Tony & Rosie- St Catherines Hill Proposal, Winchester

St Catherine’s Hill, Winchester Proposal Photography Tony got in touch with me a few months back to tell me some exciting news. He was planning to propose to his girlfriend, Rosie, and wanted to ask me about proposal photography! He had put so much thought and planning into how he was going to do it. I was blown away when he told me what he had done so far. Tony and Rosie always take a stroll as a couple up St Catherine’s Hill in Winchester. It’s one of their places. They love to come here, act silly on the rope swing and appreciate the view over the city of Winchester. It was the perfect place to pop the question! Tony went to St Catherine’s Hill many times before the big day, planning where he would ask her and how he would do it. Whilst he was there he found a piece of wood from one of the local trees and took it home. Then he hand-carved a wooden ring box from this piece of wood! He also got Rosie’s sister in on the plan, managed to borrow one of her rings to measure the size and then worked with a jeweller to create a bespoke ring design just for her! On the day, it was all set and ready to go. Tony and Rosie were in Winchester and would walk towards St Catherine’s Hill. Myself, Rosie’s sister and two friends met at St Catherine’s to set the scene. They had big photos of the couple and tied them to places along the way up to the top of the hill. At...

Natalie and Chris Engagement Session- Dunraven Bay, Wales

Dunraven Bay Engagement, Southerndown I met Natalie and Chris for their Dunraven Bay engagement session one Sunday evening. We’d been in contact for months but only managed to find the time to meet just 4 weeks before their wedding! These two are from Taunton and came up to spend the day in Wales so we could have their engagement session at Dunraven Bay. Dunraven Bay is such a gorgeous place for an engagement session. It’s on the coast, with striking cliffs, huge rocks and when the tide is out there’s sand too. But there’s also a hidden walled garden and ruins on top of the cliffs too! We were so lucky the gardens were in full bloom at this time of year. I had such a great time on this Dunraven Bay engagement session. I truly do have the best job, even after just a couple of hours with these two, I felt like we’d known each other for years. The wedding at Combe House Hotel in August is going to be...

Ashleigh & Lucie Sunset Garden Engagement Session- Otterbourne, Hampshire

Otterbourne Garden Engagement, Hampshire I had the best garden engagement session on a Sunday evening in Otterbourne. Ashleigh is a gardener and has worked on this glorious garden every week for the past 10 years. He is now a friend of the owners and they kindly let us use their garden for their engagement session! Ashleigh and Lucie also brought along their adorable dog, Noski, who comes to work with Ashleigh so knows the garden well. She was off playing with the garden owners dog too! The gardens are beautiful with a river running through the middle, a field out to the back and gorgeous flowers everywhere. It was a pleasure to get to know Ashleigh and Lucie during this garden engagement session. They’ve had an amazing 10 year relationship so far and it’s clear they are each other’s rocks. They get married at the end of September at Tithe Barn and I can’t wait to capture it...

Eleanor & Rob- Penpont House Engagement Session

I had such an amazing time exploring Penpont House with Eleanor and Rob for their engagement session. Eleanor grew up really close by and the owners of the house are her family friends! She used to play in the grounds surrounding the house so it only made sense to get married here too! We used this time to take a wander around the venue to show me where their wedding day will be taking place- which is so useful. We combined this with their engagement session as this place means so much to Eleanor. The grounds at Penpont House are just incredible! I could have easily spent a whole day photographing these two here. It has secret walled gardens, thick wooden doors leading to more glades, a river running through and even a maze! We spent quite a while wandering this amazing location and planning where we would go on their wedding day in September too. It’s going to be the most magical wedding at Penpont House, I can’t...

Kate and Mike- Durdle Door, Dorset Engagement Session

Durdle Door Engagement Session I met Kate and Mike for their Durdle Door engagement session on the Jurassic Coast in Dorset. Durdle Door is a natural limestone archway in the ocean near Lulworth. It really is such a beautiful part of the world! These two are getting married in Wimbourne St Giles at St Giles House next month! This venue is incredible and I’m so excited that these guys will be my first wedding here. We took  a stroll down the steep hill to the beach at Durdle Door and walked past the tourists who were still swimming even at 7pm! We had loads of fun on the beach as the sun was slowly setting. It was so beneficial to have this time with these guys as it got these two used to having their photo taken together ready for the big day. Thank you for letting me capture your Durdle Door engagement session, I can’t wait for the wedding in...

Lucie and Jay- Proposal Photography, Mexico

Sunrise Beach Proposal, Mexico Proposal photography is always something I’ve wanted to do. I was so pleased to be able to plan to capture this proposal on the beach. I was so happy when I found out that the best man from Kate and Ricky’s wedding was planning to propose to his girlfriend whilst abroad! We planned to get up early and head down to the beach to watch the sunrise. I got to the planned spot on the beach just before Lucie and Jay and managed to hide myself before they got there. They watched the sun rise over the ocean together. Then they took a stroll along the beach in the morning light glow where Jay got down on one knee! Lucie said yes! They walked back towards the beach bar where all their friends were waiting for them ready to celebrate with champagne! Thank you so much for letting me capture this awesome moment in your life! Playa Del Carmen–...

Katie & Wes Engagement Session- Nailsworth, Cotswolds

Nailsworth Engagement Session I loved exploring this adorably quirky place for this Nailsworth engagement session! Katie and Wes got in touch after being recommend by one of Katie’s work colleagues, who happens to be a good friend of mine. Their wedding is in March next year which I’m sure will come around quickly once Christmas is over! (I know, I know, I mentioned the C word and it’s only November!) I met the guys deep in the heart of the Cotswolds in the gorgeous Minchinhampton Common. Their wedding venue is this beautiful old building, suitably named, the Old Lodge. It’s far away from main roads and down a gravel track with views over the rolling hills down to the Stroud Valleys. The lodge’s decor is stunning and unique which suited Katie and Wes perfectly. We decided to venture down the hill into the neighbouring market town of Nailsworth which is a picture perfect Cotswolds town! The pair brought along their adorable dog, a wire hair Dachshund. She  isn’t coming along on the wedding day so to bring her to the engagement shoot was the next best thing. I’m so glad they did! Wandering around the town with these two was great fun and we found that Nailsworth was surprisingly quirky! Graffiti artwork adorned a few walls around the town. We even found a cool cocktail bar within an old banking hall! I loved doing something different for this engagement session, bring on the...

What is a Pre-Wedding Shoot?

If you haven’t realised already you’ll soon find out that all my 2018 full day wedding bookings come with a complimentary pre-wedding shoot! You’ll get to meet me, in person, shooting you, before your wedding! Hello! So… what is it? Engagement shoots, pre-wedding sessions, couple shoots… there are so many different names for these couple sessions. Whatever you want to call it, they all pretty much describe exactly what it is. It’s a great excuse to show off your engagement, it’s a way to practise having your photo taken together before the big day, but it’s primarily a time to capture your love for each other! I always think, in this digital age, the majority of couples have lots and lots of selfies together, which is awesome! But do you frame a selfie? Unlikely! My main goal during these sessions is to create gorgeous artwork which you’d happily frame and put up around your home. I want you to be proud of your love for each other, being in love is awesome!   But we’re so awkward having our photograph taken! One of the best things about your couple session is that it shouldn’t feel stuffy and awkward. It should feel like hanging out with an old friend, messing around and having fun. I don’t like stiff poses and I’m not a photographer who will put you in an exact pose which you must stay in. The way I work is, I give you both prompts to interact with each other. I’ll ask you questions, get to tell each other your favourite moment together, ask you to whisper silly things...