial consultation, Rafe was very friendly and professional and put us at ease. His passion for photography shines through and is shown in the two pictures we have had a sneak peak at already.... we can’t wait to see the rest! Rafe and his team were great with our guests and everyone has spoken very highly of them. We would not hesitate in recommending Rafe.
— Emily - (Bride)
Rafe was utterly professional from start to finish and took the stress away from worrying about anything to do with our wedding photos. We had Rafe and Karolina there from morning until dark secretly beavering away all day and then he produced some amazing photos for which we’ve received so many compliments including from others who got married this year. Only hard part was choosing which ones to get framed as there were so many! Thanks Rafe
— Bridget - (Bride)
Rafe Abrook Photography - where do we even start! It’s been an incredible journey. The best professional in the wedding industry that we could have asked for, from booking to engagement shoot to the big day and beyond Rafe has been amazing! If you’re not a massive fan of being photographed and/or want a well documented story of events from your big day, look no further. Rafe made us feel at ease from the very beginning, he was friendly, understood exactly what we were looking for & took some truly amazing photos. The photos were perfect portrayals of our closest family and friends celebrating with us & on the day itself he was a photography ninja, almost invisible yet he captured every second of our day in the most incredible way. We are so lucky to have chosen Rafe Abrook Photography for our wedding, now we have a lot of incredible lasting reminders of our big day to accompany our amazing memories!!
— Melanie - (Bride)
Not only is Rafe Abrook’s work of a fantastic quality he’s a jolly good chap too. Offering advice from the initial meeting and throughout the actual day. We would highly recommend him to any couples looking for a wedding photographer for their special day. As you can see his work is of a quality far superior to his competitors. My only piece of advice to anyone about to tie the knot is; your photos are a permanent reminder of your day long after the cake has been eaten and the honeymoon has been and gone! So ensure you get the best you can. Here it is.
— Greg - (Groom)
Rafe is an amazing photographer & really captured our day perfectly. We, our friends & family are so pleased with the photos. We felt at ease with Rafe from the first meeting right up to our wedding day. Thank you so much.
— Kimberley - (Bride)
Rafe isn’t just a photographer... He is some sort of wizard! Rafe was recommended to us by a friend and we are so glad we used him! He captured the most incredible moments of our wedding and working with him was like working with an old friend you’ve known forever. We were so comfortable in front of him and the camera when usually even selfies look awkward. Absolutely amazing guy and our wedding photos are breathtaking. Highly recommend. Only wish we could give more stars.
— Adele - (Bride)
Thank you very much for making our day even more special by taking wonderful pictures of us and our family and friends. These will be cherished forever, and we can look back and have great memories. Thank you :) Tasha and Brendan X
— Tasha - (Bride)
Luton Hoo Wedding and London Engagement Photographs - We chose Rafe for our engagement and wedding photographs not only for his sterling reputation and known skill with a camera but because he is known to be of utmost professionalism and diligence in nature, and exceptionally easy to work with. Our engagement photos were shot across various sites in London, north and south of the river. We discussed our ideas with Rafe and he created a tailored journey through the city which really helped tell the tale of our betrothal while blending in with the traffic and vagaries of a busy capital. The photographs themselves were creative and lively in nature and clearly Rafe had spent hours making them “just so”. For our wedding, the challenge included multiple sites, a very diverse mix of attendees, numerous vendors across a very large landscape, multiple moving parties, and Rafe easily navigated across vendors and locations with aplomb. He was exceptionally well-prepared, focused, teamed (or perhaps “partnered” is a better verb) with my other vendors, took particular care of personal and cultural sensitivities, and “blended” into the wedding party seamlessly. Again, his photographs were of the highest quality and clearly reflected a keen attention to detail and a passion for his trade. They have since been requested by wedding trade magazines. Should anyone be considering an engagement shoot or wedding at Luton Hoo or other, I cannot recommend him highly enough.
