A Picture Perfect Engagement Shoot – Gemma & Paul.

Gemma and Paul have kindly shared with us their beautiful engagement shoot. They tell us why it’s important to pick the right photographer for your wedding day and why you should take part in an engagement shoot.

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Where did you get engaged and how did it happen? 

Paul got down on one knee on Christmas morning, it was our first Christmas together in our new home. He had the ring in a Christmas cracker and I cried for around an hour! It sounds cheesy but it was perfect!

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Did you choose your wedding photographer first of your wedding venue?

Our wedding venue was the first thing we picked out! Everything else came a few months after including the photographer. I knew I wanted a photographer that would capture natural moments and capture the wedding venue really well, as the grounds are ++

beautiful. I really think it’s a good idea to get to know your photographer before the wedding, having a good connection with them really helps things flow on the day. She managed to get all the shots she needed while making it fun at the same time!

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Did you enjoy having an engagement shoot? Would you recommend it to other brides?

Me and Paul was not looking forward to the engagement shoot at all! We both don’t like getting our photo taken, especially me being a bigger girl, I was very self conscious. But it was the best experience leading up to the wedding, we really enjoyed it. We got to know our photographer which made things flow a lot better on the big day and now we have a lot of Photos of us as a couple which we didn’t have a lot of before. Paul was a natural by the end of the shoot! We both love how the shoot turned out and have them framed all around the house!

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You have now had your Wedding Day and we can’t wait to share those images on a future blog post. But If you could give yourself one piece of advice looking back now what would it be?

I think looking back on the whole experience now I would tell myself to enjoy the build up more, I stressed out a lot about all the little things and details. On the actual day the small things don’t matter. The most important thing is to let that stress go on the day, enjoy every moment with your new husband and all your family & friends. The love and support you both feel on the day was icredible, we felt like we were on cloud 9! Our day went by so quickly, so my advice would be “Don’t sweat the small stuff.”

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Gemma and Paul picked Laura Parkinson Photography to be their wedding photographer and we are super excited to be bringing you the pictures from their wedding day in a future blog post. So keep an eye out for that! Thank you both so much for sharing.

At The Beach with Edith & Winston Bridalwear.

This summer has been and gone in a flash of hot sunny days. I can’t remember a summer like it. With plenty of trips to the beach and eating outdoors, it really has been a great summer. With the leaves starting to fall from the trees, I wanted to share with you a shoot that we did one sunny day with Firinn Photography.

The beautiful Georgina Horne – Fuller Figure Fuller Bust came up north to work with a fantastic group of wedding suppliers to produce a stunning photoshoot that showcases two of Edith & Winston’s favourite wedding dresses.

Please enjoy these images, if you follow Edith & Winston or Georgina you may have seen some of these on Instagram but we also have a few previously unseen images below.

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Georgina wears Angelico (above) and Cezanne (below) both by Plus Size specialist designer Callista Bride. Both are available to try on at Edith & Winston Bridalwear. We are also super excited to say that next year there is a new version of Angelico being released with a brand new belt design so brides will have two options to choose from!

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Venue – The Dalmeny, Lytham St Anne’s Beach & Blackpool

Hair & Make Up – Flossy & Leigh

Flowers – Paragon Floral Design

Model – Georgina Horne – Fuller Figure Fuller Bust

Dresses – Edith & Winston

Photography – Firinn Photography

Floral Crowns – Clea Broad

For more images click on the images below.

 

A Romantic Outdoor Engagement Shoot – Jo & Patrick.

Welcome back to Something New! The weather has changed quite a bit and I am back with some incredible weddings and engagements shoots. I thought it was quite fitting to start with this beautiful engagement shoot by Miki Photography. Jo and Patrick ventured outside and embraced the coat-wearing weather. And I really do love a puddle shot! Thank you for sharing these with us Jo and I can’t wait to show everyone your incredible wedding pictures in a few weeks time!

So I will let Jo tell you all about her engagement shoot.

