May 3rd, 2016 | Rachel Parry
This morning we meet husband and wife-to-be Ian and Leah, as they share with us their love story and the results of their stunning engagement shoot. Set to tie the knot in the Lake District later this month (how exciting!), Ian and Leah used their pre-wedding shoot as an opportunity to get comfortable in front of the camera.
We love the varied backdrops that the pretty Yorkshire town of Whitby provided for this shoot – from rugged countryside and coastal shots to sweet cobbled streets and passageways!
With images by Nicola Helen Photography.
leah says: We got engaged at The Great Langdales, in the Lake District. It was Valentine’s Day last year, which is our anniversary, and Ian had booked a surprise weekend away. He took me to our favourite place to walk ‘Blea Tarn’ in the Langdales. I had no clue he was going to pop the question so when he did, he picked his moment well! The spot where he proposed was perfect and secluded. It was the first time I was lost for words!
We will be returning to The Great Langdales in May for our wedding, which will be held at the New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel.
Ian and I first met when we were set up on a blind date! We met for a drink in the Dickens Inn, Middlesborough, then went to a place called Alfornos for food. It was a little awkward as it was a blind date with no back up to escape if we didn’t like each other! Thankfully we really hit it off and met for a coffee a few days later. The rest is history!
April 27th, 2016 | Rachel Parry
This afternoon we’re sharing the stunning engagement shoot of newlyweds Joel and Layla, which took place in the historic city of York. Before their recent wedding in Swansea, Joel and Layla made the trip to Yorkshire for their pre-wed shoot with the hope of gaining some beautiful images that would remind them of the earlier years of their relationship
Looking at these super sweet pics we think it’s safe to say that they accomplished their goal!
With images by Ronnie & Rose Photography.
joel says: We got engaged after I returned from a trip to Vanuatu. I was meant to be there for three months but ended up needing to cut my time there short and when I got back to the UK I surprised Layla by proposing to her with a ring carved out of a special nut that is grown in Vanuatu!
Our wedding day was on September 7th 2015, back in Layla’s hometown in Swansea, South Wales, by the beach.
We first met at a conference in London in August 2013. The conference was about how young people can contribute to society and become involved in community building initiatives.
Our first date was at a little pizza place on Southbank. We had never actually called it a ‘date’ but I think inside we both knew that it was! We ended up sitting on a bench along the river until the early hours of the morning when we realised the time and had to rush home.
April 20th, 2016 | Rachel Parry
From speaking to wedding couples day in day out we know the volume of brides and grooms that suffer pre-wedding photography nerves – and trust us, there’s a lot!
The case is often that individual doesn’t like having their photograph taken full stop, never mind during a ‘once in a lifetime’ occasion that will be looked back on for many years to come. As a solution to this common fear, many wedding photographers now offer couples the opportunity to have a pre-wedding shoot, providing a practise run in front of the camera, ready for the big day to come.
For those photo phobes out there what’s important to remember is that the guys capturing your wedding day are professionals – it’s not your mum or dad behind the camera with a shaky hand and bad lighting, these guys know all the tricks in the book to make you look and feel amazing on your big day, leading to both stunning and natural photos.
Two photographers who are big believers in the power of a pre-wedding shoot to calm any camera-shy couples’ nerves are Stan and Jane of Stan Seaton Photography. And so to find out exactly what’s involved and how couples can get the most out of such shoots, were putting our pre-wed questions to the pros…
With images by Stan Seaton Photography.
Can you explain what a pre-wedding shoot is?
jane says: A pre wedding shoot is an opportunity for us as photographers to meet with our brides and grooms prior to the wedding day and see how they interact together. At our first couple of meetings the discussion is usually geared towards nitty gritty things like pricing, albums and coverage, so it’s really lovely to get to know a couple as people (after all that is what we are going to see and capture on their wedding day).
Where and when do you advise couples to have their pre-wedding shoot?
We usually recommend that couples choose a location that is special and personal to them, often this is the place where they got engaged or somewhere that they like to go regularly. We have covered shoots in Paris, London, Oxford, as well as many local beauty spots such as Fountains Abbey and Seaham beach. Once we have decided on location we fix a date and time, usually six months prior to the wedding day.
