Morning good people!
Ahh if you’re looking for something to brighten your Tuesday, boy have we got the engagement shoot for you. Emma and James are the cutest. Their vintage picnic theme, the pumpkins, Emma’s sweet flower crown and just the look in their lovebird eyes is sheer perfection.
With photography that is just pure sunshine, Hannah K Photography captured Emma and James’ divine love and utter bliss beautifully.
Let’s have a chat to the newly-engaged (and totally lovely!) Emma…
How did you guys meet?
Our parents are friends, so we’ve always known each other. We even have a photo of us both together when we were babies!
What did you do for your first date?
We went bowling and then for pizza. Even though we already knew each other, we were both nervous so it actually ended up being a really awkward date!
Who proposed and how?
James proposed. He cooked me my favourite dinner that we ate in a cabin in his parents garden, which he had decorated with photos of us, rose petals and 400 candles!! And then he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him!
It was perfect!
Can you tell us a bit about your plans for your wedding?
Yeah sure! We are getting married in a church, just around the corner from where I live. We both go there regularly, so it’s really special for us both to be getting married there.
Our reception is in a beautiful hall that looks like a barn on the inside. There will be pretty pastel colours of mint and pink, a lot of bunting, flower crowns, rustic details and plenty of homemade DIY little touches!
And then we’ll finish the day with a fun ceilidh!!
Tell us a bit more about your engagement shoot?
Our engagement shoot was on James’s parents family farm. We chose to do a vintage picnic theme, as going on picnics is one of our favourite things to do! Choosing a good photographer for our wedding and engagement shoot was really important for us. After looking at a lot of different photographers and still not being sure, Hannah was recommended to be by someone at my uni.
When I saw her website, I loved her photos and instantly decided that I wanted her as our photographer!
Hannah was great, we had so much fun doing the shoot! She was really open to our ideas, and also had great ideas too, using the farm sheds and pumpkin patch as backdrops and capturing a beautiful sunset shot.
We love the photos she took and have so many favourites!
Lastly, if you could choose any festival to go to, which one would it be and why?
We would love to go to Christian festivals like Newday or Soul Survivor and hear some of our favourite bands like Rend Collective.
A Window of Sunshine… A Note from Hannah:
The shoot was meant to happen in the summer, however due to torrential rain and storm warnings on several occasions, we had to keep postponing it. When we finally saw a clear evening headed our way we snatched it up and I was on my way to Maidstone a few days later. The sky was dark, but the sun came out for a brief few minutes and gave us a beautiful summery scene.
Emma had put all the work into this shoot! She had been brainstorming and collecting details in charity shops for months to create the super cute picnic scene. She got her flower crown from a local florist and the balloons from a shop in town. The tipi was also made by her and James; everything was completely their doing!
We had some time left before it got dark so I asked if they had any other ideas in mind. James asked (after being such a good sport with all the girly stuff!) for a few photos in the farm with the tractor and the barn – he grew up on the farm (still run by his family) so it means a lot to him. I also asked if we could have a few photos in the pumpkin patch which they were unsure about to start with, though loved the outcome in the end! There was a gorgeous purple and yellow sunset to end the shoot. It couldn’t have been a more perfect ending!
I think engagement shoots are a GREAT idea! It’s the perfect time to get to know your photographer (and for them to get to know their bride and groom to-be!) before the wedding day and to shake off any nerves you might have about being in front of a camera.
Your photographer is with you the entire time on your wedding day, so asking questions and becoming more familiar with each other at the engagement shoot means you will have an acquainted friend rather than a stranger photographing your special day.
As for me, I’m a wedding, portrait and lifestyle photographer based in the West Midlands. I also love to travel throughout the UK and Europe for weddings and sessions – I will go as near or as far as you will take me!
In developing my style over time, I’ve come to adore natural light, vibrant colours, and soft romantic images as well as those catching uncontrollable joy and laughter.
Keywords to describe my brand would be – natural, timeless, romantic and fun!