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Danielle & Scott: The Engagement Shoot.

Happy (almost) Valentine’s Day my RMW lovelies. Every day is the day to tell people that you love them, but personally I can get behind valentine’s day for this reason alone: Feline Lonely at Battersea Cat & Dog home a valentine’s event where you can cuddle a cat, drink bubbles & meet your potential soulmate. Or just go with your husband-to-be and hug all the beautiful fluffy little joy bringers (I may own a dog, but this girl is 100% cat lady!) Alas, unfortunately this year Scott, Vinnie & I will be spending valentine’s day in Surrey babysitting his parents’ (5) dogs whilst they are sunning it up in the Bahamas…love is not dead for some of us!

In the spirit of the season, today I am super excited to share with you our pre-wedding photo shoot with the lovely Claire Penn. We’ve been planning this Parisian trip for quite some time and finally managed to do it at the end of last year. It actually worked out perfectly because it meant that Scott & I were back in Paris on the one year anniversary of his proposal there. Yay! We celebrated with cheap champagne in our incredible Airbnb apartment (my favourite one to date!) and then went out for a ridiculously decadent French dinner where I ate the most delicious snails I’ve ever had, and the waiter tried to get us drunk on free shots of calvados. Oh Paris, how I love you.

Before that, we spent a day and half with Claire wandering around Paris together. It was so much fun showing off parts of a city that I love so much. On the second day, Victoria Farr MUA was able to join us as she was living and working in Paris for a month. We wandered the city before ending up in Canal St Martin eating delicious Thai food from a gig venue by the canal. Definitely a side to Paris that you don’t see if you stay central to the tourist sites (not that there is anything wrong with that – it’s popular for a reason!)

Initially Scott & I weren’t interested in a pre-wedding shoot, however, we are both SO AWKWARD in front of the camera (me probably more so than Scott) so we thought that doing one might be a good idea to loosen us up a little and prepare us for how it might be on the day. It was definitely out of our comfort zone, but Claire is a total pro and soon had us relaxed and wandering around as though we were just showing friends round, and it ended up being a lot of fun. We are very thankful to Claire for joining us in Paris, and we cannot wait for her to be such a huge part of our day…we know she is going to capture all those little moments which are so important to us. I know my favourites will be seeing my friends and family’s smiling, happy, full-of-joy faces!

So there we have it. A lovely pre-Christmas break spent in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. If you’ve read any of my past RMW posts, you will know that I love this place a whole lot, and I really would encourage everyone to visit at least once…it is the most enchanting of places, and it has totally captured my heart. Although Scott loves it too, he is quite keen to visit other places too, so next month we’re visiting Berlin for a long weekend, and in April we’re heading off with a Catalonian friend to visit his home city of Barcelona. I absolutely cannot wait – if you have suggestions for either city, I would so love to hear them (it’s my first visit to both!) I’m feeling rather wild booking all of these city breaks just before we get married (wedding saving plan…what wedding saving plan?!) but after Paris I honestly couldn’t recommend it enough. As time ticks on I have personally found that I have a tendency to get a little swept away and overwhelmed with wedding planning, so to be able to get so completely away from it all and just spend an extended weekend hanging out with Scott with zero organisational planning involved is a dream. The only thing that could make it better is if Vinnie was with us, but c’est la vie, he stays in the UK. Life doesn’t feel complete without our little shadow dog.

Have any of you lovelies had a pre-wedding/engagement shoot? If your photographer has shared them, please link me to them – I love looking at these almost as much as I love looking at weddings…they are super sweet!

Until March,

Danielle xxx

Photography by Claire Penn
Author: Adam Crohill
Adam likes Pina Coladas and getting caught in the rain.