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our love story: dawn & oliver

January 23rd, 2018 | Julia Braime

A Manchester Engagement (c) ZT Photography (25)

We’re brightening up your Tuesday with this cool, urban engagement shoot (and accompanying love story) captured in Manchester city centre.

Carefree couple Oliver and Dawn, wanted a fun and playful shoot which reflected their love for one another, and we have to say, we think their photographers absolutely smashed the brief with vibrant street art backdrops, a mix of relaxed and intimate poses and a whole lot of hair swishing! We love!

With images by ZT Photography.

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dawn says: We got engaged on New Year’s Eve 2017. It was magical surprise overlooking the beautiful city of Edinburgh. It was like all of Scotland was there to help us celebrate during the Hogmanay that evening.

We have set the date of our wedding for August this year, and have picked the stunning Hengrave Hall in Suffolk, as our venue.

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Oli and I first met at Pennyhill Park Hotel in Surrey, where Oliver worked as a chef and I worked as a waitress during the holiday season when I was back from university.

For our first date Oli took me bowling and was a complete gentleman (a trait I love about him). We had a few drinks and reminisced about the old days.

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I realised Oli was the one for me from our very first date. He was caring, funny and had such a lovely personality that I knew I wanted him by my side for the rest of my life.

What I love most about Oli is his honesty and smile! His most annoying habit on the other hand is falling asleep in the middle of the day on the sofa.

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oliver says: I knew that Dawn was the one after she sent me on a treasure hunt all around her flat leading me to a door key so that I could visit her as much as I possibly could – I will never forget that day.

Dawn’s sense of humour and stunning looks are what I love most about her. Her worst habit however is leaving her empty contact lenses cases everywhere in the house.

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dawn says: Our biggest wish for married life is simply that we have a healthy and long life together.

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Prior to our wedding we decided to have an engagement shoot with our photographers, Zo and Liam from ZT Photography, as we thought this would be the perfect way for us to get to know them and to get comfortable in front of the camera.

Our shoot was in Manchester and it was a great day out. The street art made for a perfect setting. We wanted something fun and different, which is exactly what we got!

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Zo and Liam were so much fun and managed to capture our fun and playfulness as well as a romantic feel too. As a photographer myself I feel it’s important to have the photos on display, they tell a story which we love to relive. We have our engagement photos printed and on display in our lounge. We are very proud to have them up on the wall.

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During the wedding planning process, I’m loving using Brides Up North for ideas and inspiration, which gets me all excited for our big day to come!

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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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