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Gabriela is a documentary wedding photographer who genuinely cares about your memories. Her storytelling style is all about capturing the emotions, feelings and precious fleeting moments that makes your wedding day uniquely yours. Through a relaxed and natural approach to weddings- she creates images that will make you laugh, cry tears of joy or fill your heart with love all over again.

She believes that wedding photography should be natural, fun and full of personality and her aim is to make the experience as stress-free and enjoyable as possible so that you can focus on enjoying your wedding day to the fullest. If you'd like a talented photographer with a documentary approach, Gabriela Matei is an excellent choice.

Services Offered

Gabriela Matei offers an all-day storytelling wedding package that starts with 8 hours of coverage and can be customised with added extras to meet your needs. Part of how she takes natural, meaningful wedding photos is by knowing her couples so encourages you to book a call to discuss your vision as well as what options would suit you best. Your photos will be beautifully edited before being uploaded to a private online gallery, ready to be saved and shared with your loved ones.

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Frequently asked questions

What services do you offer?

Photography
Pre wedding
Albums
High resolution photos

What does the wedding package include?

Full-day Storytelling (9h) A Pre-wedding Meet-up 700+ High-Res Edited Images Beautiful Online Slideshow Online Private Gallery Digital Download Travel Cost Extras Available

How far in advance should I contact you?

Most couples typically contact me 6 to 12 months in advance or soon after they've booked their wedding venue. I'm also happy to accommodate last minutes requests

Do you cover more than one wedding a day?

No

Can you travel?

Yes, west Sussex, East Sussex, Hampshire, Surrey, London, Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Kent, Hertfordshire and Europe

What is the charge for travelling?

Travel is included for all weddings in Sussex and Surrey. For everything else, traveling is the standard 0.45p per mile from the Sussex border to your venue

What style of photos do you take?

Artistic
Photo journalism
Fine art photography

What kind of technology do you use?

Digital

Do you use a specific technique or innovative approach?

As a documentary photographer, I focus on telling the story of the wedding day one candid moment at a time, capturing the real emotions of the wedding day

What kind of equipment do you use?

Top-of-the-line professional cameras and lenses from Canon

Do you offer any tool to display the photos online?

Yes, pixieset Online Gallery

What's the delivery time for a photographic report?

1 month

Do you send all the photos taken?

No

Do you work alone or do you have a team of professionals?

Alone

In case of unforeseen circumstances, do you have a replacement photographer?

Yes

Do you have the rights to publish the wedding photos?

Yes

Do you charge per hour or per event?

Per event

If needed, would you be able to work extra hours?

Yes

How do you charge extra time?

£250

What are the forms of payment?

Bank Transfer

How do you work?

If you’re looking for a wedding photographer to capture the emotions of your big day in an unobtrusive way, that’s what I’m known for – I blend into the background and capture all the little moments
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Reviews for Gabriela Matei

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Charlie-Finn
Charlie-Finn G. Sent on 03/09/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Best day ever ❤️

Gabriela was absolutely wonderful! She was so helpful and lovely when we were discussing how mine and my wife's wedding day would go and really made the effort to get to know us as a couple. Gabriela made our day even better with so much enthusiasm. We absolutely love our photos and cannot thank her enough!
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Thomas C. Sent on 23/11/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Perfect photography from start to finish!

We found Gabi through the recommendations of other photographers, and were both really impressed by the composition and art of her shots.

From our first video meeting to the big day she was really communicative and helpful, and managed to capture our day in amazing detail and in a distinctive style. She joined us to capture everything we needed from the prep in the morning, right through the ceremony and group shots to the great dancefloor scenes in the evening.

We did wonder about a videographer as well, but a week or so after our wedding Gabi produced a slideshow video from the picture collection that was great way to relive the day and perfect to send out to friends and family before we received the full photo collection.
She also did a bit of photoshopping on a few pictures which was really helpful.

