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.
January 8th, 2016 | Julia Braime
An engagement for many brides to be is one of life’s highlights and certainly a moment to enjoy the spotlight, celebrating with friends and family, while of course sharing the bling across all social media platforms.
For some the celebrations to mark the exciting news are kept fairly low-key in the form of a family meal or girly brunch, while others choose go all out with a large-scale engagement party, providing somewhat of a pre-wedding warm up.
So for those newly engaged ladies that have just joined us on the blog *waves*, today we’re discussing if an engagement party is worth the added planning pressure, or whether it’s best to plough all the money and energy into the big day itself.
image source, photography by Gillian Stevens
rachel says: party on
Did someone say party? In my current mind set I’d be all for an engagement party – not only to inform as many people as possible that a ring had finally been put on it, but also to get all my family and best buds together in one place because let’s face it, it doesn’t happen often.
In a world that’s often not full of the best news, I love the thought of spreading a little joy with a little piece of good news. And often where there’s a party – there’s presents!
But seriously, I definitely think that for anyone planning a long engagement a party to mark the proposal is key to keep excitement levels high. My brother got engaged on the weekend of my mum’s 50th birthday and keen not to steal any thunder he kept it fairly under wraps saying that he would throw a party to announce the news properly. But one thing led to another and it never actually materialised, the news just sort of trickled out gradually and I for one felt it diluted the excitement of what is actually a pretty big deal.
So lesson learnt, enjoy the moment to the max while it lasts. Planning a party may take up a little of your time yes, but it will get you in practise for the main event to come and provide an early icebreaker between those that make your guest list.
julia says: save it for the wedding
Anyone who knows me will know that I love a party as much as the next person (sometimes, er, a little too much…) but when it comes to engagement parties, I might have to be the party pooper.
An engagement – particularly if it’s yours – is one of life’s most exciting times and should definitely be celebrated, but I just don’t think that you need a full on event to do that. Pop a cork with friends and family, yes. Maybe even steal away for a mini break to celebrate just the two of you, hell yes. But getting everyone involved? Save it for the wedding.
A friend of mine is totally against engagement parties, thinking them to be bad luck (in the celebrating your union before you actually make it down the aisle sense). I personally think that’s hugely dramatic, but I do think that axing the extra guest list will save you money and hassle plus save all your best party planning ideas for the big day itself.
Also, whilst your own wedding and the time spent leading up to it is #ohmygodthemostimportantthingintheworldlikeever (and hey, we run a wedding blog, who are we to judge?) you might find that friends and family grow a little wedding weary if subjected to too many ancillary events and present gathering occasions. The engagement party, the hen party, the stag party, the second hen party for those who couldn’t travel to the first one, the dress shopping, the menu tasting, the wedding show attending… oh, yeah and (yawn) the wedding itself.
My advice? Save the party for the main event. But when the main event arrives, really bring it. You’ll be glad you did.
what you said on facebook:
Rachel: “We are definitely having an engagement party. Any excuse to celebrate!”
Hayley: “I regret spending so much on our engagement party now that I’m cost cutting for the wedding.”
Kim: “We’re lucky, his parents are throwing a party on our behalf. Winner!”
December 8th, 2015 | Rachel Parry
This morning on the blog we’re taking a little trip to The Cotswolds to share the engagement shoot of lancashire lass Emma and her hubby-to-be Mark.
Apparently this couple were told by a stranger on their very first date that they would marry as they seemed so at ease with each other. Looking at these wonderful images it’s clear to see that loving connection is still going strong – we think these two are made for each other!
With images by Frances Sales Photography.
emma says: Mark proposed on Christmas Eve last year. I had actually been seriously ill and diagnosed with Crohns Disease for the last few months before the proposal and our dating life had suffered due to that. But seeing I finally had enough strength to get out of bed and get up and do something again, he treated me to a Christmas Eve date.
I was so excited to be wearing a nice dress, have done my hair and makeup and actually looked like me again that I wasn’t even thinking there might be a reason behind the evening – I was just excited to have a great evening out! After a very quiet pre-Christmas dinner in a lovely country house hotel in Surrey, Mark suggested we take a walk outside. There was a beautiful marble fountain and temple in the grounds which was lit up beautifully in the dark, and he got down on one knee and pull out my dream ring.
November 30th, 2015 | Julia Braime
You might want to grab your woolly hat and rain coat for this afternoon’s post, as we’re heading outdoors to the Peak District for Caylie and James’s engagement shoot.
Braving the brisk Derbyshire weather, their photographer Steven Haddock, captured some fabulously emotive and moody looking shots against a somewhat stormy backdrop.
With images by Steven Haddock.
caylie says: Our engagement was an utter surprise. James always said I would never see it coming – and he was right! All the usual suspects; trips abroad, romantic strolls, picturesque viewpoints all came and went. Seven years later we took a break to London, to escape parental roles for a few days and loose ourselves in lazy brunches and late night gin bars! The Saturday afternoon James was determined to get me to Hyde Park, Boris bikes were planned, Pret sarnies packed, and then the heavens opened. It didn’t a stop raining all afternoon. After a thorough soaking I finally threw a strop and demanded to go back to the hotel. The ring had been in his pocket all day, I stepped out of the shower, soap in my eyes, half-dressed to find him on one knee. It wasn’t a Hyde Park picnic, but I never saw it coming.
November 17th, 2015 | Rachel Parry
You might want to grab your wellies and your coat for this afternoon’s post as we’re heading off to rural Yorkshire for Holly & Matt’s engagement shoot.
Though photographer Chelsea says the terrain was rather rocky and the weather rather windy, this bride and groom-to-be look totally lost in the moment together as they take a stroll across Almscliffe Crag.
So let’s hand over to Holly to find out how this love story began…
With images by Chelsea Shoesmith.
holly says: We got engaged on holiday in Greece the year that we had been together ten years. Matt popped the question next to a beautiful harbour, it was a complete surprise! He proposed in the middle of the holiday so some of the people who he had told were starting to worry he had changed his mind!
We are getting married at a church in Knaresborough and then will be moving onto a beautiful converted barn called Castle Farm, for the reception. There will be a ceilidh at night time and we also have some games planned to keep our guests entertained whilst they drink their champagne cocktails!
We first met back in 2005 when we were 16 and 18 years of age. Our first date was a takeaway pizza which we ate on a park bench – it was more romantic than it sounds!We were best friends before we got together but if we are honest we always wanted to be more than friends – we just needed a song dedication from Matt’s band to make us both realise.
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