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our love story: joanne & louis

August 1st, 2016 | Julia Braime

Our Love Story Joanne and Louis (c) JPRShah Photography (24)

This afternoon we’re sharing the gorgeous engagement shoot of holiday sweethearts Joanne and Louis.

Having met in the romantic setting of Italy during a cycling getaway, this pair quickly fell head over heels for each other and the rest, as they say, is history.

Their stunning pre-wedding shoot took place at Bolam Lake, Northumberland, and shows off their fun loving natures perfectly!

With images by JPRShah Photography.

Our Love Story Joanne and Louis (c) JPRShah Photography (12)

joanne says: We got engaged in Budapest in November 2015. After a fair bit of Hungarian champagne Louis got down on one knee in a crowded street and proposed with a padlock engraved with the words: “Will you marry me?” We had seen lots of ‘love locks’ attached to bridges on our travels, hence the idea.

Our wedding is set to take place in October this year at The Grand Hotel in Tynemouth.

Our Love Story Joanne and Louis (c) JPRShah Photography (5)

Louis and I first met on a cyclingholiday in Trento, Italy. We couldn’t take our eyes off each other across the table we were sat at in a restaurant. It was love at first sight! Our first official date back in the UK was night in ‘the Toon’.

Our Love Story Joanne and Louis (c) JPRShah Photography (18)

I knew that Louis was a keeper when he cooked me an amazing roast dinner when I first met up with him again after our holiday. Seeing him felt amazing and I realised I couldn’t live without him. Louis says that he knew I was the one for him when he had to part from me in the airport after the holiday.

Our Love Story Joanne and Louis (c) JPRShah Photography (20)

We love the fact that we share so many similar passions; our love of travel and adventure as well as cycling, the outdoors, nature and good grub. That said, we do still occasionally wind each other up with our annoying little habits – mine being that I never squeeze the toothpaste to the end of the tube and his being that he will shove the new toilet roll onto the holder next to the old one. Argh!

Our Love Story Joanne and Louis (c) JPRShah Photography (14)

Our biggest wish for married life is health, happiness and exploring the world together!

Our Love Story Joanne and Louis (c) JPRShah Photography (22)

We decided that an engagement shoot in the run up to the wedding would be a great way to capture a special time in our lives.

At first we were a bit apprehensive and awkward but within a very short time our photographer put us at ease and we got into the swing of things! We are planning on selecting our favourite photos from the shoot and displaying them around the house, as well as maybe using them for our thank you cards after the wedding.

Our Love Story Joanne and Louis (c) JPRShah Photography (23)

During the planning process we’ve found Brides Up North to be a great network of contacts for wedding suppliers and we’ve found great inspiration looking through all the ideas and suggestions too.

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Julia Braime
Former lawyer and bride to be Julia founded Brides Up North in 2010 with a chip on her shoulder. Frustrated by the poor Northern presence in glossy bridal magazines and online, she decided to do something about it herself. Astounded by the rapid growth of her blog and brand, Julia now manages Brides Up North’s online content alongside their busy wedding exhibition season, industry events and related commissions. And she’s always, always, got a new project on the go…

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