Good afternoon lovelies,
This month has been quite productive in the planning stakes and I was all geared up to share the latest with you, but that went straight out the window when I saw the pictures from our engagement shoot with Claire Penn.
Lee and I are so in love with them I just had to show you all.
We took a drive over to Chester last month to drop into one of my favourite second hand book shops. Of course, as books and music will be featuring heavily at our wedding, it was the perfect place for our engagement shoot.
One Man And A Little Lady
I’ve shared our story with you before, but now’s a good a time as any to tell you a bit more about Lee and I.
We met through mutual friends almost a year before we got together. When we eventualy did, it was during that first date, when he presented me with a little gift that my heart became his forever – it was the legendary movie Three Men and a Little Lady. We talked and talked for hours and when the evening was over, neither of us could wait until the next time, and the next time, and the next time. That first flush of love for me has to be one of the most exciting, rollercoaster experiences ever. Nobody had ever come into my life and turned it upside down the way Lee did, and falling in love with him was very easy.
There’s a lot to love about this man. There’s the big stuff, like he’s one of the kindest, most genuine people I’ve ever met. He’s also full of so much energy and enthusiasm it’s infectious, I love that about him. I love the little things too, like when I’m driving back from getting a takeaway he’ll reach over and feed me prawn crackers. You know, the things that matter.
A year after that first date we’d booked a winter mini-break in North Wales. There’s something a little odd about semi-deserted seaside towns in the winter, but you can’t beat that clean, fresh (cold) air.
We’d booked into a lovely quaint hotel, and after a few hours of exploring the local area with Lee being in a bizarre, slightly grumpy, mood, he suggested we head back to the hotel to change before meeting my friend Debs for a drink. We got back to the hotel and before I knew it, he was on one knee holding a cleverly disguised little box. Tears and champagne flowed as we drifted along on our little cloud of happiness. We spent the rest of that day (and a while after) wrapped in our own special love bubble – like we were the only two people on earth. I know that sounds cringey but I’m sure a lot of you know exactly what I mean.
All You Need Is Love
That, along with all the plans I’ve shared with you in previous posts, brings us pretty much up to date. So, I’ll snap out of my soppy little memory lane trip and return to the engagement shoot.
I’ve mentioned before that we’re both pretty influenced by styles and music from years gone by and when deciding on our colour schemes, we took inspiration from our parents weddings. We want the wedding to have a vintage feel, but when I say vintage, we’re not talking 50’s chintz, we’re talking 60’s & 70’s rock and roll – Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones, The Beatles. We wanted the engagement shoot to have a similar look. Claire definitely got that retro feel spot on and there’s even a few pics where she captured a bit of a Mick and Marianne or George and Pattie-esque moment.
Lee and I went a little overboard (well, I did) and filled the boot of the car with old records, bongo drums and all kinds of props, as the plan for later on was to head to an orchard just outside of Chester and set up the second half of our shoot there. Time ran away with us, but in the end, it didn’t matter that when we got there, we left the bongos in the car – because every photo is perfectly us and I wouldn’t have it any other way. All we needed was us!
So Long, And Thanks For All The Fish
The shoot was so much fun, I want to do it all again. We had a great day, and completely re-arranged/trashed the good people of Bluecoat Books wonderful shop. Digging out favourite books (Hitchhikers Guide & Gone With The Wind are two of my all time faves), clambering on stools (That’ll be you Claire) and providing entertainment for the other customers. I’d like to say a huge thank you to Jane for being so welcoming to us. Next time any RMW readers walk the Chester city walls then please drop in and say hello.
If any of you are undecided about an engagement shoot, I’d definitely recommend taking the time to get to get to know your photographer and have one. It can be quite daunting, and the uncertainty of how you are going to look when you eventually appear on camera is sometimes a stress for us brides. I’m sure Claire got sick of me emailling her asking “have I got mince face?” “do I look like Ru Paul?” “Do I look like The Grudge girl?” (I think she must have edited most of those ones out). It’s so worth it in the end and I’m glad we did one.
The best advice I can give, is just to relax and have a laugh. Let your shoot reflect you as a couple. During our ‘gazing lovingly’ photos, we were actually giving eachother loads of abuse, in turn coming up with the worst insults we could think of. It made us forget that Claire was there, snapping away. It’ll also be a bonus if you find a really cool Citroen H Van parked up round the back too.
We’re so lucky to have Claire, she knows us so well already and I think that shows. She’s captured us perfectly and we couldn’t ask for more. We’re excited now to see what she does on the wedding day.
I think timing is important too, but pick a time that’s best for you. We decided to have our shoot fairly early in our engagement compared to a lot of couples. We thought it would be nice to have time to enjoy these photos, without them being quickly overshadowed by what are undoubtedly going to be epic wedding pictures. We can use them on our wedding website too, when we finally get round to making one. I know a lot of couples have their shoot nearer the wedding for different reasons, more of a pre-wedding practice run and that too has its benefits – what are your opinions on the timing issue?
Before I go, I have to mention last week’s amazing Pretty Naughty. I tell you what, the Rock My Wedding team know how to throw a cracking party. The venue was perfect, the styling was stunning, the runway show was fantastic, there were some fab freebies, including a naughty garter from Beautiful Bird Creations and I met some gorgeous people… Hi Pamela!
I also got to meet my lovely fellow RMW Real Brides for the very first time – they’re such a great bunch of girls and their other halves are a lot of fun. It was the first of many get-togethers for our new little group of mates.
Thanks again to Charlotte, Adam and Lolly for being such perfect hosts and throwing the party of the year. I’m afraid I was very naughty and whipped a pair of knickers off the washing line on the way out… they’re currently winging their way back to RMW HQ with a note saying i’m very very sorry/slapped wrists.
Peace & Love
p.s. Smoking is bad for you. Don’t do it.