Kelly & Chris's welsh wedding

These 2!! Man you couldn’t meet a lovelier and more chilled out couple. They found me on google and we didn’t actually meet until their wedding day as they live all the way up in Liverpool. Chris being from the Vale of Glamorgan wanted to bring the wedding to Wales so that all his family could be there, some which were too elderly to make the journey up north. Kelly’s side didn’t disappoint and it was so lovely to meet so many who made the distance from Liverpool, especially on such a windy day.

The wedding was at Dinas Powys Golf Club, they don’t do many weddings a year but are starting to branch out and offer more. I found the staff amazing to work with, nothing was too much trouble and it really felt like we were one team. The views from the top of the course were pretty incredible despite the grey skies. It was my first experience in a golf buggy and I’m pleased to say I didn’t actually drive it. I think Chris enjoyed driving theirs despite almost driving into the back of ours on the way back down!

Kelly’s dress was perfect.. like me she had found quite a few choices on eBay and the one she settled on fitted her perfectly. It was really unusual with embroidered flowers and gorgeous satin. More beautiful than the dress was Kelly’s smile.. it didn’t disappear all day. I sincerely have never seen a happier bride and the chemistry and bond between the 2 of them was beautiful.

The cake was made by Chris’s Aunty and it looked so yummy! The colours blue and yellow were chosen because of when Kelly & Chris first met - Kelly had a blue motorbike and Chris had a yellow one. They are both bikers and there was no bubbles at this party.. just beer! Perfect!

Genuinely a beautiful, awesome wedding day in a room full of their favourite people. So many generations and a common love for the bride and groom made this day one to remember.

Here are some of my favourites.

Valentine's Portraits

Back in November I was asked by my son’s nursery, Britannia Day Nursery, if I would take part in the Strictly Top Dancer competition. Teams of 5 novices are paired with a professional dancer and we have to create a dance and perform it in front of a room full of people in May. Those of you that know me will understand my fear of wearing heels.. I literally live in flip flops and hiking boots, I constantly fall over when I do venture out in heels and I even chose flat shoes on my wedding day. The fear is real. Dancing shoes have heels and I am expecting to have a few blunders, or a twisted ankle or to make a complete fool of myself on stage..

However it’s all for charity and that’s where the photography comes in. Each team has to raise £1500 towards the Breast Centre in Llandough Hospital. Fundraising in a world where everyone is asking for money is really difficult and you constantly feel you are sponsoring one thing or another. So I decided to take a day out and do voluntary valentine’s portraits at Britannia Day Nursery. The cost was quite small because I wanted to encourage people to take the opportunity and I raised £330. There might even be more as I am waiting for some parents to make their final choices. Thank you to all the parents that helped support me.

The Breast Centre at University Hospital Llandough treats between 450 and 500 new breast cancer patients every year; for initial investigations, follow-up treatment and patients returning for results. The new Breast Centre houses out-patient clinics and diagnostic radiology services together. Patients can have a mammogram or ultrasound and get their results on the same day; then if further investigations are needed these can also be carried out at the Centre. Donations to the Breast Centre Appeal are used to provide patients with additional services outside the NHS support.

If you’d like to donate you can show your support here. Thank you.

Below are some of the images I took. The beautiful canvas backdrop is from Intuition Backgrounds and was borrowed from my good friend Steph Keily Photography.