Imagine if you only had one day, just one day to do all the things you always said you would but never did.
All the things that you dream about, are more than perfectly possible……. but you just never get around to.
Know what I mean?
And no I’m not being morbid. Not at all. Just trying to tell all you lovelies (and at the same time tell yours truly) that life is too short to waste worrying about planning your wedding 24/7 (it will be great regardless promise) or that your bum “looks big in this” or that today you ate two feast ice lollies (I did) and don’t have time to go to the gym (I don’t).
And on my list of things I would do if I only had one day?
I would have a picnic on the beach with Mr O’Shea. I would feel the sun on my skin and the warm sand under my toes. I would wear the prettiest dress I owned and I would go swimming in the sea……um, probably wearing the dress.
Oh. And I would have another feast ice lolly. Or five.
Laura and Gavin did pretty much everything I would like to do on their seaside engagement shoot and they looked like they had an absolute blast. All of the easy breezy images are courtesy of Jordan and Ines at Source Images.
Gavin and I have been boyfriend and girlfriend since we were 15 years old. When we get married in August this year we will have been together for a whole decade. But I’m going to be honest here – although I feel more comfortable with Gavin than anyone else in the whole wide world, I never ever expected to feel as awkward as I did during the start of this engagement shoot. I carefully thought about what to wear (Vivien of Holloway dress bought especially on a girly weekend a year ago) and the location of our engagement shoot (easy decision – the setting of one of our first teenage dates), but I didn’t give a moment’s consideration about how to smile when you’re smiling down a big fat camera lens. I didn’t think about where I would put my arms, or what to do with my hands, or how to keep my hair out of my mouth in the wind.
Or any of those things!
First five minutes went something like this…
Jordan: “Laura relax. Smile. No, smile naturally.”
Me: (through clenched teeth) “Like this?”
Jordan: “Uh no, not quite. Don’t smile for a second. Now smile. Hmm. Gavin make her laugh. Hmm. Gavin, give Laura a kiss.”
Gavin: “Urgh gross. Really? I can see people over there.”
Jordan: “Just do it. Well done. Hmm. Now Laura don’t look so scared. He’s just kissing your cheek.”
We were rubbish! And normally we’re both really quite good at smiling!
But after 10 minutes or so, we did start to relax. Ines quickly saw what was happening so started to pull faces at us behind Jordan’s back. Gavin had some fun trying to throw me into the sea and a very posh and very lovely Southwoldian lady came up to me to compliment my dress “I must say what an absolutely beautiful dress dear.” A little giggle and a little praise was all I needed! We then had so much fun for the rest of the day.
We took Jordan and Ines to our favourite deli for some snacks, had a beer in our favourite pub, watched the weather turn from glorious sunshine to cloudy, angry rain and back again and we did not stop talking.
Many months ago, after having met up with several photographers I emailed the lovely Charlotte for some help and she told us to meet Jordan and Ines. They managed to see us in Birmingham where we are currently living, squeezing us in after exhibiting at the NEC Wedding Show and before heading off to Charlotte’s 30th birthday party! We knew straight away they were what we were looking for. Fun, young, interesting and bloody good at their work (look at these pictures, not a clenched teeth smile in sight!). It was a done deal.
Our day with them proved we’d made the right choice and on the day I really think it will feel like two friends are taking our pictures.
We’re getting married in the summer back at ‘home home’ again. The wedding will be held in a church situated on the top of a cliff overlooking a different Suffolk beach, with two stubborn sheep who like to roam around the graveyard. Then we’re off to a big barn for the party. No real colour scheme and no real theme; just a mix of all different things we like – a “pretty mess” is the oxymoron my Mum last used to describe it. Thanks Mum!!
I need three hands to count the number of people who’ll be at our house on the morning of the wedding, but knowing Jordan will be there is a relief – he is so professional and knows what he is doing so well I feel it will all go smoothly even amidst all the chaos. Knowing Ines will be with Gavin to check he is out of bed on time, has brushed his hair and isn’t wearing white socks is an even bigger bonus!
Can’t flippin’ wait!
Photographers – Jordan and Ines at Source Images
So then you gorgeous lot.
What would you do if you only had one day?
And yes that means be as simplistic or as wild as you like, after all, it’s Monday and it’s probably yawn-worthy boring in the office right?. Let’s entertain ourselves with a bit of fantasy living…..
Big Lolly Love
P.s If not the whole beach/picnic thing I might hire a private jet to NYC, spend a fortune in Bloomingdales (did I mention money was no object on “this day”?) then get to Vegas in record time wearing some fabulous outfit…. where Mr O’Shea and I and all of our nearest and dearest drink cocktails and go dancing until the early hours….