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our love story: lindsay & chris

May 22nd, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth

Our Love Story Lindsay & Chris (c) Sarah Maria Photography (54)

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.

Our Love Story Lindsay & Chris (c) Sarah Maria Photography (8)

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.

Our Love Story Lindsay & Chris (c) Sarah Maria Photography (29)

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!

Our Love Story Lindsay & Chris (c) Sarah Maria Photography (70)

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!

Our Love Story Lindsay & Chris (c) Sarah Maria Photography (41)

We are getting married on 28th July 2018 at St Helens Town Hall followed by the reception at Rainford Parish Hall.

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our love story: fiona & stuart

May 10th, 2017 | Laura McDonagh

Our Love Story - Fiona and Stuart (c) Crofts & Kowalczyk Photography (15)

When we saw these gorgeous engagement shoot images of Fiona and Stuart walking around Loch Ard hand-in-hand and sheltering from the rain under an umbrella, we just knew we had to feature them on the blog.

The loch provides a stunning backdrop to this beautiful pair, and the natural woodland tones are bang on trend – Pantone’s colour of the year for 2017 is greenery, after all! It also provided a number of unusual props – check out the photographers’ striking use of a fern to create a completely unique picture of the couple.

Fiona tells us about how their relationship first blossomed, their plans for the wedding day and beyond!

With images by Cro+Kow Photography

Our Love Story - Fiona and Stuart (c) Crofts & Kowalczyk Photography (10)

fiona says: We first met at a wedding in Northern Ireland in 2012. We lived at opposite ends of Scotland at that point, so we used to meet up in Aberdeen for our dates and time together.

For our very first date, we went for a walk and out for lunch, which then turned into dinner, before getting the train home. It wasn’t true love from the start – being so far apart probably made us both quite cautious.

Our Love Story - Fiona and Stuart (c) Crofts & Kowalczyk Photography (19)

That said, I knew that Stuart was ‘the one’ after a few months of dating and getting to know each other. By that point we were living in London and Edinburgh and had spent lots of weekends travelling between cities.

Our Love Story - Fiona and Stuart (c) Crofts & Kowalczyk Photography (22)

We got engaged at Loch Ard. We went for a walk around the loch until we reached a surprise picnic. Stuart’s friends had helped set it up with candles, prosecco, strawberries – the works! They then popped out from behind a tree after I’d said yes and drove us to Callander to a beautiful hotel. I wasn’t expecting it at all; it was a huge surprise.

Our Love Story - Fiona and Stuart (c) Crofts & Kowalczyk Photography (13)

Our wedding will take place at my home church in Edinburgh, with a reception at Broxmouth Park, Dunbar.

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our love story: lauren & ashley

April 25th, 2017 | Laura McDonagh

Our Love Story Ashley & Lauren (c) Amy Louise Photography (21)

Today on the blog, we’re headed to Fletcher Moss in Didsbury, to share the scenic pre-wedding shoot of newlywed couple, Lauren and Ashley.

Both wanted to avoid anxieties about having their photograph taken on the big day itself, and so a relaxed engagement session was the order of the day. These stunning pictures don’t betray any nerves, though – just a beautiful, coy intimacy between two people madly in love.

We particularly love the muted autumnal palette of woodland greens and browns and the way Amy has created ‘couple interrupted’ shots as they embrace and whisper to each other. Tender, loving, perfect.

With images by Amy Louise Photography.

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lauren says: We got engaged in November 2014. We were going on a family break to Windermere in the Lake District. Suddenly more and more family members were booking lodges at the site and I was none the wiser. Little did I know that everyone else knew Ashley was going to propose…

After we’d arrived, Ashley wanted us to go on a boat trip alone. Still having no idea, we went. It was raining, yet Ashley wanted us to go out onto the deck. I didn’t want to get my hair wet, ha! Eventually, I followed him up the stairs and, to my surprise, Ashley got down on one knee and asked me to be his wife. After I said yes (or rather, “YES!”) we went to meet the rest of the family who were all waiting with party poppers, champagne and tears. It was magical.

Our Love Story Ashley & Lauren (c) Amy Louise Photography (15)

We originally met through mutual friends on a night out in Sale and our first date was to the cinema to watch What Happens in Vegas. We got on really well.

Our Love Story Ashley & Lauren (c) Amy Louise Photography (29)

The moment Ashley first told me he loved me I knew I wanted to spend the rest of my life with him and never let him go. We got married at Etrop Grange on 20th January 2017.

Our Love Story Ashley & Lauren (c) Amy Louise Photography (28)

What’s special about our relationship is the fact we’re best friends. No one can make us laugh the way we laugh with each other. We can be completely ourselves around each other and never feel silly. We bring out the best in each other and, when we’re in each other’s company, we’re constantly smiling.

