I’m going to admit something here that I’m sure some of you will agree with…I’m not really a fan of engagement shoots. I think I’ve always found them a bit too much, a bit in-your-face, even a bit awkward…And then the sublime Claudia Rose Carter sent us these gorgeous images of Poppy & Jonny. And I TOTALLY CHANGED MY MIND.
Yes, it helps that Poppy and Jonny both have cheekbones so razor sharp you could cut glass with them – but it’s also the emotion and connection captured by Claudia that makes the images so engaging (no pun intended). You’re glimpsing into a private moment between a couple who deeply love each other, there’s a sense of rawness and vulnerability between the pair, as well as a strong understanding and a shared sense of humour. I’m trying not to be pretentious on a Wednesday morning, but I can’t help it – this is EXACTLY what you want your photographer to capture between the two of you.
Poppy & Jonny asked Claudia for something atmospheric, a little Jane Birkin, a little Steve McQueen for their pre wedding shoot – and if the results are anything to go by, here’s hoping we get to share their wedding…which took place at Fforest (epic Welsh camping venue), with fashion designer Poppy creating her own dress…
Poppy The Bride: We met 2.5 years ago, I was in York celebrating festivities just after Christmas Day, with a freezing cold climate, but in good company I stepped into the bar, Dusk. I was confronted by a very handsome tall chap who complemented me on my vintage bag. In usual cases this could have gone in his favour especially working in the fashion industry, but unfortunately and unknowingly for him he called it a satchel, which it was not, it was clearly a rucksack. I abruptly updated him on this fact and went off to find my friends.
Later he found me, and we began to chat, captivated by this noble handsome, and extremely funny gentleman, it was certainly love at first sight. I worked hard to not think about him following our meeting, at the off chance that it could be too good to be true! I had agreed to go to a New Years Eve party to chaperone a friend at the time, however I got an urge to leave and try if I could make it to see Jonny. With not a moment left to spare, I left the party, ran down the village road, champagne in hand, catching the last train to Leeds and just about managing my connection to York. I remember the feeling that this was my home and I belonged next to him the moment I saw him again.
We went to Newcastle together with the rucksack a few weeks later, without a second thought I confessed I loved him, out hearts were connected and I knew I would never want to be without him. We work as a team on so many levels. Seeing our engagement photos was emotional and also amazing, we are both quite a non-serious couple most of the time, and have lots of fun together. The shoot captured our love completely, in addition to a few non-serious moments that we often share, with the usual glass of red wine!