There isn’t really such a place as the perfect location for a shoot, many contributing factors can make a good shoot, this could be good lighting/sunlight, a foggy day or fresh untouched snow and as the shoot date is usually arranged well in advance we really don’t know what we are going to get. However, we always say to couples that living in Britain the same could be said for their wedding day, so if we can get some great shots of them on a beach, on a blustery February day then their minds are at rest that we will get some amazing photos on their wedding day.
What about styling? What outfits should couples where and is this a good time for brides-to-be to have their hair and makeup trial?
We usually recommend that couples wear toning complimentary outfits, scarves and hats usually work well and wellies are good, if appropriate. All black isn’t good as this can have a tendency to look like two shadows in the pictures.
Some girls do choose to have hair and makeup done prior to the shoot and while there can be benefits of this, often it’s lovely to have a set of images which are of the bride and groom in their relaxed natural environment and not necessarily with full makeup and styled hair.
March 21st, 2016 | Julia Braime
This afternoon we meet husband and wife-to-be Jason and Hannah, as they share with us their love story and the results of their stunning engagement shoot. Set to tie the knot in rural North Yorkshire this summer, Jason and Hannah decided to have a pre-wedding shoot to ensure they were relaxed in front of the camera on the big day to come.
Looking at these images we think it’s safe to say that they accomplished their goal – talk about model behaviour, they look like a pair of pros to us!
With images by Nicola Helen Photography.
hannah says: We got engaged on Bravaro Beach in the Dominican Republic on 3rd July 2015. Jason had snuck the ring by hiding it in a pair of socks and then nervously had it hidden in his pocket the night that he proposed. It was a big surprise when Jason got down on one knee and popped the question.
We are getting married on 15th July 2016 at the Pheasant Hotel in Harome, North Yorkshire.
We first met each other back in May 2010 when we were working together on a summer play scheme. Our first dates were walks along the beach with Henry the dog. We spent time getting to know each other first but there was always a spark!
February 10th, 2016 | Julia Braime
This morning on the blog we’re off to the fair to share the engagement shoot of university sweet hearts Joe and Lisa.
Having listened to their wishes for a relaxed and informal pre-wedding shoot with a little dose of fun, photographer Jemma King whisked Joe and Lisa off to Hull Fair in East Yorkshire, which provided an upbeat and vibrant backdrop for some fabulous natural shots.
So grab your candy floss and ice cream as we head for the dodgems!
With images by Jemma King Photography.
lisa says: We got engaged a year ago in March. It was a very cold day and we went for a walk at Brimham Rocks. It was a total surprise, whilst stood admiring the view at the top of (what is now) a very special rock!
We are getting married this April, at our church in Leeds followed by a reception out in a little village hall near Wetherby.
We first met at university in Liverpool – which feels like a long time ago now! Our first date was watching a film – but I already knew Joe was special when he offered to walk me home after an evening in the library, because it was too dark for me to walk through the park on my own.
I don’t know that Joe and I had a specific moment of realisation in knowing that we were ‘the one’ for each other, but Joe always remembers telling his dad that he’d met “a really cool girl” and thinking that it felt like the start of something exciting.
January 19th, 2016 | Rachel Parry
This afternoon on the blog we’re off to the wet and windy Lake District to share the engagement shoot of Brides Up North reader Lizzie, and her husband-to-be Wil.
Though the weather was a little wild these teenage sweethearts managed to keep their cool in front of the camera while their photographer captured some really lovely moments, surrounded by gorgeous autumnal countryside.
We can’t wait to see the results of their big day in October!
With images by River Medlock Photography.
lizzie says: We got engaged on 16th May 2015. We love the Lake District and had decided to go to Windermere to celebrate our ten year anniversary. We had a romantic meal and decided to walk up to Orrest Head (a famous Wainwright viewpoint where you can see the entire length of Lake Windermere) to watch the sunset.
Wil proposed as the sun went down – it was very romantic and a total surprise! We have been together since we were 15 and 16 and, very early on, I made Wil agree that he wasn’t allowed to ask me to marry him until we had been together for at least ten years. The 15-year-old me was obviously super sensible and knew we had a lot of growing up to do. We have made it through finishing high school, college, university, starting our careers, buying our first house and getting kittens and we are stronger than ever. Wil managed to wait for ten years and one day – that was more than long enough! There is a Wainwright quote written at the top of Orrest Head that reads “Those few hours on Orrest Head cast a spell that changed my life” – quite fitting really.
We are having an autumn wedding in Windermere in October 2016 – overlooking the lake once more.
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