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Destination wedding – the secret garden chateau in the Dordogne, France – Ashley & Greg sneak previews

This is one of the most elegant weddings I’ve ever photographed.  A magical venue, just 10 guests, his and hers Louboutins, the cutest little ring bearer ever (their son), the most FUN bridesmaids and such an amazing couple.

It was an absolute pleasure Ashley & Greg!  Congratulations guys, have a safe trip back to California and enjoy these previews!  xx

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Alan LawOctober 17, 2014 - 6:17 pm

Lovely work as always Claire! Love the capture of the bride checking herself out in the mirror: magic.

JoOctober 17, 2014 - 7:00 pm

Simply beautiful!

Wendy GrantOctober 18, 2014 - 12:08 pm

Just beautiful as always Claire xxx

Samantha BellisOctober 18, 2014 - 8:53 pm

Absolutely stunning!xxx

Jody VaughnOctober 20, 2014 - 5:56 am

Congratulations. Just absolutely beautiful!

Destination wedding – a fairytale chateau in the Dordogne, France – Natalie & Tom sneak previews

So I’m just back from an incredible week in France.  I took a few days holiday after a very busy summer (if I hadn’t we would not have had a holiday all year, oops!) and took Mr P over for a few days to celebrate his birthday, then packed him off home and headed off to this beautiful fairytale chateau in the Dordogne… the setting for Natalie & Tom’s wedding.   The foggy morning gave way to a beautiful October day and it couldn’t have been more perfect.

Natalie & Tom, here are your sneak previews!  Something you can enjoy now that reality has set in, and something to keep you going until your honeymoon.  : )  Thank you for letting me be a part of your incredible day! xxx

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John ClareOctober 18, 2014 - 1:34 pm

Great photos! Great memories.

Sue JonesOctober 18, 2014 - 8:17 pm

Beautiful photos x

Rangefinder Magazine: 30 Rising Stars of Wedding Photography 2014

I have been waiting (what feels like) FOREVER for today.

Back in July I received an email to tell me that I had been nominated for Rangefinder Magazine‘s annual ’30 Rising Stars of Wedding Photography’. I still get butterflies when I think about it.  I read and re-read the email a few times and then just sat staring at it.

WHAT??

This is a really prestigious, worldwide (gulp) industry ‘award’ for want of a better word.  Rangefinder describes it as “the best emerging talent in the industry today, nominated by industry insiders (blog and magazine editors, veteran photographers, vendor sponsors and RF editors) and judged by the Rangefinder editorial staff”.

Photographers cannot nominate themselves. And I had no idea who had nominated me but I wanted to kiss them.

Some of the photographers who have graced this list in previous years are people I admire HUGELY… Fer Juaristi, Nordica, Nirav Patel, Emma Case, Logan Cole, Andria Lindquist, Marianne Taylor, Sean Flanigan (who I get to meet in Italy on a workshop in just a few weeks), Ed Peers and last but by no means least, the amazing Sassy from Assassynation.  I have pored over the list for the last couple of years, ogling the work of these inspirational photographers from all over the world… to think I could be on it too was crazy and very humbling.

After many hours, hundreds of photographs and a lot of swapping and changing I sent off my requested 30 images and tried not to think about it (I failed).

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Fast forward a month… email arrives….’We’ve Chosen!’.  A MILLION things went through my head – many of them expletives.  I wasn’t expecting to hear until November… ”Congratulations Claire! We at Rangefinder have chosen you as one of the 30 Rising Stars of 2014!’

WHAT??????

I don’t think I squealed, I didn’t even cry (unusual for me)… I was just floored and sat there in disbelief.  I told my husband, Dad and a few very close friends but I wasn’t allowed to announce anything publicly until today and it’s been killing me!

So yeah… I am on THAT list.  One of 30 Rising Stars… in the WORLD.  My mind is officially blown.  All because I got back off my honeymoon with a renewed love for photography and decided to sell my wedding dress to fund my first ‘proper’ camera.

A BIG shout out to my amazing couples…past, present and future. Whether you’re featured above/in the magazine or not, it’s you who make what I do possible and so much more than just a job.  Thank you.

I’m also thankful to Blair de Laubenfels, co-founder of JunebugWeddings.com, who nominated me (I later found out) and to the judges who chose my work from the 150 nominated.   And to Andrea, Kate, Ade, Maria, Anna and Nicola for helping me to choose which images to submit. Without you I would still be deciding!

Seriously proud to be joined on the list by the very talented Alan, Andy and Hannah.  To think Hannah and I had a mutual commiseration party all planned out involving Facebook chat and lots of gin.;-)  I’m so excited to see who else is on there with us.

The magazine is out in November (in the States) and I will share when it’s published.

