engagement photoshoot

Gemma & Phil: Nottingham University Engagement Shoot

Gemma & Phil: Nottingham University Engagement Shoot

Yesterday we met up with Gemma and Phil in Nottingham. Gemma's a makeup artist and she's worked with a lot of brides and, like me, seen so many different styles of wedding. So when it came to her big day plans, she and her husband-to-be Phil wanted to keep things super simple. Even a photographer wasn't a priority at first, but after speaking on the phone and Gemma falling in love with a Mirror Imaging wedding in Melbourne, it was clear that we were on the same wavelength. They changed their minds and I'm so glad they did! As complete naturals in front of the camera, it was a joy to take their engagement photographs. The laughter and connection is genuine, which of course makes for beautiful images. After a small pocket of good weather we made our way indoors to make wedding plans, and right on cue the heavens opened! I couldn't resist getting a couple more photos in the hotel bar. 

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Alice & James: Nottingham Engagement Shoot

Alice & James: Nottingham Engagement Shoot

A few days ago we met up with Alice and James who are marrying this September in a church ceremony with friends and family, followed by a celebration at Nottingham University. We met on a summery day in Nottingham, when everything around us was in full bloom, reminding me how beautiful our city is! We had some fun chatting and taking natural photographs, before we went for a drink to go through their wedding plans together. Alice requested a piggy back photo at the end, and I'm so glad she did as it's one of my favourites. Here are their perfect moments:

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ALAN & JAMES: Nottinghamshire Engagement Shoot

ALAN & JAMES: Nottinghamshire Engagement Shoot

Yesterday we met with Alan and James, together with their beautiful and exuberant golden retriever Ezio, to capture some engagement images ahead of their winter wedding at the end of January at Norwood Park. It was a cold, crisp day but the sun was bright, perfect for a photo-walk and pre-wedding plans afterwards in the pub. 

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Amy & Nick's Rufford Park Engagement Shoot

Amy & Nick's Rufford Park Engagement Shoot

Today we met with Amy and Nick who are marrying early December in Burton Joyce, with their wedding reception at Kelham House Hotel in Newark. We chose Rufford Park for their pre-wedding photographs and it was a beautiful, crisp Autumn day, with the trees ablaze with reds, oranges and yellows. We walked toward the lake, stopping along the way when a pretty backdrop caught our eye. Here are our favourites from their session.

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KATE & RICHARD: Nottinghamshire Engagement Shoot

KATE & RICHARD: Nottinghamshire Engagement Shoot

We met with Kate and Richard yesterday for their engagement shoot ahead of their wedding later this month. They're holding a small wedding for just 20 guests at St James Hotel in Nottingham and then the wedding party is walking down to an intimate drinks and dinner reception at World Service Restaurant. It should be a beautiful day. We got the very best of Autumn yesterday, for just long enough before it started to rain, with some stunning foliage providing a vibrant backdrop.

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GEMMA & ALASTAIR: Nottinghamshire Engagement Photoshoot

GEMMA & ALASTAIR: Nottinghamshire Engagement Photoshoot

Last weekend we met up with Gemma and Alastair at Newstead Abbey for their engagement shoot. As they booked me over the phone for their wedding next month, it was the first time we'd met; the engagement shoot is a brilliant way of getting to know each other before the big day and make important wedding plans. The sun was beating down and we took a walk around the lake area and back up to the carpark, pausing to capture Gemma's bling. Oh, and they brought along their gorgeous Jack Russell Bailey, who absolutely loved having his photograph taken - look at that doggy smile!

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NATASHA & SAM: Nottinghamshire Engagement Shoot

NATASHA & SAM: Nottinghamshire Engagement Shoot

It was the first time we'd met Natasha and Sam at the weekend, as they booked me for their wedding over the phone. They easily got the hang of having their photo taken, showing a natural affection for one another. We're looking forward to their big day at Kelham House in August. Fingers crossed they get amazing sunshine on their wedding day too!

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PHILIPPA & RICHARD: Nottinghamshire Engagement Shoot

PHILIPPA & RICHARD: Nottinghamshire Engagement Shoot

Taking full advantage of this glorious heatwave we're enjoying, we met with Philippa and Richard at the weekend for their engagement shoot. They're marrying next month at the historical Southwell Minster with their wedding reception at Langar Hall. We took a walk together around one of my favourite local beauty spots to show how enjoyable and effortless it can be to have your photograph taken, and caught some genuine laughter shared between them. Philippa's gorgeous bling got full attention at the end of the session as we stopped to smell the roses!

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GRACE & JAMES: Nottinghamshire Engagement Photoshoot

GRACE & JAMES: Nottinghamshire Engagement Photoshoot

Grace and James are getting married in June in the church near Grace's parents' home, with a private marquee wedding reception and BBQ for all their guests to follow. We timed their engagement photoshoot perfectly to catch the best of the recent heatwave weekend, wandering around the blossom trees in the sunshine before planning out their wedding timings and discussing all the details. They are a lovely couple and we're very much looking forward to capturing their big day. 

