Engagement

our love story: leah & ian

03rd May 2016 | Rachel Hirst

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Our Love Story - Leah & Ian (c) Nicola Helen Photography (3)

This morning we meet husband and wife-to-be Ian and Leah, as they share with us their love story and the results of their stunning engagement shoot. Set to tie the knot in the Lake District later this month (how exciting!), Ian and Leah used their pre-wedding shoot as an opportunity to get comfortable in front of the camera.

We love the varied backdrops that the pretty Yorkshire town of Whitby provided for this shoot – from rugged countryside and coastal shots to sweet cobbled streets and passageways!

With images by Nicola Helen Photography.

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leah says: We got engaged at The Great Langdales, in the Lake District. It was Valentine’s Day last year, which is our anniversary, and Ian had booked a surprise weekend away. He took me to our favourite place to walk ‘Blea Tarn’ in the Langdales. I had no clue he was going to pop the question so when he did, he picked his moment well! The spot where he proposed was perfect and secluded. It was the first time I was lost for words!

We will be returning to The Great Langdales in May for our wedding, which will be held at the New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel.

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Ian and I first met when we were set up on a blind date! We met for a drink in the Dickens Inn, Middlesborough, then went to a place called Alfornos for food. It was a little awkward as it was a blind date with no back up to escape if we didn’t like each other! Thankfully we really hit it off and met for a coffee a few days later. The rest is history!

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I think we knew that we were meant for each other when we went on our first holiday together – it was perfect!

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Our biggest wish for married life is that we will grow old together, make our family bigger and look forward to our future together!

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Our engagement shoot was included in our wedding package with our photographer Nicola Helen. We opted to use this as an opportunity to become more comfortable in front of the camera and to get used to having our photo taken.

We had a great day during the shoot. We met Nicola in Whitby and it was a lovely day – Nicola made us feel really comfortable. It was a great location and the shoot made us feel at ease. Nicola was great behind the camera, full of enthusiasm and not pressurising. Overall the shoot made us feel more excited for our wedding day and we can’t wait to see what great pictures we get! Nicola was amazing!

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During the planning stages of the wedding I have found Brides Up North to be a great forum to share great ideas, access local suppliers and to keep me focused on my wedding. I am an indecisive bride, who had no colour scheme or idea of what we wanted, so Brides Up North has been most helpful!

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