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"Maria, Maria, Maria,We can't stop looking at the photos. I am completely mesmerised, awestruck and enchanted by your stunning photos. They make us laugh and make us cry, and so happy inside, so we just look at them alllll the time. Thank you so much for giving us a gift we didn't know we couldn't live without!"
Maria captures vibrant & elegantly beautiful documentary weddings full of colour, laughter and emotion in an unobtrusive, unposed and natural style for couples with a real zest for life, who are crazy in love and like to do things their own way.
She photographs weddings all across London, Surrey, the UK and overseas.
Maria has won multiple UK and International Wedding Awards and her work has been featured extensively both online and in print.
She has lots of experience at several high end venues such as:
Hampton Court PalaceFarnham Castle Northbrook ParkDenbies Wine EstateSt Paul's CathedralThe Hurlingham ClubFulham PalaceMerchant Taylor's HallThe Gherkin Kew GardensThe Royal Brighton PavilionThe RSA and many more.
Get in touch with Maria now to chat about your big day and to find out more.
We are on our honeymoon and seeing our photos made it even better.
They are so brilliant and made me cry in all the good ways. They are just the best memories and I can’t wait to share them. We can’t believe how lucky we are that you captured our day so well.
We’ll speak to you when we get back.
Thanks you absolute legend,
Maria was the first person we spoke to last year, and nobody came close to her charisma, attention to detail and sense of humour. She was delighted when we initially told her about our day and all of the traditions that would be taking place. We loved the photo books and the way everyone looked so happy and relaxed... Just what we were aiming for. We did go and see others, but stopped looking after 20 minutes of speaking to other photographers, and decided to have a coffee and made the decision then and there to ask Maria. Maria's genuine delight when we returned and asked if she would work with us for our big fat Greek/Russian wedding was confirmation that we had made the right choice. With our bookings confirmed, we just had to wait for the day to arrive. Leading up to it, we had phone and Skype calls to sort out what kind of shots we wanted, who we wanted them with, but always full of laughter. Our pre wedding shoot was like a rehearsal for the big day, and confirmed to us that we had chosen the most amazing person. Morning of the wedding and chaos ensues. Maria was my rock and moral support. Giving me subtle 'it's ok' looks from behind the camera. Priceless tips and advice that is gold dust to a bride, especially with a mad family! Maria's experience and talent knows no bounds. We are so pleased that we chose her, and cannot recommend her high enough. She captures everything you would hope to remember and surprises you with things you didn't even realise happened. Many people didn't even realise they were in a shot, with her perfectly mastered technique. All of our guests said that from the photos seeping through on social media, they were really excited to see the rest of them. Best choice we made throughout the whole wedding planning period... Maria Assia. Thank you for capturing our day. Words cannot express our gratitude, in any language! In you, we have found a wonderful person, who just so happens to be the photographer we will always come back to. Thank you. Katherine & Lev xx
Beautiful documentary photography with one or 2 photographers for your couple shoot, elopement, engagement, wedding and post-wedding shoot.
Also, prints, frames, signing books and a luxurious range of albums.
Typically my collections include:
A Pre-wedding consultation
All day coverage from Oh My God You Look Beautiful to strutting your stuff on the dance floor
An online wedding gallery to relive and share all the laughs and tears
Your High Resolution images
A slideshow of the highlights of your day
Unlimited rights to print and share
All mainland UK travel
But every wedding is unique, and reflects you as a couple, so let's make your coverage just the way you want it.
I book up really fast and often up to two years in advance, so if you know that I’m the photographer for you, don’t hang about! Your booking fee and signed electronic contract are all I need to secure me for your date. Simple.
I only shoot 30 weddings per year, and never more than one per day, so I can give my couples 100%.
Hell yeah! All mainland UK travel is included and I am also happy to travel anywhere in the world. With 5 languages under my belt, destination weddings are a bit of a specialty. Where are we going?
All locations within 2hr drive of London are included free of charge. Farther locations incur a small accommodation charge. Destination weddings incur travel and accommodation.
My style is super relaxed and unobtrusive. I want your day to unfold exactly as it is without any fuss or hours of formals. And the results will be just what you want – beautiful natural photos and just a few organised formals to please the mums and nanas.
Documentary storytelling photography with a focus on moments and emotion
Sony a7III cameras and compatible lenses
I will share a highlights slideshow on my website with you a few short weeks after your wedding. Then 6 weeks after your wedding all of your wedding photos will be available in an online wedding gallery for you, your family and friends to share and view your photos.
It usually takes me 6 weeks to edit all of your photographs and then you can view and share them in your online wedding gallery. Hurrah!
I normally deliver around 500 images, but often a lot more, particularly when I have a second photographer with me.
Usually it’s just me and I don't miss much! But if you are getting ready in different locations and you’d like to capture both of your preparations, or you’d like different angles of your day, or you are expecting over 100 guests, then a second photographer is a very good idea and provides you with a great addition to your final set. I work with fab photographers whose style is very similar to mine and who regularly work with me. I then edit all of our photos and create the most beautiful set of photos for you.
This has never happened to me yet, but let’s face it, it could. For this reason I work closely with a number of professional wedding photographers who shoot in a similar style and have the same approach as I do. If everything went wrong and I really couldn’t make your day, they would take my place at short notice. You will not lose out on anything, nor will you incur additional costs. They would shoot and I would edit your wedding photos, so you can rest easy and look forward to your gorgeous photographs.
You have full rights to print and share your photos for personal use. I know your friends and family will want to see them as much as you do, so feel free to share, tag, instagram, pin, email and print them as often as you like. If any of your suppliers would like to use the photos and you're happy for them to do so, please send them my way and I will take care of it for you.
For full day photography, I offer unlimited photography in several packages with different goodies included. If you would like me to cover your wedding for a shorter amount of time, I also offer a half day rate for any weddings up to 6hrs.
Absolutely! I have an hourly rate, which means that you can always extend when you're having the time of your life and would love to capture these memories too.
I have an hourly rate that can be paid before or latest on the day of your wedding.
Bank transfer is easiest and I'm happy to discuss instalments. After an initial £500 booking fee, your remaining balance is due 6 weeks before your wedding date. I also accept payments in instalments if this is easier for you.
I usually arrive around one and a half hours before you put on your dress to capture the mood and all the beautiful details of your day, and stay well into the party (I LOVE a good party). Some of my best shots are taken when everyone has let their hair down and I also like to take my couples out for a sneaky night shot, just to mix it up a little. It's unlimited coverage, simple as that.
I have photographed weddings knee deep in snow, during Arctic night, during high winds and on days so hot that you could fry an egg on the sidewalk. Although rain is unfortunate on your day, it will be absolutely fine. In fact, we'll go and make it look awesome in your photos instead.
It's your wedding, so if you want all of the group shots under the sun, then I'm game. Just keep in mind that it might impact on your drinks reception time and possibly on your couple shoot time. And ask yourself, which photos do you like the most - are they the ones that are unforced, happy, natural and unposed?
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