Emma & Shane
We were so lucky to snag Claire to photograph our wedding day! After our original plans fell through we had a bit of a mad search for a wedding photographer just four months before the big day. When we found Claire’s gorgeous photographs, we both fell in love with her style, but were convinced we wouldn’t get her. I shot an email into the ether with my fingers crossed and we were thrilled when she said she could squeeze us in! Don’t take a chance — we would have been so disappointed if we'd missed out on Claire.
When I think about working with Claire the first thing I think about is how much we laughed. Claire made us feel so relaxed and happy and we trusted her entirely. We planned our wedding in Liverpool from Vancouver and I can’t emphasise enough how important trust is — we didn’t have a single worry about the photographs from the moment we booked Claire to the moment we received our gorgeous parcel from her. She gives so much enthusiasm and excitement and makes you feel truly special.
We loved having Claire with us on our wedding day. She is so warm, funny, and sweet, and really put us at ease; this shines through in all the photographs I’ve ever seen of Claire Penn weddings (yes, you will still be visiting her blog after your own wedding just for all the pretty!) They’re natural and beautiful. She was also great with our guests and very discrete, capturing special moments without people even noticing the camera.
Our wedding photographs truly capture the day — not just how it looked, but how it felt. Claire’s pictures are joyful. It’s been wonderful to share our photographs with our friends and families, too. We not only have beautiful pictures of our wedding day, but of our favourite people and the city where we fell in love. Having these amazing photographs of our wedding to look through as newlyweds is so lovely and conjures so many precious memories. They are the keepsake we will still pore over together in our eighties, reminiscing about how gorgeous and happy we both were, how the most brilliant people came to celebrate our wedding, how much love there was squeezed into one day! That’s what you’re really looking for in your wedding photographer, somebody who can give you that. Thank you, Claire.
— Emma & Shane
Liz & James
After our original photographer cancelled on us we had a mad panic, trawling the internet, feeling completely overwhelmed by what was out there, a process we hadn't done with our original one as she was a friend of a friend. I was then recommended a list of photographers, of which Claire was on, I knew straight away that she was the 'one'. I never realised before how complex this search was until we had to do it, and the relief (and euphoria) that Claire's style was exactly 'us' was amazing, but the fact that also she was just so incredibly down to earth and human was something I could of only ever wished for.
Claire instantly put us both at ease over email and on the phone, I trusted her, which is a big deal when you're putting your wedding day in someone else's hands! I knew from the word go that we would love the photos and have an absolute hoot with her.....which we certainly did. The engagement shoot made it all feel very real and it was so lovely to meet up, especially as Claire made the trek down to Greenwich Park in London where we got engaged. This meant so much to us and we really appreciated the huge effort she made.
Having a G&T by the river and chatting through our plans and format for the day was like being with an old friend, we felt so at ease, it was really lovely.
As for the photos that we have of our wedding day, they are more perfect than I could have ever imagined. Claire was up for everything and really cared that we got it right, she is very real and genuine. Claire is literally the most perfect wedding photographer in my eyes, her style is just beautiful, she was there in the thick of the madness in the morning getting ready at my mum's and it was like having my friend there. During the day Claire was so discrete, but captured everything - how is that possible?! I literally cannot recommend Claire highly enough, I just want her to photograph everything in my life forever.
— Liz & James xx
Catherine & Ashley
Picking Claire as the photographer to capture the most important day in our lives really was a no brainer. We met Claire at our friend’s wedding, which of course she was shooting, and instantly fell in love with her photographs and her style. From there on in we were hooked and had to have her shoot our wedding.
Getting in touch with Claire was easy, she is a very approachable and makes you feel like a friend instantly. We were both so excited to meet her for our engagement shoot which we loved! After our engagement shoot Claire became a constant fixture on my phone and email - she was extremely attentive and made us both feel so at ease with the whole wedding, not just the photography side of things. Claire even came to meet me and my Mum at one of my dress fittings, this lady puts her heart and soul in to everything she does and we absolutely adore her for it.
Our wedding day was truly magical and Claire captured it perfectly, not only because she is so talented but because she took the time to get to know us as a couple and this really shows in the photographs. Claire made us feel like the only couple on earth and we cannot ever thank her enough for the amazing memories she has given us, she is one in a million.
Our photographs are nothing short of perfection and looking back at them helps us to re-live the day again and again.
Thank you Claire for capturing us and our wedding day so perfectly!
