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Happy Hitchcock – A Themed Engagement Shoot In The North East – Vicky & Adam

20th August 2013 | Julia Braime

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Today’s cool and quirky feature is a perfect antidote to the usually sugar coated world of weddings.  If you just need a breather from all that wedding planning, this delectably dark set of images will feel like a sharp shot of espresso, and should fire up those creative juices again.

Sent to me by wedding blog favourite Sean Elliott Photography and bride to be Vicky of Floral Quarter, this Hitchcock inspired engagement shoot is the perfect piece of film noir for an otherwise dull Tuesday.  Enjoy.

Sean Elliott Photography

Sean Elliott Photography

Vicky says:  Adam and I have known each other for years through a previous job, but only to say hi to in the corridors or as we passed in the canteen at lunchtime, then I left to pursue my floristry dreams so the only contact we had was the odd ‘like’ on Facebook.

Sean Elliott Photography

Sean Elliott Photography

Then one day, in July 2012 we had what we refer to as our re-meeting! I was in a post office in town and Adam happened to be on a rare day off work, I looked up at the entrance while I was being served and there stood Adam and ever since that moment, I thought of him differently, not just an acquaintance in the corridors of Northern Rock.

Sean Elliott Photography

Sean Elliott Photography

Sean Elliott Photography

When it came time for a proposal, there was really only one place it could have been, the post office entrance where our lives changed forever with a chance meeting all those months ago. We were in Newcastle one day in April 2013, having some lunch and drinks and talking about our future, when I told him that I knew where he was going to eventually propose. He didn’t believe me and told me he was going to prove me right, so on the way home he took me via the post office and got down on one knee.  If I remember rightly, it even started to snow a little too. We of course immediately grabbed the next passing couple to take a photo of us to remember the occasion by!

Sean Elliott Photography

Sean Elliott Photography

We looked at a number of venues for our wedding, including the Tyneside Cinema, who recently acquired their wedding license, but eventually we settled on Kirkley Hall and booked a date in September 2014.

Sean Elliott Photography

Sean Elliott Photography

I knew from the beginning that there was only one way which Adam and I could turn out. We  took our time and had quite a few mate dates at first, so by time we decided we wanted to be more than friends we hadn’t actually been on an official date.  Two weeks into our relationship, we decided to change that and start things off properly with tapas at the Salsa Cafe and cocktails to follow!

Sean Elliott Photography

Sean Elliott Photography

Sean Elliott Photography

Sean Elliott Photography

Sean Elliott Photography

He says he loves my eyes, I love his affectionate nature but I think one thing we both love most of all, is that we love making each other happy.

Sean Elliott Photography

Our biggest wish for married life is to just keep on making each other happy for as long as we live.

Sean Elliott Photography

Sean Elliott Photography

We chose to have an engagement shoot for a couple of reasons.  Firstly, we wanted some nice images of us before we got married, to document the early stages of our relationship and to use on our wedding website.  Secondly, we thought it was really important to get used to being photographed by Sean. We don’t exactly have our photographs taken on a regular basis and didn’t know Sean very well, so it seemed sensible to book him for the for the pre-wedding shoot.

Sean Elliott Photography

Sean Elliott Photography

Sean Elliott Photography

Sean Elliott Photography

The shoot was great fun! We knew we wanted something a little different than the usual holding hands in a park, and Sean knew we were both cinema fans so was quizzing us on what sort of films we liked. Of course when I mentioned our massive Hitchcock collection and general love of the classics, Sean immediately got excited. I started hunting around charity shops for 40’s style clothing and even got my hair done (thanks Chris at Hooker & Young Jesmond)!

Sean Elliott Photography

Sean Elliott Photography

Sean Elliott Photography

Of course, we had organised the shoot for the only day in three weeks with terrible rain, but as it happens that’s what made the images interesting and gave us those great reflections for Sean to have some fun with.

Sean Elliott Photography

Sean Elliott Photography

Sean Elliott Photography

I read Brides Up North for its creative style and love of the North. Its really good for promoting local wedding suppliers as well as showing that beautiful weddings happen up here and not just in London like you see in wedding magazines.  We’ll be back to share our own Real Wedding here next year!

Sean Elliott Photography

 

Congratulations Vicky & Adam!

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