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our love story: lisa & dom

April 13th, 2017 | Julia Braime

Our Love Story - Lisa & Dom (c) Anna Wood Photography (25)

Taking place in the Huddersfield village of Slaithwaite – the area where this lovely couple are to set up their first home together – photographer Anna Wood, has captured the pair at their most relaxed. Cue cuddles in the coffee shop and kisses by the canal…

With images by Anna Wood Photography

Our Love Story - Lisa & Dom (c) Anna Wood Photography (10)

lisa says: We got engaged under that famous tree on Hadrian’s Wall. It was a wet, windy and very long walk but Dom insisted we keep going. Each time I suggested turning back and he said, “We just need to go a bit further” – my suspicions grew!

Our wedding is set for May, with a ceremony at Gledholt Methodist Church, Huddersfield, followed by a reception at the nearby Ukrainian Club.

Our Love Story - Lisa & Dom (c) Anna Wood Photography (32)

We first met each other at Explorers Camp, a youth camp we continue to volunteer at each summer. The marquee we use at the camp in Ripon, will even be part of our wedding day!

For our first date, we went to one of our favourite places; Bolton Abbey in North Yorkshire. Dom is a bit of a history geek and Abbeys are to him, what tea is to me. Dom is a great encourager, always building me up. He makes me laugh and keeps me young – a full time occupation considering my love of sewing, tea and a good murder mystery.

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our love story: ashleigh & josh

March 29th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth

Our Love Story Ashleigh & Josh (c) Jane Louise Photography (33)

Meet Ashleigh and Josh – the stars of this wonderful wintry engagement shoot that we’re sharing on the blog this afternoon.

Dressed in cosy jumpers, hats and jackets, with cups of coffee in hand, this is one of the most laid-back shoots we’ve seen. Completely at ease in front of the camera – and braving the natural elements in an outdoors park in Burnley – Ashleigh and Josh look 100% loved up!

Ashleigh tells us more about their nine-year relationship and why, for her, it’s all about the butterflies…

With images by Jane Louise Photography

Our Love Story Ashleigh & Josh (c) Jane Louise Photography (27)

ashleigh says: Josh proposed to me on our beautiful baby girl’s christening day on 6th November 2016. He made us get up in front of everyone to ‘say thank you for coming’, but little did I know he was about to get down on one knee in front of all our family and friends. It was such a surprise, never ever did I expect it on that day, but it was so beautiful with all our nearest and dearest there to see it. I couldn’t have planned it any better myself. It was perfect; a day we will always remember for two very special reasons.

Our Love Story Ashleigh & Josh (c) Jane Louise Photography (29)

We haven’t booked our wedding yet, but we want it to be perfect so don’t want to rush into it too quickly. We are hoping to book the big day for next year, or the year after! Since we met nine years ago, we have had a lot of dates and nights away to lovely places but one of our favourite destinations is Mitton Hall. We would love to get married there. It’s such an amazing place with beautiful grounds. We just love its cosy romantic decor and feel. The log fires, grand entrance and rooms are beautiful, too, and have their own special touches. It would be the perfect place to get married, especially as it means something to us both, with lots of happy memories.

Our Love Story Ashleigh & Josh (c) Jane Louise Photography (37)

We met through my brother, as Josh was good friends with him. He wasn’t sure whether it would be a good idea at the time and my brother had the ‘if you hurt my sister’ talk with Josh. But, nine years later – here we are! Finally engaged, with our own beautiful home and amazing daughter Isla-Mae. Life is amazing.

Our Love Story Ashleigh & Josh (c) Jane Louise Photography (18)

We were very young when we went on our first date (15 and 18) so it wasn’t anything amazing, but it worked! We went to a local pub for a spot of tea. I was scared to eat in front of him in case I did something embarrassing. Luckily, nothing terrible happened.

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our love story: catriona & mikey

January 23rd, 2017 | Julia Braime

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We’re continuing the beauty on the blog today with the stunning engagement shoot and love story of soon to be husband and wife, Mikey and Catriona.

Looking like true professionals, this loved-up pair braved the cold and found an atmospheric spot up on the Pennies in Lancashire with their photographer Maddie for a set of stunning portraits that literally melt our hearts! We’re sure it will have you feeling the same way too!

With images by Maddie Farris Photography.

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catriona says: We got engaged on Easter morning. We were lying in bed and I said to Mikey “Babe, are we gonna get married?” and he said “Of course we are” then I said “Can we get married next year?” and he said “Will that make you happy?” and I said “Yep” – and that was that!

Our wedding is set for 20th May 2017, at Hardcastle Craggs, which is situated in the National Trust woodlands at Hebden Bridge.

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Mikey and I met whilst we were both working at nightclubs when we were at uni, three-and-a-half-years ago.

For our first date, we went to get coffee together. I’d made Mikey some homemade brownies and he says that’s when he knew he loved me.

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What I love most about Mikey is how much he cares for me – I’ve been ill recently and he’s looked after me really well. He is very unorganised though, which means I have to nag him at times.

Mikey says that what he loves most about me is that I always look out for him and have his back. He says I’m gorgeous too – but then, so is he!

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What I’m looking forward to most about married life is having his surname so we feel like a complete family unit.

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