My Secret Italy… Karen & Wayne… a testimonial

June 10, 2014 | Weddings

Life is not measured by the breaths we take…..but by the moments that take our breath away 

this was one of those moments …..I could wax lyrical for hours about My Secret Italy and the amazing Julie McKenzie

I could even try and explain all day long about Santa Maria and its incredible people …and I still don’t think I could ever truly convey just how magical they are …….

It’s not very often I am at a loss for words …so instead I will let Karen and Wayne tell you in their own words …

this is the email they sent me that stopped me in my tracks and had me wiping away tears of pure gratitude….

I know that I am incredibly blessed

blessed that my job brings me into contact with people as truly lovely as these guys and their gorgeous family

so thank you Karen and Wayne…from the bottom of my heart …the privilege was all mine

Dear Andrea …

I hope the below captures exactly how wonderful we think you are.

I’m not the best at putting things in words but the more I read over what I’ve written the more emotional I’m becoming and tears are flowing thinking about the wonderful images we have of such a wonderful day!

So I figured I would just send it. Its written with a lot of love for you so, I hope it will suffice….

We had the privilege (and the only word to describe it IS a privilege) of the wonderful Andrea Ellison being our wedding photographer. We knew we loved Andrea’s style as soon as we checked out the web page – but as soon as we met her it sealed the deal! 

Andrea is the most friendly and enthusiastic person, we could tell that she just loved her job.

We were also lucky enough to be getting married in the most magical location we have ever been, Santa Maria de Castellabate in Italy. Andrea had shot weddings there before, so the fact that she knew the location was even more perfect, but in true Andrea style, she wasn’t happy with re-creating other shoots – she was always on the hunt for that extra special angle and boy did she achieve that for us.

On our wedding day when I felt like a princess, she had worked her magic and along with Julie, our wedding planner from My Secret Italy – they had only met with the prince and got us special access to the PALACE!! Where the most amazing shots were taken.

Andrea wasn’t just a wedding photographer, she was part of our wedding party, everyone felt so at ease with her and when she came with us to our pre-wedding dinner she took the most wonderful shots, capturing such special moments we’d never have been aware of. On the day, she worked her heart out and continued to party with us… snapping all they way.

We don’t just have wedding pictures, we have a story – a story we can’t stop looking at.

Thank you Andrea for everything, for being a fantastic photographer, an amazing person and for adding that extra special touch to a fantastic chapter in our lives.

If you are considering booking Andrea to capture a special event for you, my advice to you would be “book her, you will not regret it”

Lots of love
Mr & Mrs HopkinsI took so many images throughout my time in Italy I hardly knew where to even start…so this post is my personal thank you to Karen and Wayne…

I know you have hundreds more images to share with your family and friends ( some of which are quite frankly hilarious!!)

so I wont spoil that surprise just yet …..but to all those that travelled with us…you are in for a treat 🙂

much love to you all and thanks to you for making it a memory I will treasure forever xxx 


  1. Claire Penn Photography

    Wow. Honestly I think your best work yet…. incredible. No WONDER they are a happy couple having seen these and the countless hundreds of others! Amazing. xxxx

  2. Paul Goldfire Marbrook

    Bloody brilliant, i can smell the air in many of these images. Beautifully captured! Many favourites but i do love the white dog on the wall 🙂

  3. Amanda Hayler

    Oh my, I feel like I am there…I wish I was…absolutely stunning xxx

  4. Mandy B

    Bellissima! <3 xxxx

  5. Hayley

    I’m so happy I chose you for our wedding Andrea! 7 weeks on Sunday. These photographs are beautiful!

  6. Hannah Webster

    Stunning! Oh my gosh, Andrea, these are absolutely beautiful. An incredible set of images. Definitely took my breath away. You talented lady, you! x

  7. Sharron Black

    makes me want to get married all over again, just so i can have Andrea be my wedding photographer <3 xxx

  8. Carol Lloyd

    Andrea not only do you capture stunning pictures, you also capture people’s hearts. You are such a lovely lady an I love looking at your photos. Andrea you are amazing xxx

  9. Tracey

    Holy Whoa and then some!! These are stunningly beautiful Andrea – I am in total awe of them! Beautiful location, beautiful couple and so beautifully captured! x


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