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Whitchurch Road
Chester, CH3 9DR


Documentary Wedding photography based in Chester UK. A UK and International Photographer creating documentary, quirky, relaxed wedding photography   


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Documentary Wedding Photographer based in Chester, wedding photography covering the UK and Europe. Quirky, relaxed, natural wedding photography for couples who want their wedding photography to story-tell their wedding day.... would you like to see our past bride and groom feed back

Hi Sarah, just wanted to message you to say thank you so much for our amazing wedding pictures! We are both absolutely made up with them you’ve captured everything we wanted and more from our special day and we are so so grateful! We can’t wait to show all of our family and friends!

From the first few minutes when we first met you we know we had found the photographer for us! You are such a lovely person and we couldn’t recommend you to other people enough! You’ve captured memories of our day that we can always look back on and cherish, we honestly can’t put into words how much it means to us!

We would also like to thank Sam for her amazing pictures as well, I can only reiterate how made up we are with them! She did a great job!

Lots of love

Phill & Billie xxx
We booked Sarah Jane Photography for our wedding back around 18 months – 2 years ago, yes it really was that long ago!!!

It was really important to us to have a photographer that would capture our memories perfectly, Sarah’s style of photography is just what we wanted, it has a very relaxed and dream like approach, we wanted the day to be captured as it was happening moment to moment. Sarah was actually recommended to us by my sister, as she had shot her wedding a few years back, so I knew after seeing her gorgeous photographs I needed her to shoot our wedding too… the only tricky thing being our wedding was to be held in Italy! After a few exchanges of email, and the big yes of course I will shoot your wedding abroad, we were over the moon!

Our wedding ceremony was held in a little town called Certaldo and the reception was held at a vine yard just outside of Florence in Italy, we had 46 of our closest family and friends there to celebrate with us.

As the big day arrived Sarah and Rich were wonderful from start to finish. Sarah knew all the right things to say to me even when I was nervous getting ready, she softly clicked away taking pictures of me without me noticing, capturing every little detail. Both Sarah and Rich are so enthusiastic and professional about their work it really does show which makes you feel so at ease. They both felt like guests at our wedding they fitted in perfectly with our wedding party, capturing pictures of not only us but our family and friends personalities wonderfully.

We couldn’t have asked for anything more from Sarah and Rich, our wedding photographs are simply out of this world, we will treasure them forever, they are truly both such a wonderful and talented couple.

Thank you so so much for being a part of our big day and capturing our memories perfectly.

Lots of Love
Mr & Mrs Bolton
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Not sure that ‘thank you’ really covers it .... we love our photos, they are just wonderful ! Think we must have spent hours going through them and were able to re-live the whole occasion as the day seemed to pass in such a blur, thanks for capturing all of it, what great memories to be able to keep and look back on.

When we first starting talking about making arrangements for the big day, there were no other names on the list, having seen you work at 2 other lovely weddings and after our initial meeting at our little cottage on the hill, we were absolutely certain that our photographs would turn out to be perfect, which they are.

A massive thanks to you and Nick, you were both so friendly and made us and everyone else feel instantly at ease so we could carry on with enjoying the day. Both sets of pictures are so brilliant, everyone who has seem them so far has commented on what a fantastic job you did.
Cait & Pete
I was going to start with ‘Sarah, I cant believe how amazing the pictures have all turned out’ but Duh! of course they are amazing because YOU took them! I’m so in love with you!! ....(too much? its true- haha!!)

I remember that day juggling a 4 way conversation between yourself, the registrar and the venue to finalise an available date, I was so touched by your genuine joy when we were all confirmed. I have no doubt if we had been the in same room you would have been jumping on the sofa with me like kids because you are so involved emotionally, and my goodness does it show in your work.

I have known Sarah for a few years, finding her through a mutual friend as I needed a head-shot. My mum went on to have Sarah photograph her own wedding and then we were so incredibly lucky to have Sarah photograph our new born baby twins. I had been dreaming of my own wedding for years and there was no doubt in my mind when the day came who we would have capture those special moments.

