I love engagement sessions. Not only are they a great opportunity to take photos of awesome, loved-up couples, I also get to meet (if I haven’t met them before!) and get to know them better prior to their wedding day. I had previously met up with Megan and Jordan at a pub just outside of Norwich to discuss their wedding plans and to get to know one another. Megan brought along her wedding planner filled to the brim with all of the AMAZING things they have planned for their day (I am ridiculously excited!). It was a really lovely opportunity to meet the two of them, get to hear about their lives and what makes them tick. They are such a wonderful couple. A few months later, we met up for their engagement session.
We agreed to meet at Whitlingham Lake during the early hours of the evening in the hope of catching some golden light. We couldn’t have planned the shoot on a better day as it was gloriously hot and the low sun was illuminating the session in such an enchanting way. We took some photos amongst the ruins, before heading to the lake to take some photos with the swans (cute fun fact: Megan and Jordan were eager to take photos with the swans as Megan will become Mrs Swan <3 ) and finally heading into an overgrown picnic field full of dried wild flowers. When taking photos of them, they were utterly and completely besotted by one another - it was magical. They are a gorgeous pair of sweethearts, which is an absolute pleasure to photograph. Throughout the session we had a chance to catch up with one another, played games and had a laugh. I can tell that from these photos alone, I know that their wedding day will be an absolute blast! I CAN’T WAIT! Their wedding is coming up in May 2020, so expect to see more pictures from this gorgeous couple next year! <3
All of my wedding photography packages come with an optional engagement session, which I’d highly recommend going for as they are lots and lots of fun! Couples portrait sessions are also available if you’re simply looking for some nice photos of you and your beau.
When Ken first contacted me, he was eager to tell me about himself and Di as well as what they had planned for their wedding. The original plan was to get married in China, but that didn’t quite work out for them. Instead, they opted for a small intimate wedding in Ipswich with just six guests attending.
On the morning of the wedding, I met up with Ken and we walked to the Ipswich Registry Office - a venue, which I had not been to before, that made me fall in love with it’s colour scheme as it reminded me of a Wes Anderson movie (particularly The Grand Budapest Hotel). The witnesses (two good friends of Ken), Anne and Tim, greeted us there and told me lots of stories about good times they have had with Ken. The three of them waited in the ceremony room as Di arrived with Ken’s family.
Ken’s grandchildren, Amy and Hazel, helped Di to get ready that morning by doing her hair and make-up. After the ceremony, Di excitedly mentioned this to Ken as she explained she couldn’t have done it herself and felt truly grateful. Hazel and Amy, entered the ceremony room, whilst Paul (Ken’s son) and Sarah (Paul’s wife) kept Di company in the waiting room. Moments later, the registrar walked in the room and announced that the bride was ready. Ken’s face lit up and his two granddaughters were beaming just behind him. This was one of my favourite moments from the wedding. The excitement on their faces was magical. Di walked down the aisle with Paul, both beaming from ear to ear. Paul graciously pulled the chair out for Di to sit down, as the guests all sat down together.
The ceremony was lovely and moving, with a handful of emotional moments when tissues were needed! As the wedding party was so small, the registrar allowed the guests to gather round during the vows and giving of the rings so that they could all clearly witness these important moments. I think this was really special and unique because it allowed the wedding party to join in with the ceremony and become a part of it.
After the ceremony, we headed outside to take some formal photos and couple shots. We took some just outside of the ceremony room, where Tim wrestled a plant to stop it from getting in his face! Of course, I had to capture the moment where everyone watched him wrestle the plant! We wandered down from the Registry Office to the College grounds to take photos amongst the greenery. Although it was a small area, it looked really tranquil and beautiful. Whilst I whisked off Ken and Di to take their couples portraits, Tim and Anne sat patiently and attentively on a nearby bench, watching the newly weds. When we finished taking the photos, we strolled over to them when they enthusiastically rose from the bench and quickly made their way over to us to congratulate and hug Ken and Di. It was so special to see the joy and love they have for them.
It was such a huge challenge to capture their wedding in just 20 photos, especially as there were so many expressive moments between Ken and Di and their guests. If you would like to see more from this wedding, click here to see the full gallery.
If you are planning a small, intimate wedding and are looking for ideas on how to capture it, I hope this blog post helped to inspire you. I’m available for bespoke wedding packages, so feel free to contact me and let me know what you have planned! <3
I’m not exaggerating! USBs are unbelievably Splendid Bad-boys! Allow me to explain, I have been searching the web for products which I think look awesome and will make my clients make excitable sounds when given them. Previously, I gave out white USBs with my logo on, and don’t get me wrong I liked them, but I thought they seemed a bit too ‘businessy’. I have been dying to give my clients something that tells their story rather than mine, just like what it says on my website, “Come and follow my adventures… and start yours.” When a couple decide to book me as their photographer, I see it as such an honour and privilege that it makes me beam from ear to ear (and do a little dance too!). I take the time to get to know them, work passionately and creatively on the day of their wedding and then retouch their photos to highlight their story. I want to give them something that represents a honest thank you for choosing me and something that symbolises how special they are and how magical their day was.
That’s when I found Happier Together on Etsy. I was immediately in awe of the quality and range of the products they were selling on their site. The service was friendly, helpful and quick which made designing and ordering the USBs a breeze. I went for a walnut wood design with engraved text featuring the name of my couples and the date of their wedding. To me, that seems so much more personal and special for my clients rather than having my name all over it. When they arrived in the post, I was soooo excited and thrilled with the end result. Honestly, I sat in my kitchen eagerly opening and closing the wooden box, taking out the USB, removing the lid and putting the lid on again, then putting it back in the box, over and over again because I truly thought it looked very, very swanky! My boyfriend even had a go at it because he thought they looked really good too! Here are some pictures to show you how lovely these little USBs are.
When enquiring about wedding or event photography, these little cuties are available! I also give you an online gallery, which you may share with friends and family, download or order prints until your heart is content. Yay!