— Craig - (Groom)
Rafe was outstanding throughout the whole wedding photography process. He was thorough and thoughtful, taking into account what our day was going to be and how he would capture that in the best way possible. On the day, he was excellently professional. The end result of the photos speak for themselves. Rafe is a true gent with a great eye for capturing natural, documentary style images. All our wedding guests want copies!
— Becky - (Bride)
Rafe was the photographer for our Wedding in May 2016. He is simply amazing!!! He was there early and stayed late and was so easy going and unobtrusive all day- we hardly realised he (and the team) were there. But the photos are perfect!!! He really captured the essence of the day perfectly and really was one of the best decisions we made for our special day. He has such a beautiful photography style that’s relaxed and let’s the atmosphere of the day shine through. We felt he really worked so hard to give us the best shots and have already recommended him to our friends. If you are looking for a talented, professional who takes amazing photos look no further. Also, he’s a cool guy too- which always helps. Thank you Rafe. P&T x
— Penny - (Bride)
Rafe was amazing throughout our entire wedding day! The photos he got were absolutely brilliant, and are already all over our house! He was very relaxed all day, which helped to keep us relaxed, and was super friendly with all our guests! He stayed WAY beyond what he was contracted to, and arrived WAY earlier than he needed to! Three things that keep being said about our wedding are that the food was brilliant, cake was lovely and “your photographer was awesome!” We have already recommended Rafe to others, and if you are reading this, then I am also recommending him to you! You won’t be disappointed!
— Michael - (Groom)
When we first me with Rafe, he asked if he could add us on Facebook to get to know us, which I highly recommend. By the time it got to our wedding day, we felt we knew Rafe so well, so when you saw him walking around with his holster of cameras, you forgot he was there taking amazing photos of everyone acting natural and having an amazing time.
The photos, well they have a retold an amazing story. With incredible attention to detail and the ability to take the best photo at the best time, Rafe is an unbelievable photographer.
I highly recommend Rafe for his professionalism and ability, let him do his thing and he will give you the best photos you could hope for!
— Ben - (Groom)
When we needed a photographer for our wedding party we knew who to call...Rafe. He had shot my Dad’s wedding and the photos were simply stunning. Rafe is so easy to work with. We gave him no real direction on what we wanted - just left it to the pro to capture the evening and he didn’t disappoint.
Rafe is super professional, and brings his relaxed and easy going personality to the event - exactly what you need on your big day. Great pictures, a great guy and well yes, a great party!
— Tim - (Groom)
When my husband told me he had a friend who could do our wedding photographs, I was a little apprehensive to say the least.....how wrong I was!! The floods and storms in late December could not keep Rafe and Michael away and they kindly drove from Hertfordshire to North Yorkshire to capture our big day 😊 they were amazing from an early start to a very late finish! Our photographs are stunning, you would never guess that the rain was pouring and the wind howling! Aside from the weather, there was a very christmassy feel to our wedding and Rafe captured this brilliantly....the photographs are outstanding and we have had lots of lovely comments. We are so grateful to Rafe & Michael for working so hard and for the fantastic Blog post that Rafe wrote about our special day. We couldn’t have asked for anything or anyone better....wonderful memories that we can treasure forever, thank you!
— Becky - (Bride)
I had been a fan of Rafe’s work prior to him setting up his photography business, so when Eloise and I set a date there was only really one person we wanted to shoot our big day. We were fortunate that he was available and he certainly lived up to our expectations and then some. From our first session at the engagement shoot through to receiving our final cut of photos’ from our wedding day in a personalised wooden presentation box, it was such a pleasure to have Rafe as our photographer. He has a great way with people, with a calm and relaxed yet professional approach to getting the shots that matter, while making sure everyone has a laugh at the same time. Rafe was extremely well prepared for the big day and worked with us to make sure that we got all of the shots we wanted, as well as coming up with some inspired suggestions of his own. We could not be happier with our wedding photo’s and have received so many positive comments about them, as well as about how Rafe went about his business on the day. I can not recommend him highly enough and if you are looking for a personable photographer that is a consummate professional with a high attention to detail, then Rafe Abrook is most definitely your guy!
