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The South West Wedding Award's 2019

Let me Tell you a little about the South West Wedding Award’s and how they work. So the Award’s cover the whole of the South West - Bristol, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire. There are categories for everything wedding related from Photographers, florists, cake makers, Entertainment, Venue’s and so forth.  “ The Awards recognise those businesses which exceed the expectations for their customers, providing outstanding service and inspire their customers to want to actively and positively promote them”.

Once I entered, couple’s whose weddings I have covered during the given timescale can vote for me on the below criteria scoring 1- 10. They can then also leave comment’s.  The South West wedding awards admin team then determine the highest scoring businesses from each category who then get announced as finalist’s. It is then at that point the finalist’s submit a mission statement, which is compared against their client comments and our website and social media is judged.

  1. Service

  2. Quality

  3. Value for money

  4. Commitment

Each year as the award’s get more known, there are more and more entries. I last entered the award’s in 2014 under the category of Classic Photographer, back then there was 4 in my category- sadly i didnt win BUT after only having my business set up for two years to make it to the finals I felt I had won anyway! I did not think for one minute that this year I would get to the finals as the scale of entries was massive. According to the organiser’s of the awards they had the most amount of entries ever. Well………. thanks to my amazing client’s I got announced as a finalist, this time under bespoke photographer alongside 13 other amazing photographers. I was amazed and so very very grateful. Again sadly when the award’s came I missed out on the winning spot BUT I am elated at even being a finalist in such a massive industry.

I have just received all the client comment’ s that were submitted to the panel and I have welled up with happy tear’s at reading them.  You can find them below, so grab a cuppa and have a read! I am BLOWN away by people’s words and kindness and can’t thank all those that voted enough for taking a snippet of time out of their day to support me and my business……. little ole me …. crazy ! Honestly ….. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, it means the absolute world to me.



Michelle really is someone very special, I (Bobby here!) work in recruitment on a daily basis and come across so many people and can honestly say that it’s rare when you come across someone as kind and friendly as Michelle. She managed to catch everything we didn’t even know we wanted captured on our big day and did it all flawlessly, all while making us both feel completely at ease. Our day couldn’t have gone better, we say to everyone that if you were to take us back in time and throw all the money at us then we wouldn’t change a thing Still, Michelle totally is in with that too, we couldn’t have had anyone better. Kind hearted, easy to speak to, easy to be around, very professional in person and over email, really easy to use and such a laugh too, our jaws ached from having such a fun time with Michelle when it was just the 3 of us. I could go on all day about the service Michelle offers and her character too and she deserves that praise too, 100%, I would recommend Michelle to anyone and undoubtedly for this award too.


Michelle was amazing on our wedding day! It was only me, my partner and girls who had a very small and intimate ceremony. She was not only a really lovely lady and easy to get along with but knew exactly what she wanted and even managed to get some gorgeous pics of my very active little girl! We are so happy with all of the pictures, she Captured the day perfectly! 


Michelle was so lovely and really made our day special. 
From our first meeting with Michelle we knew she was the perfect photographer for us - she really got our style and even came up with her own ideas to maximise on our style which we were so grateful for. 
We even had a few perculiar photo ideas which Michelle was more than happy to do (and which came out so amazingly!)
As soon as she arrived at our wedding and came up to see me and my wedding party she put me at ease - and continued to do so for the rest of the day. She was so friendly and funny and just effortlessly fit in with our day. 
The group photos were done effortlessly and weren’t in the usual stiff wedding style; Michelle’s directions and instructions were easy to follow and made for amazing pictures! 
When Joe and I went off to take our pictures alone with Michelle she let us show our personalities in our relationship with locations and poses. She never once laughed at or turned away our suggestions - such as going to spooky areas or involving a motorbike in our shoot. 
And now we’ve got the photos we couldn’t be happier! Our only issue now is cutting down the list we’ve chosen - as we want them all! 
I’ve already recommended Michelle to so many people I know getting married in the next few years. And I know our wedding wouldn’t have been the same without her there sharing our vision and laughter. 
She was the perfect person to share and photograph our big day! 


