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our love story: lindsay & chris

May 22nd, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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: lisa & dom

April 13th, 2017 | Julia Braime

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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

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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.

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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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tulle love. an engagement styled shoot in manchester

February 23rd, 2017 | Rachel Parry

A Styled Engagement Shoot (c) Elina Rose Photography (25)

Ever reminiscent of those opening credits to Sex and the City, nothing quite makes a feminine fashion statement like a tulle skirt (or tutu in Sarah Jessica Parker’s case).

So, when we clapped eyes on this beautiful Manchester styled shoot, complete with dreamy grey tulle A-line skirt, we just knew that we had to share it on the wedding blog.

Directed and captured by American-based photographer, Elina Rose, the shoot, which features a real engaged couple, is aimed at inspiring brides and grooms to use the stunning spaces around them to create beautiful photographic memories that last a lifetime.

With images by Elina Rose Photography

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elina says: I fell in love with England’s green parks and countryside as well as the historic beautiful buildings. I felt the combination of the two would help to create a romantic story for an engagement inspired shoot. The reason for doing the shoot was to show couples everywhere that you can utilize the places around you to create beautiful backdrops for your engagement, bridal, or wedding photos.

A Styled Engagement Shoot (c) Elina Rose Photography (40)

Our couple, being local, suggested this location based off my vision for the shoot. I wanted to incorporate gorgeous green fields and romantic sunlight as well as beautiful buildings. Heaton Park turned out to be the perfect place!

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To complement the romantic feel of the session, we felt that the full tulle skirt was a perfect touch. As the outfits were quite neutral in terms of colour we wanted the gorgeous bouquet to give a pop of vibrancy. This was created by Manchester-based Venus Flowers, using blooms that would give a beautiful range of texture and colour.

For a subtle touch of sparkle, we added some stunning jewellery from Bellarissa Boutique, which completed our bride-to-be’s look perfectly.

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The day of the shoot turned out perfect! While it rained most of the day, the moment we started the sun came out giving us beautiful light.

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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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our love story – selina & hiren

November 3rd, 2016 | Emma Davis

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This afternoon on the blog we’re sharing the bright and beautiful pre-wedding shoot of soon-to-be husband and wife, Selina and Hiren.

After a romantic proposal in The Big Apple, Selina and Hiren planned an engagement party back at home to celebrate with their family and friends, and thought this would be an excellent opportunity for their pre-wedding shoot.

We love the stunning portrait images of just the two of them prior to the party but also the lively celebrations that followed.

Images by JPR Shah Photography.

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selina says: We got engaged in New York on top of the Empire State Building on New Year’s Day. We spent the day walking through Central Park, shopping in Greenwich Village then ice skating in the evening and ending the night on top of the Empire State Building. It was a complete surprise as was the trip to New York!

We plan to marry on the 30th December 2016. Our traditional Indian wedding date is yet to be confirmed.

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We first met through mutual friends at a pub. We went for some drinks and as we both felt the spark we decided to go for a meal in Preston. Looking back now we both believe it was love from the start!

I really knew Hiren was ‘the one’ when I moved away from home for work, which was only a couple of months after being together, and I counted down the days until I could see him again. I absolutely love how caring, thoughtful and wonderful Hiren is, and he’s always able to put a smile on my face.

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