Hello you gorgeous lot!
So apparently another 6 weeks have passed and now there are less than 3 months to the big day!!!! Oh dear lord! Where on earth did the time go?! Eeeek!
Never Work With Marshmallows, Balloons & Whomping Willows!
Well, this month saw Dave & I finally have our engagement shoot! I say finally because as with many things, it didn’t quite go to plan! So we all know how very important having an engagement/pre-wedding shoot is… Well after much begging & arm twisting I managed to convince Dave of this fact & we booked our fab photographer Hannah from Hannah Mia Photography to do a shoot for us. Now, having seen soooo many amazing engagement shoots on these very pages (I am still in complete & utter awe at Real Bride Karen’s immense shoot I was determined to make sure ours was suitably quirky and fun! So the pinterest board was set up and the ideas came flowing – hot chocolate, fur lined coats, pub fires, a shoot in the snow….perfect!! And then…..disaster – I broke my wrist just before Christmas & my gorgeous bright pink cast was not due off until late January! Then second disaster – Hannah broker her hand!! I’m not even joking! So by the time both of us were back to our best……yup, you guessed it, no snow!!
I’m not going to lie to you all & tell you I wasn’t bothered by this (Dave would never let me get away with that!) – I was gutted! I had my heart set on a snowy winter wonderland shoot and instead I was sat indoor watching the snow come & go, TWICE!! So after having a little word with myself & telling myself not to be so flipping ridiculous I got back to setting a date and looked at what elements we could still include.
Finally the day came for our shoot. The weather was lovely (no snow, but at least it wasn’t raining!) and the props had been sourced. We had heart shaped marshmallows, hot chocolate, headphones, novelty audio splitter and my favouritest coat in the whole world (seriously, I’ve had this coat since I was 17!!!!). Surely nothing could go wrong? We had chosen the woodland of Ashridge Estate in Hertfordshire for the first part of our shoot, and I had the great idea of trying to find THE Whomping Willow as our focal point – you know, the one off of Harry Potter! Well I’m sure you can see where this is going……….we never found the Whomping Willow! Sorry, I lie, we did see the Whomping Willow (or what we think was it) but apparently it isn’t just a ‘short stroll from the car park’, more like a half hours walk to get a glimpse of it in the distance!!
Seriously, how unlucky can you get for one shoot?!! Well there’s a little more actually…..
The heart-shaped marshmallows that looked so good in my head capsized and just looked like blobs…. The balloon kept blowing in our faces (I swear it was possessed)…. WORST OF ALL I forgot to bring my heels for the pub shoot!
The last one may have resulted in a mini tantrum from a certain little blonde, much to the amusement of Dave and Hannah!!
So why am I telling you about all the little things that went wrong? Why am I not talking about how the pictures came out lovely & how you cannot even tell from these shots that the balloon was misbehaving? Because I want this to be a lesson to you all – stop putting so much pressure on yourselves to create the perfect engagement shoot!!! Seriously! You will see so many amazing, quirky, fun and cool engagement shoots but you know what the most important aspect of those shoots are…..the love. Cheesy, I know, but seriously I bet if you go back and look at those pictures your thoughts will be; ‘aww look how happy they are’ and ‘wow don’t they look so in love’…..!
Yes, the props may have misbehaved and my coat & shorts combo might not be perfect (seriously worried about myself there! Eek!)….but you know what? Hannah has done a fantastic job, and these pictures really show us in our best light. There is laughing and giggling and quite a lot of cuddling!! We are so chuffed to have these pictures and can see that, as long as I occasionally look into the camera, we are going to have a flipping lovely set of wedding photos to look back on! 😀
Lash Me Up
You might also notice that in these photos I am sporting some rather bright red lips! Well that would be thanks to my lovely friend and make-up artist Helen Eames, who headed over to ours at 9:30 on a Sunday morning (yup, ouchy!) with the following brief:
‘A little bit glamorous, but not too over the top, with a mixture of red lipped Emma Stone & Gwen Stefani’
Quite simple really!!!!???!!! Haha But you know what, I think she nailed it! I know so many of you are much more in the ‘you but on a really good day’ camp when it comes to wedding day make up, but I have always been someone who likes to play dress up. Ever since I can remember, I’ve been donning my mum’s stiletto heels & parading around the house so why should my wedding day be any different?! Yes, yes I don’t want Dave to turn round to see some stranger walking down the aisle BUT I do want to have a little fun and so this, for me, is red lips! Oh & I tried false lashes for the first time ever (I know, I’m soooooo behind! But I’ve always been a little afraid of gluing the things to my eyebrows!!!!) Well anyway I got Helen to lash me up &…..I LOVED them! Admittedly I was a little doll-like & may experiment with some slightly less dramatic ones, but they were so much fun! Plus I need ALL the help I can get if I am to compete with ‘look at my fabulously long eyelashes’ Dave!!!
Anyway, because I know you lovely ladies love a beauty product or two (or three!!), here is what Helen used on me:
MAC face & body foundation
Benefit Coralistic Blusher
MAC Fluidline eyeliner in blacktrack
MAC Paint Pot in Bare Study
MAC Satin lipstick in MAC Red
Oh & Eyelure Naturalites fake eyelashes (no. 101)
I can tell you now, I’ll certainly be sneaking a few of these into my shopping bag next time I’m in Boots! 😉
Righty-ho gals I’d better leave it there, it might be Easter this weekend but I’ve got an immense amount of fabric flowers to be making! Eeeek!
Big ‘I must resist the Lindor Egg’ Love Rebecca 🙂 xx