Happy Valentine – A Relaxed and Intimate Couples Shoot by Agnes Black

Happy Valentine – A Relaxed and Intimate Couples Shoot by Agnes Black

So it’s Valentine’s Day! Traditionally a pretty romantic 24 hours and of course quite a popular day to pop the question. So I thought that this brilliant couples shoot from Agnes Black of the lovely Teri and Phil relaxing at home would be just perfect today.

I really enjoy featuring pre-wedding shoots that show how laid back, relaxed and natural they can be. Just hanging out with your photographer and taking the time to find out how to be yourself in front of the camera. I know that many couples shy away from the idea of doing these type of shoots as they don’t like having their photo taken, or are concerned it may feel unnatural or posed. I think these images show how chilled out a shoot can be. Honestly guys, just do it!

I’m a big fan of Agnes’s photography style and am really excited to share these images today. So let me hand you over to Teri to tell you a bit about how she and Phil got together;

agnes black couple on sofa

We first met when Phil moved into the flat below mine. He came up to ask about the gates and meters and that was the first time we spoke to each other.

Six months later after just saying hello as we passed in the hall I knocked on his door to ask if I could borrow some tools and to ask for some help taking some stuff apart as I needed help and my friends above where not in. He helped me and from there we started hanging out watching TV and eating take outs. A month after that he said to me….”can I take you on a real date?…” and the rest is history.

Agnes Black couple sat in front room

Our dog Murphy didn’t like the fact he wasn’t getting attention and decided to join in by jumping everywhere and climbing on us during the shoot. 

The shoot took place at our home, Agnes suggested this as we didn’t have anywhere in particular where we wanted to go. We both wore just casual clothing suggested by Agnes. Jeans and t-shirts and then later I changed into shorts, socks and a baggy Top Shop cardigan. In fact…..everything I wore was Top shop.

Agnes Black couples shoot

Our dog Murphy didn’t like the fact he wasn’t getting attention and decided to join in by jumping everywhere and climbing on us during the shoot. 

I would say to anyone thinking of having an engagement shoot – do it! It will help you get to know your photographer and get you relaxed in front of the camera. It does put your mind at ease for sure. Also always choose a photographer that you both feel comfortable enough to be yourself around, the way we felt around Agnes.

Thanks so much to Agnes Black for this brilliant couples shoot and huge thanks to Teri and Phil (and of course Murphy the dog!), wishing you a wonderful Valentine’s day,

with love

| Photographer – Agnes Black Photography |

Ross and Bethan – A Misty Moorland Pre-Wedding Shoot

Ross and Bethan – A Misty Moorland Pre-Wedding Shoot

I love Bethan and Ross and their misty moorland e-shoot by the fantastic Let Love Flourish photography as it’s so natural. No fuss, no staged poses, no pretense just the couple being themselves with the backdrop of the dramatic but understated moorlands. The thing I adore most about these images and pre-wedding shoots in general is that it’s a perfect opportunity for couples to relax in front of the camera and see what happens. I know it can seem a bit daunting to be yourself when someone is pointing a camera at you, but it’s such a good way to get to know your photographer and for them to get to know you ahead of the wedding.

Before I hand over to Bethan to tell you a bit more about themselves and the images, I asked the couple for their views on having a pre-wedding shoot;

moorland

If you’ve found a photographer that you click with then just relax and enjoy it – and have fun getting to know the person/people that will be with you for the whole of your wedding day. Plus, how often do you get the chance to have your picture taken by professionals? Trust their vision and go with the flow, the results will be worth it.

We met at university in Southampton back in 2008, I was asked by a fellow student to model for a photography project (back then I had a bleach blonde pixie crop) and met Ross on the day we all got together to do the shoot. We ended up hanging out at Ross’ student house where he wooed me with his guitar playing, and we’ve been together ever since.

 

We had discussed getting married quite a few times over the years and Ross had always said that he’d propose when I’d least expect it. So when romantic trips to New York, Tobago and Mexico had passed and still no proposal I had kind of pushed it to the back of my mind.

Ross popped the question in our kitchen after work on Wednesday 8th July 2015 and it couldn’t have been more perfect or more of a surprise. He gave me a huge bunch of flowers and whilst I was distracted arranging them he presented me with the most beautiful ring and nervously asked “will you marry me?” We spent the evening drinking Prosecco and telling all our favourite people the news. The funny thing is, Ross had decided that morning that he was going to propose, so he rang my Dad who was in New York on business to ask for his permission, (he took a lot of people by surprise that day) bought the ring and asked me all on the same day!

