Lil and Dave – A Liverpool Music Scene Engagement Shoot

Lil and Dave – A Liverpool Music Scene Engagement Shoot

Lil and Dave’s romance started with the Liverpool music scene as it’s backdrop, so it seemed a really fitting location to them when it was suggested for their engagement shoot. I really enjoyed these images by Paul of Paul Kyte Photography as they are so relaxed and natural. He has totally put Lil and Dave at ease which always makes for the best most authentic of images and his background in photo-journalism really comes across I think.

I love a wedding or engagement shoot with city streets as a backdrop, and this shoot is a belter, so grab a cuppa and enjoy. Thanks again to Paul for these brilliant images and photo-film (you can check out another of his fantastic film we’ve featured here) and to Lil and Dave for letting me feature them on Adored Bride.

The Love Story

We met in 2007 while we were both at university in Liverpool. I was working in The Jacaranda Club (a famous Beatles bar) and Dave used to drink there.

We met through a mutual friend and then I used to bump up his songs on the jukebox playlist and make sure he got the coldest bottles of beer! We lived together and then got engaged on Christmas Eve in 2012.

The Location – Liverpool Music Scene

We chose the area surrounding The Jacaranda as this brought back good memories of our time together in Liverpool. The different venues on the shoot were places where we used to go out together and watch bands. A lot of our friends played in various bands around this time so it was great that Paul incorporated our love of music.

The Photography

Paul made us feel really relaxed and we just laughed all the way through! My favourite photographs are the natural ones where we are laughing together. At one point there was a double decker bus full of tourists who were looking at us trying to work out what was going on!

Paul made us feel really relaxed and we just laughed all the way through! My favourite photographs are the natural ones where we are laughing together. At one point there was a double decker bus full of tourists who were looking at us trying to work out what was going on!

Advice for Others

Just relax, laugh and be yourselves. Follow the photographers ideas and you will be amazed!

A great engagement shoot with the backdrop of the streets and Liverpool music scene, it’s one of my favourite cities! I love these images, huge thanks to Lil and Dave for sharing their shoot with us and to Paul Kyte Photography for these great shots. You can check out more of Paul’s work on his website.

with love

Photographer – Paul Kyte Photography

Gently Windswept Fine Art Engagement Shoot by Nesta Lloyd

Gently Windswept Fine Art Engagement Shoot by Nesta Lloyd

I’m absolutely loving this fine art photography engagement shoot on the blog this morning. Lovely Lauren and Will took to the beautiful shoreline of Anglesey, North Wales with Nesta Lloyd Photography. Nesta captured these gorgeous images for the couple ahead of their wedding day in October this year.

I adore the light in these images, the wilds of the welsh coastline, the love that these two share, the laughs and the fabulously gently windswept touch.

The Photography – A Dash of Fine Art

I love Nesta’s work, her photography is alternative, creative and natural, she describes her style as ‘documenting emotion, soul and energy with a dash of fine art’ I think that pretty much sums up this beautiful shoot! Let me hand you over to Lauren to tell you more about the day;

Lauren and Will's engagement shoot.
Lauren and Will's fine art engagement shoot.
Lauren and Will's engagement shoot.
The Love Story

We were at school together, though in different years and while we knew of each other, we didn’t get together until we left. We reconnected a few years after leaving school, while out for dinner with mutual friends. We went for our first date shortly after and here we are eight years later!

The Location

The shoot was at Newborough Sands, on Anglesey. We wanted a backdrop that would be different to the wedding day. We’d been to Newborough several times before, so knew that it had a beautiful beach but also had forested areas (as well as old ruins and a lighthouse) for a variety of different photo settings.

Lauren and Will's fine art engagement shoot.
Lauren and Will's engagement shoot.
Lauren and Will's engagement shoot.
The Engagement

The engagement happened around where we live, in Herne Hill in south east London. Will left a series of cryptic clues on postcards with some of the shops and pubs. The final clue lead to the top of the hill in Brockwell Park where Will was waiting by the bandstand.

The Bling

The engagement ring is a custom made one from Alex Monroe in London. Will chose Alex Monroe as he knew Lauren really liked their jewellery (thanks to some not-so-subtle hints)!

Lauren and Will's engagement shoot.
Lauren and Will's fine art engagement shoot.
Lauren and Will's engagement shoot.
The Threads

Lauren was wearing a navy Bardot dress from ASOS and a rusty orange scarf from Zara. Her necklace is by Alex Monroe.

