Whilst I don’t tend to feature engagement shoots all that often, from time to time some just stand-out to me, and I think it’s actually great to show readers and couples that these shoots can be a really fun, special and useful part of the engagement and wedding planning.
This shoot by the very talented Sarah Gawler, captures couple Sammy and Anaël looking super relaxed around their favourite London haunt in Highbury. The beauty of a pre-wedding or engagement shoot is that it’s relaxed and just the two of you (well plus the photographer!). As Sammy mentions below in her story, nothing fussy just spending time together perhaps doing whatever you both enjoy and is actually a really fun thing to do amongst all the stress of the planning and wedmin!
It’s also a great way of getting to spend time with your photographer and for them to get to know you and of course helps ease the pressure of the photographs for the wedding day itself if you are a little camera shy!
Sammy and Anaël recently celebrated a traditional Ghanian London wedding (huge congratulations guys!) and if you wondered why they are exceptionally well-dressed, that’s because Sammy is in fact a groom style consultant at Sammy Aki. So if you’re a groom wanting to look dashing, or you think your man may need a helping hand with his groom style, I highly recommend you get in touch with her, as let’s face it – it will all be for the ladies benefit too!
AN OLD FASHIONED INTRODUCTION
Anaël and I met over three years ago at Bloomsbury ballroom in what I like to believe was a very old fashioned way, he approached me and asked if I’d like to dance! We were dressed up for an evening of the prohibition and his beautiful British made shoes drew me in! Joking! It was his charm and easy going attitude that intrigued me and has had me hooked since.
We hadn’t really thought about doing an engagement shoot but when Sarah Gawler suggested it, we couldn’t resist. Sarah is a wonderful photographer really capturing the essence of the couples she works with. Having created shoots with her before I knew her work well but it is very different when you are used to being behind the camera and not in front of it. Within moments any anxiety I had disappeared and we had a fantastic time. I was really taken aback with how natural it all felt.
We were asked where in London was special to our relationship, and as a Londoner that surprisingly stumped me for awhile. What I have always valued about our relationship is that Anaël being from France has shown me London in a totally new way, there was a moment that I was getting bored of London then I met him. I will give him this, he knows it better than me! So I’m glad he loves to share. At the same time growing up here all my life I have my secret spaces too. Highbury is where we live and have our first home together. It is also special to me as this is where my mum worked whilst I was growing up so wondering around the fields on winter days takes me back.
Both of us feel it was really special to share these moments together, by our first home. Actually on reflection this to date has been my happiest, day since the the proposal with just the two (three) of us. It’s nice to capture this before all the preparation madness starts and all the decisions you never knew you had to make come to the forefront. I’m now looking forward to the Ghanaian traditional wedding, that’s a big family affair.