Essence Weddings

With over 20 years’ experience in the fashion, advertising and editorial industries, Essence Weddings have serviced the most elite clients. This benchmark differentiates them from the wedding market, providing a niche service that’s edgy and unrivalled.

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Essence Weddings combine the glamour of fashion photography with the tradition of wedding photography to provide breathtaking photos. Ultimate perfectionists, nothing short of spectacular will do; it’s with this philosophy that they embark on shooting every wedding. Class, style and elegance that’s unmatched, combined with photographers who make you feel at ease in front of the camera.

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Essence Weddings chief photographer, Dario Gardiman, explained his passion for photography to us…

"My name is Dario and I love photography and this passionate journey began more than 15 years ago. I’ve covered most things – fashion, advertising, movie posters and campaigns for conglomerates like Coca Cola and McDonalds. But what I love most is shooting people – expressions, emotions and reactions… And somehow this has led me here. I still shoot fashion and advertising campaigns, but I never imagined that I’d genuinely enjoy being part of two people’s journey into their new life.

Being able to capture one of the happiest times they’ll ever remember and turn those into stunning images and life-long memories is an art I continue to enjoy mastering. Here’s the other thing. I don’t like to think of myself as a wedding photographer. In truth, I find a lot of wedding photography bland and predictable."

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Dario goes on to say… "I pride myself in being creative and edgier, but in keeping things clean and natural. My objective is to make every shoot look like it comes out of a magazine. And this is where the theme of Essence came about. And here’s where Essence differs – we don’t just pride ourselves in taking great pictures, but spending considerate time in post-production. And that means you get a more polished result.

Each wedding is treated individually and this attention to detail means the outcome is something that feels “hand-crafted”. Another unique service Essence offers is “pre-planning”. Couples often don’t know where to go and depending on the type of wedding, we are on hand to suggest a number of locations and take part in location scouting. The feedback we receive is overwhelmingly positive and this is why I love my job!"

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