May 22nd, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth
Let us introduce you to today’s newly engaged couple, Lindsay and Chris.
Keen to document their time together, the couple thought that an engagement shoot would be the perfect opportunity to mark the occasion and, of course, get used to posing in front of the camera lens ahead of their big day in 2018.
The location, Pinewoods near Formby, provides a somewhat atmospheric yet unassuming backdrop, with plumes of smoke injecting the fun factor into the shoot.
Lindsay talks us through the couple’s love story so far…
With images by Sarah Maria Photography.
lindsay says: We got engaged earlier this year, on 8th January 2017. We’d gone on a post Christmas and New Year holiday with ten of our best friends to a little cottage in Anglesey. The cottage was awesome and included a hot tub and fire hut.
Chris had done a little research before we went and had been telling me about this awesome lighthouse that he wanted to visit (South Stack Lighthouse) on Holy Island and kept going on about going there, just the two us.
We spent the first couple of days relaxing, eating lots of good food, having a few drinks and making the most of the hot tub. On our third day there I could tell Chris was getting a little frustrated that we hadn’t been out anywhere yet so I said, let’s go to the lighthouse this afternoon.
As we drove higher and higher up the cliffs, the fog was getting thicker and thicker and by the time we made it to the visitor’s centre at South Stack, we couldn’t see anything! The lovely lady in the visitor’s centre advised us to drive around to Penrhos Coastal Park, on the opposite side of the island which had a wood and great views of Bae Beddmanarch so we jumped back in the car and set off.
She wasn’t wrong, the view was lovely and Chris ensured we made the most of it, trudging up the hill right to the top to take an ‘arty photo’ of me gazing out over the bay; at which point he told me to turn around and there he was, on one knee with this sparkly ring in his hand! Thankfully, he didn’t do a long winded speech and simply asked me, “Would I marry him?”. I was pretty surprised, had a little cry and then started laughing, and finally said yes!
As we drove back to the cottage, Chris told me that pretty much all our friends and family knew he was going to propose because he couldn’t hold it in. I was always sure I’d know when he was going to do it!
A couple of days later we went back to South Stack Lighthouse and the weather was gorgeous and I could see why Chris had wanted to propose there but it didn’t matter to me where we were, I was just so happy!
We first met each other in 2014 through friends and family. Chris’ brother, Karl, is one of my close friends and although I’ve known Karl and his girlfriend for around ten years, our paths never crossed as Chris lived in Blackpool and we were in Southport.
For our first date we went to Nandos. Not very romantic, but it suited us perfectly at the time (we’re both vegan now, so Nandos isn’t really an option for us anymore!). We then went for a few drinks at a local pub in Southport. We talked non-stop for the entire time and felt so comfortable around each other from the start.
What I love most about Chris is his laugh – he sounds like an old man with a wheeze and it never fails to set me off! Chris says that every time I laugh, I almost stop breathing – scary but also ridiculous and why he loves me!
We love taking photos and documenting our time together, holidays, trips away with friends etc. so we thought it would be great to get some photos to mark this point in our life. We also thought an engagement shoot would be a great way for us to get a feel for being in front of a camera before our big day.
The shoot took place at Pinewoods near Formby. We chose this location as it is local to us and we spend quite a lot of time at the pinewoods/beach during the summer. It was also local to our photographer and easy for her to get to.
We loved the shoot! Sarah made it so much fun and allowed us to be relaxed and silly. It took me a while to settle in to it, I felt quite awkward at first but that is the great thing about choosing a great photographer, they make you feel at ease.
We loved using the smoke bombs too, they were so much fun and brought a really different element to the photos.
Doing the engagement shoot has definitely made us feel much more relaxed about having photos taken on our big day and we definitely want to have some smoke bombs too!
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Originally from north of the border, Alexis has lived in the North East for the past 15 years and considers herself officially an adopted Geordie. A qualified journalist - Alexis took up the position of editor at the region’s longest running business publication in 2015 before moving into a marketing role for one of the UK’s largest independent arts and craft galleries. Alexis currently edits her own lifestyle blog, where you can find her latest musings on all things Newcastle-related, together with a smattering of her Instagram-worthy cocktail and foodie pics. Yet to find Mr Right herself, Alexis sees this as a mere formality when it comes to tying the knot, as she’s already picked out her dream wedding dress, theme and venue...
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