Just think about it guys (or girls as the case may be), you have spent ages planning the perfect, romantic proposal but then it’s all over in a blur of emotion- how amazing would it be to have photos and/or a video of the whole thing to look back on?! These two went to the effort of planning to propose on the London Eye and just happened to be lucky enough to propose within eyeline of a talented photographer, our very own Maria Farrelly!
I recently asked talented videographer Ben Walton if he had ever been asked to film a proposal and he said disappointingly he hadn’t been, it’s just not something people think of. But I have a feeling this kind of stealth shooting is going to really take off and I can’t wait to start seeing the results!
However if you are reading this post on Cwtch the Bride then chances are you have already had your proposal so instead of a proposal shoot it’s time to decide whether or not you want to have an engagement shoot.
When we first got engaged I really couldn’t see the point of an engagement shoot, it seemed to be just one more thing to spend money on unnecessarily. But once we met Maria (our photographer and creator of Cwtch the Bride!) I couldn’t wait to have one! For one thing, Mark and I didn’t have any really nice photos of the two of us and I couldn’t wait until the wedding photos for that! But more importantly we really couldn’t wait to have the opportunity to get to know our photographer and learn to relax in front of the camera.
I genuinely believe that a good rapport between photographer and client means that you get the best out of the photographs, being with a person you can relax and have a giggle with is such an important thing on your big day. As important as it is for you to get to know them, it is equally as important for them to get to know you. They will see how you interact with one another, how relaxed (or not) you are in front of the camera and what you do and don’t like.
I really recommend getting the engagement shoot done fairly early on, that way you get more time to enjoy your pictures and can think of ways that you want to incorporate them into the day if you want to. We had a guest book made out of our E shoot photos and now it sits proudly along with our wedding albums. We also used one on our wedding website and for our table numbers, and on our Facebook profile pictures too of course! Luxury bride Pippa had one of her photos blown up and turned into wallpaper for the bar area- it looked incredible!
I thoroughly enjoyed our engagement shoot and can’t recommend it highly enough. Aside from the practical reasons above, it’s good fun too! You get to choose a location that’s special to you, dress up in whatever clothes you like (not quite the same as the wedding day!) and you get to spend a day laughing and smiling with your other half and get some lovely pictures at the end of it. Still not convinced? Maybe some of these gorgeous images will help change your mind.
Today we have Loveseen Photography sharing one very special wedding proposal with us all. Lets hand you over to photographer Claire…
4821.818 miles for the perfect proposal … and she said yes!
When Patrick contacted me to photograph his surprise proposal to his girlfriend Savanna I was thrilled to be able to document such an incredible moment in two peoples’ lives; what a tremendous privilege. Of course there was the small detail that they lived in Texas and had never been to Tintern Abbey before, so making sure all the small details were in place was paramount!
Here is their story:
Patrick and Savanna met at the start of their Senior (last) year at Texas A&M University in August 2011. A mutual friend of theirs introduced them and they became good friends over the course of the first semester. Before their weekend hangouts with friends, they would usually hang out at her apartment where she would attempt to teach him how to salsa (her favourite). A romantic interest slowly grew, but neither of them made a move until a week before they graduated. They both moved to Austin for work where they were able to spend much more time together and go on various adventures — kayaking, sailing, hiking, boating, etc. They started officially dating in January 2013 and their relationship has grown ever since.
While at uni, Savanna met a couple Brits who were studying abroad there in Texas. They became great friends and have kept up the friendship ever since. The friends happened to be getting married in Carmarthen in July and invited them to the wedding and so they saved up enough to book a flight out and make a week long holiday out of it as well! Patrick decided that this would be a fantastic place to propose as the scenery in Wales is such a dramatic contrast to Texas. While looking at places they wanted to visit on their trip, they found Tintern Abbey and both really loved its beauty, so Patrick decided that was where he wanted to propose as a total surprise for Savanna.
Patrick contacted me as I am local to Tintern and because he fell in love with my work. I was over the moon to be a part of such an occasion and through numerous emails we managed to put his vision into action. For a while it was tricky, as we had issues with where he wanted to propose in the venue as they had it set-up for a concert, and so it almost didn’t go ahead, but after lots of negotiations and changes the plan was ready to set into motion.
Once he was in the UK we had very little contact and needed to stay discreet so that Savanna didn’t catch on and so on the day of the proposal he texted me what they were wearing and what time they expected to arrive and I replied with what I was wearing too, so we wouldn’t miss one another.
I arrived in plenty of time and laid rose petals in the area in front of the famous, vast picturesque window of the Abbey to indicate to him where he should stand. Georgia Boy Choir were practising for their Welsh tour and agreed to sing immediately after the proposal which was such a lovely gesture. I whispered to all the tourists who were curiously gathering around the trail of rose petals, to keep the area clear at 2pm and so word spread and a very obedient audience attempted to ‘act natural’ when they arrived.
The atmosphere was electric, hearts were thumping out of chests.
We have a VERY SPECIAL Cwtch of the Week for you today. This image was taken by Claire from Loveseen Photography moments after Patrick proposed to Savanna in Tintern Abbey! YES! This image was taken immediately after the actual wedding proposal!
We will be covering the whole story tomorrow but for now, we leave you with this fabulous cwtch! Congratulations to you both xxx
When choosing how to propose to your partner, most tend to opt for a safe place away from the crowds. For example, in a luxury hotel room over breakfast in bed or maybe while walking along one of Wales’ secluded beaches at sunset. There is also the ever popular intimate candlelit dinner at home (which was the option my husband chose).
There are some however, that opt for a slightly more public proposal. Such as getting down on one knee while on a romantic weekend away and choosing an iconic location such as the London Eye, the top of the Eiffel Tower or Central Park in NYC.
And then finally, there are those that take it to a whole new level of creativity. Mark Fury is one such man and we love him for the effort he went to when proposing to his girlfriend Naomi Coleman recently.
If you’ve not see this film yet, take a look. Its amazing and had us in tears!