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When and where did you get engaged?

In September 2017 – on holiday in Tuscany. My Dad is Italian and I’ve been to the Tuscan coast on holiday there every September since I was born so it’s a really special place. I once told Patrick that all the important conversations in my life have taken place in the sea off Torre Del Lago beach so that’s where he asked me to marry him. It was a wonderful surprise as we’d only moved in together 2 weeks before so I didn’t think it was on the cards yet. The day after he asked me, we went to Lucca to buy a ‘placeholder’ ring until we got home and over lunch, we started planning the wedding. It was perfect.

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How did you feel having your engagement photographs taken?

We felt a bit awkward because we’ve never done anything like that before but our photographer Ash was amazing, really relaxed and chatty so it was just like going for a walk with some friends. We also took our dog Stella who was still a puppy then at only 4 months so that really broke the ice.

Where did you go for the shoot and why did you choose this place?

We went to the grounds of Chatsworth House in Derbyshire near where we live and near where I grew up. Not only is it a beautiful place but Chatsworth is somewhere I always went with my Mum who we lost to cancer in 2014. Most of her ashes are scattered there by a tree with a lovely view of Chatsworth House. That made it even more special and we took some pictures of us with Mum’s tree.

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What was the most important reason for having an engagement shoot? Was it to get some lovely photos together or was it a good way to practice before the big day?

We wouldn’t have thought of it but when we booked Ash Davenport from Miki Photography as our wedding photographer the engagement shoot was included as part of our wedding package. Ash told us that he gets much better pictures on the wedding day if the bride and groom have got to know him a bit before and vice versa. I guess it helped us relax and be more ourselves in front of the camera. Ash’s wedding photos are amazing so we trusted him and went for it. Also, we knew our dog Stella won’t be a puppy forever and it was a great opportunity to get some professional photos of her.

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Any advice for nervous brides who don’t like having their photograph taken?

I’d say to pick a photographer you trust and then do what they suggest. If you just go with it you’re more likely to end up with pictures you like. And it’s great practice for the big day – the more comfortable you are having your picture taken the better the results and an engagement shoot is a great time to practice. Also – it was really good fun. A lovely day and we have the pictures so we’ll always remember.

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I absolutely love sharing engagement shoots, especially when they feature a puppy as beautiful as Stella. Thank you so much Jo & Patrick. We really can’t wait to share your wedding photographs soon. Thank you to Miki Photography.

An Intimate Engagement Shoot – Leah & Ryan

We hope you all had a wonderful Valentine’s Day! We are celebrating it with this stunning engagement shoot of Leah and Ryan. It makes me so happy to see brides full of love and confident alongside their partner. I adore the backdrop and everything about this shoot.

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When and how did you get engaged?

Ryan and I got engaged in October 2016. Ryan took me out to a beautiful restaurant in the riverside district of our hometown. After dinner we walked along the path near the water. To be honest, I was suspicious that he might propose that evening. I was just waiting for it to finally happen! However, we ended up going home. That’s when I began to lose hope that this would be the night and we walked back into our apartment (I’ll admit to my slight disappointment). Suddenly Ryan questioned why I was taking my shoes off? – the night wasn’t over yet, and we had places to go. He took me back outside and I hopped into the passenger side of his truck. He drove further and further from town and slowly I realized we were headed to his family’s farm. Ryan pulled into the property and put the car in park. Ryan had the biggest smile as we got out of the truck. It was late, almost midnight. He and I stood totally alone under a wide open sky. Then, enveloped only by starlight, Ryan bent down on one knee and asked me to marry him.

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Were there nerves before your engagement shoot and what did you enjoy the most about the experience?

I was extremely nervous before my engagement shoot! I was worried that I would look back on these pictures and see all of my biggest insecurities magnified. But I’m a planner, and I picked out outfits that I felt comfortable and confident in. I got my hair and makeup done. I went into that engagement shoot feeling my absolute best. The greatest part of the experience was that I got to laugh, smile, and snuggle up to my man while our photographer captured these perfectly natural moments. Ryan and I were relaxed and happy (it shows in the photos!). We ended up having a blast doing something that seemed totally out of our element.

