One recent, sunny Sunday we hopped on a boat with Anna and Matthew to Browsea Island. They recently got engaged whilst on holiday in Australia and wanted some photos together.
We had a leisurely wander around the island, showed off our poor map skills, failed to spot any Red Squirrels (they were all in hiding) and discovered Grouse love Jaffa Cakes.
Marcia and James are getting married next year at the grand-looking Trafalgar Park near Salisbury but also opted to have an extended Engagement Shoot in the run-up to their wedding. We met up with them in the New Forest last week and dodged the showers for a couple of hours, weaving in and out of the woodland and getting stuck in boggy pits in our wellies.
We used two different locations for this shoot – the first being the woods on Ornamental Drive and later moving on to the more open Whitefield Moor.
Here are a few favourites of ours from the shoot…
Sara and Mark are active types. You know the sort – the ones that do that thing where you put one foot in front of another and go really fast. They have proper outdoor coats and walking shoes and a real GPS (not just one on their phones) and everything.
Ian and I may not be as willing or able to gather up Nike Fuelpoints but we know how to Geocache. So that’s what we did for their wedding prep shoot.
They’re getting married next month with a reception at the marvellous New Forest Outdoor Centre on the Minstead Manor Estate. We’ve been to have a look round with them and it is jaw-droppingly ace and a good place for a party.
If you’re not familiar with Geocaching.. it’s basically a treasure hunt. There are boxes (known as Caches) dotted around the world. You have to use a GPS device or a smartphone to find them. Inside the box is a little logbook you sign and sometimes there are little trinkets inside as treasure.
We’d found the Cache at Sika Trail before so we let Sara and Mark do all the work and snapped them as they went along. Ian and I just observed them like Nick and Karen from The Apprentice.
This was all quite appropriate as Sara’s engagement ring was in a fake cache that’s now live. And as luck would have it there was a ring in the box of this one at Sika Trail too!
You can now see Sara and Mark’s Wedding Photos here.
Trudy and Scott first got in touch with us after tracking us down on Rock My Wedding’s Love Lust List. Based in Essex, they were heading down to Dorset for a little holiday and had the idea of having a shoot somewhere special to them – Durdle Door.
Little did they know when they were last here on their Geography field trip, exchanging numbers, that the next time they’d be back would be to celebrate their engagement. They’ll be getting hitched later on this year and we’ll be making our way over to Essex for their day at Gaynes Park Wedding Barn and Orangery.
We’d exchanged a number of emails and chatted over the phone but we met Trudy and Scott for the first time at the Lulworth Cove Inn. It’s so easy to forget how rammed Lulworth gets over the summer season and the beaches were packed with coach trip tourists. We just had to find our own little spaces and spent a couple of hours wandering around the Cove and over to Durdle Door, shooting as we went.
A word of advice for anyone thinking of having a stroll around Durdle Door – don’t wear sandals! Trudy and I had such a traumatic time trying to make our way over the stoney beach. Plimsolls all the way!
A big thank you too to Ian for carrying all of our kit (including our picnic provisions) up the most hardcore track in Dorset.
We hope you weren’t too shattered after this mountaineering shoot to enjoy the rest of your hols, Trudy and Scott. x