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“The pictures are stunning, we can’t stop looking at them to the point that it’s wanting us to do it all over again. We have scrolled through the photos about 5 times and absolutely LOVE them. Thank you so much for capturing our day so perfectly.”

Chateau de la Bourlie wedding photography

I’m starting to lose count of the amount of weddings I’ve shot at Chateau de la Bourlie and it’s safe to say it’s one of my favourite venues on the planet. Firstly it’s a chateau in one of the prettiest parts of France. That would usually be enough to excite most wedding photographers. But it also oozes a wealth of character and is charming without trying too hard. So it’s no surprise that I was pretty excited when I received Abi and Seb’s enquiry for their wedding here.

I’m always amazed how one venue can look so different depending on how it’s styled for a wedding and each couple and their guests bring their own personalities and energy to the occasion. Chateau de la Bourlie has a laid back feel and in a way it’s typical of the surrounding area and people. Abi and Seb embraced the vibe and their wedding was relaxed, emotional, fun, full of love and laughter. The way a good wedding should be. Thank you Abi and Seb for having me along to photograph your day, it was a pleasure to be a part of it.

Thanks to Kate at Marry Me in France for her expert planning, her calm in dealing with a downpour seconds before the ceremony started and also for looking after me during the day. I’m already looking to my next wedding there.

If you’re interested in looking at some of the other weddings I’ve photographed at Chateau de la Bourlie, check out these links – Agate & GregKelly & Sam & Emily & Slyvain.

As soon as Helaina and Dan booked me for their Chateau la Durantie wedding  in the Dordogne I knew it was going to be the sort of wedding that lives long in the memory. Helaina had seen the photos that I’d taken of Clara and Jason’s wedding on Love my Dress and got in touch to see if I was available for her wedding. Not only did she book me, but she also asked Clara to design her hair piece as she a talented London jewellery designer. This was just the beginning of planning a wedding in France which was second to none in the care and creativity that went into making it a remarkable day.
As well as the styling and stunning surroundings of Chateau la Durantie, Helaina, Dan their family and friends celebrated with the laughter and tears that befitted the emotion of the day. The surprise fireworks at the end of the night were the perfect way for the day to finish.
Thanks so much to Helaina and Dan for having me along to document their big day. I’m always humbled by the feedback I get from couples and have shared a few lines from their email to me:
“WOW!!!!! We have been looking for hours! I need to start again at the beginning to take it all in properly. But just a quick note to say thank you from the bottom of our hearts. The are amazing!!!! We have opened our last bottle of wedding champagne which we had saved and chilled ready, especially for this moment and have been in tears of joy and fits of laughter all evening. Words can’t describe how incredible it is to be taken back to that beautiful, wonderful day. Every image is a work of art – thank you thank you thank you!”

Helaina & Dan xxx



“We’re absolutely thrilled! I don’t know how you were able to capture so many special moments, many of which I hadn’t seen on the day. Thank you! I told Sylvain I’d wait for him to get home from work today to look at the rest, but it’s really hard! I feel like a little kid wanting to peek at the presents under the Christmas tree!”

Every summer for the last three years I’ve shot weddings at Chateau de la Bourlie in the Dordogne and I can safely say that each one has been completely different. I look forward to returning to see how I can approach each wedding differently looking for new ways of shooting in the same location. Emily and Sylvain’s wedding was different in that it was my first wedding where both families were French so some of the traditions were a little different from what I’m used to. Apart from taking care of the legalities in la marie before the church service, the main difference seems to be that the dancing at French weddings goes on to the small hours of the morning with apparently as much as energy as when the day began. I’ll be returning to Chateau de la Bourlie again this year and can’t wait to photograph a new gathering of friends and family.

Chateau La Fourtonie wedding photographer

Frankie and Alex got married at Chateau La Fourtonie in the Dordogne. It’s a former vineyard in the heart of stunning natural woodland near Bergerac. The French countryside never seems to fail in providing me with stunning scenery as well as beautiful sunsets to work with, and Frankie and Alex’s wedding was no exception. Some of my favourite pictures from the day.

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I’m going to be hard pressed to take another first dance shot that I’m as pleased with as this! I looked down at Agate’s flowing dress as she was flying around the dance floor and managed to capture her just between a sharp line of light and shadow cast by the band’s lights. Her dress creates an almost smoke like effect and the little is flower by her foot is just a bonus.

I’m delighted to have picked up my second award from Fearless Photographers for this image which was taken at Chateau de la Bourlie in the Dordogne. Every two months photographers are invited to submit images to the competition and less than 1 in 10 receive an award, so needless to say I’m chuffed to have this one win an award. You can see my previous award winning shot here.

If you’d like to see the rest of Agate and Greg’s wedding at Chateau de la Bourlie click through here.

Mekalie and Nick fell in love with Sarlat-la-Canéda while travelling through Europe from Australia a couple of years ago. It’s easy to see why, it’s a perfectly preserved 14th century medieval town in the Périgord region of the Dordogne which time seems to have passed by. They also fell in love with the region’s food and wine so choosing Restaurant La Meynardie with it’s Michelin star chef was a great choice. Planning a wedding from 12,000 miles away wasn’t easy, but I can safely say that their friends and family who made the long journey from Australia had an absolute blast, despite a couple of dance floor injuries. Destination weddings usually have a special atmosphere and because everyone had travelled so far it was only going to go one way! Mekalie and Nick radiate positive energy in abundance and yet again I feel honoured to have been asked to be a part of an amazing day. I’d like to think I’ve made two new friends, rather than just being the photographer for the day.

Some kind words that Mekalie and Nick wrote after the wedding:

“We are devouring every picture you took – thank you so much for capturing the day … it means so much to us to have these as most of the day is a complete blur to us thanks to the huge amount of french wine!

We just want to say again how wonderful it was having you on the wedding day in Sarlat , not only did you make everything super easy (with 2 camera shy people) but the pictures of the amazing surrounds, friends and family are exactly what we wanted. Thanks for everything, you’ve been so fantastic!”

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Marissa and Carlos’s Tuscany wedding at the stunning Villa Dievole was an international gathering of friends and family making the trip to Italy from as far as Australia to this amazing location. Villa Dievole is a working vineyard in the hills near Siena producing chainti and olive oil and it certainly ticks all the boxes for the perfect Tuscan experience – olives groves, cypress trees, rolling hills, endless sunshine and, of course, chianti. It’s a stunner and is worth a visit if only to visit the vineyard and cellar.

Despite meeting in Florence, Marissa & Carlos chose the picture postcard Villa Dievole in Tuscany to marry at as it provided the idyllic setting for their outdoor ceremony and wedding breakfast as well as an open-air dance floor in the middle of the countryside that they used for the party long into the night. I’ve now seen the ‘zombie’ and lived to tell the tale, not to mention some awesome air guitar.

Here’s the story of their day and you can also check out more from their portraits in this blog post. If you’re interested in other work I’ve shot in Italy, check out this engagement shoot for Giorgio and Filippo that I photographed in Florence earlier in the summer.