I was so confident about Sanshine that I was going to writing this review before I get the photos. Based solely on the experience with Sanshine on the day, and a sneak preview slideshow we got given as a nice surprise and teaser, I knew the photos were going to be amazing, and they truly are. In summary, I couldn't have been happier with the photos. We have a great mix of formal/family, candid, and some stunning funny posed shots. You imagine these shots would take hours and hours to do, with 5 people and 3 tonnes of equipment behind the camera, but somehow, Sanshine managed to make even us look like movie stars with just a two cameras and no other props at all. She even climbed on her partners shoulders to get the right shots. It was like a paparazzi totem pole :-D
We had a small intimate wedding with around 100 guests. With this small number, any other people who are there are kind of obvious and tend to stand out. I was concerned that there would be a divide between the guests and the photographers, who would just stand at one side and ask people to pose. How wrong I was. Sanshine was there from quite early on in the day to capture us faffing around and getting ready, and by the time the guests arrived, she was as much a part of the wedding party as anyone else. Sanshine mingled with the guests before the ceremony and I think this allowed him to work out who was who and who was with who.
I am not in general a very smiley person, so I was surprised when I got the photos back to see I was smiling, and even laughing in some of them :-) I realize now the reason for all the smiles is that I was bantering back and forth with Sanshine while she was taking the photos. Although she was running around grabbing every angle, everything just felt very easy and relaxed. Even during the formal photographs Sanshine had everyone in stitches laughing and that shows through in the photos "More touching, More touching !!" was her cry. It was amazing :-)
Our wedding day went by far too fast and I was surprised at some of the things we missed. (My wife Hayley never got to see any of the food before the ceremony, I personally never got to see the flowers on the ceremony chairs) but everything is there in the photos; A benefit to having two photographers.
Some other points that are worth mentioning :
We ran over our allotted time but Sanshine was very flexible in making sure we got all the shots we wanted. It would have been very easy to just send me a bill for more time after the event, but Sanshine made sure I was aware of where we were with regards to time and in the end we got everything done almost to time.
I was constantly complaining on the day about the weather because it wasn't as sunny as I had hoped, but Sanshine calmed me down by telling me how the photos would still turn out right.
To summarize..... when you think about it, there's very little remaining of your wedding day one month on. The flowers have gone, the guests have flown home, you are back at work :-( About the only thing that remains is the photos, so I think it is a great investment to get the absolute best, and for that I would recommend Sanshine every time.