Soughton Hall wedding, North Wales - Sarah & Mike sneak previews

What a day... a beautiful wedding, so elegant.  Oh and pretty warm too.  :)   Sarah & Mike... thank you for making my job easy... you were both a dream to photograph and brilliant fun.  I hope the party was amazing and I'll catch up with you when you're back from your honeymoon.  For now, here are your previews! xxxx

Soughton Hall wedding - Catherine & Ashley

What can I say about Catherine & Ashley's wedding... it was beautiful, elegant, emotional and fun from start to finish.  Blessed with a beautiful warm sunny day (incredible considering we'd had snow in the days leading up to it, you could even see it on top of the surrounding mountains) they made the most of every single second... even during the group shots!

Sorry if you've already seen that but it makes me smile... Ashley should sign up for the Chester Jets - who says white men can't jump!

I first met Ashley allbeit very briefly at Laura & Steve's wedding last September but amidst the many guests I didn't speak to Catherine so I was delighted when she got in touch to ask me to shoot their April wedding!  We spoke on the phone and quite apart from the fact that Catherine is in fact Laura's voice twin, I felt like I'd known her for ages.   : )

We spoke many times leading up to the wedding, as well as meeting up to shoot the engagement photos and I have to say by the time the day arrived we were firm friends.  I honestly felt like a guest, I got such a warm welcome from Catherine and her gorgeous mum Barbara the minute I arrived and I knew this was going to be an amazing day.

There were also a lot of familiar faces and it was really lovely to see Laura & Steve (still with that newlywed 'glow') and Victoria Thomas (a very talented wedding make-up artist - for all you future brides!).  There were tears (mostly mine!).  There was laughter non stop.  There was dancing.  There was twirling (C's stunning Justin Alexander dress was MADE for it!).  And there was a LOT of love.   It was sheer perfection.

C&A - wishing you a lifetime of happiness together.  You are made for one another.  : )    Thank you for choosing me to capture your most special day, thank you for the bottle of champagne, thank you for cooking me a wonderful dinner when I came to do your viewing and thank you for making my job such an absolute joy.   Love to you both and cuddles for that sweet boy of yours (Oliver, obviously!).   See you very soon.  xxxxx

Finally a big big thank you to fellow Click Collective member and friend Victoria Phipps for coming along to help me and second shoot on the day.  : )   Here are some of my photos....

Portmeirion Village (for the love of turquoise)

Now I don't know what made me think of Portmeirion today while I was out and about, perhaps it was the sunshine and bright blue of the sky... but it came to mind and I remembered my visit there last June with my dear friend Sue Darby (a wonderful friend and photographer from NYC).  I had literally taken hundreds of photos and done nothing with them.  What a waste. So I last night I decided to revisit, do a quick edit and blog them.  I just adore all the beautiful colours and the stunning architecture.  Oh and the abundance of turquoise!  Seriously, is this not the prettiest house you ever did see?

Those of you who don't know about this little gem of a place should add it to your 'places to see' list - it's a must visit: Portmeirion.  Anyway I'll leave you with the photos - on the day I set myself a loose theme of windows and doors (hence there are quite a few!) but a few bits of scenery crept in too.  :)

And one of the coolest trees I've ever seen.....