This engagement shoot is so full of love and pretty ideas that I just couldn’t wait to share it with you all.
Kayleigh and Andrew headed to Glangrwyney Court, where they are getting married next week. I so love their love story and how special their wedding plans sound. Be sure to check out the pretty blooms and the sweet bicycle too :-)
Thanks so much to the utterly fabulous Gemma Willliams for sharing her images with us today.
Kayleigh: “We first met 18 years ago when our families became friendly while on holiday in Newquay, West Wales. I was 9, Andrew was 12 (we have actual video footage!). Our families met up for some years at Christmas time but soon lost touch, despite living only 10 minutes away from each other.”
“Years later, one evening, I was out with my friends at our local pub to find twenty year old Andrew working behind the bar. I just couldn’t resist his piercing blue eyes and cheeky grin and we soon started dating and became a couple. Eight years on, waking up on Christmas Day, in our own little cottage, Andrew got down on one knee and popped the question. He presented a beautiful, bespoke, vintage style engagement ring. He told me it was the ring I’d fallen in love with earlier that summer in a small jewellers while on holiday in Weymouth. It was so romantic!
We revisited the jewellers a year later to purchase our wedding bands. The wedding plans soon flew into full swing in January that year, booking the first wedding venue we visited, the stunning “Glangrwyney Court” in Crickhowell.”
One of my absolute favourite things ever is Cherry blossom. When those first tentative buds start to blossom they just make my heart skip a beat. Add to this one super loved up couple, a barefoot bride to be and some serious style and you may just have the perfect recipe for an engagement shoot.
Kim and Lewis fell for one another in the office and are now planning a gorgeous sounding wedding combining their Australian and Welsh heritage.
Thanks so very much to SilverStar Photographic for sharing these beautiful images today.
From Kim “Lewis and I refer to our story as one of pure serendipity. Having moved from Australia and struggling to find decent work, I had decided to move to Newcastle in a weeks time to live with friends. In the week before I was due to leave I caught up with a friend of whom I worked with in Dubai, he introduced me to one of his business associates who was also out that night and who happened to be in desperate need of a person with my qualifications. Long story short I was given the job, cancelled for newcastle plans and instead started a weeks training in one of the company’s many branches. Low and behold, Lewis was an employee in that office. I still remember the many faces that came and introduced themselves to me but he looked at me and passed by without a word muttered. I thought he was gorgeous to look at but clearly too stuck up to introduce himself to a newbie and he ‘ apparently’ was too taken by me to fathom a hello. We both laugh now at my message to my best friend saying ‘ pretty sure a Greek god is working in this office’. Lewis eventually redeemed himself by turning on his charm and we went for drinks the following Saturday… The rest as they say, is history!”
“Lewis, contrary to my first encounter, has never been one to seek the attention of others. His proposal was just for us and was perfectly natural. It was a Thursday night ( I suspected nothing) in our London home and I was sat arranging our finances and paying our bills when he asked me to join him on the sofa. In some fruitful words, which I will water down, I told him I was clearly busy. But he insisted so I gave in. What he said didn’t feel scripted or rehearsed, which makes me feel it was from his heart and as a man of tradition and old world charm, he got down on one knee and presented me with what is now my engagement ring. I wear this ring with complete joy and pride. Lewis often retells our proposal of how he wanted it to be when we were most ourselves. Me in my tracksuit. our two dogs running around and not a care in the world. It was perfect. The kebab we ordered following the excitement was also incredible.”
This afternoon I couldn’t resist squeezing in an extra little feature; the super sweet engagement of Angela and Terence. They met at a party and the rest as they say is history. Terence is in the Marine Corps and when able to they live together in Durham, NC. They are currently planning their December wedding in South Carolina.
I love their video game inspired urban engagement shoot, with them taking along their Nintendo DS’s, which captures them as they are perfectly.
Huge thanks goes to Carolyn Scott Photography for sharing her gorgeous images this afternoon.
