On the blog today we’re sharing with you a fantastic competition brought to you by our wedding friends, super blog Creative Brides and Rebecca Douglas Photography. Head over to Creative Brides for all the details but here is a little snippet to tempt you all……
So following on from the start of our countdown yesterday to the Wedding Fair at Bluewater, part one of our wedding worries special kicks off with choosing your photographer. Always a toughie so click through and have a look at this guest blog post, by Kent photographer Rebecca Douglas, who talks you through the process. A must read for anyone still debating who will capture their big day.
Credit: Rebecca Douglas
Oh and we do love an engagement shoot. They are a great way to get to know your photographer and get a feel for the type of images you want taken on your big day. Have a sneak peek at Love in Paris and Bluebells and Fairytales for a bit of engagement shoot inspiration. If you’re still not sure read this useful post from Offbeat Bride which gives you some darn good reasons why you should partake in a shoot, especially if you’re a bit camera shy. Also check out their engagement shoot ideas board.
Plus if you’ve ever wondered how your mate always looks great in pics whilst you’re sporting a double chin and red eye then read this article on iVillage. This way you might actually get tagged in a wedding Facebook picture where you look half human, although after years of trying I’m still yet to perfect that one…..
PS Don’t forget to book your Wedding Fair at Bluewater tickets with our special discount code and come visit our stand where we’ll help you banish those wedding worries!
Today we’re sharing with you a lovely engagement shoot by Rebecca Douglas of cute couple Lisa and Owen. Lisa tells us their engagement story…..
“We first met in 2008 in Canterbury and were introduced by a mutual friend. She made it very obvious that she thought we would be a perfect match and Owen even joked that we should get married! Our paths didn’t cross for a while after that night as I was taking exams but Owen and I kept in touch and then arranged a date – we moved in together just 6 months later! For our anniversary last year Owen gave me a beautiful bracelet. He suddenly dropped to one knee and asked me to look inside the bracelet. Carefully engraved was ‘Will you marry me, Lisa?’! It was such a wonderful surprise!
“It’s been wedding crazy since our engagement and having this shoot in the Bluebell Wood was just like being in our very own fairy tale. We regularly go walking together in the countryside, so the setting couldn’t have been more fitting for us as a couple. Both of us are relatively shy, but Rebecca put us at ease and we had such a fun evening walking through the woods having our picture taken. The scent of the bluebells was just amazing! Planning a wedding together can be such a busy affair, but having that time on the shoot was such an enjoyable and relaxing way to celebrate our engagement and we also have some beautiful images to look back on.”
Massive congratulations to Lisa & Owen and thanks to Rebecca Douglas for sharing the shoot with us.
Fabulous photographer, Rebecca Douglas, is offering an exclusive Wedding Dolls offer for a free engagement shoot. Simply book your wedding photography with her in January or February 2013 to claim your engagement shoot.
At the Wedding Dolls we think engagement shoots are a must before your wedding so you can get to know your photographer and feel more relaxed with being ‘papped’ on your big day. Rebecca tells us “Engagement shoots are just wonderful fun! It gives you both time in front of the camera, at a favourite place where you can spend some relaxed time together. It will give you time to take a stroll with me, as your photographer, so we can get to know each other a bit more. I love to build you and your story, hobbies and interests into a shoot so if you fancy doing something to incorporate this, I’d love to hear your ideas”.
A great bonus of having an engagement shoot means you’ll have gorgeous images you can use for save the date cards, invites or signing boards, which the talented Rebecca can help you put together.
Her offer includes a 1-2 hour shoot, a Facebook gallery of a few sneak peeks to share with your friends and family, ten 8 x 6 inch professionally printed images of your favourite shots and an online gallery where you can buy more shots if you wish.
Simply mention this post when you contact her about your booking. Below are just some of her engagement shoots to give you an idea of what to expect.
Your photos also come beautifully packaged when they arrive – we just love the handmade little badges!
Copyright – All images: Rebecca Douglas
For more examples of Rebecca’s Wedding Photography check out some previous wedding blog posts: Great Barn Wedding and Kent Castle Dream
If you’re feeling in need of a winter snuggly treat then you’ll love our happy couple in today’s Share the love. This is a lovely engagement shoot in one of our favourite Kent towns, Canterbury. We asked one half of our happy couple, Laura, to tell us all about the big proposal and the low down on their shoot.
When and where did you get engaged?
It was in December in Canterbury, which is where we met and both studied at Canterbury Christ Church University.
Who proposed to whom?
Chris proposed to me, keeping it traditional on one knee, diamond ring at the ready! We then went for a nice for a cup of tea and a service in the Cathedral. It all came as a complete surprise!
Why did you pick Canterbury for your shoot?
We got engaged on the bridge near the Marlowe Theatre, a bridge that was always on our walk home as students, so it’s very special to us. Then we retraced the steps of the engagement day, going for a drink in Chambers Café before heading into the Cathedral cloisters for some shots there. Then, as a bonus we headed off to Reculver for some photographs. We had to race over as we hoped for some sunset pictures. In spite of it being overcast all day, the sun finally appeared for the last half hour of our shoot!
Did friends and family know in advance or did you tell them after?
Of course my dad had to know! As Chris is training to be a vicar, there’s an old tradition that his ‘boss’, the Bishop, is supposed to know too. A few friends knew too because it’s a big secret to keep! Then we spent the evening phoning everyone else before going out for dinner.
How did you pick your photographer for your engagement shoot?
Rebecca came highly recommended by a friend of ours so we knew just who to ring when the time came! We so made the right choice and we are looking forward to working with her on our wedding day!
And so lastly when is the big day?
Saturday 12th October 2013 at St Stephen’s Church, Canterbury.
Thanks so much to Rebecca Douglas and our couple for sharing their engagement with us.
Happy Wedding Planning! x