If you're after a really talented photographer with a relaxed style who is going to make you feel comfortable all day and then give you thousands of amazing photos to look through then Gabi is 100% recommended!
Eloisa
Eloisa T. Sent on 15/07/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Would give ten stars if we could ⭐️

Gabi was everything we wanted from a wedding photographer, and so much more! Not only was she super excited for the day – which made her the perfect level of cheerleader in the run up to the day and energy on the day itself, when we weren't doing group shots or couple portraits, Gabi blended into the party like a natural, snapping behind the scenes shots of all our favourite people.

Unlike other suppliers, Gabi reached out in the run up to the wedding (rather than waiting for us to reach out first) to answer any last minute questions and run through must have photos. All communications were clear, timely and just super lovely,

If you're looking for a Sussex-based photographer that specialises in natural photos with personality, Gabi is the one you need book!
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Charlotte T. Sent on 04/09/2023
5 out of 5 rating

The most amazing photographer with the best vibe!

Gabi was absolutely fantastic from start to finish and we couldn't speak more highly of her and her amazing photography. From booking to the wedding day, Gabi was so lovely, communicative and really got to know us so that she could capture our day to the highest standard. She went above and beyond and her candid style really suited our tipi wedding reception. On the day, so many people commented on how lovely Gabi and her second shooter Soven were and it was so much fun working with them and having them at our day.

We received our slideshow and photos just under a month after our wedding and cried when were saw them as they are absolutely stunning! Every part of our day was captured and we particularly love our magic hour shots! BEAUTIFUL!

Gabi, thank you sooo much for everything you did to make our wedding last a lifetime through your gorgeous photos! xxx
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Kaz G. Sent on 23/10/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Incredible photographer! 5 stars for everything!

I would give Gabi more than 5 stars if I could! She was perfect from start to finish. I hate hate hate having my photo taken and was so worried about getting some nice photos on our special day. I half jokingly told Gabi about my fear in passing during our first Zoom call and she picked up on it and really took it seriously. She invited my fiancé and I to a practice photoshoot a few months before the wedding, and she cured my fear! Her incredible energy made us feel so relaxed and at ease and made it all feel so easy! No awkward posing, just us being ourselves. And she even edited our photos and let us keep them. She went absolutely above and beyond.

On our wedding day I just felt relaxed and like I knew exactly what to do because Gabi took the time to practice with us.

And the photos we got back were so gorgeous!! We chose Gabi for her photojournalism style and she got some incredible candid shots, as well as some lovely couple shots of us that weren’t cringey like so many wedding photos are.

I spent so long researching photographers because this was one of the things I knew I had to get right as I’m very picky with what I do and don’t like. If this sounds like you then you’re in good hands with Gabi!

I should also mention that Gabi was so discreet - she captured all the special moments (cake cutting, speeches etc) but I don’t even remember seeing her half the time! That takes a lot of skill.

And she is so lovely and friendly people thought she was our friend!

I can’t recommend Gabi highly enough!



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Alfie R. Sent on 07/08/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Fun, professional photographer

As our wedding photographer Gabi was incredible from start to finish. She was extremely professional, and her energy was infectious. It meant that having our pictures taken was fun and we were very relaxed. A lot of our guests also commented on how great she was! The photos came back to us very quickly and they look incredible.

Highly recommend. Thank you Gabi!
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Sophie J. Sent on 27/07/2022
5 out of 5 rating

The Best at What She Does

We could not have picked a better photographer for our wedding. Gabi was everything I hoped she would be from her website, and more. She instantly made us all feel relaxed and at ease, she was smiley and professional and unobtrusive. Nothing was staged or forced and she captured the spirit and love of the day.

Gabi genuinely wants you to have memorable photos that make you smile. Even for the standard group and family photos, she managed to capture joy and laughter, rather than staged and forced smiles. We absolutely love our photos and they brought a tear to our eyes. They will make us happy for the years to come and we are so glad we chose her to be our wedding photographer. She is truly the best at what she does. Thank you Gabi, for capturing our special day.
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Moxie D. Sent on 21/08/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Gabriela is just amazing!

We have worked with Gabi a couple of times now at various events as a vintage vocal harmony duo and watching her work is a joy. Her passion and attention to detail is second to none and she always manages to capture the feeling of a moment for the best memories!
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