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KellyOctober 15, 2014 - 7:00 am

well done darling xx

AndreaOctober 15, 2014 - 7:08 am

Dear Claire … is my first public opportunity to say …, I bloody told you so !!!! Lol … I knew with every beat of my heart that you would make that list well well before they even told you had a place even though you kept thinking it was a mistake or on the odd day where realisation dawned that you didn’t stand a chance … Believe it girl !!! You earned every single light that shines on you because of it xxx I’m so so proud of you xxxx love Andrea

Laura BabbOctober 15, 2014 - 7:12 am

So very well done. x

Sophie BoldOctober 15, 2014 - 7:24 am

Yay!!!!! This is awesome Claire and 100% deserved xxxx

Janet de BatheOctober 15, 2014 - 7:56 am

Fabulous news. Xx

Gail PortlockOctober 15, 2014 - 8:06 am

Congratulation’s Claire. Hard work always pays off. Well deserved too .. :)

Mandy BeckOctober 15, 2014 - 8:25 am

I am super proud of you hun, well done you 100% deserve this, love you lady xxxxxxxxxxx

Cathanne ChalkleyOctober 15, 2014 - 10:13 am

I don’t even know you… I’m a friend of Andrea’s, but I am so happy for you. A huge well done. xxxx

penOctober 15, 2014 - 10:15 am

Congratulations, and totally well deserved! x

Clare CookOctober 15, 2014 - 10:48 am

This is incredible!! Cant wait to congratulate you face to face on Sunday! xx

JackiOctober 15, 2014 - 11:13 am

Oh well done, I love looking at your work, it is just so beautiful and different :)

Jackie

Helen BarrettOctober 15, 2014 - 12:21 pm

Well done!!! I knew I picked a real pro xxx

SamanthaOctober 15, 2014 - 12:33 pm

Just had a chance to read on my lunch…wish I had waited until I got home! In tears haha. Absolutely wonderful wonderful news – and congratulations to the rest of the world for being introduced to the amazingness that is Claire Penn! Whoo hoo!xxx

Tony EcclesOctober 15, 2014 - 1:28 pm

You rock! Fabulous choice of shots to send too.

Show Me The Pretty LtdOctober 15, 2014 - 4:36 pm

Massive congratulations Claire, so very well deserved. We’re chuffed to bits for you xx

Simon YoungOctober 15, 2014 - 5:15 pm

Well done Claire :)

Si

AbbieOctober 15, 2014 - 6:40 pm

congrats

Claire PennOctober 15, 2014 - 7:15 pm

Thank you so much Penny! x

Claire PennOctober 15, 2014 - 7:16 pm

I want an extra big hug Clare! :) Thanks my love. xx

Claire PennOctober 15, 2014 - 7:16 pm

Thank you Jackie! x

Shirley Lever CaldwellOctober 16, 2014 - 5:41 am

Well done. Xx

Alan LawOctober 17, 2014 - 6:21 pm

Whoop whoop whoop! So honoured to be on a list with your awesome self, Claire. And thanks so much for the shout-out, too! :)

Stephanie MilesOctober 20, 2014 - 8:57 am

Only just got round to reading this on your blog Claire, such amazing news and so truly deserved! Huge congratulations from Chris and I. Big love x x

North Wales wedding & 1920′s themed ‘after party’, Trevor Hall Mansion – Louisa & Dan sneak previews

One from a couple of weeks back on the blog this afternoon… Louisa & Dan got married mid week so I went along for the ceremony and then the next day to Trevor Hall Mansion… a seriously impressive pad that they hired for them and all their friends to enjoy a weekend long after party, starting with a 1920′s themed banquet on the first night.  What a brilliant idea.   Here’s just a small taster of both days for the happy couple – I hope you are enjoying your honeymoon guys. xxx

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Alan LawOctober 5, 2014 - 12:41 pm

Lovely work, Claire!

Claire PennOctober 5, 2014 - 1:21 pm

Thank you Alan!

Cathers McCrackers JonesOctober 5, 2014 - 1:39 pm

So beautiful Claire…can’t wait for the rest xxxx

Cathers McCrackers JonesOctober 5, 2014 - 2:13 pm

Ditto….bloody beautiful friends…I haven’t stopped blubbering with happiness

Laura Lee WadeOctober 5, 2014 - 3:13 pm

SO beautiful, congrats Dan & Lou! Claire, amazing as ever xxx

Deena RobertsOctober 6, 2014 - 2:21 pm

AMAZING PIC CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU BOTH X

Trafalgar Park wedding, Salisbury – Jen & Stephen sneak previews

Saturday’s wedding was at the very elegant and grand Trafalgar Park in Downton (!) near Salisbury… and there wasn’t a zombie in sight (this is where they filmed the end of ’28 days later’).   Jen’s family had all travelled over from Malaysia, many for the first time ever, and one point I think they were ALL in the bride’s room whilst she was getting ready… it was crazy!  But I LOVED it.   There was even a traditional CHinese tea ceremony.

It was a wonderful day, full of love and laughter and plenty of emotion (Jen’s Mum made a beautiful speech)… all topped off with a spectacular fireworks display that Jen organised for Stephen as a surprise – and managed to keep it that way.  Big thanks to the lovely Laura Dale for coming along to second shoot!

Jen & Stephen, wishing you a wonderful honeymoon!  Catch up when you get back and enjoy these previews!  xxx

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penSeptember 16, 2014 - 4:26 pm

Utter gorgeousness! What a wonderful day Jen and Stephen! And beautiful images to boot :)

Samantha BellisSeptember 16, 2014 - 5:52 pm

Gorgeous!xxx

Mandy BeckSeptember 17, 2014 - 11:24 am

Stunning! x

Amanda HaylerSeptember 17, 2014 - 11:26 am

Absolutely beautiful xxx

Kelly ClappertonSeptember 18, 2014 - 8:33 pm

Stunning work there Claire.

Love Bridal BoutiqueSeptember 26, 2014 - 10:42 am

Claire – these are absolutely stunning pics!!xxxx

Cake CucinaOctober 17, 2014 - 8:04 am

Absolutely beautiful. We had the pleasure of making Jen & Stephens cake so lovely to see them cutting it :)

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