This afternoon I thought it time for a perfect little love story.
Rachel and Verron met at work and began dating when Rachel left to become a teacher. Verron planned the perfect proposal in Bruges, complete with rose petals and a custom made ring. Wow.
They chose to have their engagement shoot in Shoreditch, London with colourful backdrops and a brilliant food market. I just adore these images.
Thanks so very much to the brilliant Jonathan Ellis for sharing his photographs with us today.
From Rachel… “We first met at work. I was new and needed to be trained as I had just come back from holiday and the team that I started with had already been trained. My team leader told me I would be trained by Verron. She said he’s lovely and he’s a great teacher. When I saw him I immediately thought he was handsome but in no way thought anything of it!
He was extremely popular with all the ladies at work so I honestly assumed he was seeing at least one of them! We were good friends at work and over time we got to know each other more. I then left to become a teacher and we took it slow and started dating.”
“In 2011 I had an unfortunate accident at work. This has resulted in me now suffering from nerve damage and I now walk with crutches. Throughout it all he has been my rock. He has always been there for me no matter what and he loves me with or without the crutches.
We booked our annual Easter trip and decided to go to Bruges. We were having a great break away from home seeing all the sites, strolling down the cobbled streets, enjoying freshly made waffles and the best hot chocolate we have ever had on this earth! We were in heaven. We stayed at an amazing Hotel right in the heart of Bruges; we were in close proximity to everything possible. We enjoyed lunches by the river, dinner in the centre and were having a great time.
One night he said he had booked a private dinner for us at a small restaurant. We literally had the whole place to ourselves and enjoyed an amazing 5-course meal. We then went back to our hotel and I wanted to take some pictures in the hallway by an amazing chandelier. He said lets just go inside first as he needed to get something. I opened the door and there were rose petals all along the hallway in our room, all over the bed and in the bath as well as candles being lit and a bottle of champagne on the side. I said “aww this is so lovely, now can we go take our pictures?!” He replied by saying “You have an early birthday card, open it” I replied “okay but after we take our pictures outside!” We went back and forth for at least a minute! He raised his voice and said ” For once in your life woman, listen to me!” I laughed and said okay. I didn’t actually read the card as I really wanted to take some pictures. I turned around and saw him down on one knee. Honestly I started panicking and saying “Oh my goodness I’m not ready!” I then started to cry the whole way through his speech. He said “the card really says it all…” As you now know I didn’t read the card! He then asked if I would marry him and of course I said yes! It was the most beautiful proposal although all I kept thinking was that my makeup was messed up, I’m not wearing a fabulous dress, my hair was not curled etc! But hey the ring made up for it all. He got it made by a private jeweller; needless to say I was a very happy woman.”
Afternoon WWWers, this week Kirsty is here to share the results of her gorgeous engagement shoot. I love these relaxed shots by the lake, thanks so much to Sue Kwiatkowska for sharing her imagery with us. I also love the trial run of the wedding tin flowers, so pretty!! XOXO Lou
Hello Brides! Apologies it has been so long since my last post, I’ve not only been busy planning the wedding but also starting my own business running craft workshops. A lot of our DIY bits for the wedding I’m now running as classes where people can learn how to make their own decorations for home or wedding!
So back to the wedding, less than 6 weeks to go! Where has the time gone, I’m panicking a bit now!!! We’ve managed to book some excursions for our honeymoon to Cuba, created a detailed itinerary (it’s amazing how much pressure it takes off!), had bridesmaid fittings and I have my wedding dress fitting and hair and make-up trial in the coming weeks. Oh and we also found time to complete our PADI open water scuba diving so we can make use of the free dives our hotel offers on our Honeymoon!
A few weeks back, Steve and I ventured to one of our favourite places, Swanbourne Lake in Arundel, for our pre-wedding shoot with our lovely photographer Sue Kwiatkowska. Here are some of the photographs from the shoot:
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