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Fairyhill wedding photography - First Dance

Elena & Chris

Dear Steve
Thank you for being our wedding photographer! We are overwhelmed by the quality of the photos you’ve taken and the speed with which you got them finalised. You managed to capture so many wonderful moments throughout the day.
The couple portraits came out beautifully composed with you really bringing out the autumnal colours all around us and our love for each other. Beyond those shots, the photos of our guests really stand out and highlight the beautiful people who shared our day with us with some of their serious and silly moments. You certainly earned your title as a ninja since we (and our guests) often had no idea you were there freezing moments in time forever.
We must say that having the pre-wedding photo shoot was invaluable to us. It got us used to being in front of the camera and gave us a chance to get to know you – which was a delight in itself. This meant that, on the day, we felt like we were welcoming another friend to our wedding.
We wish you all the best in the future and hope that many other couples make the great decision of having you as their wedding photographer in years to come.
All our love,
Elena & Christopher Hartland
Craig y nos Castle wedding photography - Art by Design

Melissa & Dio

Steve is an absolute genius. If we could do it all over again, and only hire one person/vendor for our day, it would be Steve 1000 times over. He is worth his weight in gold. Comments from people who’ve seen the photos are continually – “These are the best and most unique wedding photos I’ve ever seen in my life.” Not even joking! But besides now having the most epic wedding photos in the world, Steve is an amazing person. He made us feel completely at ease, and also took on the role of coordinator during the wedding day when our planner at the venue went AWOL!! He helped with EVERYTHING all day long, with stuff completely out of his job description, while still managing to capture EVERY tiny little beautiful moment of the day. On top of this, guests have remarked they did not even notice him – he was like an invisible ninja all day – capturing moments without getting in the way of anything. Honestly I wish we could afford to hire Steve full time to capture all of our moments in life – he is just an absolute master and deserves to rise to fame in this industry. We love you, Steve!! Thank you for immortalizing the best day of our lives in such an incredible, beautiful way. We will never be able to thank you enough!
Peterstone Court Wedding Photography - Art by Design

Laura & Jonny

Absolutely thrilled with our wedding photos and can’t recommend Steve highly enough!

We chose Steve as our photographer because we loved his relaxed, natural style and the sense of fun in his photos. His images of our wedding did not disappoint – he really captured the atmosphere of the day!

Steve was a pleasure to have around – he’s friendly and down to earth, going above and beyond to help out (even doing the boys ties!) before disappearing into the background to capture all those special moments!

Thank you so much Steve!

Bryngarw House Wedding - Art by Design Photography

Carrie & Matthew

We could not recommend Art by design highly enough. Me and my husband loved Steve’s pictures online when we was researching photographers.

His natural style was perfect for us, were not the type to pose and liked the idea of capturing natural moments throughout the day.

We initially had an engagement shoot which was perfect to get used to being photographed and to get to know Steve. The pictures were amazing! On the day Steve arrived, told us to forget he was there and He carried on.

Steve captured all the moments we wanted. Lots of family members asked Steve for additional pictures and nothing was too much! Lots of our friends and family commented on how good Steve was on the day and are thinking about booking him for their wedding.

Steve captured our day perfectly! I cannot recommend Steve highly enough!. Thanks Steve!!

Viv and Sarah

We genuinely can’t recommend Steve highly enough. If you want a stress free fun day that flows with virtually no interruptions, and what minimal “allocated” photo time there was,was made fun and relaxed …easy…totally enjoyable then Steve is the photographer for you .The reality is you won’t even know he’s there capturing those priceless special moments.

His powers of observation and skilled eye for detail means he catches with his lense not JUST a photo but a split second in time which will bring flooding back all the fantastic atmosphere and emotions of that moment ….but not just for a one off …every photo has been captured as he’s blended in with your guests and observed your special day unfold preserving the finer details,  the glances, smiles, tears, belly laughs touching of a face, embraces …..just all the tiny jigsaw pieces that make up your totally unique Day / night.

When I first met Steve he said he strives to ” tell the story of your Day ” ….if I’m totally honest I didn’t fully “get it” but I instantly liked his enthusiasm. Then we saw our wedding photos and NOW I totally 100% “get it ” ….Steve told our story ! And what I think is testament to his talent is if you look through his wedding story each is completely unique and individual …Not a one size fits all ….Steve is a skilled taylor of a photographer. Steve we are so glad we found YOU.

Thank You
Sarah & Viv xxx

The Gathering Barn Wedding - Art by Design Photography - Creative wedding

Kate & Mike

From the slightly tipsy initial phone call, to the downright messy end of the wedding night, Steve was a star the whole way through. Managing to cope with torrential weather, dogs, and a whole lot of wedding guests with a lot of cider in them, he took everything in his stride.
The photos don’t even vaguely suggest the horrendous weather we had, they just glow and look amazing. Our specific request for lots of in focus reception shots as well was managed amazingly, something a lot of other photographers we looked at didn’t have, honestly we love so many of them!

