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A seaside engagement shoot – romance and sunshine

Wedding photographer Cat Hepple is a lovely lady – one of the loveliest wedding photographers I’ve had the pleasure to meet via the wonders of the interweb. She’s also an inspiration and someone who can turn any day into an absolute delight… and when she sent me Jessica and Martin’s engagement shoot it made my day.Pre wedding photography north east by Cat Hepple (15)

Cat Hepple captures romance like no one else I’ve seen – her photography has a unique romantic quality I love – and it’s why I fall head over heels every time she shares a new Romance Shoot.

Cat told me a little about this stunning shoot so I will leave all the words to her today, and sit back with you to enjoy the glorious shoot!

Jessica and Martin: The Romance Shoot by Cat Hepple

“Jessica Wilkinson and Martin Chalk married on 22nd July at Rockliffe Hall in Darlington. Jess is from Bedlington in Northumberland and they really want both their wedding day and their engagement shoot to be connected to the North east of England.

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Pre wedding photography north east by Cat Hepple (3)I suggested Saltburn by the Sea for their Romance shoot. It has an old pier, a lovely long sandy beach and cute fishing boats along the shoreline. It seemed to offer the perfect place for colour, texture and of course dreamy romantic images.

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Pre wedding photography north east by Cat Hepple (5)I also suggested we go for a sunset shoot, as the light is so stunning at that time of day and I knew with the light bouncing off the sea and the waves it could really be something very special .

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Pre wedding photography north east by Cat Hepple (13)Jess and Martin both looked fantastic for the shoot and relaxed very quickly into it. As they got out of their car I spotted a straw hat on the back seat. I thought it was Jess’ but it belonged to Martin. I suggested he brought it along and actually it turned out o be a really wonderful addition to the images.

Pre wedding photography north east by Cat Hepple (14)We spent around 2 hours along the coast, bathed in the most glorious warm gentle sunshine and I was truly blown away with the images we caught. I just couldn’t believe the light.

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Pre wedding photography north east by Cat Hepple (26)Jess and Martin adore their photographs and on their wedding day I lost count of the number of people who commented to me about them. It really was the perfect shoot.

Pre wedding photography north east by Cat Hepple (27)Thank you, Cat, for sharing today. This photo shoot is an absolute dream and I’m honoured to be able to share it with everyone on the blog.

See more and read Cat Hepple’s thoughts on engagement shoots here: The Romance Shoot – Why have an engagement photo session?

As I write, Jessica and Martin’s wedding isn’t yet on Cat’s wedding photography blog. But there’s a sneak preview on there – and Jessica looks stunning in her Jenny Packham wedding dress, Martin looks really great as well (love a stubbly groom… fab!) so pop over to see the wedding preview photographs The Bride wore Jenny Packham – a sneak peek of the Rockliffe Hall wedding of Jessica and Martin

 

 

 

 

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 www.byMoonandTide.com. 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.

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10 COMMENTS
  • Julieann Beads
    8 years ago

    What lovely relaxed shots that will be treasured forever. The bride and groom have the same smile, obviously a match made in heaven.

  • Laura May
    8 years ago

    As I scrolled down I kept thinking, ooh, this is my favourite picture… and then the next, and then the next! Stunning pictures. 🙂 x

    • Claire
      8 years ago
      AUTHOR

      Thanks Julieann and Laura – lovely comments. Laura I did the same when the photos from Cat landed in my inbox! I’m really glad you enjoyed the blog post 🙂
      Claire x

  • Sally
    8 years ago

    Ah Saltburn is near us! Beautiful shoot and a gorgeous location :)xx

    • Claire
      8 years ago
      AUTHOR

      Thanks Sally – who’d have thought the north east had such beautiful beaches! My sister lives up that way (ish), and I wish I could visit more and explore a little.
      Claire x

  • Cat Hepple
    8 years ago

    Thank you so much Claire for featuring this shoot. I’m honoured to be on this beautiful and inspirational blog.

    I hope lots of brides and grooms to be find the images inspiring and they might feel brave enough to have their own shoot as a result.
    Jess and Martin are an absolutely wonderful couple and it was my pleasure to photograph their engagement and wedding day.

    Cat
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    • Claire
      8 years ago
      AUTHOR

      Thank you Cat, for your comment as well as your lovely pictures and the story of the blog post.
      I love the concept of a Romance Shoot and the images, Jess and Martin’s smiles make it look like the most amazing experience: I’d have a shoot like this in a flash! No question of being brave – it’s clearly all about being in love and capturing a moment of your lives.
      Claire xx

  • Lesley Pattinson
    8 years ago

    What a beautiful engagement shoot, looks so intimate even though its on a public beach!

  • Sylvana Spiby-Walcott
    8 years ago

    How lovely! Wish I would have done something like that for my engagement. Very nice!

    • Claire
      8 years ago
      AUTHOR

      Lesley, Sylvana – thank you for your comments. Lesley you’re absolutely right about the intimacy of the shoot, it looks like they’re alone in the world and so romantic. 🙂
      Claire xx

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