Posts Tagged: Engagement

Stylish Sunrise London Engagement Shoot

Engagements

Photography by Miss Gen

With their love affair with London, Erika and Steve took to the streets for a stylish sunrise London engagement shoot and well, the results were rather magical…

London Sunrise Engagement Shoot | Photography by Miss Gen

Isn’t the dream wondering about this city, in love with no-one else around with the romance of a sunrise? Well this couple made that dream happen by taking to the streets in the very early hours with their fabulous photographer Miss Gen for a London engagement shoot whilst the rest of the city was still sleeping making for some absolutely magical moments.

The images make me fall in love with this city all over again, with the backdrop of Big Ben, Southbank, the Millennium bridge and St Paul’s, without the distractions of commuters, tourists or rush hour traffic – this couple were just in London and in love.

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Stylish Autumnal London Highbury Engagement Shoot

AISLE STYLE, Groom, Engagements

Photography by Sarah Gawler

A beautiful Autumnal relaxed engagement shoot in Highbury by photographer Sarah Gawler for Groom Style Consultant, Sammy Aki and her fiancé Anaël.

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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 home in Highbury. The beauty of a pre-wedding or engagement shoot is that it’s just natural beautiful photographs of the two of you. 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 and if you wondered why these guys are exceptionally well-dressed, that’s because Sammy is in fact a stylist at Sammy Aki, a groom style consultancy. So if you think your man may need a helping hand with his groom style, I highly recommend you get in touch with her!

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Claire + David – A Graphic Hackney Engagement Shoot

Engagements

Welcome to the week of luuuuurve! Well whilst I may be a wedding blog, the big ‘Valentine’s Day’ is even too much for me sometimes. So, in order to bring balance to the world [or this blog, at least], you won’t find any red, frilly, heart or sweeter than sweet paraphernalia that is abundant at this time of year, here today.

I thought this shoot by the fabulous Lee at Robbins Photographic goes to show that love isn’t always about perfume, expensive meals and lingerie. Oh no, this is modern love right here. The side streets of Hackney Wick in East London are the graphic and urban backdrop for this ridiculously gorgeous couple, Claire and David for their engagement shoot. I often see couples visually cringe at the idea of an engagement shoot or even their own wedding with the belief it has to be all soppy, and commercial and…’weddingy’. However, I think these two walking around hand in hand in the sunshine goes to show that this really doesn’t have to be the case.

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David is a Product Development Engineer for Jaguar Landrover and I’m a Colour Consultant for Farrow & Ball –  We met whilst at university in Sheffield, at the university Indie Club night ´Fuzz Club´ (this isn´t strictly true, David first ´met´ me on Myspace through a friend, as he embarrassingly pointed out during his wedding speech). That was 6 years ago and whilst we still have the odd indie disco in our kitchen we are all grown up and live together with our sausage dog Earl Grey.
 
We chose Lee as our photographer as although we really wanted to be married neither of us have ever been sold on the idea of a ´weddingy´ wedding. Lee´s photographs played a huge part in convincing us that we could have the version of the wedding we wanted without following the conventional wedding path. With Lee living in Brighton, us living in the Midlands and the wedding being in Sheffield we decided it was a good idea to have an engagement shoot so we could meet up and get comfortable with having our photograph taken. I would really recommend doing this as it makes the wedding day so much less stressful.  
 
We chose Hackney Wick as the location as we discovered via Instagram that Lee and myself had a mutual appreciation for the area, I am so glad we decided to shoot there the photographs are incredible. Lee is a total super star and we are blown away by his talent. 
Thanks and congratulations to David and Claire [who also tied the knot in a very stylish way] and to Lee for letting us share the shoot on the blog!

A Very Long Engagement

PLANNING, Advice

My thoughts began wondering as I saw on twitter that a few talented photographers had received enquiries for not just 2014, but also for 2015. That’s three whole years away people.

