Artist Sarah Bradpiece sculpts Chenin: an update

A month or so ago, I wrote a post about a wonderful local artist Sarah Bradpiece and how lucky we felt when she asked if she could do a sculpture of our daughter Chenin’s head. If you missed the post, here it is:

Sarah Bradpiece creates a terracotta sculpture of Chenin

I wanted to photograph the sculpture as it was being created, as much for our memories as anything but also to spread the word about Sarah’s amazing talent and the work that she produces. As I said in my initial post, the sculpture will be part of Sarah’s exhibition in the Umbrian town of Umbertide in late spring where it will be on display and for sale.

The sculpture is now a ‘work in progress’ and I have photographed its first 2 phases so far.

The starting point. Get some clay onto the stick!

Art Holiday Umbria

Next phase and you can really see it starting to take shape.

Art Holiday Umbria

Sarah works from photographs pasted up in her studio.

Art Holiday Umbria

How wonderful is this? I love it.

Art Holiday Umbria

Not Chenin’s head but Sarah’s cat Sicily posing for me. Sarah has a beautiful house in a VERY beautiful place. She plans to open it up as a Bed & Breakfast in the coming months so watch this space.

Art Holiday Umbria

Sarah already runs Art Holidays in Umbria. Take a look at her website for more information. Back soon with the next phase of the head! Amyx

Wedding Photographer: Malcesine Castle & Al Corsaro, Lake Garda: Phil & Lianne

Amy was the wedding photographer at Malcesine Castle & Al Corsaro, Lake Garda, Italy for Phil & Lianne’s wedding.

Back up to beautiful Lake Garda and the wedding of Phil & Lianne at Malcesine Castle followed by a reception at Al Corsaro. I’ve photographed in both venues on many occasions and know Malcesine town and the Castle like the back of my hand however, this wedding offered a new adventure for me and that was a trip over to the town of Limone. I’ve travelled nearby on boats many times but have never had the opportunity to jump off the boat and see the town itself. I loved it! It’s very colourful and was great for the guests and it made for an activity-packed wedding day.

Just outside of the bar that we stopped at in Limone, there was a fountain that reminded me exactly of the one at the start of Friends. The bridesmaids had bright umbrellas and so I had great fun behind the lense for the half hour that we were there. Take a peek:

Phil & Lianne got ready at the beautifully-placed Lake Front hotel.

Hotel Lake Front Malcesine, Lake Garda

Lovely bouquet and colour-theme.


Love this one of Lianne and her girls.

Bride & Bridesmaids

Emotional moments.


Happy times after the ceremony.

Bride & Bridesmaids

Taken on Malcesine Castle steps.

Malcesine Castle, Lake Garda


Confetti shot

Taking the boat to Limone after a champagne reception on the Malcesine lake-side.

Boat on Lake Garda

A hint of Friends!

Bridal Party in Limone, Lake Garda

Heading back to Malcesine now and a unique view of the town.

Malcesine, Lake Garda

Taken in the Palazzo dei Capitani in Malcesine and using a busker as a prop!

Palazzo dei Capitani, Malcesine, Lake Garda

A bit of time down some of the Malcesine back-streets with the Bride & Groom.

Bride & Groom, Malcesine, Lake Garda

Al Corsaro now all ready for the guests to arrive.

Al Corsaro, Malcesine, Lake Garda


Al Corsaro, Malcesine, Lake Garda

Love this one taken during speeches.

Speeches, Malcesine, Lake Garda

Sun starting to set now and the Bride & Groom have had a glass or two of bubbly :-)

Bride & Groom, Lake Garda

Love this one.

Bride & Groom, Lake Garda

Catching the garter!!

Guests at Al Corsaro, Malcesine, Lake Garda

Time for a PhotoBooth!

Bridesmaid at the PhotoBooth, Lake Garda

Made it to the First Dance.

First Dance, Lake Garda

What a fun-filled, busy, fabulous wedding day! Thanks to Phil & Lianne for having me capture it for them. Amy x

Wedding Photographer: Umbria, Italy – Assisi, Romantik Hotel Le Silve: Fabrizio & Cathleen

Amy was the wedding photographer at Romantik Hotel le Silve near Assisi in Umbria, Italy for Fabrizio & Cathleen’s wedding.

I LOVE photographing weddings in Umbria. Close to home and after-all, it is my favourite place in the world to be. Assisi is the most well-known town in Umbria which was the destination for the wedding of Fabrizio & Cathleen on one of the hottest days of the year (40 degrees plus.)