Everyone at the wedding has marveled at the photos I’ve shared with them, as they’ve just said…I didn’t even realise he was there taking that picture! A real star and a lovely guy to work with! Thanks so much Steve!

Love Kate & Mike

Art by Design Photography - Fontygary wedding South Wales

Myfanwy & Dean

Beautiful, thoughtful, magical photos that are the perfect memento of a wonderful day.

I found Steve ( Art by Design) at a wedding fair and was blown away by his big, panoramic wedding photography. We hired him for our wedding after our first meeting, where he really impressed us with his professionalism and creative thinking.

Having a winter wedding, well any wedding in the UK, the weather is always a worry, but Steve was so relaxed about it all, he instilled us with a sense of confidence that it would all be ok on the day itself.

Before the day he sent a very comprehensive questionnaire that actually helped me plan the day itself.

On the day, he couldn’t have been more helpful or accommodating and as you will read from other reviews, at times he took charge but most of the time he was invisible, taking beautiful, candid shots of us and our friends and family that I will treasure for a lifetime.

I was terribly worried and self conscious beforehand but he put me at ease and that is priceless.

In short, Steve was worth every penny we spent and more, as we now have hundreds of perfect, beautiful memories of our wonderful day that we can share with our friends and family.

Thank you Steve, from the bottom of our hearts,

Miff and Dean

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Imogen & Celyn

We couldn’t speak more highly of Steve – he was brilliant! The photos completely capture the day in such a natural and relaxed way and we are absolutely delighted with them, he did such a good job.

We loved chatting to Steve before the wedding and meeting him on the day, and all of our family and friends mentioned how great he was and how he got on with everyone. A totally unforgettable day and we’re so grateful to Steve for being part of it and for capturing it all. Massive massive thanks!

Natural wedding photography Monmouthshire

Joey & Alex

I just realised we haven’t thanked you for our beautiful photographs yet! They are absolutely   stunning and we are completely over the moon. We can’t thank you enough, and promise to leave lots of good feedback on your website when we get a chance. We love them and have no idea how we are going to pick a few for an album.

A million thank you’s,

Joey and Alex xx

Natural wedding photography New House Hotel

Rhi & Carl

Thank you so much Steve on behalf of myself and carl. we had our wedding in may and now we have finally picked our photos after us taking our time picking them. After seeing our album we are over the moon and couldn’t be happier. Throughout the process of planning, Steve was very helpful and professional. On the day, our venue was very disorganised which left me very stressed. luckily for us, steve took charge and was very helpful. all our guests commented on how lovely steve was. We are thrilled with the photos and would definitely recommend him.

 Thanks again steve!

Frankie & Liam

Steve is absolutely brilliant – The photos from the day are Iconic! Even 1 year down the line he is still answering my questions!! He was brilliant on the day and if I am honest in the best possible way we didnt know he was there which is what you want for a photographer! Couldn’t ask for anymore!!


Thank you very much… Frankie and Liam x

Art by Design Photography - 2017 Highlights

Tara & Neil

Steve you made our day!!! The photos for everyone to see, speak for themselves – amazing!! You captured the day perfectly along the way, in every way! Thank you for being so creative, brilliant and genuinely one of the nicest people we’ve has the privilege to meet.

Thank you from the both of us, Mr and Mrs Llewellyn x

Art by Design Photography - 2017 Highlights

Abi & Chris

My husband and I had Art by Design carry out our wedding photography earlier this year. From the first meeting with Steve we instantly felt at ease and looking through his work certainly impressed us. Steve was always quick to respond to any queries we had about the organisation of the day and talked us through what to expect. He also asked us what was important to us for him to try and capture on the day. Not only did he capture everything we asked for, he captured so much more than we could have imagined. Looking through the photographs now tell us a story of our wedding day and we get to relive it a little bit every time we view the images.

Steve has a real talent for capturing raw emotion and natural beauty. We are in love with our photographs and shall be forever grateful for his work. Not only is he a fantastic photographer, he is also so friendly, polite and so pleasant to be around throughout the day.

I thoroughly recommend using Art by Design. I believe the service we received was true value for money and second to none. Thank you Steve.

Abi and Chris – May 2017 – Tretower Court

Chris & Emily

Steve was fantastic from start to finish. Pre-wedding he was very open and helpful having worked at our chosen venue on numerous occasions, and it made a real difference on the day. He came to the house on the morning and got some great shots, and the ceremony and post-ceremony photos were absolutely fantastic.

He stayed late into the evening and the range of photos he got from staged, to reportage, outdoors, indoors, speeches and evening entertainment were all great. We had a hard time whittling down our favourite shots!

Highly recommended, and a really nice guy as well, which makes having him there on your big day a pleasure.

Art by Design Photography - 2017 Highlights

Gary & Bekky

Steve from Art by Design was absolutely fantastic on our special day. We wanted a photographer who would make us feel at ease, was creative and also was able to direct the audience to allow him to capture the best shots possible. We cannot thank you enough for capturing our day and we feel it was money well spent. I would recommend him without any hesitation. All the best, Gary and Bekky. x

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