I really really adore engagement shoots…perhaps even more so than the weddings themselves sometimes. And I REALLY love weddings so that’s saying something. I think it’s because engagement shoots are stripped back to what’s important, what it is really all about; just the two of you and all the love.
Forget the fancy cars and the pretty dresses and the beautiful florals and the delicious cakes and the snazzy groomsmen and the decadent decor; at the end of the day all that really matters is how you feel about each other and the way you look into each other’s eyes.
Which is why this rain-drenched, fog-enveloping dreamy engagement shoot in Norway photographed by the über talented Claudia Rose Carter is well and truly up my street. I hope you lovelies like it too…
Abi The Bride: Al and I have been together for 10 years after meeting in school. We’ve grown up together and have been through A LOT together so when we decided to marry, it was a mutual decision – no grand sweeping gestures, just deciding that ‘this is it, we want to spend the rest of our lives together’
We have always been seriously into art and photography and when starting to plan our wedding, we knew that the photography was going to be one of the most important aspects of our day. We found Claudia and the rest is history.
Al has always wanted to venture to Norway and so after talking to Claudia about it in passing, I received an email saying ‘why don’t we do your pre-wedding shoot in Bergen!?’. An hour later, we had booked our flights and hotel.
It was non-stop raining the whole time we were there but Claudia always manages to capture the beauty within any situation. I remember we stumbled across a beautiful lake and Claudia asked us to walk around to the other side so she could capture us and the water – just as we’d made it to the other side, the thickest fog rolled in and completely obscured us. We were shouting out to each other trying to work out where we were, but when she finally caught up with us, she used that fog to her advantage! I think these are some of our favourite photos.
We had so much fun being with her for the day and it just felt so natural – just like going on a walk with one of your oldest friends. I think our relationship with her reflects in the photos as they’re just so relaxed and happy. When she sent us the slideshow to view we both cried like babies. We love our photos, our memories and we love her.