Your wedding is probably the most important day of your life - and that means every tiny detail matters.

Nowhere is this more important than your photography .The images are there to last your lifetime and almost certainly that of your children and grandchildren. Once your family, friends and guests have departed the vibrancy of this very special occasion can never be recreated.

This is why I approach every wedding assignment in a focused, thorough and organised manner ensuring that together we 'tell the story of the day'. Much is sometimes made of a photographer's 'style' but what really matters is how you look and feel, how you dance and smile, how you interact with your guests and how you and I develop a working relationship which ensures that all this is captured in pictures to treasure.

I never forget that your wedding is all about you. But it's important that you get to know my personality and trust me. We have to work together as a team and understand what we're looking to achieve.

It's vitally important that the bride and groom feel relaxed (difficult when everyone wants their attention) and that the crucial couple and group shots are carefully pre-planned to take into account the venue, light and background. From your arrival at the church or register office, through the service itself and on to your reception and party, every step must be fully assessed to ensure a top quality product.

With so much going on at your reception I know I will be working to tight deadlines. Fortunately 35 years experience as a newspaper and magazine photographer has taught me a thing or two about time pressures. It will be part of my job to keep everyone smiling while, at the same time, gently shepherding them to where they need to be. There has to be a balance here between sensitivity and efficiency - a balance I work hard to find. I will be happy if no one really notices me.

If you'd like to meet and discuss a commission, talk through your wedding plans or just come and see more of my work, you'll be very welcome. I can give you an idea of fees (fully flexible and tailored to individual requirements) but my underlying philosophy is to give the best value for money. There are no catches or hidden extras - you simply pay a small deposit to book and receive full confirmation in writing.

Whether or not you commission me I hope you have a wonderful wedding and many years of happiness together.

Richard Lappas