our love story: holly & matt

17th November 2015 | Rachel Hirst

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.

Holly & Matt's Engagement Shoot (c) Chelsea Shoesmith (5)

What I love most about Matt is his kindness and his eyes (I can’t resist them!) Matt says his favourite quality of mine is my cheeks, and also my eyes.

Holly & Matt's Engagement Shoot (c) Chelsea Shoesmith (22)

Our biggest wish for married life is that it will be just as awesome as our non-married life has been!

Holly & Matt's Engagement Shoot (c) Chelsea Shoesmith (26)

We decided to have an engagement shoot as we were both a bit nervous at the thought of having to pose in front of the camera. Our engagement shoot was really relaxed. We wanted something outdoors, very natural and somewhere which meant something to us! Our photographer Chelsea made the experience super fun.

The engagement shoot has made us so excited for the wedding day and we now know that we will be able to do much more natural shots, so don’t have to worry about posing.

Holly & Matt's Engagement Shoot (c) Chelsea Shoesmith (25)

During the planning of our wedding I’ve found Brides up North to be a fantastic blog full of inspiration, suppliers and lovely northern brides! We hope to return to the blog to share our wedding day with you too!

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