Engagement Shoot: Future Mr + Mrs Pearce

Sunday, August 29, 2021

Emma & Will

December 2019 | Waltham Forest

Instagram: @emma_brigdet | Photos: Pearce Wedding Photography

What better excuse to have a pre-wedding shoot than when your brother is a wedding photographer! The couple had not planned to have a shoot however couldn't turn it down when the offer came up. What a great decision, as Emma and Will had a great time exploring the wintry Waltham Forest for their photographs. Their shoot was in December, so a big contrast to their plans for an Australian summer wedding; which Emma tells us all about!

Stylish and Nostalgic 60s Styled Shoot inspired by the Queen's Gambit

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

We are simply obsessed with this gorgeous retro inspired styled shoot influenced by hit Netflix show The Queen's Gambit. The 60s bridal styling is evident through the mini dress and shoulder veil, as well as the hair and makeup. The decor has captured the 2021 micro wedding trend of simplicity and elegance with the perfect amount of fun. Nostalgic,  funky and timeless - Osman of Wolf & Co. Photography shares the details of the with us.

Engagement Shoot: Future Mr and Mrs Berry

Sunday, August 22, 2021

Kate & Matt

20th July 2021 | Coombe Hill, Buckinghamshire

Instagram: @mrsberrytobe | Photos: Triple Fox Photography

Kate and Matt were the winners of our 10K Instagram Giveaway with Triple Fox Photography. Their shoot took place at the beautiful Coombe Hill, a great decision by the photographer as the location is full of stunning surrounds that made for some beautiful photos. The university sweethearts are due to be married this September at Micklefield Hall. Bride to be Kate tells us all about their intimate engagement, and plans for their upcoming big day

Countryside Rustic Charm Styled Shoot at Glebe House Cottages

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

This shoot has perfectly captured the countryside rustic charm elements of a modern wedding. With an outdoor ceremony and al fresco dining styled to perfection (including a neon light) we could just imagine wedding guests gathered round celebrating. From the stationery to the three tier cake matching the pops of colours in the florals, this shoot is full of inspo for a British summer wedding.

Stace and Mike's Colourful Chilled Wedding at Kippilaw House, Melrose

Monday, August 16, 2021

Mr + Mrs Struthers

8th May 2021 | Kippilaw House, Melrose

Instagram: @stacehen @struthersmike | Guests: 25 | Photos: Glicious Foto

With 25 of their nearest and dearest there to witness, Stace and Mike were wed in a beautiful outdoor ceremony in the woods surrounding their stunning venue; Kipplaw House. They opted for a colourful theme, and boy did they deliver! The veil, flowers, flower girls outfits, decor; all planned perfectly to create their multi coloured wedding of dreams! The now Mrs Struthers tells us all about their wonderful day... 


Sunday, August 15, 2021

Megan and Gareth 

30th January 2020 | Stainfield

Instagram: @megankatex26 | Photos: Pretty Flamingo Weddings

Megan and Gareth made the decision to have an engagement shoot as they wanted an opportunity to capture even more special memories together before their big day. They chose to have the shoot in their hometown, as it is meaningful to them, and also has some stunning backdrops for photos. The future Mr and Mrs Exton are both lovers of travelling, and are planning to get married abroad in Iceland; which we are sure will be their most special adventure yet!

India and Jacks Relaxed and Intimate Wedding at Mythe Barn

Friday, August 13, 2021

Mr + Mrs James

16th November 2019 | Mythe Barn

Instagram: @thoughtfullymadeuk | Guests: 70 | Photos: Musket Wedding Photography

India and Jack were wed in a relaxed and non traditional ceremony at the stunning Mythe Barn back in 2019. India was a DIY bride at heart, making almost everything for the wedding herself! She had so much fun making bits for their wedding that it led to a career change and she started her business; Thoughtfully Made UK.

What was your Something Old, New, Borrowed, Blue?

My something new was my dress, something old was my grandmas glove that she wore on her wedding over 60 years ago! I tucked it into my top as my mum had also done on her wedding day, I also borrowed a little blue bow from my mums wedding dress and we sewed it to the inside of mine. It’s nice to think that we have continued and started a tradition, I’m a bit sentimental like that. 

What was your favourite part of the day?

My favourite part of the day was the moments just between me and jack, the looks, whispers and laughs. Nothing can describe the feeling on the day, pure uninterrupted happiness and love - I wish I could have bottled it. 

What was the most emotional moment of the day? 

The most emotional part of the day was the ceremony, jack cried as I walked down the aisle and I cried any time I had to speak! It was just incredible and there was so much love in the room you could feel it all around. 