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LYDIA & ANDY: Nottinghamshire Engagement Photoshoot

LYDIA & ANDY: Nottinghamshire Engagement Photoshoot

On Sunday morning we met up with Lydia and Andy, ahead of their wedding at Norwood Park next month. I went to school with Lydia, so it's great to reconnect and I'm also really touched to be able to capture such an important occasion in her life. We started with a few relaxed photographs as we walked around the local countryside. Cue lots of laughter from Lydia and Andy - after all, the couple that laughs together, stays together! 

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Vanessa & Adam's Newstead Abbey Engagement Shoot

Last week we met with Vanessa and Adam for their engagement shoot at Newstead Abbey in Nottinghamshire. It was a very cold, crisp winter's day but the sunshine was out, along with the snow drops, hinting that spring is just around the corner. Their wedding next month, at their community church Trent Vineyard and reception at Thrumpton Hall, is the first of our wedding season. They booked Mirror Imaging after we photographed the wedding of their friends, Bethan and Josh, last year.

After walking round the lake and stopping in all the sunny spots, we warmed up with some wedding planning over drinks at the nearby Hutt pub. Here's my favourite moments from their pre-wedding photoshoot.

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Dawn & Nick's Engagement Shoot

Dawn contacted me a while back after seeing me on Kelham House's list of recommended photographers and after speaking on the phone, she booked me for her wedding to Nick in July. It will be an intimate affair, no bridesmaids or best man, just a small number of their closest friends and family. This will be a lovely wedding to photograph; relaxed, personal and meaningful. We met up in Farnsfield to take a photo-walk amongst the trees and greenery, not forgetting a close-up of Dawn's incredibly pretty and unique pale sapphire engagement ring. 

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Vicky & Peter's Newstead Abbey Engagement Shoot

Vicky got in touch a while back about photographing her wedding to Peter and I knew straight away I wanted to be their photographer. For one, she's going to make a beautiful bride! Their Nottingham wedding will also be a huge affair in the town centre, bringing together their Egyptian and English roots with much celebration and merriment. Lastly, it is clear how much Peter adores his bride-to-be, and it's lovely to witness such attentive, sincere affection between them. In contrast to the urban setting for their wedding, I wanted to take their engagement photographs in lush, green surroundings. Newstead Abbey is looking rather beautiful at this time of year and is very quiet in the week, so it seemed the perfect choice. Drinks and thorough planning of their day followed in the nearby Hutt pub! It is, by the way, completely correct and in keeping with their wedding traditions to wear the engagement ring on the right hand ring finger!

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Sarah & Tim's Engagement Shoot

We met up with Sarah and Tim in Farnsfield at the weekend for their engagement photographs and we all laughed for most of the way through! We're really looking forward to this wedding, we think it's going to be a lot of fun! They're getting married in July in Linby with their wedding reception at the nearby Cockliffe Country House. Sarah and Tim were introduced to Mirror Imaging via mutual friends. After their photographs we shared a bottle of Prosecco in the local pub and planned out their big day.

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Sarah & Dave's Nottingham Engagement Shoot

Sarah and Dave moved to Australia about four years ago and are returning to Nottingham in May next year to hold their wedding. Dave used to be a part of the team at World Service Restaurant and, as one of the best restaurants in the city, it made sense that they'd choose World Service to host their wedding reception.

They were back visiting Nottingham this week for their engagement party with their UK friends and family, as well as taking the opportunity to meet up with Mirror Imaging for a 'photo-walk' around Nottingham Castle and The Park. We also made some wedding plans and worked through the timings of their day, toasting their engagement with a glass of bubbly - because what better way to show off an engagement ring than with a glass of champagne in hand?! I am excited to be capturing their wedding next year - they've made some gorgeous choices for their day that reflect my tastes too and it promises to be a rather wonderful celebration. 

I absolutely love their engagement photographs, it's clear they're the best of friends as well as life partners and this shines through in their images.

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Lee-Anne & Rob's Newark Castle Engagement Photographs

Last weekend we met up with Lee-Anne and Rob in Newark for their engagement photographs, ahead of their Warwick wedding at the end of the month. I've known Lee-Anne since primary school, so its a double honour to be photographing her wedding day. The gardens around Newark Castle behind the Gilstrap Registry Office and along the river proved a gorgeous backdrop for their engagement session. We were hit with a great rainstorm half way through but after taking shelter under the bandstand the sun came out again!

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Sam & Nathan's Engagement Photoshoot

Sam and Nathan are getting married at Norwood Park at the end of May, with some wonderful wedding ideas and details in the making that make a wedding photographer clap her hands together with anticipation. We met up at the weekend to capture some pre-wedding images, with thanks to nearby Hexgreave Estate for providing a secluded and picturesque backdrop. They are a super lovely couple and I'm really pleased they've chosen Mirror Imaging to be a part of their day.

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