Favourite Moment

We particularly enjoyed the photos taken on some rather slippery rocks by the sea with the tide coming in. It was simultaneously invigorating, romantic and terrifying!

Lauren and Will's engagement shoot.
Lauren and Will's engagement shoot.
Lauren and Will's engagement shoot.
Advice for Others

Have a good think about where you would want it to take place – we discussed lots of different options before settling on the one we did. It’s nice to have some link to a place-somewhere with sentimental value.

Lauren and Will's engagement shoot.

Thanks so much to Lauren and Will for sharing these lovely images with us and to Nesta Lloyd for her gorgeous photography. Sending love and best wishes to Lauren and Will for your big day in October, I can’t wait to see your photos.

with love

 

| Photography – Nesta Lloyd | Ring – Alex Monroe | Dress – Asos | Scarf – Zara |

Alex and James – Sunny Burton Dassett Hills Engagement Shoot

Alex and James – Sunny Burton Dassett Hills Engagement Shoot

Alex and James are getting hitched next month and to celebrate their engagement took to the beautiful hills of Burton Dassett on the edge of the Cotswold for this lovely shoot. Their wedding photographer Will Patrick Weddings captured these fabulous images for the couple.

I’m a big fan of pre-wedding shoots as not only are the results beautiful, it gives the couple the chance to relax in front of the camera and with their photographer. Will has managed to get the couple to really feel at ease and because the location is not only stunning, but has meaning to Alex and James, the results are really natural. I also love the impromptu ice-cream stop!

Will’s photography is informal, relaxed and contemporary and that really comes across in Alex and James’s shoot;

How Did You Meet

We met through mutual friends at a party on Boxing Day in Alex’s home town of Worcester…our first date was then New Year’s Day in London where we went to a BBQ restaurant and shared ribs and chicken wings!

The Proposal

James proposed on Sunday 29th January 2015 at the top of a hill in the country park, Burton Dassett which is on the edge of the Cotswolds. From the beacon where he proposed you could see Worcester, where I grew up, Solihull, where James grew up, and where we live now in Warwick. Prior to the walk at Burton Dassett James planned a weekend filled with great food, a meal at our favourite restaurant and a lazy Sunday morning breakfast of smoked salmon and scrambled eggs (food plays a big part in our relationship!).

Before he actually proposed James (always the joker), said ‘I’ve got a present for you’ and got out of his pocket a blue plastic ring which he’d got in a cracker at Christmas! My heart was beating so fast as I thought he was going to pull out a proper ring…which after about 30 seconds of me looking confused and disappointed he did! After the joke ring he got down on one knee, opened up a ring box with a beautiful diamond ring and asked me to marry him.

Burton Dassett Hills

We chose to go back to Burton Dassett as it’s such a beautiful location. We were really lucky with the weather and even managed to flag down an ice cream van to add to the pics!

Burton Dassett Engagement shoot
The Bling

The ring was from Peter Stephan in Royal Leamington Spa. James chose the ring because he knew it would be one I’d love, I’m also a massive fan of Disney so it had to be a princess cut!

Burton Dassett Engagement shoot
Favourite Moment from the Shoot

The picture with the ice cream van is brilliant, we literally flagged him down! I also love the ones with us by the beacon as that’s where James proposed and the ones when we’re laughing – Will asked us to say something to make each other laugh…I’m not going to say what James said but it makes me smile every time I think about it!!

Any Advice for Others Having a Pre-wedding Shoot

Although we’d met Will and knew he was great, we were both a bit unsure what to expect and thought it would be really awkward being photographed, but we couldn’t have been more wrong. We had such a lovely afternoon with Will it was like going for a walk with a friend who happened to have a camera! So the advice we’d give is relax, don’t over think it and enjoy the experience, choose a location where you feel comfortable as well!

Our photo shoot has made us so excited for the big day now, it’s one less thing to worry about/feel anxious about and we can’t wait to see what amazing shots Will will get at the wedding!

Burton Dassett Engagement shoot

I love this pre-wedding shoot, it’s so relaxed and natural. Congratulations to Alex and James on their engagement and wishing you both the best day next month for your wedding. I can’t wait to see the images of your big day.

Huge thanks also to Will of Will Patrick Weddings for these great images, be sure to check out his website for more of his beautiful work.

with love

| Photographer – Will Patrick Weddings | Engagement Ring – Peter Stephan |

Bethan and Drew – Midnight Picnics and Star Watching, A Brecon Beacons Couples Shoot

Bethan and Drew – Midnight Picnics and Star Watching, A Brecon Beacons Couples Shoot

Aw these two are so cool, it reminds me of like an album cover.  If you regularly read Adored Bride, you’ll know I’m partial to beautiful photography in raw, edgy locations and the Brecon Beacons can be pretty wild at times. Bright sunshine one minute and the mist descends the next, regardless of the time of year! It’s the perfect place to get your walking books on for a stomp across some epic scenery and perfect for a natural couples shoot.