Sarah’s work is stunning, you only need to see a few pictures to know true that is, but what you really need to know is how much of a beautiful person she is. Every step of planning our wedding, when I have needed her, she has been there full of enthusiasm and great advice. On our wedding day Sarah became my second maid of honor, helping fix my dress and always on hand for hair and make up checks.

One of my most treasured parts of the day was walking hand in hand with my new Husband and exploring the gardens with Sarah: camera and 2 giant red balloons in hand. We laughed so much it was impossible not to love the experience. The sun was shining, the flowers were blooming and Sarah captured all the magical moments for us to remember forever.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the memories.

Tracy & Dave
Hello my lovely!

Yes we have thank you. It was such a lovely gift, thank you. I felt like a little kid at Christmas opening it Saturday morning :)

Thinking back to that first freezing cold day we met you in your studio we knew we wanted you at our wedding with our without your camera! We felt so at ease with you, it was like we had been friends for years and you were as passionate about what we wanted as we were and when we got our pictures back from our pre-wedding shoot around a very wet and cold Chester we knew we’d made the right decision.

By the time the big day cam around it was like we’d only just spoken yesterday. Our wedding day was an absolute whirlwind but you and Sam were fab and completely took the pressure off us. We knew we were in safe hands, great to get on with on our perfect day. Before the day was over we received our ‘sneak peak’ and couldn’t believe how perfect they were.

You have captured our day so beautifully, every moment has come flooding back to us and it’s lovely to re-live the day over and over again. We can’t thank you enough, you and the photos are utterly amazing! X x x x
When we started planning our non-wedding-wedding, the list of what we DIDN’T want was a lot longer than what we did. No speeches. No first dance. No cutting of the cake. Nothing traditional at all really (apart from the pretty white dress, I needed a pretty white dress).

Our aim was to have a laid back day with lots of drinking, laughing and dancing with our nearest and dearest, and definitely no formalities. We also wanted the day to celebrate all things Chester, the place where we met, live and love.

One of our top priorities was to have an amazing photographer. After doing some searching for local photographers, I chanced upon a photo of a couple walking through Chester City centre on Pinterest, and knew that that was the photographer for us! I send Sarah a message and after meeting up it was confirmed that Sarah was our ideal photographer. She was exactly what we needed, a photographer who would help direct us, but not make us pose for those “traditional” wedding photos that made us cringe. Oh, and she is super talented!!!

We had a very intimate wedding ceremony at the beautiful Chester Town Hall, with just immediate family and our wedding party. I knew that I would be extremely nervous on the day and the thought of having to stand up in front of a room full of people made me sick! Having such a small group of loved ones took so much pressure off and I actually ended up really enjoying it. After we said our I Dos, we all walked through Chester City centre down to the river where we met up with our guests and had a boat ride on the River Dee to the village of Eccleston. We were so lucky to book Eccleston Village Hall as our wedding reception venue, it’s an absolutely gorgeous space which we were able to make our own. Here we had an open (homemade) bar, amazing BBQ food from the very talented Smohk & Mischief van, live music from the fabulous Kick Back Sundays, followed by DJ Timmy Magic who rocked the house!

Sarah was able to capture our day perfectly. Every photo makes me smile, it’s impossible to pick a favourite. Sarah always felt like one of our guests, she fit in so well. Looking back at a lot of the photos, we had no idea that they were being taken! We never felt like we had a camera in our faces, yet every part of the day has been documented beautifully, and more importantly, naturally.”

Lot of love,
Lauren and Ian
“Sarah was amazing on the day, she was calm and professional At all times. She captured every little detail that we wanted and more and made the experience fun and memorable. I highly recommend Sarah as her love of photography and capturing Those most happiest times is just as important to her as it is to you.”
Mrs Ffion Lewis (evans)
Sarah Jane was an amazing wedding photographer and a delight to work with from our very first email contact. She is so personable, it’s impossible not to like her, she completely ’got’ the look and feel we were after for our wedding day. We loved our pre-wedding photoshoot and it made us feel much more comfortable in front of the camera, which was an issue for my husband Jack at first. On the big day Sarah was fantastic, so helpful throughout and I’m sure we’ll have many amazing photos.”