Advice for future brides…

Do everything you can to plan the perfect day for you ahead of the day. But on the day, let it all go! Things won’t be set out exactly as you thought, suppliers may be late, someone will be too drunk, but do not let it consume your experience! Loads of little bits went “wrong” but I was floating on cloud 9 so let it go and not one guest noticed any errors.

Song you walked down the aisle to: Hey there Delilah adapted and played by our harpist

Song for walking back up the aisle as a married couple: All Night Long adapted to harp

First Dance: Let’s stay together by Al Green sang by our band

Did you make any Wedding DIYs?

Everything! Pre-wedding I was a designer as my job - I did a design based degree. I knew I wanted to design and make it all for my wedding, so I did. From the invitations, to the order of services, signage, table plan, coffee cups.. the list goes on! I loved it so much and got so many compliments. On our honeymoon I set up a website and I did a complete career change to start a wedding business @thoughfullymadeuk and we’ve been making gorgeous stationery for couples ever since. 

Wedding must-have: 

Flip flops! I bought a load super cheap from Primark and everyone loved it! I got straight into them after the first dance, and by the end pretty much everyone who came in heels had changed into them. They were life savers for sore feet, and meant everyone could dance a little longer!

Best wedding splurge: 

The venue was the best wedding splurge, it was expensive but so worth it. The staff were amazing and I really didn’t have anything to worry about on the day! We went for the upgraded food package and it was amazing, we’re huge food snobs so champagne & canapés followed by a sit down gourmet meal was a must for us! 

Anything you wish you'd done differently: 

Absolutely no regrets! One big thing that went “wrong” was our videographer never provided a video. I’d defo recommend having one, just do your research and trust your gut with people! After months, I persuaded him to send the RAW footage - thankfully I’m familiar with editing and was able to make a beautiful video from it myself. It was a lot of work, the speech & ceremony audio had been recorded on his iPhone.. eek! I wish I’d followed my instincts as there were red flags from the instant I paid the deposit.  I’m so grateful we managed to turn it around and there was some really lovely footage! I watch the video at least once a month, makes me cry every time!

Were there any surprises on the day: 

My dad, the groom & best man all made a speech, on the day they were super nervous and wouldn’t even drink before! All of their speeches were amazing and went down so well, I was nervous about what everyone would say but the speeches turned out as one of my favourite moments. My dads speech especially was so moving and had everyone in tears! 

Funniest wedding photograph: 

One of my favourite photographs that I find funny because it’s in the carpark and was not a planned photo at all is when our golden retriever Storm came! We were so excited to see each other! We couldn’t have her in the venue so I changed into my Docs and we snuck her in for a few photos outside! Our florist even made her a collar to match my crown, so glad we had those photos of our little family. 

Favourite wedding planning moment:

Designing the stationery! It was incredible to be able to create everything exactly as I had imagined. Beyond that it was incredible to find a new passion and have other people love my designs as much as I did! Wedding planning opened up a whole new career and opportunity to work for myself, which I love! 

Worst wedding planning moment: 

The guest list! There were more than a few awkward conversations with people who felt they should have been invited, some of which on my side I’d not spoken to in 15 years!

What was your wedding budget – and did you stick to it? 

At first I wanted everything stripped back with a budget of £15k. I started planning and realised it wasn’t the day I wanted, we could spend more but I was being held back by the “it’s just one day” voices in my head. So we recalculated to have everything we wanted and upped the budget to 30k, I spreadsheeted every penny and we didn’t go over. Although it is just one day, it was so worth the money for us, 2 years later and we still spend hours reminiscing how perfect the day was. If you can manage it without getting into debt and it’s what you want, do it!

Photographer: Musket Wedding Photography 

Venue: Mythe Barn

Stationery: Thoughtfully Made UK

Flowers:  Julia Dilworth Florals

Cake:  The Cakery Nottingham

Décor: Thoughtfully Made UK

Balloons: Create the Scene

MUA: Lauras Beauty Bar / Georgia Butlin Beauty

Dress: Stella York

Shoes: Euro Leathers / Barker Shoes

Bridesmaids dresses: JJs House

Groom Suits: Jeff Banks

Groomsmen Suits: Marks and Spencers

Wedding Rings: By Angeline / Angelic Diamonds

Band: Motown Band UK

Photobooth: Hire My Selfie

Harpist: Henrietta Harpist

Engagement Shoot: Future Mr and Mrs Slatter-Cook

Sunday, August 8, 2021

Adam and Ellie 

9th May 2021 | Bradgate Park Leicester
Instagram: @elliecookx @miss2mrss | Photographer: The Vedrines Photography

After postponing their September 2020 wedding, Adam and Ellie will finally be tying the knot in Canterbury this September.  The couple chose to have a pre wedding shoot to get a bit of practice being behind the camera, ready for their big day, and the decision did not disappoint as their photos are absolutely beautiful. Bride to Be, Ellie, tells us all about their experience, and we get a sneak peek into the plans for their English Country/Boho, meets pastel chic funfair wedding... 

