Claire & Nick: Monmouth pre-wedding shoot


We are forever checking the weather reports in this business…and this morning was no different for we were setting out from kind-of-sunny Oxford, driving west to more-than-likely-wet Monmouth to meet Claire and Nick for their pre-wedding shoot. I was decidedly more optimistic than Cam, although as we got closer to the border, and the clouds went a worrying black I admit I was momentarily concerned. It got worse, as torrential rain gave way to a peppering of a million hailstones… but then, just like that, slivers of blue sky soon turned into a gorgeous sunny Welsh afternoon.

After a number of emails over the last few months, it was really wonderful to finally put faces to the names, and Claire and Nick (and Claire’s parents) greeted us as warmly as the weather had on our arrival. We could have stayed and chatted forever, but we decided to capitalise on the window of favourable weather, and followed Claire and Nick to a special place of theirs. After a quick zigzag up-hill, we arrived at Kymin, a beautiful National Trust woodland with a quaint white roundhouse at the summit. It was well worth the short, but windy journey.


I absolutely adore Claire’s engagement ring. Isn’t it just divine? Even more amazing is that Nick went and had this made especially for Claire, so it was a total surprise. I know, he’s definitely a keeper, right?


Totally gorgeous, inside and out, we cannot wait until their big day. It’s going to be fabulous!

  • Albert Palmer - The more I look at your work the more I find myself falling in love with it. Maybe that’s a bit strong but you know what I mean! Really like this shoot – there’s a beautiful tranquility about it.ReplyCancel

  • Dasha - Beautiful! And how gorgeous is that view?!ReplyCancel

  • Amy Radcliffe Photography - These are oh so gorgeous!!ReplyCancel

  • Carol - Lovely photographs Penny ~ and isn’t it great that the quality of light is beginning to change now that Spring is starting to flutter her eyelids?ReplyCancel

  • Lucy Stendall Photography - Pen these are beautiful. The couple, the light, the setting, that ring…all of it x

    Carol, I love the idea of spring having eyelids to flutter, it certainly feels like that here in Nottingham today! Well said.ReplyCancel

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