Dr Leah Wolstencroft (Williams)
Where do I start with Sarah & Rich. We were really struggling to find the perfect photographer and met with Sarah. That’s where we were completely put and ease by her and
Blown away with her work. They both have an amazing eye and capture the moments we would have missed! They are out standing and have the ability to understand your own personal visions and put them in pictures. They made everything easy and nothing was too
much. They gave is pictures we could only dream off! just amazing!!”
Mrs Rhiannon Dymond
Myself and my husband live overseas so we found it very hard to pick a photographer sarah came highly recommended and she went out of her way to skype chat with us. When we visited the U.K. we had a pre wedding shoot and met sarah which verified we had made the
right choice! Sarah and rich fitted in perfectly to our relaxed wedding and we couldn’t have asked for more.”
Mrs Helen Gamblen (Chilton)
Sarah Janes Photography was simply....AMAZING!!”
Mr Dominic Rowley
We first met Sarah well over a year before our Wedding and I knew instantly that I wanted her! Not only to be our fabulous photographer, but to be a part of our day. Sarah made everything so effortless and fun for us and I could have spent even longer with her. The images are better than we could have hoped for and she has managed to capture every aspect perfectly. Just looking through them I can recall the exact moments and find myself reliving the whole day! Such a beautiful person! xXx
Mrs Jennifer Phillips (Rae)
I cannot thanks Sarah enough for everything she did for us to make our wedding pictures memorable pictures forever, she is very friendly, easy going and very polite.”
Mrs Kayleigh Bedford (Perry)
I absolutely love Sarah’s style. Her photos are quirky and original and absolutely beautiful.
She is very creative and captures unexpected shots. On the day Sarah made us feel very relaxed, she totally got the style of the day and didn’t intrude, she blended in with the guests whilst capturing real emotions. I have loved looking through all of our shots! I would definitely recommend Sarah to anyone looking for a documentary photographer to capture the story of the best day of your life.”
Mrs Michelle Plant
After being told about Sarah Janes photography from several friends we decided to make contact. Sarah got back to us with immediate affect and answered every question We loved her straight away. From our first meeting we knew we had made the right choice. On our wedding day we wanting one off natural shots, which we got! Absolutely outstanding and beautiful photography. We couldn’t have asked for more and think this {Wedding Industry Award} award would be well deserved
Mrs Hailey Morait (Lewis)
Sarah Janes Photography are simply the best photographers you could ask and wish for, for your wedding day! They become part of wedding and feel like guests instead of just the people behind the camera! They made everyone feel at ease and the results are amazing!”
Mrs Samantha Miller-Metcalfe
Great attention to detail. Sarah and Rich put us at ease and delivered fantastic photos without any pomp or fussing.”
Mr Jed Sutcliffe
The photos Sarah sent us are amazing! They will be right up there with our most highly treasured posessions for the rest of our lives. She captured every detail, emotion and the overall feel of the day perfectly. Always there if we wanted to ask or request anything yet subtly capturing so much more than we ever expected. With all the money and time in the world I would not chose to select another photography team. Somehow she keeps a charming and unique style of her own but gets you everything
Mr David (Toby) Newton
Sarah and rich were fantastic on our wedding day. They blended in with our guests perfectly meaning they captured some truly special moments. Their style is a mixture of relaxed guest and group pictures which was exactly what we were looking for. We would recommend to anyone.” Mrs Samantha Clark (Green)
We approached Sarah Janes Photography because we were looking for someone who would document our day, create memories to last a life time and most importantly none intrusive.
We fell in love with Sarah after our first meeting, she got our brief straight away and was so enthusiastic about are wedding plans compared to those we had seen before her. In the run to the wedding Sarah was always on hand to talk a didn’t disappoint on the day. Sarah and Rich also received great feedback from our guests.”
Mrs Rachael McAteer
Sarah Janes Photography was recommend to us through a friend and we knew from the moment that we met Sarah and saw her incredible photographs that she was the one that we wanted to document our day. During our pre-wedding shoot Sarah and Rich made us feel so relaxed and at ease and this really helped with the photographs on our wedding day. The resulting photographs were also fantastic; so natural, relaxed and just what we wished for.