He gave me a huge bunch of flowers and whilst I was distracted arranging them he presented me with the most beautiful ring and nervously asked “will you marry me?” We spent the evening drinking Prosecco and telling all our favourite people the news.

Ross: I saw a ring I loved in Denmark years ago when I was on a work trip and I kept a photo of it on my phone for years, but was never able to track it down again. Then I saw one just it like (but much nicer) in Pravins, Southampton – when I went in to the store I chose two rings to look at, and when the member of staff helping me told me they were the same ring just with different diamonds I knew it was right.

As soon as I found Let Love Florish on my search for photographers I knew that Amy-Leigh and Daryl were the ones for us (despite us living 250 miles apart). After emailing back and forth with Amy and instantly feeling like we’d been friends for years, there was no way that I was going to wait until our wedding to meet them both.

One of my closest friends got married in August this year in Sheffield so we made the most of being close by and arranged to do our engagement shoot. Amy-Leigh and Daryl picked Snake Pass in the Peak District as they’d not shot there before and it was such a beautiful location – Ross and I were blown away by the scenery, it really is such a beautiful part of the country.

We can’t recommend Let Love Flourish enough (and they’ve not even shot our wedding yet!), Amy-Leigh and Daryl are amazing and so talented – we can’t wait to see them again next year for the main event.

Thank you so much to Bethan and Ross for letting us see their amazing images and of course to their wonderful photographers Let Love Flourish. I hope you guys are having a blast organising the big day and I’m look forward to seeing your images from the wedding!

If you want to see Amy-Leigh and Daryl from Love Let Flourish in full wedding action, I’m delighted to be bringing you a stunning rustic and emotional wedding later this week that they recently shot. It’s awesome!

If you have a pre-wedding shoot you’d like to share with Adored Bride, please get in touch,

With love,

Photography –  Let Love Flourish

Sarabeth and Mark – Sunlit Hay on Wye Bookshop Shoot

Sarabeth and Mark – Sunlit Hay on Wye Bookshop Shoot

Happy 2017! Any newly engaged out there? It’s a pretty popular time to propose and today I’ve a really lovely seasonal shoot to share with you. Set in and around the bookshops of the quaint market town Hay on Wye, famous for it’s Literary Festival.

I love this shoot because the light is amazing, Sarabeth and Mark are really relaxed and the town provides such a cool backdrop. The early start for the shoot on New Years Eve meant that they have the place pretty much to themselves too!

Sarabeth is from America and she and Mark live there now, although Mark is originally from Hereford. They got engaged back in 2015 and whilst over visiting family in Hereford for Christmas, Sarabeth contacted Lucy G Photography as she thought it would be a really nice idea to do an engagement shoot while they were over here.

Lucy discovered that the couple both really love literature and travel and so suggested Hay On Wye for the location. She had a bookshop in mind that also had a really cool map wall for a shot, which on the day was so perfect as the sunlight pours in through the window.

As the day approached, the weather forecast for later on was not looking great at all, with heavy rain on the horizon. Lucy specialises in golden hour light photography which is usually early evening but to dodge the rain suggested an early start as with the sunlight rising fully by 9am it might just be perfect! Which of course it was.

So they arranged to meet on the morning of New Years Eve with Lucy having selected some fantastic locations around Hay on Wye for the shoot. They were really lucky as they even had a rainbow, you can’t plan that stuff! Can I also say….LOVE your scarf Sarabeth!

They arranged to meet on the morning of New Year’s Eve with Lucy having selected some fantastic locations around Hay on Wye for the shoot. They were really lucky as they even had a rainbow, you can’t plan that stuff!

Lucy G Photo

Sarabeth and Mark are returning to Hereford in June this year for their wedding along with friends and family from all over the world. Lucy will be photographing the day, I can’t wait to see the results!

Big thanks go to Sarabeth and Mark for sharing their images with us, hoping the transatlantic wedding planning is going well. Thanks again to Lucy G Photography for allowing Adored Bride to feature these lovely images.

I really enjoy looking at and sharing pre-wedding shoots and would love to hear from you if you you would like to share your own shoot,

with love

Photography –  Lucy G Photography

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