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.


seaside engagement shoot Allison Dench (1)I thought this was a nice weekendy blog post for you, and I have a couple of weddings lined up to blog (gorgeous ones, you’ll LOVE them!) so I wanted to start off with a cute seaside pre-wedding shoot.

seaside engagement shoot Allison Dench (2)Lynette and John braved the English seaside at Southend-on-Sea and created a pretty engagement shoot with deckchairs and balloons in the sunshine. Lynette’s dress is fab, and John brought his straw hat along for fun!

seaside engagement shoot Allison Dench (3)Allison Dench from Magic Photography in Reading sent these photos in to English Wedding for you to enjoy. I hope you love them and – as summer approaches and the beaches look more inviting, maybe this will inspire you to have your own seaside pre-wedding shoot!  seaside engagement shoot Allison Dench (4) 

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seaside engagement shoot Allison Dench (9)Good luck Lynette and John – not long to go now! And thanks to photographer Allison Dench for sharing the images with us today.

I hope you’re having a fab weekend. Remember to stick around, I have a weddingy week planned on the blog for you!


Billy’s web-wide wanderings took him to one of our recommended wedding photographer‘s blogs this week – none other than Anneli Marinovich.

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The shoot that caught his eye was Terri and David’s engagement shoot, with some lovely backdrops and excellent props.

We love the cheeky expressions, the confidence and closeness of Terri and David… but most of all we love the books. Brilliant! Always take props for an engagement shoot, always!

See the full post on Anneli Marinovich’s wedding photography blog



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London engagement shoot by Anneli Marinovich

London engagement shoot by Anneli Marinovich

It’s not quite wedding season yet, and a shoot that caught my eye – sorry I mean Billy Idol’s eye! – this week is this fab engagement photoshoot in London from wedding photographer Anneli Marinovich’s blog.

See the full engagement shoot on Anneli Marinovich’s wedding photography blog. It’s colourful and inspiring – and this couple are clearly head over heels in love!


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Couple walking in snow

The perfect winter's day for Lee and Sally

This engagement photo session from ARJ Photography inspired the entire concept of e-shoot week on the English Wedding blog.

Adam from ARJ Photography submitted his images of Sally and Lee at Trentham Gardens near Stoke before Christmas and I fell in love with the sparkly snow, bright sunlight and beautiful location – with Lee and Sally being such a fantastic couple and Adam’s enthusiasm for the shoot, this couldn’t be more perfect.

Engagement photography in the snow

A beautiful sunny day and a loved-up couple - there's magic in the air for this shoot by ARJ Photography

Engagement shoot by ARJ Photography

Sally is completely at ease with the camera - and looks amazing for it. I love her look: the hat is fab and I want that coat!

Engagement shoot in Stoke by ARJ Photography

Love is in the air! ... and beautifully captured in this shot

Engagement photography in the countryside

This is one of my favourite images - so romantic! (There are many more I love in this shoot too...) The look in Sally and Lee's eyes says it all.


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.

Engagement shoot

Engagement shoot

This is the first engagement shoot I’ve featured on English Wedding. I’ve been thinking about who’s out there reading the blog (hello, you!) and what you’d like to see… it kind of figures you’re probably engaged so I hope you’ll enjoy these.

I’ll share the lovely photos first: they’re from ARJ Photography, based in Manchester. The bride and groom to be are Liz and Jon, and their engagement (or pre-wedding) shoot was at Delamere Forest.

A walk in the forest

Setting off for a fun photography shoot...

Engagement shoot in the forest

I love Liz's dress: perfect for a fun photography shoot

The perfect engagement shoot location

Engagement photo shoot Delamere Forest

The natural environment provides some great opportunities for pictures

Delamere Forest engagement shoot

Delamere Forest is pretty impressive!

Engagement shoot with red dress and wellies

There's time and space to relax and enjoy the day

Delamere Forest engagement shoot

This is stunning - I'd like to think this tree will be there forever, and generations will find it and remember their great-great... grandparents

Relax and enjoy the romantic moments!

Liz and Jon pre wedding shoot

I've heard photographers say you can tell the couples who are head over heels... I see what they mean.