They are something that we really will treasure forever.

Mrs Rebecca Murphy
Sarah & Rich are both relaxed, happy people who are confident in their work, it transferred to myself & my groom so we had no worries at all about the quality of the images. They captured the personalities of our friends & family brilliantly. The images tell the story of our relationships with our guests, they evoke real emotion in us. Tears & laughter. Sarah is a professional & takes her work very seriously while maintaining a fun attitude & endless enthusiasm & excitement about our day.
Mrs Emma Jones (Roberts)
I fell I love with Sarah’s work both on wedding photography and red shoe. I knew her attention to detail and professionalism is of high standards and I knew we would have a great time with her and great photographs Mrs Ffion Lewis (evans)
We booked Sarah janes for a few reasons: 1) Sarah herself is such a warm person and really cares about your needs etc and 2) her photography is exactly what we wanted. Those special moments’ are captured effortlessly and not one smile was forced! We just loved her style! Mrs Samantha Miller-Metcalfe
The quality of her work blew us away, her outlook on life was right up our street and her passion for photography and telling stories shone through. Sarah is genuine, extremely talented and in our experience put us as the client first which was invaluable. I would
recommend Sarah and Rich where possible in the future
Mrs Rachael McAteer
We found Sarah’s blog online and fell in love with her documentary style and relaxed photos. Her photos have a dreamy look about them which we loved in comparison to other photographers whose photos seem colour saturated and posed. We wanted the whole day to be captured, rather than many posing group photos. When we first met Sarah she was so friendly and welcoming and chatting to her about our big day she was so enthusiastic and really got the rustic feel to our day which we were after. We are so happy we booked Sarah Jane and feel she is a deserving winner of this award {finalist Best wedding photographer Nw} we are already recommending her to our newly-engaged friends.
Dr Leah Wolstencroft (Williams)
Sarah’s website showing her portfolio of previous weddings attracted us to Sarah. When we met we clicked with Sarah straight away. She has a great personality and was clearly very passionate about what she does. She knew what we wanted straight away, and she understood exactly what we wanted. Mrs Samantha Clark (Green)




They are simply amazing!!!!!!!! I absolutely love them. Sat here with a bottle of bubbly whilst balling my eyes out at how awesome they are :-) We can’t thank you enough, you really are an amazing photographer.
“Sarah is incredibly passionate about photography and this immediately shines through in her work. I don’t particularly like having my photo taken, but Sarah put me at ease immediately. Even on the day, I barely noticed the camera, as Sarah captured the
photographs whilst blending in with the guests. Both me and my husband were absolutely overwhelmed with our wedding photos and would highly recommend Sarah Janes Photography.”
Mrs Emily Cooke
Hey Sarah! How’s our favourite photographer? Hopefully Laura got back to you at the weekend about the photos. Immediate family have had a look through (Karen rang us sobbing down the phone by the 167st photo, she’s over the moon with them!) and we will now have to do the difficult task of picking out some favourites!! How difficult is that going to be with so many to choose from??? ARRGHH!!