Michelle captured our wedding day perfectly and we literally could’nt be happier with our photos! She was non intrusive, professional and personable and would highly recommend her to anyone. Thanks again Michelle


 Michelle brought so much more to our wedding than just her cameras and vibrant nature- she brought professionalism, creativity, non-stop genuine enthusiasm and endless energy even though it was minus 4 and our venue was outdoors! Michelle was so warm and welcoming from the outset and she really listened to how we envisaged our day to be captured. Michelle really brought our elopement wedding to life and we loved the fact that we did not feel that we lost any of our day to having to pose for hours on end - not at all. We just carried on with our celebrations and Michelle would suddenly pop out of a bush or from behind a tree and we barely knew she was there and that's exactly what we wanted from our photographer, to be present but not over bearing and Michelle could not have been more perfect, she really took the time to work out our personalities of not just us but our guests too. In particular Michelle achieved great things with our flower girl who is just 1 years old  and Michelle had her giggling away from the second she arrived and the images of our flower girl we received were absolutely stunning - perfection. Michelle really captured our personalities down to the finest details, the close up shots she took of the groom's military medals and attire are not just the most amazing keep sake images but they are practically art in their own right as were the landscape images she captured of our venue. Michelle managed to tell a complete story of our day from start to finish without any hesitation or concern -  a true professional - we were all so, so impressed by Michelle from the moment we met her. She has the most extraordinary natural style of photography which is something we felt could not be learnt or taught, its a rare natural ability to connect to each of her subjects in a very unique way without them even realising which we felt Michelle most definitely achieved.  Both of us are animal obsessed and Michelle went above and beyond to incorporate the most random extra guests into our wedding pictures - how many brides and grooms can say they have alpacas, a goat, chickens and a rather handsome elderly Labrador join your special day!  None of the images look forced, rehearsed or most importantly over -posed and that to us just proves that she was even able to capture the individual personalities of the estate animals in their natural environment - just wonderful! we could not recommend Michelle enough and we have already been in contact to arrange further bookings for various family and pet events as we know that Michelle will continue to produce the most stunning images through her unique style and sheer talent. Michelle's work is so deserving of such great recognition and we just feel so blessed that she has produced such amazing photographic memories for us that we can pass on through our family to be admired and adored for many years to come.


Absolutely fantastic photographer from start to finish!! Use Michelle every time we have family photos and wedding... Michelle makes anyone that isn't too comfortable having their photos taken feel totally at ease. I was so impressed with our wedding photos, I new they'd be good but they were fantastic! You would think there was two photographers on the day, Michelle was every where, got everything without even really knowing she was there. 
Highly recommend! 


 I absolutely hate my photo being taken but Michelle was so not in your face the whole afternoon was just like playing around with a friend so relaxed & professional she knew how to get the best shots with attention to detail, even though it was a dull day my photos are amazing , she even managed to get some great shots of my dog who really wasn’t interested in posing, fantastic day & I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her to my friends from 1st contact to final pictures excellent 


Michelle took amazing photos at our wedding. We have had so many comments on the beautiful photos. She was super friendly and made us feel so relaxed. Could’nt recommend her enough!


Michelle is absolutely amazing! From the pre-wedding photoshoot to our big day she did a great job. I was super nervous before our pre-wedding photoshoot but she put me at total ease and on my wedding day she was just like a member of the family. The photographs are fantastic and we are so happy we booked Michelle. Highly recommended!!


Michelle is so talented. We felt so lucky to have her as our wedding photographer. She captured out day perfectly and was so professional throughout the day. What a gift to the South West


We chose Michelle to take the photographs for our wedding based on her website portfolio of other weddings she had covered.  We found her imagination and creativity impressive.
We are both camera shy so we were really pleased that Michelle recognised this and guided us through, what for us was, quite a daunting prospect.
She was very confident in where and how we should position ourselves to make the best of  the lighting and the location, suggesting areas within the venue and poses that would make for intimate and memorable photographs.
We found her to be very professional and competent and our photographs are evidence of this as we are now in a quandry about which ones to print, as they are all fabulous. 
We would recommend Michelle to anyone who asked


Michelle ley made my family, friends and especially me the bride feel relaxed on our special day. She worked so professional and throughout the day I forgot she was there taking photos, natural photos  that I will treasure for the rest of my life. Michelle captured moments that I didnt even know were happening and I thank her so much for this. 


