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our love story: kayleigh & bernie

August 15th, 2016 | Julia Braime

Our Love Story Kayleigh & Bernie (c) Ed Godden Photography (21)

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!)

Our Love Story Kayleigh & Bernie (c) Ed Godden Photography (16)

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.

Our Love Story Kayleigh & Bernie (c) Ed Godden Photography (6)

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!

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shine bright: engagement ring advice from beyond4cs

August 3rd, 2016 | Rachel Parry

Image by Melissa Beattie Photography

Melissa Beattie Photography

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…

Images from real weddings featured on these pages and not provided by Sponsor. Please see image credits for photographer details – we love these talented folk! 

Image by Paul Liddement Photography

Paul Liddement Photography

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.

Image by Chloe Grayson of Fox & Owl

Fox & Owl

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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our love story: helen & dan

July 26th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

Our Love Story Helen & Dan (c) Drew Findlay Photography (6)

We’re delighted to be sharing another love story here on the blog this afternoon, and this time we’re off to Manchester.

Teenage sweethearts Helen and Dan chose the city’s cool Northern Quarter as the backdrop for their engagement shoot, which features cool, urban buildings and impressive in-your-face street art.

Cool, quirky and individual – just what we like!

With images by Drew Findlay Photography.

Our Love Story Helen & Dan (c) Drew Findlay Photography (15)

helen says: We got engaged in 2014. Dan proposed to me in Vietnam on a cruise across Haylong Bay. It was a total surprise, I wasn’t expecting it at all!

We are getting married on 30th July at Lancaster Town Hall followed by a reception at Willow Barn at the Bay Horse Inn. It’s going to be a Harry Potter theme!

Our Love Story Helen & Dan (c) Drew Findlay Photography (8)

We met eight-and-a-half years ago when we were both 16. We played hockey for the same club and Dan told me that he’d like to go on a date with me. The rest is history! We had our first kiss when I was in my hockey kit and Dan was all dressed to go out, as I was home late from hockey. It was cute and awkward, which sort of sums us up!

We both knew that we were right for each other, even from a young age. We just get each other – it’s great!

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our love story: george & jo

July 21st, 2016 | Julia Braime

Our Love Story Jo & George (c) Stell a Photography (51)

This morning on the blog we’re heading to the North West of the UK to share the gorgeous engagement shoot of husband- and wife-to-be George and Jo.

Captured in the beautiful surroundings of Lyme Park in Cheshire, we adore how relaxed and natural this loved-up duo are in front of the lens – stealing kisses and hugs while smiling and laughing along the way. Super sweet!

With images by Stella Photography.

Our Love Story Jo & George (c) Stell a Photography (24)

george says: My proposal came as that much of a surprise to Jo she said “no”! It was more the shock at first – I hope! We had trekked three miles up to the Hollywood sign in LA in baking heat and without any water or suntan cream. Jo wanted to turn back, but there was no way I was going back without popping the question! It was on our fifth anniversary, which made it all the sweeter!

We have set the date for May 2017, with the ceremony at my local church in High Lane, followed by a reception in Didsbury.

Our Love Story Jo & George (c) Stell a Photography (38)

We first met when Jo came with a friend to a gathering at my house and my brother accidentally walked home in Jo’s friend’s boots! Conveniently, this meant Jo had to come round the next day to pick them up. When Jo got to mine, she found me in my best shirt and shorts, stinking of aftershave and she still said she would go out for a drink with me!

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our love story: anisa & ala

June 9th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

An Autumnal Engagement Shoot (c) Amy & Omid Photography (16)

This afternoon we’re heading west as we share the stunning engagement shoot and love story of newlyweds, Anisa and Ala.

Captured in beautiful locations in North West Wales and Cheshire, this gorgeous shoot features forests, mountains and waterfalls, what more could you want?

For now we’ll let Anisa and Ala fill you in on how first they got together, then the pair will be returning to the blog tomorrow to share their wonderful overseas wedding with us. Be sure to check back in, it’s a real beauty that you won’t want to miss!

With images by Amy & Omid Photography.

An Autumnal Engagement Shoot (c) Amy & Omid Photography (23)

anisa says: We decided we wanted to get married not long after we got to know each other. After meeting we continued our friendship over a distance for more than a year, then once we received the blessing from our parents, Ala proposed.

We got married on 27th December 2016, in Antalya, Turkey, during a beautiful ceremony surrounded by family and friends overlooking the blue Mediterranean Sea!

An Autumnal Engagement Shoot (c) Amy & Omid Photography (21)

How we first met is quite a long story, but in short: when I was a medical student, I ended up doing my elective in Kurdistan, Iraq, for a few months in summer 2013. Through friends and family, I was introduced to Ala (who was the friend of a friend) and that’s where it all began!

It was pretty much a case of love at first sight. The first few weeks together were really special as we spent time with Ala’s family, looking after his nephews, and hanging out at Ala’s favourite local spots!

An Autumnal Engagement Shoot (c) Amy & Omid Photography (17)

On about day two of meeting Ala, I knew he was the one. I’d only known him for a few days but he was so easy to be with and the way I could be myself around him showed me that we’d be friends forever.

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our love story: kara & ash

May 31st, 2016 | Julia Braime

Our Love Story Kara & Ash (c) Emma & Rich (33)

At this time of year there’s nothing quite like a trip to the British seaside, and so today we’re heading to the gorgeous town of Scarborough for the engagement shoot of Ash and Kara.

Looking totally relaxed and loved up, Ash and Kara are captured wondering around the town’s quaint yet vibrant streets, whilst calling in at the amusements and fairground along the way. Looks like a perfect day to us!

So grab your sunnies, we’re off to the coast…

With images by Emma and Rich.

Our Love Story Kara & Ash (c) Emma & Rich (5)

kara says: We got engaged in June 2015. It was following a difficult patch with Ash working a lot; both at work and University. He promised to take me for a meal to make it up so I thought it was a regular ‘date night’. He took me to a wonderful restaurant and then suggested we should go for a wander as we hadn’t gotten out for a while just the two of us. He led me up to the side of Scarborough Castle, through a secret snicket (a place we went to on our first meeting – after far too many beers, may I add!) This place in particular has an amazing view of both the bays in Scarborough so it’s perfect at dusk. That’s where he got down on one knee and shocked the hell out of me. I actually responded with “Are you actually kidding?” before saying yes! The best part was going to our local and finding out that all my family and friends were there waiting for us, even those who had to travel from afar! (I wondered why he was tidying and hoovering up before we left for dinner!) I genuinely didn’t have the foggiest that it was going to happen.

Our Love Story Kara & Ash (c) Emma & Rich (18)

We are getting married on 2nd July 2016 at Scarborough registry office. We are then heading up to Pinewood Park where we have the whole site booked for the night for our friends and family to stay with us in the tipis and cowboy shacks. We are so excited!

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