Our engagement photos and 8 reasons you should have an engagement session

our-engagement-photos-2It has been exactly one month to the day since Mr B and I tied the knot and I am so excited to share some of our engagement photos.

I had always liked the idea of an engagement session (even though it was months after our actual engagement) not only so we could get some gorgeous photos of the two of us together, but also so we could get to know our wedding photographer before the big day.

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When our brilliant photographer Xander and Thea offered it as part of the package I was delighted. Mr B took a bit more convincing but he came round eventually!

We initially wanted to do the shoot at a place close to my heart, however the venue would not entertain the idea of letting us use their grounds for an hour if we were not getting married there. We offered to pay, and to even set it up as a style shoot for them but they would not budge. Needless to say I won’t even give them the bonus of being mentioned here now. Grr.

The next location we thought about was a bit closer to home. It was home in fact. We have spent the last four years renovating our house and we both love the space we have created. It is far from finished but it really is home for us and where we feel most comfortable. It was the natural place to take our photos.

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Later in the session we also popped over to our local park with a hamper of sparkling wine and strawberries and were lucky enough to be greeted by the most beautiful light.

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High five to Alethiea who spent hours with us to get our engagement photos – much longer than planned – on what was the hottest day of the year. Interestingly, despite being in front of the camera a fair bit with this blog, I was awful at relaxing for the shots, and I really am incapable of doing a loving gaze – it looks like a moody stare! He however was a natural, and with Alethiea’s expert help I am really pleased with how the photos came out.

I haven’t seen our wedding photos yet, but the engagement session really did help me be at ease on our actual wedding day.

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8 reasons why you should have an engagement photos:

  1. You will get to know your photographer, how they work and how they like to shoot
  2. You’ll have some beautiful, non-wedding professional pictures of you as a couple to treasure
  3. You will be more relaxed on your wedding day when having your pictures taken
  4. You’ll get to see your photographer’s photos of you before the big day – and can discuss any changes in style etc that you might like
  5. Your photographer will learn how to take better pictures of you – what is your best side, how do you photograph well together
  6. You will have a lovely time with your bride/groom to be, focussing on being together
  7. You’ll get better wedding photographs as a result
  8. It’s fun!

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Outfits:

Long sleeved white top: Reiss | Skinny jeans: ASOS | Long skirt: Reiss (sold out, similar here and here) | Sleeveless white top: Reiss | Gold sandals: Accessorize | Nail varnish: Nailberry in Almond |

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