No. 15: The Full E-Shoot!

Days to go: 30

Yes that’s right people. Only 30 days to go! In exactly one month we’ll be getting married! Time really is flying now. And what better time to show you the full engagement shoot we indulged in last weekend!

I must first take this time to tell you about our LEGEND of a photographer – Phil Barber. He captured our personalities in these photos absolutely perfectly and frankly, I really don’t know how he did it so well. I had visions in my head of how these photos would look for months and Phil has surpassed all expectations and given us something we are so very proud of because of how it reflects us and the time we spent together that day. We’ll remember that morning for so many different reasons – it was like I fell in love with Richard all over again. If an engagement shoot does anything, it forces you to take time out of all the wedding planning and your hectic life styles and just spend some time together and enjoy each other’s company. It also gives you the valuable chance to discuss the style of your wedding photos with your photographer. I can’t tell you how excited I am about how our wedding photos are going to turn out!

We were both quite nervous about the whole thing. I didn’t think I would be but I was! We really wanted to use this time to get used to having our photo taken – there are hardly any good photos of us in existence because usually as soon as a camera is pointed at us, I make a weird face and Richard starts vibrating with nervousness! Even though we started out a little wobbly, safe to say I think we both overcame our fears and ended up with some beautiful photographs!

We decided to meet Phil in Castlefield in the centre of Manchester, near the Museum of Science and Industry – mainly because we knew it would be quiet early on a Saturday morning and we wouldn’t have to contend with being too self conscious in public! Also I love the contrast of the industrial arches against the old ironwork next to the canal. And there were geese! I joked that Richard should try and pick up a goose and pose with it. (Actually I wasn’t joking.) There were so many beautiful locations to take advantage of. It was a very blustery day which totally ruined my hair but blah blah, who cares!

I intended to purchase an umbrella the day before only because I thought it would rain. I couldn’t believe my luck when I found that cute little heart umbrella and I knew it would be perfect to include in the shoot. When I decided to get it out there were some moans and groans from Richard, but I know he enjoyed it really. We also decided to bring his guitar along to give him something to do (and we’re allowed because we’re both musicians, says Phil) as we knew he wouldn’t be too comfortable with posing. However, he absolutely loved posing with it!

Talking of props, I’m seriously considering using some on the wedding day. Time to build up a prop box methinks! If anyone out there has any random props they’d like to donate for my wedding day (I can return them!) you know what to do!

I’ll say it again, these photos are JUST SO US! We had a fantastic experience and are just thrilled. We also took some photos that I’m not allowed to show you yet because they are even more special – but these shall be revealed in due course!

I urge you to go and visit Phil’s blog and tell him how amazing he is. Also, if you’re reading this post because you’re looking for a wedding photographer who does engagement shoots – book Phil! He works with his wife Lou on the day of the wedding so you get two photographers – which is always better than one when the photos are this good! Also, follow Phil Barber on Twitter! And me for that matter. I need more followers. 🙂

And Salma’s final thought for the day:

Doesn’t Richard look ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS?!

Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in November 2009 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.



  • Claire
    9 years ago

    I love these, Salma! Looks like you both had the most amazing day. The locations are great, and you look gorgeous, both of you. A brilliant e-shoot, I’m so happy to have it on the blog!
    Off to tell Phil Barber he’s brilliant too hehe.
    Claire xx

  • Jenny McAvoy
    9 years ago

    Lovely fun shoot-great location 🙂

  • Vicky
    9 years ago

    Lovely pics! Just round the corner from where I got married (great John street hotel) and so I love the location shots:)
    Not long to go now until you are a mrs!

  • Eleanor Giles
    9 years ago

    Oh wow, lovely pictures Salma and you’re clearly marrying your soulmate, the way he’s looking at you in the pictures is so gorgeous! I also like the location, used to live right there and the railway bridge is one of my favourite Manc views. Very nicely done.

  • Salma
    9 years ago

    Vicky, Phil was talking about when he had done a wedding at Great John Street Hotel! He said that the bride wanted a shot outside the theatre near there and he had to stop traffic to get the shot and was getting abuse hurled at him from drivers! And I know – four weeks tomorrow!!

    Thanks Eleanor 🙂 Lots of people have commented on how right for each other we look! 😛 It’s nice to know that it shows in us 🙂 These photos just sum us up completely 🙂 x

  • Sally
    9 years ago

    Oh Salma I love it!! (I knew I would when I saw the first one), well done and an excellent choice of photographer, also such a nice time to get to know how he works and for him to get to know you as a couple, looks like the chemistry was just right 🙂 and I love the brolly too. You both look absolutely blissfully happy, I can’t wait to see your wedding pics now! x

  • bycostello
    9 years ago

    lovelly shoot.. looks like was great fun….

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