Amy got in touch with us after her wedding to see if we were interested in featuring her engagement shoot – we only had one word for her: YES! We can’t get enough of these beautiful images (shot by Victoria Tyrell) – we showed a sneak peak as our Cwtch of the Week yesterday, now we’ve got the full shoot for you all. Enjoy!
How did you meet?
We met whilst travelling in Thailand 7 years ago. We were on the same tour group and spent 3 weeks traveling through South East Asia. Matt started out as the “boy from Wales” who along with his friend had spent 10 full days in Thailand without seeing a single tourist attraction and only the drinking establishments on Khao San Road. At least we knew where to go for a party!
Somehow, I found this rather funny and his laid back nature meant we got on well and could talk about all things random. Our holiday romance didn’t happen until the second week but blossomed as the trip went on.
All good things had to end and so we parted ways in Singapore as I was heading back to the UK for my final year at university and Matt had only just started his 5 month trip around the world. Little did we know, our holiday romance ended up with us keeping in touch the whole time he was abroad and after our first official date on a cold January day in Cardiff here we are, 6 years on – married :)
How did the proposal happen?
Totally by surprise! I had no clue he was going to pop the question. Our story…
It was the day before his birthday so I decided to work from home that Friday so that we could go out to dinner with his mum before going away for the weekend to a concert. I have to work away from home during the week so it was a nice change to be working from home. As a result, Matt decided to finish work a little earlier and suggested we head out for walk before dinner since it was a warm summer’s day.
I agreed to a short stroll only as I wanted time to get ready and went with his idea of the Methyr Mawr sand dunes since we had been a few times and enjoyed the fab views from the top. This time though, I suggested we wander around the paths along the dunes rather than climb the steep hills to get to the top thinking it would take us ages and we had to get back pretty soon.
Matt, however was insistent that we climbed to the top and made numerous attempts to persuade me. I was having none of it and initially only settled for a short climb – no views here….! His perseverance eventually made me give in and so we ended up making the long and steep climb. Whilst I complained every step along the way, I had to admit that it was certainly worth the effort as the views of Ogmore and the sea are amazing from there.
I still had no clue at this point and just wanted to sit down to admire the views. We found a spot along the path at the top (much to my relief after the climb), where we could chill out for a bit. As usual, we chatted away just catching up on our day in general when his tone started to change and he began to pull out what he could remember from a speech that he had planned about us as a couple. Before I could process what he was saying he had popped the question and proceeded to get down on one knee. I think I was speechless for what seemed like ages to him and amongst all the emotions I managed to find only enough voice to answer Yes :)
We ended up staying at the dunes much longer than planned soaking up the emotion of what had just happened… so what if I only had like 5 minutes to get ready in the end; it was the perfect end to that summer’s day and the start of our two year engagement.
He later told me that he only decided on the day purely based on the weather… his back up plan if the weather was bad was to do it at the concert!!
Why did you choose your engagement shoot location?
I’d wanted to visit a lavender farm for ages ever since I saw some photos a friend had taken at a farm based in Surrey. The idea of walking amongst fields of lavender felt so romantic to me – it seemed the ideal setting for our engagement shoot. There aren’t many lavender farms in the UK so Surrey looked like a good option. Although we are based in Wales, I had convinced Matt that making the trip would be worth it and our photographer was more than happy to join us for a road trip! However, we didn’t make it to Surrey in the end…This was because we found a place in Wales! :)
Although we would be getting married in London, from quite early on in our planning I’d decided that we should make every effort to source as much as we could from Wales seeing as Matt is from here and helped by the fact that I was working in Newport at the time. So in another effort to look for a location in Wales I came across Welsh Lavender which was based in Builth Wells, Powys.
It was a private farm so I had missed it in my initial searches but after exchanging several emails and calls with Nancy the owner, who was so lovely and helpful, it turned out they had an open day coming up for a local garden show, the rare occasion where they would open the farm up to the public. Coupled with the fact that it was my birthday, it was obviously meant to be. We turned up bright and early and almost had the place to ourselves for most of the morning :) The farm is situated atop a valley so in addition to the beautiful lavender the views were stunning all around.