Where do I start, Michelle is an unbelievable photographer, she has done above and beyond to capture our wedding day in photo form. I'm so pleased I picked Michelle, she was there in time, got to work at capturing my day straight away. We both felt so comfortable with her. All my guest are amazed at my wedding photos that Michelle has taken. She deserves this award I've never meet another photographer like her.
Thank you Michelle I'll never forget my day know I have your wonderful photos you took.
Harriet and Ben 


The venue we chose was so unique and so far from home that we were very nervous about choosing a right photographer as it was all done via email and phone. Michelle surpassed all expectations for our wedding day. She was so friendly, welcoming and professional. A joy to have at our wedding, the photos never felt like a chore. She expertly directed us to ensure we got the photos we wanted and was so so great with our guests and little dog. We couldnt recommend Michelle highly enough x


From the moment we met Michelle we knew we had made the right choice. As someone who doesn't typically enjoy having their photo taken I was instantly at ease and loved every moment. Michelle is not only a wonderfully talented photographer but a genuinely lovely person and it was a joy to have her as part of our wedding. Michelle gave us exactly what we wanted and our photos are absolutely beautiful. Everyone who has seen them has commented on them and we couldn't be happier that we chose Michelle for such an important day! Will definitely be looking for an excuse to book her again!


Michelle has a lovely warm open friendly personality, easy to talk to and very helpful.
The booking process was easy and informative.
She tailor made the experience to our needs.
Made us feel at ease, the whole time.
Our photo's were fabulous, caught natual joy on our faces which is so very precious.
All round great service and very reasonable prices.
We can't highly recommend michelle enough.


Michelle really put us at ease on our wedding day. It was like we had known her for years. She was so friendly and accommodating. The photos she took were amazing. The service we received was first class from start to finish. The USB she sent us with all our photos on was a diamante love heart presented in a lovely gift box...such a beautiful touch. We will never forget our special day and thanks to Michelle we have perfect photos which captured every moment. We will treasure them forever. Thank you. 


Very lovely lady who made us feel comfortable and at ease . Beautiful photographs and would highly recommend.. 


Michelle was AMAZING. We have the most fabulous photos, and she filled the brief perfectly.
We had an elopement wedding, and very much wanted a "fly on the wall" approach to the photos. Michelle was incredible - during the ceremony, we didn't notice her at all (except when she signed the register as our witness!). Afterwards, Michelle just followed us as we went for a woodland walk, very much allowing us to have fun, and only gave us minimal direction towards the best light.
She made our wedding so enjoyable, and we have the most beautiful record of the day. 
Her turn-around was also exceptional; she emailed us a sample of 16 or so photos only 3 days after the wedding, and we received a beautifully packaged USB just 2 weeks afterwards.
Wonderful service. 


Michelle was fantastic from the very start. Quick communication and very friendly manner. We got married quite a distance from our home and had a few recommendations from the venue for photographers. Michelle's website and gallery looked amazing and we knew we had to have Michelle do our photography. Everything with the lead up to the wedding was so smooth and effortless. On our wedding day Michelle was amazing. She made us feel so comfortable as we are both not fans of our photos being taken. We all laughed so much and it was a pleasure having her there with us. Michelle spent 3 hours with us and got so many photos it was unreal. We received the digital photos through within a few weeks and they were stunning. We then had to choose 30 for our book. It was so hard to choose. Once we picked our photos the book then arrived quickly. Michelle had picked the book and designed it for us perfectly it was out of this world amazing we cryed. She had chosen some extra photos to use as decorative background which added the extra memories. 
I can not recommend her enough. She is fantastic at her job, with a great eye for the details and a lovely woman to have with you on your special day. We wish her all the best of luck with this and her future. 