— Andrew - (Groom)
Couldn’t have asked for a better service! Rafe was friendly and professional from our first meeting in a little coffee shop in Hitchin, to our engagement shoot in Stevenage, then finally on the big day itself. Our wedding photos turned out to be exactly what we wanted - we didn’t even know what that was until we saw them but clearly Rafe new exactly what was needed! Very good service with ‘first glance’ photos 48hrs after the wedding and a well presented set of prints and USB containing all the images for us to do what we want with. Anyone who has seen our pictures has been really impressed and we would definitely recommend this photographer.
— Melanie - (Bride)
We were lucky to have him as photographer at our wedding, he made us very relaxed and at ease, yet made sure he gave us the type of photos we were after. Everything was expertly planned from the initial meeting, the engagement shoot, right through to the day itself and the delivery of our photos in the wooden presentation box. Rafe was extremely flexible and open to asking us what we wanted - something we found was not the case with other photographers we enquired with! It made such a difference to our wedding, that we were able to relax knowing that Rafe was working away in the background capturing it all perfectly. The photos were incredible, we have received so many compliments! 5 stars without a doubt, I can’t recommend Rafe enough!
— Andy - (Groom)
Rafe provided the photography for both our engagement shoot, as well as our big day. Any potential worries were quickly set aside after the first pictures came through. The photographs were beautiful, and Rafe’s relaxed and friendly approach helped put us both at ease in front of the camera. He had excellent local knowledge for great venues and locations that would provide suitable backdrops, as well as how those venues would look in various weather conditions. His knowledge together with his creative outlook helped us get the most out of the surroundings.
As previously stated in other reviews, on the wedding day itself; Rafe went about his trade in a professional and discreet manner, which is no mean feat considering his physical stature. An informal meeting prior to the event helped us lock down what shots we needed, which he delivered as well as capturing some extra special moments.
Our wedding will live long in our memories for all the right reasons, and we couldn’t thank or recommend Rafe Abrook Photography enough for the kind, courteous and professional service provided!
— John - (Groom)
My wife Jessie and I were looking for a photographer we would feel comfortable to have around during our wedding and it’s build up. One who could also help meet our preference of capturing our family, friends and moments at the wedding that were natural and help us see things we might miss. When Rafe’s name was passed onto us through a friend we were very happy with a recommendation and Rafe did not disappoint; from the first phone call, the wedding day, through to receiving the final photos he was brilliant. He helped us feel relaxed and comfortable with an engagement shoot and we got some great photos from that day too. Rafe created a brilliant story of our wedding day through his photos. He and his second photographer caught all the little moments throughout the day, some of which we saw, others which were a joy to see when we received the final copies. Thank you Rafe for providing such an exceptional service and providing us with beautiful moments from such a special day. If you’re thinking of using Rafe, we would highly recommend him for your big day!
— Rich - (Groom)
Rafe is an amazing photographer. Our wedding photos are fantastic. Rafe made us all feel really comfortable on the day and has a great knack for capturing the little moments that make your day special.
— Lorna - (Bride)
Rafe did the photography for our wedding, and his ability to take fantastic natural shots of all our guests really sets him apart. The “posed” for pictures were great but the shots he got of the day and the evening really capture the fun and festivities of the day.
Cannot recommend him highly enough. Thank you Rafe.
— Shane - (Groom)
When we started the search for our wedding photographer, we were unsure what we were looking for. Within minutes of meeting Rafe, we knew what it was - someone who makes you feel at ease, is enthusiastic, friendly and well presented. You just feel he will fit in with your guests! Our engagement shoot was great fun, and we stopped feeling self conscious enough to enjoy it. It also gave us the opportunity to see Rafe’s work (with us as subjects) before the big day. Rafe did a fabulous job on our wedding day and we have so many beautiful photos that we will treasure forever. Some friends have even said they are possibly the best wedding photos they’ve ever seen. Thank you Rafe (and his assistants!). Highly recommended.
