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our love story: hettie & tabz

July 10th, 2017 | Laura McDonagh

Our Love Story - Hettie & Tabz (c) Paul & Nanda (15)

Today’s wild and windy engagement shoot photos of Hettie and Tabz braving the elements on Lancashire’s Pendle Hill are a heart-warming reminder that love endures all weathers, all climates and all, err, topographical features. The views, the palette, the bobble hat (seriously, that is one fine bobble hat) are simply breath-taking.

Tabz popped the question after a whirlwind eight months together, and knock me down with a blade of Pendle Hill grass if this isn’t the sweetest, most elaborate engagement story you’ll come across this season!

Hettie tells us more…

With photography Paul & Nanda.

Our Love Story - Hettie & Tabz (c) Paul & Nanda (10)

hettie says: On our eight ‘monthiversary’, Tabz said he’d pick me up from work and we’d go out to celebrate. When my mum came to pick me up, I knew something was going on. He’s so adorable about celebrating every month that we’ve been together; I had a feeling that this was it!

So I went on a tour that contained clues in videos to go to special places and get the next clue from significant people in my life. The answer to each clue was a word – and yeah, you’ve guessed it, the words were ‘will’, ‘you’, ‘marry’… which then took us to a church building where loads of my friends and family were waiting. They lined the driveway, corridors and stairs with signs clapping me as I walked through them. In the main room was a band and Tabz at the bottom of the stairs.

I walked down the stairs, he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I said “yes” then the band played For Once In My Life (our song) and we had a party with food, drinks and lots of celebratory hugs! It was absolutely brilliant!

Our Love Story - Hettie & Tabz (c) Paul & Nanda (3)

We first met at conferences through The Pais Project, an organisation for Christian gap years (although we now call it ‘The Pairs Project’) At one conference we totally hit it off after I climbed through a window instead of using the door. Apparently, it got his attention…

Our Love Story - Hettie & Tabz (c) Paul & Nanda (8)

Tabz was really busy with work so I ended up planning our first date. I wanted to do a fun, active day – but being pretty sporty, I didn’t want to beat him on the first date, either. We went to a driving range and he hit the ball further than me – phew! We then went to a lovely bistro and wine bar and chatted for hours. We very quickly established that we wanted to be together.

Pretty soon into the relationship we realised how perfect we are for each other and that our paths had crossed for a reason.

Our Love Story - Hettie & Tabz (c) Paul & Nanda (20)

He loves me just as I am and that gives me so much confidence in myself. His love for people and passion for seeing the lives of others filled with love, joy, hope and peace inspires me so much.

We hope that in our marriage we can be a blessing to other people and to show the young people that we work with a positive example of a loving relationship.

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our love story: natalie & sim

July 5th, 2017 | Rachel Parry

Our Love Story - Natalie & Sim (c) Nik Bryant Photography (10)

Today’s couple Natalie and Sim are set to tie the knot this weekend in the beautiful village of Ramsbottom (excited much!). Good luck guys!

In preparation for their big day, they undertook a relaxed engagement shoot that serves up a bucket load of urban magic and smiles aplenty, with the couple posing in stairwells, next to metal gates and seated next to stacks of luggage.

There’s some wonderful pops of colour too; Natalie’s bright yellow anorak and the beautiful pink blossom trees are just two of our highlights. Here, Natalie tells us more about their journey together so far and – as they prepare to walk down the aisle – what they’re most looking forward to as newlyweds.

With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, Nik Bryant Photography.

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natalie says: We got engaged in Barcelona just after watching the Magic Fountain show. It was a very exciting surprise, though I have to admit that I did have my suspicions!

We’re planning on getting married at The Fisherman’s Retreat in Ramsbottom on 8th July 2017. Not long to go now!

Our Love Story - Natalie & Sim (c) Nik Bryant Photography (21)

We met on a night out in Manchester’s Northern Quarter, which involved a dance off! For our first date, we went back to the Northern Quarter and had such a great night.

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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.

Our Love Story Lindsay & Chris (c) Sarah Maria Photography (8)

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.

Our Love Story Lindsay & Chris (c) Sarah Maria Photography (29)

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!

Our Love Story Lindsay & Chris (c) Sarah Maria Photography (70)

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!

Our Love Story Lindsay & Chris (c) Sarah Maria Photography (41)

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

Our Love Story - Fiona and Stuart (c) Crofts & Kowalczyk Photography (15)

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

Our Love Story - Fiona and Stuart (c) Crofts & Kowalczyk Photography (10)

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.

Our Love Story - Fiona and Stuart (c) Crofts & Kowalczyk Photography (19)

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.

Our Love Story - Fiona and Stuart (c) Crofts & Kowalczyk Photography (22)

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

Our Love Story - Lisa & Dom (c) Anna Wood Photography (25)

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

Our Love Story - Lisa & Dom (c) Anna Wood Photography (10)

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.

Our Love Story - Lisa & Dom (c) Anna Wood Photography (32)

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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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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