A Spring Wedding in Caldicot


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Kayleigh and Jon’s wedding was at St.Mary’s Church in Caldicot, ( a medieval church and grade 1 listed building ),  on a very typical April day! I think we had everything from dark skies, to showers, to blazing sunshine.

After taking photos at Kayleigh’s grandmothers home of the bridal preparations, I set off to get shots of the nervous but happy bridegroom, Jon. The church was bedecked in large displays of gypsophilia, giving a fresh spring mood, and the grounds were full of the petals of magnolia. Everybody waited happily for the gorgeous bride to arrive with beaming Dad, Wayne. She looked radiant in a gown and veil that seemed to glow in the spring sunshine. Her bouquet was a stunning mixture of daffodils, butter toned roses,  and hyacinths to add a splash of cheerful colour, her bridesmaids dressed in complementary  pale lilac.

The service itself was beautiful, I’m not sure there was a dry eye in the house. From a photographers point of view it means emotional photography!… what could be more lovely?! This sweet couple are probably two of the happiest people I’ve met. They even laughed when the rain poured down as they came out of the church, and everybody dashed around for umbrellas and shelter. But it wouldn’t be April without a shower or two, and it soon disappeared leaving more fine weather for photography at Caldicot Castle. The grounds are perfect for bridal portraits, and the pretty soft light really enhanced Kayleigh’s beautiful complexion and when you have two people as full of joy as these two, I knew we would have some romantic, and happy images.

And on to the Coldra Court Hotel in Newport for a magical wedding reception.  Twinkling lights, and lots of little keepsakes reflecting our Welsh heritage gave the venue a very special feel. A large backlit display of “Cariad”, the Welsh word for love, and affection, added a really nice touch to this wonderful and happy occasion.

All my weddings make me happy, how could you not get swept up in a day that is full of good wishes, love and hope for the future?




A Christmas Wedding at St Pierre Golf Club


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Helen and Sean  had the most lovely wedding day in Chepstow at the Catholic Church in Bulwark and afterwards at Saint Pierre near Mathern.

I was concerned when I saw how awful the weather was in the morning. I stopped at the golf club before I got to the church to take photos of the outside of the wedding venue while there was a lull in the torrential rain, in case I couldn’t get any outside later in the day. Luckily the rain disappeared, and right on time the sun came out and shone all afternoon, making it a beautiful crisp winter wedding day.

I arrived at the church in Bulwark in time to capture Sean and the groomsmen greeting the guests and taking part in a group buttonhole attaching moment. Everybody seemed chilled and relaxed, and the church itself looked so pretty and festive, adorned with Christmas decorations and a wonderful Nativity scene at the altar.

Helen arrived with her father and bridesmaids looking stunning in a vintage style beaded wedding gown, that was just perfect on her slender frame, and her hair pinned up in victory rolls. The bridesmaids wore classy navy. Of course, every wedding is complete with a sweet flower girl, especially when she has a super cute winter bolero jacket to keep her warm !

A moving wedding service is always a good place to catch a few happy tears and emotional faces, but this soon turned into smiles and laughter, and after showers of confetti that fortunately stayed dry,  instead of wet and soggy from rainfall, we made our way to Saint Pierre, the venue chosen for the wedding reception.

It couldn’t have looked any more Christmassy.  Each room was filled with Christmas trees, and the hotel lobby even had a real gingerbread house decorated with sweets!

I’m so thankful that the sunshine stayed with us for the whole afternoon, allowing me to shoot some beautiful portraits of the bride and groom in the winter sunshine, in spite of the fact Helen had to keep popping on a warm coat to stop the goosepimples!

I always feel thrilled when a couple asks me to make the memories of this most special of days. And I’d like to thank the new Mr and Mrs Picton for asking me to share in their celebration. Wishing them so much love and happiness for the future.

I’m a professional photographer specialising in wedding, lifestyle, environmental and family portraits in Chepstow, Caldicot, Newport Gwent, South Wales and further by arrangement .

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Love, life, and laughter. Weddings that are about you…and who you are.






Childrens Photo Shoot at Caldicot Castle


I’m an award winning childrens photographer offering services in  Chepstow, Caldicot, Newport Gwent, South Wales and further by arrangement .


Imogen and Lewis are two little live wires. They’re far to energetic to sit in a studio for portraits, so we all went out to play at Caldicot Country Park. If children are excited and allowed to be themselves you’re going to get some great photographs! Although the grounds were beautiful at the tail end of Autumn, the light was fading fast, and there was the promise of rain. We had to be quick! I organised a few races, and more than a few squirrels got quite tired racing around the leaves, but I’m pretty certain we had a super happy time outdoors. This beautiful little brother and sister are so photogenic, and in spite of having to work in record time, I think their personalities shine through on these portraits. I’m hoping that after hot chocolate and a wind down they slept well, I know I did. They’re the best!