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On your wedding day, the location of your photographs will probably be limited to your venue or somewhere nearby, but for an engagement photo session, the world is your oyster.”

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What a wonderful little bite of truth from wedding photographer Adam at AdamsPhotoArt. You spend weeks choosing your ideal wedding venue which will form the backdrop to all of your photos on the day. There’ll be gardens and furnishings to suit your personalities, but any venue might lack variety… so when it comes to your engagement shoot you should choose somewhere with as many aspects and characters as you can dream of!

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May-Ling and Matt suggested Richmond for their romantic engagement shoot because it’s one of their favourite places to visit. Adam says, ‘It’s the perfect setting for a romantic stroll – with its quaint cobbled street, riverside walks and beautiful gardens. We walked down to the riverside to take some photographs, I took some photographs as they walked round the riverside chatting, occasionally stopping to look out at the passing boats.’

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Today on English Wedding Blog, a pre-wedding shoot from Chester and a romantic engagement story all the way from Edinburgh – I was totally swept up in the romance of Jayne and Steve’s engagement… I think you will be too!
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The first ‘official’ visitors to English Wedding Blog HQ arrived this weekend… my lovely sponsors, Cheshire wedding photographers and friends Tory and Jamie of Vickerstaff Photography had come further than most on a weekend escape, arriving in the best part of the Lake District – the quiet, charming and idyllic west coast. And they popped in for tea, totally making my weekend! They’re two of the nicest wedding photographers in the North West – and I believe English Wedding Blog HQ was met with approval, cats and all!

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Jayne and Steve’s Cheshire engagement photography

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pre wedding photography UK Vickerstaff Photography (3)Steve and I got engaged in November 2011. He took me for a surprise weekend away, we just got in the car and headed North, eventually arriving in Edinburgh which is where we stayed for the weekend at the Radisson hotel on the royal mile, in a suite!! Edinburgh is one of my favourite cities so when I saw where we were going and the hotel I cried.

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london wedding photographer (8)Chris and Gemma’s engagement shoot in London has a bit of a theme to it: Gemma’s hand is very often in Chris’s back pocket… why? Well, it’s not just because it feels nice! There was one particular occasion when Gemma discovered a little box in there. An engagement ring box…

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London wedding photographer Anneli Marinovich tells their story: “I had to laugh when Gemma told me their engagement story – Chris had been standing in the little square near their house, when she walked up to him, put her arms around him and blissfully unaware, stuck her hand in his back pocket…only to find a ring box with her engagement ring inside!

“Chris (after recovering from the shock that his proposal plans had changed slightly) dropped down on one knee there and then and proposed to Gemma who of course said yes!  I really enjoyed our afternoon together, exploring Belsize Mews and getting some shots of Chris & Gemma in the actual spot where they got engaged.”

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There’s something special about quiet London streets; flags left hanging proudly after all the excitement of the jubilee, when the crowds have dispersed. I prefer a little peace and quiet, don’t you? Sarah and Rich made the most of their surroundings on this romantic engagement shoot with Eddette from Purple Apple Studios.

I haven’t featured any engagement shoots on English Wedding Blog recently, but I think that’s about to change. I couldn’t resist this one: it’s about as ‘English Wedding’ as it gets! Sarah even works at Buckingham Palace!
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I’m always on the lookout for new weddings, engagement photography and inspiration shoots to feature on English Wedding Blog. If you’re a wedding photographer based in England or the UK I’d love to hear from you. Click on Submit in the top menu for more information or email me: info@english-wedding.com with a link to your blog post.

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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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Bluebells and the warm glow of April’s delicate sunshine… blue skies (remember those?), fountains and woodland glades… a beautiful couple and a great wedding photographer.

Drop what you’re doing just for a minute and enjoy this gorgeous pre-wedding shoot by Adam Johnson of ARJ Photography.Trentham Gardens engagement shoot ARJ Photography

Bec and Andy are a gorgeous couple and I really can’t wait to see their wedding photographs.
Trentham Gardens engagement shoot ARJ PhotographyI love the atmospheric qualities of the woodland: rich emerald greens and the carpet of bluebells give this fun engagement photography a real fairytale feel.

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Trentham Gardens pre-wedding shoot ARJ PhotographyBec and Andy just look perfect together don’t they. And so happy! Their engagement shoot was a few weeks ago now, and they got married last Friday – I’m really looking forward to seeing their wedding day photos.

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Trentham Gardens pre-wedding shoot ARJ PhotographyThis black and white image has so much romance – and if there was ever a perfect couple it’s these two! Bec’s engagement ring is really pretty as well, don’t you think?

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I’m delighted to have one last – and unexpected – feature for e-shoot week on English Wedding. Wedding photographer Andy McDonald has been off Twitter poorly (he says plague; I think man-flu), but made it back just in time to submit this lovely sunny engagement shoot to round off the week!

John and Sarah’s pre-wedding shoot is from last summer. I asked if Andy had a bright, colourful e-shoot to share and he didn’t disappoint: expect sunshine and the green, green grass of summer 🙂

This was an outdoor engagement shoot at Dunham Massey in Cheshire, a Georgian National Trust property in a deer park – sounds beautiful doesn’t it?! So are the photos. Enjoy!

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John and Sarah at Dunham Massey

Sharing sunny smiles and a giggle - relaxing on a pre-wedding shoot

Sharing sunny smiles and a giggle - relaxing on a pre-wedding shoot

John and Sarah are all about the LOVE!

John and Sarah are all about the LOVE!

Every image from the shoot would look amazing as a canvas - and a great memory of what looks like a great day

Every image from the shoot would look amazing as a canvas - and a great memory of what looks like a great day

A romantic portrait of John and Sarah

A romantic portrait of John and Sarah

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Engagement photography - a loving couple

Tom and Laura are very much in love and it shows in their eyes, their faces, the way they stand so close

When I asked about engagement photography sessions for the blog, Manchester photographer Neil Redfern promised me a very special shoot with Tom and Laura – and this certainly has everything you could ask for from a pre-wedding photo shoot!

Hugo is the star of this blog feature, but what really makes this collection stand out for me is Tom and Laura’s family. I love the romantic photos of Tom’s mum and dad – they look as head over heels in love as any newly engaged couple I’ve seen!

Tom explains how his family focused engagement shoot came about. “I really wanted to have some beautiful family photos taken to give as gifts for Christmas presents this year. My sister has a young family and I have just got engaged to the girl I have been with since I was 18, so I thought it was a great time to do it. We are a REALLY close family so I love the idea of having all these  amazing photos of us looking happy and healthy.”

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engagement photography on english weddingHello there, and happy Sunday night / Monday morning. I hope you had a wonderful weekend and enjoyed as much gorgeous sunshine as we had here in Cheshire today. Well it’s back to work with a bump on Monday morning – for me too – but I think I can lift your spirits by saying… “Welcome one and all to e-shoot week on the English Wedding blog!”

This week’s all about engagements. Christmas and New Year are peak times for proposals, and if you’re just setting out on your wedding planning adventure let me say a very happy Congratulations to you and your other half – and enjoy every second of the whole experience! It will be a journey you will never forget.

So what’s e-shoot week all about? I thought it would be a great opportunity to share some pre-wedding photography sessions with everyone. I featured the first ever e-shoot on English Wedding back in October and it inspired me to look into pre-wedding photography in a big way. Many photographers offer engagement photography as a way to get comfortable with being photographed before your big day – and I think it’s a fantastic thing to do.