South west based Elaine Williams captured these super cool images of Bethan and Drew on one of those wilder Brecon days, making for some pretty amazing backdrops. The couple chose the location because they often go stargazing there.

So enjoy and good luck guys with the countdown to the wedding on the 16th June (30 days to go!!!), we cant wait to see the big day itself!

We met 3 years ago in Full Moon, over a cocktail called “a jar of Green Shit”. It was my birthday night out, a few months before I was moving to the Middle East for a year to teach. We spent the summer together and kept in touch while I was abroad, as soon as I moved back to the UK we got back together and got engaged the year after, we now have a beautiful baby boy!

Elaine shot the photos in the Brecon Beacons; which was amazing because we used to take Drew’s van up there for midnight picnics and star watching.

We chose our engagement ring from Crouch Jewelers, it was the first one we saw on the day and after hours walking around Cardiff we went back to get it.

couples shoot in the brecon beacons
brecon beacons

Elaine shot the photos in the Brecon Beacons; which was amazing because we used to take Drew’s van up there for midnight picnics and star watching.

couples shoot by elaine williams
brecon beacons couples shoot

Probably my favourite part of the shoot was when we had to face and look at each other and Elaine stopped us and said “You don’t have to look so serious” – I think both of us were so worried about being awkward in front of the camera we were just staring the other one down! We immediately relaxed afterwards.

Beautiful rustic cake by The Frostery
Beautiful rustic cake by The Frostery
Beautiful rustic cake by The Frostery

My advice to others would be go for something unique and personal, the last thing we wanted were staged shots or something really commercial. Elaine managed to get photos that captured our love of the outdoors and that was perfect.

Also, enjoy it! Trust your photographer, you might feel a bit silly but you get the photos back and it’s amazing to see yourselves photographed like that, unless you’re a professional model you won’t get many more chances to have photos like this of each other!

brecon beacons

Love it! Thanks so much again to Elaine Williams Photo for the beautiful imagery today and all our love and best wishes for the big day to Bethan and Drew, we hope you have an amazing wedding.

If you enjoyed this you may also enjoy this Bridestones couples shoot.

with love

Photographer – Elaine Williams Photography

Francesca and Ben – Bridestones Outdoorsy Couple’s Shoot

Francesca and Ben – Bridestones Outdoorsy Couple’s Shoot

When lovely Maddie Farris Photography got in touch with Francesca and Ben’s couple’s shoot at Bridestones in Yorkshire, I was so excited to share them. You see, on the side I’m a bit of a geology geek ( I studied it at Manchester Uni) so I always adore couple’s shoots and weddings that feature lovely people and real emotions in amazing landscape settings.

Bridestones is 150 million years old, pretty cool huh?  It’s a special place to Francesca and Ben who chose the location for their shoot and Maddie explains why she enjoys photographing couples in such dramatic settings:

Fran & Ben have been dating for over 6 years and wanted some authentic and intimate images to celebrate their relationship. They are both very outdoorsy and Ben is a keen rock-climber. He was the one who suggested this amazing location to me at Bridestones in Yorkshire. I really wanted to capture the dramatic scenery during this session, but I equally wanted to focus on Fran & Ben being themselves whilst making sure that the surroundings didn’t over-power them.

hugging

Francesca tells us more about how they met and the day at Bridestones;

We knew each other vaguely for a number of years before we got together but had only ever spoken a few sentences to each other! Anyway about five years ago out of the blue Ben got talking to me online and suggested we go for a drink and the rest is history as they say! We hit it off and have been together ever since.  

We ended up choosing Bridestones, which is in North Yorkshire, as Ben is a keen climber and often there bouldering. I sometimes go along to keep him company and drink in the view, so it was a great location that has some real meaning to us.

We did the shoot up in the moors near where we live… We are both really outdoorsy and spend a lot of time on the moors or up mountains so Maddie suggested we went somewhere like that. We ended up choosing Bridestones, which is in North Yorkshire, as Ben is a keen climber and often there bouldering. I sometimes go along to keep him company and drink in the view, so it was a great location that has some real meaning to us.

fran and ben at bridestones
lovey image of couple sat on rocks
fran and ben at bridestones
lovey image of couple sat on rocks

I think my favourite moment of the shoot was towards the end of it when I decided to try a piggy back with Ben. It was just a funny few moments which had us all laughing and ended up creating some really good shots… I think I weigh a little more than I thought!