Wow! To be honest I have no words that will do Michelle’s work justice, the pictures speak for themselves. I look at my wedding pictures every day if not more “ Im in love with them”Once your wedding day is over all you have are the memories and the pictures so it’s crucial they are taken in the right way. I’m so incredibly grateful Michelle was available. She was professsional, patient and has an outstanding talent to capture the moments telling the story in a natural way which I don’t see with many photographers. I love my photos and will treasure them always. 


Honestly can’t recommend Michelle highly enough. Not only are her photographs incredibly stunning and more than we could ever have wished for, she’s a genuinely lovely person. 
Neither of us usually like having our photo taken in the past but Michelle put us at ease and have of the time didn’t even realise she was taking photos, capturing those truly natural moments. 
We also had a fairly big wedding so was lots of people to try and constantly gather. Michelle did this with such ease and was completely on the ball and had control of everything.
We have now just had our first baby and are using Michelle to have our baby shots done as we wouldn’t go to anyone else now :)


Michelle was our photographer for our wedding last year. She did an absolutely fantastic job and made us feel so relaxed and at ease. She blended in with the guests capturing some amazing natural photos. She was brilliant with all ages from children right through to the grandparents making everybody feel comfortable. We adore our wedding photos and have them all around the house. I would recommend Michelle with a 5* rating to anybody getting married. 


Well what can I say a outstanding photographer Michelle done our wedding photos and couldn’t be happier the quality is outstanding and Michelle managed to capture every moment imaginable. Michelle also traveled to east Devon where I got married in the most herrondeous weather down small country roads Michelle messaged once she had arrived at her accommodation for the night so I wasn’t left wondering if she had arrived and also the small touch in the morning sending me a message wishing me a happy wedding day and she would see me soon. Michelle didn’t have to do any of this but she did. Michelle didn’t feel like a photographer she was more like a guest mingling in with everyone enjoying the moments aswell half the time you forgot she was working be she also went behind and above her photographer work we had a few showers on my wedding day Michelle was there to help carry my dress if I needed it nothing was ever too much bother for her helping me and other guests I wouldn’t hesitate recommending Michelle you are instantly at ease with her I felt honoured to have Michelle take photos of the biggest day of my life and this won’t be the last I see off either xx Michelle truly deserves this award


Michelle was perfect in every way when she took our wedding photos. she made us feel so at ease. Aside from the fact that Michelle took the most stunning photos (that I frequently get complimented on) my husband and I were more impressed that she took photos of me that I actually love of myself. I’ve always feared my photo being taken by others due to personal insecurities and low self esteem so I always thought I would hate my wedding photos regardless of the photographer however Michelle managed to catch the most beautiful shots that I want to show to the world, it’s a wonderful feeling. Every time I look at my photos it’s like I’m taken back to that magical day and it’s the greatest feeling ever and I couldn’t thank Michele enough. I would recommend her to everyone.


We have used Michelle Ley Photography for 3 separate photo shoots and each one has blown us away with her talent and patience. Chell photographed our wedding and we couldn’t have asked for more. She was fabulous at capturing our day and even managed to get beautiful photos of each guest as they went about their day. She was wonderful with everyone, even the children - who adored her! The photos she created were exceptional quality, imaginative and most importantly exactly what we wanted but carried out in a non intrusive, professional manner. I highly recommend Chell and personally wouldn’t go anywhere else.


Michelle is absolutely amazing at what she does! from day one of contacting her we were made to feel at ease which is a major plus with any aspect of wedding planning! we had numerous chats of what we wanted from our wedding photos and what actual pictures we wanted to achieve which with a big family was so important to get right and nothing was too much trouble! On the day of the wedding Michelle was fabulous as always, so discreet catching natural shots but also very organised and on point with arranging the group photos! we went off for a bit to have couples photo done and I'm not a confident person and actually hate having my photo done but Michelle made me feel so at ease made me laugh and not really worry or think about the fact i was in the spot light and thats not something you can learn thats a talent in its self!! and then the finished result! and oh my they were stunning! absolutely breath taking photos she captured our magical day perfectly and cant ever thank her enough! photos are such a treasured thing and no one will get them better than Michelle !!


photos were natural, not staged, exactly what we wanted. Michelle was a treat to work with!