If it hasn’t been said already we are immensely proud and chuffed to bits with the job you’ve done for us. I never really appreciated the little things on the day (nor do you really have the time lol!), but you ve captured it all fantastically. It’s so nice to see everyone happy and in the tipi spirit! The outside shots belong in commercial magazines, simple as that. I’m definitely looking for excuses to use you again in the future! While we will always remember the day through the incredible photos, we will never forget who took them . Love ya, the Parlows! Xx
We chose Sarah to capture our day because she is so unique. I trawled the internet and I mean it felt like days until I found Sarah, and I just knew as soon as I saw the images... It had to be her! I am really passionate about photography and spend most of my time behind the lens, so to me this was a biggie! Finding someone I could trust to capture all the moments, all the bits that make a smile creep onto your face at the memory of the joy and happiness, it was important to me. I contacted Sarah to see if she could fit us in and to ask if she could also do something else special for us, capture the day on film. Good old fashioned 35mm film, with the wonderful light and the uncertainty, and of course she said yes! So I was sold, we had our pre shoot with her and loved the images we received back. She was so good at putting me at ease in front of the camera (Scott didn’t need it, he was a pro ha ha). Sarah was wonderful on the day, she got fantastic shots of all our friends and family, just enjoying the day, she was like a ninja, (and I mean this in a really good way) she didn’t interrupt our day at all she moved around and captured moments as they happened without people noticing.. Isn’t that the ideal? Well for us it was, and she did it so well. I can’t wait to receive our images and start designing our album... Thank you Sarah!
Hannah & Scott
WOW. You have taken my breath away. Could not have asked for more beautiful images Sarah they are stunning. I was all warm and fuzzy looking through memories of what was a magical fairy tale of a day and you have captured our fairy tale beautifully. They are perfect, thank you so much, LOVE THEM! Laura & Craig
Well what can you say about Sarah the pictures do the talking. I hate cameras, I prefer to be behind them and not in front but Sarah made it easy. Sarah is my sister-in-law Ang’s best friend, you might have seen her and Al’s wedding photos in Cyprus this time last year. Ang showed me some of the previous wedding’s Sarah had done when they got engaged so when Gareth asked me I just knew who we had to have to do our photos I just had to persuade the hubbie to be, luckily we are on the same wave length and like the same things so it wasn’t that hard. Your photographs tell you your wedding day story, to be able to do that you need to have someone who is passionate about what they do. Sarah is 1000 times passionate about what she does you can just see it in her as soon as she picks up the camera, she even taught my son Alec some tips when we had our pre-shoot, not many people would do this. Sarah is not only your photographer for your big day, she becomes a friend someone you could trust whole heartily to capture your special day. Natasha & Gareth
Sarah knew we wanted a relaxed approach to the wedding photography and she captured the feel of the wedding extremely well. Neither of us particularly like having our photo taken and even so she managed to capture some lovely candid shots of the two of us” Sarah & Duncan
Sarah was a delight to deal with from the very start. We had met another photographer prior to booking Sarah, who we knew wasn’t right for our wedding. I had done some research and mentioned to a colleague I liked Sarah Jane’s photography and she was on the verge of booking Sarah too (in the end her cousin insisted on photographing her wedding). We met Sarah in Dec 2013 and were totally bowled over. We knew we had to book her! The rest, as they say, is history!”

“We loved Sarah’s candid wedding photography. We didn’t want hundreds of posed shots and loved the images she’d captured. On the day, Sarah was fantastic. She fitted right into the wedding preparations and even helped me to get my dress on in brilliant time! We love the photos from our wedding and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Sarah to other couples.”
Mrs Elspeth Wilson (Campbell)
Absolutely love the images!!!! Thank you so much, it brought it all back & was lovely seeing Will before the wedding & he loved seeing the pictures of me getting ready! Louise & Will
We’ve been through them once, obviously planning many more visits, but so far so great!:) very happy!:) haha i hadn’t realised there was so much laughter, you’ve really captured what we wanted. Thank you so much. Dom & Jess
WoW Weeeee! Fabulous Sarah, so pleased with them, thank you so much!
Looking at them again and again and keep seeing other bits that make me smile, laugh and sigh.... Becky & Harry
You were fabulous to work with. So many guests have commented on how unobtrusive you were and it really was like having another friend around Helen & Jeff