All our love,
The Jones's xxxxx
Olivia & Sami
I would recommend Claire in a heartbeat. Not a normal day heartbeat, but one of the super duper fast ones your wedding will be filled with. Memories you will have of your day itself are the most important, but these memories are wildly chaotic and emotional and fragmented. The photographs that are taken of the day are enormously important for recording forever all the little things you both did and didn't notice, but also for framing the day as a whole, which is something that no amount of circulating on the day will achieve! Claire has provided us with the most beautiful and precious insight into the overall feeling of our wedding. She managed to capture the very tiny details that you often miss when it's your day and it feels as though the whole world has been put on fast-forward, as well as (and I don't know if I will every work out how she managed...) a huge amount of the magical essence of the day. For this we cannot recommend her enough. She graciously puts 100% into providing you with a stunning heirloom of record of your day.
On the day itself she is fantastic and not just because she will be taking these beautiful photos, but also because she is a tiny little bit fierce. This protects you from the chaos in the background just long enough for you to settle into the rhythm of the day. She will choreograph and command an order you won't believe possible, making sure you are where you need to be and won't miss a thing. I've never seen anyone whip our ushers into shape quick sharp like Claire! This is enormously reassuring when the day spins as it will around your head. I will always be grateful for her presence on the day as part of the team making sure that everyone ran smoothly.
My recommendation is unreservedly and wholeheartedly to go with this lady.
— Olivia & Samixoxo
Sarah & Gareth
There are wedding photographs…and then there are Claire Penn wedding photographs! You will literally never have seen wedding photography look this good before!
Claire has a unique and beautiful creative eye, through which she effortlessly captures the essence and intricate details of your day through such unique angles, that everything looks like an immaculate fairytale magazine shoot! In fact, it looks so good (and you look so good!), that she sprinkles just that little bit more magic dust over your day and your memories.
In our photos, there we are poised interlocked in an embrace on a castle turret with the bright blue sky and fluffy white clouds in the background…except that we didn’t get married at a castle or stand on a turret, and the shot is actually an upside down reflection shot of us from the still waters of a pond in Tatton Parks Italian gardens! Amazing! In another, the red deer literally frame us either side and lean in as if giving us a kiss in a perfect Disney movie scene…although in reality they were several meters away in the background! Breathtaking! The composition of Claire’s work and the beautiful ‘vintage’ hues she uses in her editing are absolutely stunning.
Claire was completely my first choice after a lot of web research – I knew I wanted a vintage reportage type style to our photographs (which would match our vintage English tea-party theme) and as soon as I saw her stunning website I knew she was the one!
Upon our first meeting, Claire just ‘understood’ us and what we wanted. She totally ‘got’ the ways in which we were bespoking the whole wedding concept – no first dance, no cutting of the cake, no best men, or bridesmaids, no after-party…just a simple ceremony with a string trio followed by an English afternoon tea in a stately home filled with florals, champagne in the gardens and then to be whisked off in a vintage car!
On the day, Claire is quite simply a joy to have with you. She is so subtle that you hardly know she is there and yet the photographs are so intimate that it’s like she had a little fairy helper!
I cannot recommend this lovely lady enough…we both feel so very lucky to have had Claire capture our day…we’re just looking for an excuse to do another shoot with her now… hmmmm, one-year anniversary? Just a regular ole walk in the park on a Sunday????
As easily as you put pen to paper… book Claire for your wedding. Nothing has been a simpler or better choice.
— Sarah & Gareth x
Sarah & Richard
I found Claire on Rock My wedding. and I fell in love with her style and quirky, happy vibe and instantly knew that I wanted her to capture our day.
When Claire published previews of our wedding pictures on her blog I cried the whole weekend!
It was such a lovely surprise on return from our honeymoon in Mauritius.
Then when we received our final photos from Claire - they literally took my breath away.
Claire captured the love that everyone showed us, the grandeur of the church, the beauty of the countryside and every cheeky smile, in-the-moment gesture, twinkling eye, tear of joy, hug, kiss and belly-laugh and expertly distilled them into a wonderful collection of wedding memories that we can look at forever.
She was like another pair of eyes for us!
A pleasure to work with, although in truth I hardly knew she was there - from capturing me putting my make-up on in the morning, to saying our vows, to speeches, to dancing in the field as the sunset - she was so discreet.
Claire... all of our wedding photos are so unspeakably beautiful, works of art in their own right, that I cannot bear to keep them hidden in a book - I simply need to print them, frame them, display them, showcase them - large or small - any which way I can.
But I simply don't have enough wall space!!! So obviously we need to move house.
Thank you my lovely, they are ever-lastingly magical... we have looked at them approx 1,235,657444 times and I'm certain I'll never tire...!
— Big love, Mr and Mrs G xxx