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our love story: joel & layla

April 27th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

An Engagement in York (c) Ronnie & Rose Photography (2)

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.

An Engagement in York (c) Ronnie & Rose Photography (9)

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.

An Engagement in York (c) Ronnie & Rose Photography (1)

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.

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our love story: hannah & jason

March 21st, 2016 | Julia Braime

Hannah & Jason's Love Story (c) Nicola Helen Photography (3)

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 & Jason's Love Story (c) Nicola Helen Photography (1)

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.

Hannah & Jason's Love Story (c) Nicola Helen Photography (18)

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!

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our love story: lisa & joe

February 10th, 2016 | Julia Braime

Our Love Story Lisa & Joe (c) Jemma King Photography (16)

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.

Our Love Story Lisa & Joe (c) Jemma King Photography (29)

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.

Our Love Story Lisa & Joe (c) Jemma King Photography (30)

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.

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our love story: emma & mark

December 8th, 2015 | Rachel Parry

Emma & Mark's Love Story (c) Frances Sales Photography (3)

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 & Mark's Love Story (c) Frances Sales Photography (17)

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.

Emma & Mark's Love Story (c) Frances Sales Photography (22)

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our love story: caylie & james

November 30th, 2015 | Julia Braime

An Outdoorsy Engagement Shoot (c) Steven Haddock (3)

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.

An Outdoorsy Engagement Shoot (c) Steven Haddock (16)

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.

An Outdoorsy Engagement Shoot (c) Steven Haddock (25)

We are getting married next August, during an intimate ceremony in Lincoln, with reception to follow at The Pheasantry Brewery at Markham (with a little help from Totally Tipi).

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our love story: holly & matt

November 17th, 2015 | Rachel Parry

Holly & Matt's Engagement Shoot (c) Chelsea Shoesmith (10)

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 & Matt's Engagement Shoot (c) Chelsea Shoesmith (4)

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!

Holly & Matt's Engagement Shoot (c) Chelsea Shoesmith (12)

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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