My advice to other’s having a couple shoot….I’d just suggest having a good chat with your photographer beforehand if you haven’t already so you are all on the same page and they know what you want from the day. It will make things much easier and you’re going to be happier with the results.

Thanks to Francesca and Ben for sharing their shoot with us and to Maddie Farris  for the lovely images. Be sure to check out Maddie’s website for more of her beautiful work,

with love

Photographer – Maddie Farris Photography

Anna and Troy – A Sunny Kensington Pre-Wedding Shoot

Anna and Troy – A Sunny Kensington Pre-Wedding Shoot

This gorgeous pair, Anna and Troy are from California and were visiting London for the first time, passing through to a wedding in France. They met up with talented Leanne Jade Photography for this perfectly sunny Kensington pre-wedding shoot ahead of their wedding day later this year in Napa Valley.

I’m absolutely loving these images, Anna and Troy are having such a lot of fun discovering the city and the backdrop of sunny Kensington and it’s variety of stunning architecture, pretty painted shutters, cobbled alleyways and greenery makes for such a beautiful setting. These images are very endearing and Leanne has so perfectly captured how in love they are!

Let me hand you over now to beautiful bride to be Anna to tell you a bit more about how she and Troy met;

Couple outside sunny kensington street
anna smiling at troy
couple strolling down london street
couple laughing

A few months after I moved to San Francisco in 2012, my girlfriend and I found ourselves with a spare bedroom. We listed it on craigslist and decided to do something a bit more fun and have a little “BYOB” party for all applicants. We invited our friends to the party, had a “sign in sheet” and started interviewing. After a fun filled Saturday with lots of conversation, new faces, and a few too many drinks we found ourselves with a still very empty bedroom.

The following day, Troy knocked on the door. He was a day late for the party but never had better timing. He moved in later that month. The three of us became very close friends. Troy and I would stay up late chatting about life and love. It was not until a year after he moved in that we started dating….we have been together ever since.

Engaged couple pre-wedding shoot in London
Anna looking at Troy
troy looking at Anna
Troy kissing Anna's hand in Kensington pre-wedding shoot

I took a work trip to Tahoe in April of 2016 and Troy asked if he could join. On the drive back to San Francisco he suggested we take a little hike and it was on that hike overlooking a gorgeous lake, that he asked me to marry him. He is my very best friend and love of my life!!

The engagement shoot was on one of our first international trips together – we were on our way to France for a wedding and Troy had to work in London for a week so I joined. I had never been to London and was soooo excited to explore. We spent a lovely few days in the city and Leanne was kind enough to offer us a shoot.

couple stood outside red garage doors
couple walking down cobbled alleyway
Anna and Troy walking towards Leanne

Troy sourced the diamond from a friend in NYC and then found a jeweler in SF. I had mentioned that I love ovals and so he went with that shape and designed the ring himself. He then had them hand engraved with linnea flowers (my middle name/mothers name/Swedish flower) along both sides of the metal.

Leanne Jade Photography
Couple kissing
Couple embracing

On the drive back to San Francisco he suggested we take a little hike and it was on that hike overlooking a gorgeous lake, that he asked me to marry him. He is my very best friend and love of my life!!

Anna and Troy under the arches

We absolutely LOVED hanging with Leanne – she is the damn best!! We think about the shoot all the time and feel so lucky to have had the vacation, Leanne’s availability, and incredible weather all work out in our favor. Watching Troy be a bit goofy and have as much fun with it as I did was pretty awesome! We loved the whole afternoon!!!

Anna in Kensington
Troy in Kensington
Troy and Anna

My advice for others……It is always awkward having your photograph taken but I think the best thing you can do is a) choose a great photographer (Leanne!!!) b) not take it too seriously, have fun with it! c) a glass of wine or two before doesn’t hurt!

troy and anna embracing Leanne Jade Photography
Troy and Anna

Thank you so much to Anna and Troy for sharing their wonderful pre-wedding shoot with Adored Bride, wishing you both a fabulous wedding day later this year. We’d absolutely love to see the images of your big day too.

Huge thanks also to the lovely Leanne of Leanne Jade Photography for these images, make sure you pop over to her website and take a look at her stunning work;

with love

Photographer – Leanne Jade Photography

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