Why did you decide to have a pre-wedding shoot? 
We rarely have our photo taken together so wanted to get some practice in before the day as one of us always seems to have our eyes shut in every photo taken together. We were both dreading the day in case it was awkward but it was so much fun actually spending time with your other half without being on your phone and actually just focusing on one another. We got in the car after the shoot and Adam even said he had so much fun, which was surprising to me. 
How did you meet and how long have you been together? 
We have been together for 5 years we met in Greece, while working out there one summer in between our first and 2nd years of university. We lived at opposite ends of the country, I am originally from Billericay, Essex and Adam is from Leicester but we went to uni in Southampton and Nottingham but we made long distance work and he proposed in my final year of university. 
Tell us your proposal story… 
We went on our dream trip to Disney World Florida, me, Adam and his family. I haven’t been there since I was 4 years old with my family which I strangely can remember. When we went when I was 4 I was too young to swim with the dolphins so the one thing I wanted to do going back was to go discovery cove and swim with them... Little did I know Adam had other plans, at the end of our private swim the instructor told me the Dolphin would bring me a toy for us to play with them, but it was a buoy with ‘Ellie, Will you marry me?’ I was caught so off guard nothing else came out but no (which I didn’t mean).. We have an entire video on my instagram and the full video is linked here.
Why did you choose the shoot location? 
We didn’t know where we wanted to shoot so we asked our photographer for suggestions, they suggested 4 places and we chose bradgate park because we had been there before as Adam is originally from Leicteser, and knew the area. We aren’t getting married in either of our home towns and because Adam has basically given up his life to move down south we thought it would be nice to do it in his home town. 
Did you find the shoot helpful for helping you feel more prepared for the wedding day? 
100% I would recommend a pre-wedding or engagement shoot to everyone! It has made us relax for the day as we were both quite anxious that the photos will be awkward but we feel so excited about it, excited to spend that time together when we do our couple shots and cant wait to see Tina & Izzy again as they were just a delight to be around. 
Did you feel nervous behind the camera? 
At the beginning we was but our photographers made us feel so comfortable. They just spoke to us, asked us some questions and as we were chatting they snapped away! When we got the album back some of the shots we just couldn’t remember them being taken. 
Would you recommend that other couples have an engagement shoot? 
100% best thing we have done! I also had my make up trial done on the day by @stevierosebeauty which gave me a really good idea on how it would photograph and also last on the day.
Did your photographer give you any tips before the shoot? 
They advised shoot locations, outfit options like colours and what not to wear. 
What advice would you give to other couples who do plan to have a pre-wedding shoot? 
Not to stress too much about your outfits. I had no clue what to wear and ordered my dress last minute but it ended up photographing really well. 
What is your favourite photo from the shoot? 
All of them! I can’t choose! 
Were there any stand out moments in the shoot? 
Adam trying to be a ‘joker’ he spent the entire shoot trying to make Tina & Izzy laugh.
Tell us about your wedding plans...
English Country, Boho, meets pastel chic funfair? If that is even a thing! Pastels, Sage, Blush, Navy colour scheme. We have invited 120 all day guests and decided not to have evening guests as we didn’t want to say hello to all our day guests then spend the entire evening doing the same with our evening guests. I want to be able to enjoy the day once I have done all our hellos. 
Do you plan to incorporate any of the photos into your wedding?
We are going to print and frame them and decorate the venue and dot them around. 
What are you most looking forward to about the wedding date? 
FINALLY GETTING MARRIED. I think the day will be really emotional as it will finally be here after so long. We have been engaged longer than we were bf/gf and we feel like our life has been put on hold for a while. I can’t wait to see Adam in his suit as I love his suit so much! 
What has been your favourite part of wedding planning so far? 
My bridal Instagram having community to go to for advice or speak to (You can follow Ellie's bridal instagram @miss2mrs!). Also our food tasting was so special. It was completely private with our chefs and we took both our parents. It was so special to spend this time altogether and select the menu together. 
From Brides, With Love xo