Fabrizio & Cathleen chose a beautiful location about 20 minutes from Assisi into the countryside to stay, get ready and then return to for their reception. The ceremony was in the centre of Assisi, in a church called Chiesa di Santa Margherita which has the most wonderful views of the world-famous Basilica of San Francesco d’Assisi.

On my way! Assisi is a beautiful and unique place to visit. I love it.


Fabrizio’s sister helps him to get ready.

Groom getting ready

Whilst Cathleen has her hair done.

Bride having her hair done

Cathleen travels to Assisi in style!

Bride & Bridesmaids

Taken from the church where the wedding took place. What a view!

San Francesco Basilica, Assisi

3 lovely shots from the ceremony:




Love this confetti shot. Hit the heat!


There was a traditional ice-cream van parked outside the church ready to help with the heat!

Guests eating ice-cream

After the guests had headed back to Le Silve, we had time for photographs around Assisi. A mini set of Black & Whites:

Bride & Groom

Bride & Groom

Bride & Groom

Guests welcome the Bride & Groom to their reception.


The atmosphere was great and there was lots of lovely food, drink and live music playing.


And relax!


The heat was a little too much for Grandad!


Inside now for multi-lingual speeches.


Just a few more photographs as the sun went down and the Bride & Groom fancied dipping their feet in the water.

Bride & Groom

Le Silve

Phew! What a hot day! Thank you so much Fabrizio & Cathleen for being so much fun. Amy x

Wedding Photographer: The Cloisters & Parco dei Principi, Sorrento: Stuart & Laura

Amy was the photographer in the Cloisters & Parco dei Principi, Sorrento, Italy for Stuart & Laura’s wedding.

Trying to find the words for this blog post is difficult. Stuart and Laura first booked me to photograph their wedding in June 2014. With just 3 days to go, very sadly the wedding had to be postponed. Stuart was having to under-go a series of tests and was not permitted to travel. I soon got word that Stuart had cancer. I received several updates from Laura over the following months saying that Stuart was responding well to treatment and that they were absolutely adamant that the wedding will go ahead in June 2015 – as near to the original date as possible. In fact, the wedding was originally going to be on the 20th June 2014 and was then booked for the 29th June 2015.

I think there were many times throughout the year that neither Stuart nor Laura believed that their wedding was ever going to happen. The road was rocky and obviously there were barriers to break down. However, they were both so strong and determined and made it to Sorrento for a very magical and precious day.

Laura and Stuart both got ready at the hotel where their reception was being held: Hotel Parco dei Principi. A beautiful, lush park surrounds the hotel and it stands in a majestic spot on the rocks over-looking the wonderful bay of Naples. Both ready, it was into the old town and to the Cloisters for the wedding ceremony. Group shots and drinks in the nearby bar then it was time for Stuart, Laura and I to go off into Sorrento old town to take some very special photographs. Stuart struggled a little with the heat and his feet were so puffy but he never once complained and gave me the opportunity to capture some memories for them.

Back to the Parco dei Principi where the atmosphere was electric. Everyone was so happy and Laura had put so much effort into making the day so special – live music was playing, cocktails were being poured, the canapés were delicious, there was a big sweet table for the children. I had the chance to take the couple away again and take some photographs of them in the lovely hotel gardens.

Speeches were especially poignant with perhaps more laughs and more tears and emotion than usual. As I said, the day was magical and I have huge respect for both Laura and Stuart for the organisation (when they had so much more going on!) but also for the ability to relax and make the absolute most of their day under difficult circumstances.

I write this post now as Stuart is laid to rest. Today is Stuart’s funeral as he sadly passed away on the 13th December. It makes me so sad to think that Stuart and Laura never got to experience their first Christmas together as a married couple.

Stuart & Laura’s wedding album is yet to be opened. It was waiting for Stuart to get home from hospital so that he and Laura could enjoy and reminisce about the day together but unfortunately Stuart didn’t make it home. Laura can’t open it yet which is understandable. I only hope that when you do come to open your album Laura that it brings back the joy of the day that the two of you created.

I am not writing captions next to each photograph as I think the images below each tell their own story. Thank you so much to Stuart and to Laura for choosing me to capture their perfect day.

Groom and wedding cars


Bride arriving




Group Shot

Groom & Parents


Bride & Groom

Bride & Groom

Bride & Groom

Aperitif at Parco dei Principi

Bride & Groom being serenaded

Bride & Groom

Bride & Groom

Bridesmaid laughing

Bride & Groom








Bride & Groom at sunset