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Any advice for nervous brides who are having an engagement shoot?

First, research photographers and pick a person whose style you love. Also keep in mind that we all have a “good side” and areas that we are self-conscious about. Don’t be afraid to tell your photographer those things! A professional will keep that in mind while shooting and you’ll feel comfortable and beautiful through the entire process. And of course have fun!

Where did the shoot take place? Why did you choose it?

Our photographer suggested we choose two different locations and two different outfits. Formal and informal to give us a variety of images. For the formal shoot we chose a historic residential area in our town. The tall trees and red brick streets made the perfect backdrop. It was also a great place to include our dog Olive! For the informal shoot we knew it had to be in a pasture where my family used to board our horses. There’s something special about it and extremely sentimental. There’s a picturesque red wooden barn exactly like you would imagine in the country side with stunning horses grazing in the field. We were there just before sunset, that magic hour for photographers. Everything felt so comfortable and having Ryan with me it definitely felt like home.

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What are you looking forward to the most about your wedding day?

Calling my best friend my husband. Ryan and I have known each other since we were eight years old – and after 14 years of friendship, and 3 years of dating, we will finally be husband and wife!

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What did you love about your photographer?
I’ve always had a passion for photography and my photographer was someone whose work I had admired for a long time. Her style is familiar and intimate, and she really knows how to play with the natural light at sunset. I didn’t even feel the need to give her a “shot list”. I was able to rely on the fact that she would deliver a beautiful mix of photos. She was wonderful, nothing felt too posed (even when she was posing us!) She was easy to work with and coached us through the entire shoot.  She consistently made us feel at ease, complimenting us or saying how sweet we were. A good photographer will take a photo, a great photographer will leave you smiling even after the shoot.

Photography by Rachael Houser.

Engagement Shoot By The Water – Charlotte & Rob.

We have a beautiful engagement shoot today. Featuring Rob & Charlotte. Taken in Dorset at the RSBP reserve by Stuart Dudleston. Stuart likes to capture all of the candid moments and raw emotions of his couples. His natural photography style works beautifully against the backdrop of calm waters. The couple are captured perfectly! Charlotte tells us their love story and gives her advice for brides to be who are a little bit nervous about their own engagement shoot. 

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We got engaged this April in France. It was our first holiday together and we went to Disneyland for the day, after a fun filled day during the illumination show in the evening he passed me a padlock that had a message engraved on it. I read the message that said will you marry me, turned around and he was down in one knee, I cried and said yes and then we both enjoyed the fireworks as an engaged couple. It was the perfect end to a magical day.

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The thing I’m looking forward to the most about our wedding is having a day celebrating our love with all of our favourite people. I’m excited for our two families to become one. I also can’t wait to see his face as I walk down the isle, I’m hoping he’ll shed a tear or two. I’m also so excited for our first dance together, we have already chosen the song, it’s one that’s a bit different but means a lot to both of us so I think that will be a very special moment.

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My advice would be stop worrying about what other people think. I’m not putting any pressure on myself to lose weight before the wedding. Rob asked me to marry him as I am now so why should I change for one day? He loves me as I am and I am learning to do the same. I was incredibly worried about the shoot as I usually take photos of myself where I can put the camera at a certain angle or delete it if I don’t like it or take a photo of my ‘good side’. When I saw my photos for the first time I was so surprised, I loved them! I wasn’t looking at my tummy or my arms, I was looking at my huge smile of happiness, the look of love in my eyes, they way that Rob looks at me. I’m so happy that we did it, Stuart did an amazing job at making us feel comfortable and I feel like he really captured our relationship and our feelings for each other.

Photography by Stuart Dudleston.

Location – Arne RSBP nature reserve, Dorset