— Emily - (Bride)
5 stars simply doesn’t justify the service we received. From the offset Rafe worked above and beyond what one could expect.
He nailed our brief and has produced and presented some truly fantastic photographs of our wedding. He is a true gent and comes highly recommended.
— Danny - (Groom)
Absolutely thrilled with the amazing images Rafe produced from our wedding this summer. So glad we chose him to capture each special memory of our day as he did it to such a high standard and is a lovely guy to work with, have since recommended him to friends and hope to use him again in the future
— Megan - (Bride)
Rafe produced some absolutely outstanding photographs for our wedding this July. Not only is he clearly a very talented photographer (as you can see from his website) but also a great guy who can seemingly work to any brief! He blends in so effortlessly that you don’t realise he is there, yet he produces superb images. I wholeheartedly recommend Rafe for any situation that calls for top quality photographs.
— Ali - (Groom)
Wow, where do I begin?! Photos, both engagement and wedding, were amazing throughout, more than what we had hoped. Only had a sneaky peek and can’t wait to see the rest! Not only that, Rafe was professional throughout. We both were a little camera shy but Rafe managed to put us at ease and capture memories that will last forever. Rafe was extremely flexible and understanding during our original venue going into administration. He even gave us financial advice which was over and beyond his job description! We can’t thank you enough!
— Kerry - (Bride)
We are so happy we chose Rafe. His photos are beautifully taken and he listens to what you want. And he’s a really cool guy too! Highly recommended.
— Miriam - (Bride)
Rafe is highly professional & an absolute gent. He photographed our wedding in April 2015 and has given us amazing shots capturing emotion and treasured memories. His style is classic, clever and creative - he wants to understand your brief and catches the mood emphatically. We couldn’t be any more pleased with the results, nor could we recommend him more highly.
— Sarah - (Bride)
Rafe covered our wedding in April 2015. and if there was a 10 stars ranking option, it would suit how happy we are with our photos. Rafe has captured some precious moments of our day, and we could not have wished for better, with some real life natural photos caught perfectly. Now thinking of booking him for some Summer family shots too!
— Louise - (Bride)
The images arrived through the post today and we’ve just had our first look. Fantastic! Rafe has such a good eye and has captured some brilliant shots. He’s made us very happy!
— Leigh - (Groom)
I have to say, that we are both just completely blown away by the images produced by Rafe. Not only are the images of amazing quality but Rafe truly captured the essence of the day.
— Peter - (Groom)
Our wedding photos are everything we could have hoped for and more! Rafe did the most amazing job getting every moment captured, and was there from start to finish! I recommend him to others 100%!
— Michaela - (Bride)
Rafe captured every moment of Michaela and Dan’s wedding. He was amazing with Eliza, Isabella (3 year old twins), and Charlie (2). Never work with children they say! Not Rafe. Simply the best.
— Liz - (Bride's Mother)
Rafe was our wedding photographer, and we were very impressed. We met him before and he was very flexible about fitting in with our plans. On the day, Rafe took loads of lovely shots, and we were especially pleased with the spontaneous ones which captured the essence of the day perfectly. Many of our friends and family have asked for copies of the pictures that Rafe took of them on our day. We would thoroughly recommend him.
— Olivia - (Bride)
Amazing photographer! Rafe took our wedding shots and captured the day just how we wished. He was extremely flexible and met us at our home, and also at the wedding venue to go through some ideas he had. I know we will be booking him soon again for a family shoot, and could not recommend him highly enough.
— Paul - (Groom)
We have used Rafe for his excellent photos in our company brochure and website (Stomor Ltd), and have now booked him to shoot our wedding in September 2015!
— Nikki - (Bride To Be)
I’m so happy with the photographs Rafe produced for my business, and I would highly recommend him. Picture quality was amazing, and his friendly approach and professionalism was great. I’ve now booked him for a family shoot. Thank you!
— Katie - (Owner, Little Florence)