January 23rd, 2017 | Julia Braime
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.
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.
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.
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!
What I’m looking forward to most about married life is having his surname so we feel like a complete family unit.
November 3rd, 2016 | Emma Davis
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.
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.
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.
September 28th, 2016 | Rachel Parry
Today on the blog we’re sharing the cool engagement shoot of newlyweds Amy and Sukh.
Captured in the Baltic Triangle District of Liverpool, we love how laidback these two high school sweethearts are in front of the camera, looking totally in loved up with even the edgy backdrop not enough to distract them from one another.
Just goes to show that teenage romances can still go the distance!
With images by Ian MacMichael Photography.
amy says: We got engaged after moving into our new house. Sukh had covered the walls of the living room in fairy lights and lit candles and we were drinking champagne. I thought it was all to celebrate moving in so I wasn’t aware of what was coming next. I walked over to the fairy lights to make sure he hadn’t damaged my new living room wall and when I turned round he was on his knee. I couldn’t believe it, I kept asking if he was serious before remembering I was supposed to say yes!
We first met in school and have been together since we were just 15-years-old.
As we were teenagers when we got together our early dates consisted of going to each other’s houses, sitting in parks and the occasional trip to the cinema. Though we were young, we fell in love with each other straight away.
September 20th, 2016 | Rachel Parry
This afternoon on the blog we’re sharing a stunning engagement shoot which was captured in the North West .
In keeping with the styling for their impending wedding, high school sweethearts Amber and Paul chose a peaceful woodland beauty spot as the ideal backdrop for their rustic themed love story shoot.
With images by Jane Louise Photography.
amber says: Paul proposed to me in January 2015. We were away at the time in York enjoying a relaxing two-night spa break to celebrate our five-year anniversary. I had no clue of Paul’s intentions, especially as my mum had been hinting that Spain would be a lovely place to get engaged (we were going away as a family to Spain that year) so I really thought he would propose in Spain. Little did I know!
Our wedding date is set for 30th March 2017, with the celebrations taking place at the beautiful Double Tree by Hilton Hotel in Chester.
We first got to know each other at school and were high school sweethearts!
For our first date we went for coffee in Manchester and we got along straight away. Over a short period of time we became best friends and we believed we would be together forever. I just knew that we would one day get married.
August 15th, 2016 | Julia Braime
The engagement shoot that we’re sharing with you on the blog this afternoon is nothing short of stunning.
Captured in the beautiful Lake District, smitten bride and groom-to-be Kayleigh and Bernie remain the focal point of all images as their true emotions shine through, though the backdrops are pretty spectacular too. From open fields to breath-taking summits, we love it all!
With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, Ed Godden (who has recently welcomed a super cute baby boy into the world with his wife Clare – huge congratulations guys, little Jesse is a real cutie!)
kayleigh says: We got engaged last summer after four fantastic years together. I had always hoped our engagement would be personal and intimate and Bernie didn’t disappoint! He popped the question on a beautiful summer’s evening as we shared a bottle of wine in our garden. It was such a beautiful moment and, to top it off, we were due to fly to Santorini the next day. Perfect!
We are tying the knot in Nottinghamshire, next April, at a local church in a nature reserve where we like to spend time walking and running.
I first met Bernie on my final teaching placement at the school where he worked. We became good friends and before long we began dating.
Our first date was actually as friends. Bernie was about to go travelling for the summer so he took me by surprise by asking me out before he left. We spoke on the phone almost every day he was away and when he returned we knew what we had was pretty special!
August 3rd, 2016 | Rachel Parry
All wedding journeys tend to start with a ring that will remain on the bride’s hand from the engagement to the ‘I dos’ and throughout married life that follows. As such it’s important that the chosen ring will last a lifetime and offers the most sparkle for your buck.
To help you and your partner pick a winning rock, we’re handing the blog over this morning to GIA Diamonds Graduate Paul Gian. Keen to ensure that couples are clued up on the clarity, cut, color and carat of diamonds before making their ring purchase, expert Paul has set up handy website Beyond4cs.com and is here to share some of his gems of advice with you today…
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Can you tell us a little about your background in the diamond & jewellery market?
paul says: My story began back in 2012 when I needed to buy a proposal ring for my fiancée. It started months of frustrating online research as there was a lack of reliable information. As I started reading up, my interest in gemstones and diamonds grew. Since then, I’ve completed the GIA Diamonds Graduate program and built up my own gemstone collection.
When and why did you set up Beyond4cs.com and who is it aimed at?
A diamond engagement ring is possibly one of the most expensive purchases someone would make in their lifetime (besides a car and home). Beyond4cs.com was started in 2014 and it is targeted at fellow consumers to shed light on the engagement ring buying process.
What are the most important elements that should be taken into consideration when shopping for a diamond engagement ring to get the best quality diamond for the budget?
The cut quality of a diamond matters the most because it directly affects how much sparkle the diamond will have.
What would you say to those who have quite a modest budget, what types of diamonds should they be looking at?
It really boils down to personal preferences and needs. There isn’t a particular shape, color or clarity that’s going to appeal to everyone on the same level. In the current market, the most popular diamond shapes are round, princess and cushion.
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