4 Months and 7 days…
Things are officially starting to happen people. My measurement for this was simultaneously receiving two emails… one from my Dad telling me that all the family have booked their flights and the other from Winton House asking to me to pick the colour of chair that I would like for the ceremony!! I thought that the day decision making overtook faffing would never come. But It’s here. It’s a subtle reminder though, that our days of engagement are numbered. It is so easy to spend the whole time looking forward, that you forget to enjoy actually just being engaged!
This is something that Gavin and I have been determined to do from the start. To relish these years of being a young, betrothed couple. We want to be able to look back on them fondly and not think that we spent the whole time with our heads buried in brochures and sample books. So in order to truly remember these days we should really have an engagement shoot, right? Well, that’s how I pitched it to Gavin back in November anyway. And not being camera shy, my (formal male model) Fiancé agreed. As photo’s of Gavin and I usually consist of him looking delicious and me pulling some sort of weird cockeyed frozen smile, I was determined to be fabulous in these ones.
We spoke with the guys at Duke Photography and decided on a date for the magic to take place. I was preened, plucked and styled to within an inch of my life as we rocked up to the studio. Whilst parking we were greeted with what can only be described as a torrential downpour… there goes our lovely beach front location shoot then. We were greeted by an equally disappointed but ever cheerful Robbie, who told us that himself and Dom were willing to take some studio shots and reschedule our shoot for another, drier day. The studio shots were lush. I mean, they are some of the best photos ever taken of me and Gavin… well of course he looks great. But these are not what I want to share with you today.
A few weeks later, whilst on annual leave, I awoke to a gorgeously bright autumn day. After running a few errands and nipping into work (as you do on holiday!) I called Robbie on the off chance that he would have some free time that afternoon. To which he responded “Yeah, how about we meet up in an hour? The light will be lovely and I have a great location we could use.” So, unable to resist the sound of lovely light, I agreed and called Gavin. The following few minutes resulted in me running around in a blind panic thinking make up, hair, clothes, an hour… Noooo!!!! In fear of losing out on said light, I sacked the sprucing, grabbed a coat and ran to meet Gavin. After much reassuring that I looked fine, I conceded myself to the fact that these images were not going to be remotely Vogue cover feature but more likely Heat’s circle of shame. But screw it… this was our engagement shoot and I was going to enjoy it.
There and then, we made the decision that we were not going to try to make these photo’s perfect. That we were just going to be ourselves and do what we would normally do if we went for a walk in the park. So we kissed, we cuddled, we raced each other and just generally engaged in all sorts of fun and mischief. The result is not a perfectly polished picture of us looking our best but an array of beautifully captured images of our relationship together, with all the tom foolery that it entails.
The location Robbie picked was a beautiful riverside walkway in Stockbridge, Edinburgh. Which just so happened to be where Gavin and I first lived together. We have some really funny memories of long walks along that path, so taking a trip back for our engagement shoot was amazing. On this particular occasion there was an art installation of fabulous (albeit creepy) life sized figures made out of autumn leaves. The image of us with a leaf man on a bench is one of my favourites from the shoot. Gavin’s face says it all!
I have to say a massive thank you to Dom and Robbie at Duke Photography for their fun, flexible approach. For the wonderful job they do with keeping Gavin and I relaxed, the emails full of ideas and inspiration, their genuine interest in our plans and for just generally going out of their way to help us make the planning process enjoyable. We are really looking forward to having them as part of our wedding and I rest easy knowing that they will capture the essence of our day. To have fun.
Ever the messer,