Now firstly, I would like to say that I think it’s fantastic that the wedding industry is so booming and that there’s lots of lovely couples tying the knot – that makes me so so happy.

However, I just thought I’d ask….what happened to the year long engagement?

Image / Marta Locklear via Style Me Pretty

Typically as the story goes, couples would be engaged for a year which would be more than enough time to plan their wedding – I’m fairly certain that this was the whole reasoning behind an engagement – but now it’s quite the norm to have an 18 month or even a two-year long engagement.

Whilst I don’t think there’s any reason to hurry yourself down the aisle – I can’t help but think there is unnecessary panic around planning a wedding and wonder if this is from the wedding industry? Dressmakers panic you into making you think you need at least 6 months for your dress to be made. Of course, wouldn’t everyone like a confirmed amount of money in advance with lots of time to do your job? Yes that’s the ideal, but realistically 3 months should be more than enough time – so why panic you? Venues usher you into putting a deposit down years in advance to secure your ‘so-called’ popular September date.

And lately I’m hearing more and more about couples moving their actual wedding dates to secure the photographer of their dreams – which whilst very flattering for the photographer, it does seem somewhat crazy? There are so many amazing talented photographers out there, I’m surprised that there is need for this to happen. Perhaps everyone is going for the same popular dates/months?

Image / Sweet Wedding Details on Etsy

Part of me can’t help but wonder what happened to the boy meets girl, boy and girl fall in love, boy and girl get engaged and then a year later boy and girl get married? The problem now is that a year although should be enough, it isn’t.  Top venues are booked on all the popular dates (January wedding anyone?) and of course there is also the small issue of your guests. As a girl who has to book a night out with her friends three months in advance I can only imagine how much time I will need to give them to save the date for my own wedding [oh and if you are reading this, you know who you are!].

There’s also the momentum. A year’s engagement will fly by, you’ll have a few months of being in that amazing loved up, special bubble where friends congratulate you, send you cards and you enjoy more than a few glasses of bubbles. You are then in a whirl of wedding planning, decisions, weekends of venue visits, coffee with the in-laws and city trips with your girls to find them dresses. Then there’s the party weekend of the stag and hen, and before you know it – you are walking down the aisle.

What a buzz of a year, but stretching that over two years? Well, already I’ve been engaged 8 months and have done no planning and let me tell you it’s slightly less exciting now. The novelty soon wears off, with every purchase treat or splurge on a night out, or a pair of shoes you find yourself punishing yourself as you should be saving for the ‘wedding fund’ and it really is quite tiring to have to constantly think about IT. With time you also start to question the decisions you’ve made – you quickly learn to step away from the bridal magazines in case you spot the dress of your dreams when you’ve already put down the deposit on what you thought was it 8 months ago.

Let’s also not forget the boys here. Boys though they will nod, agree to go with the lamb and might if you’re lucky find the wedding DJ, let’s be honest, are NOT that into weddings. Boys  [correct me if I’m wrong] but having your fiancé obsess about whether to choose white or black envelopes for the invitations for 6 months doesn’t exactly make for fun pillow talk. All the quality time you spend together there will always be wedding chat, and discussions and… guaranteed disagreements.

Image / Marta Locklear via Style Me Pretty

I actually attempted to plan my own wedding in 4 months for fear of falling into all the above, but it wasn’t possible.  Well not possible if you want something half decent, and your guests to show up that is.

I don’t think you should have to wait two years to have the wedding of your dreams, but perhaps this is what it has come to? Weddings also cost money, quite a bit of it and if you aren’t lucky enough to have savings or a generous family then affording a wedding in 4 months is again, highly unlikely.

I’m sad that I’ve missed the spontaneity, I’m sad that I didn’t get the date I wanted [stamps feet] and believe you me, my other half is sad that he has to listen to wedding chat for a whole lot longer…

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this. Did you have a long engagement? Have you struggled securing the suppliers you wanted? Answers on a postcard…