Love in an Ancient City – Laura & Tom

26 Sep

Before I joined Twitter I have to admit that I hadn’t even heard of engagement shoots but since starting up my blog I have seen some gorgeous shoots of some lovely couples who are crazy in love. I know that some people are a bit snobby towards engagement shoots, not seeing the point in them but as somebody who totally feels uncomfortable in front of a camera, refusing to have photographs taken whenever somebody points one in my face, I always knew I would benefit from a pre-wedding shoot.

It took a long long time to get my other half, Tom, to agree to having an engagement shoot done but with a lot of persuading a few weeks ago he finally agreed. Yippee! So the search for a photographer begun. We booked our wedding photgrapher, Nick White, before anything else (and waaaaay before I knew engagement shoots existed!) and so we hadn’t discussed this with Nick. The amazingly talented Mandy Charltonย however, contacted me via Twitter offering her fabulous services,ย a date was set and the rest is now history.

So here we are, Laura & Tom’s 23rd September engagement shoot in York, North Yorkshire. I’d love to know what you all think…

We drove from where we live just outside of Hull to York for the shoot. We arranged to meet Mandy who travelled down from Newcastle for the day for us at 4pm in the Museum Gardens. We soon realised, however, that driving through the centre of York on a Friday evening might not have been the best idea – we were over half an hour late but Mandy being Mandy – fabulously upbeat – thankfully didn’t mind!

We chose the book “When Did the Statue of Liberty Turn Green?” as we met at university studying American Studies (I’m sure we probably covered the answer to that question at some point during our degree but I can’t remember much!). As some of you may already know, we are also honeymooning in New York as we just love the hustle and bustle of the city and so of course we just had to include a reference somewhere!

ย I always thought I was going to feel uncomfortable in front of the camera however Mandy soon made up feel at ease, shooting away whilst laughing, joking with us and chatting about hers and ours menagerie of pets! It soon came to light that it was Tom who was more conscious of people looking at us than I was. Very surprising!

During our shoot a wedding was also taking place in the Hospitium which was extremely apt. A few ‘ooohs’ and ‘aaaahs’ from Mandy and I were shared with a tiny bit of rubber necking trying to get a glimpse of the bride – she looked stunning! And such a beautiful venue to have a wedding.

If I’m totally honest I always thought that a more fun, concept shoot was more us but the ‘lovey dovey’ stuff actually came naturally – we are getting married after all! ๐Ÿ™‚ After some fab shots in the Museum Gardens we decided to go and grab Daisy, our golden Labrador who was waiting patiently in the car for us. We couldn’t leave her out, she’s part of the family!

Daisy is 14 months old and full of energy. Mix that with a floor covered in leaves and twigs and we have one very jumpy pup on our hands. This said, I just love how this photograph turned out. Tom and I would make perfect catalogue models here but believe it or not this wasn’t posed. We were trying to get Daisy to stop fighting with twigs and this is the outcome – I just adore it!

We had the most amazing day. We laughed, joked, loved and gossiped and we can’t thank Mandy enough for her willingness to spend a day with myself – a massive cameraphobe and a crazy dog! Big hugs Mandy, we love what you have done and your kind and down to earth attitude made us totally feel at ease. All in all a successful engagement shoot!

If you would like to see more from Mandy Charlton you can visit her blog here. Look out for the crying dinosaur, it’s possibly the cutest thing I have ever seen!

Laura & Tom x


16 Responses to “Love in an Ancient City – Laura & Tom”

  1. Nikki Ward September 26, 2011 at 9:29 am #

    Oh hon its lovely! Love the ones with Daisy! York is such a beautiful setting for an engagement shoot

    • BonfireNightBride September 26, 2011 at 11:28 pm #

      It really is, and so close to home – I would never have thought of having it there is Mandy hadn’t suggested it x

  2. Anna September 26, 2011 at 9:36 am #

    Am also in love with Daisy! The photos of you are great too, natural looking and lovely setting. Congratulations.

    • BonfireNightBride September 26, 2011 at 9:34 pm #

      thank you anna ๐Ÿ™‚

      daisy loves having her picture taken!

  3. Emma September 26, 2011 at 10:18 am #

    The pics look great Laura! Especially love the one of you two and daisy with the leaves!

  4. Karen Flower September 26, 2011 at 12:49 pm #

    How lovely. You both look so happy and relaxed. I love the pic of you leaning against the pillar with the window as a backdrop.

    • BonfireNightBride September 26, 2011 at 9:35 pm #

      I thought I’d be way more nervous in front of the camera than I was, surprised myself! ha.

      Thanks Karen ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. anna and the ring September 26, 2011 at 2:01 pm #

    Aww so lovely.

    I wish Bean and I had done something similar – if only to get a little more comfortable in front of the camera!

    • BonfireNightBride September 26, 2011 at 9:36 pm #

      Big thanks Anna,

      You could always have a post wedding shoot! ๐Ÿ™‚ Rock that dress!

  6. Laura May Briant (@BridestockBride) September 27, 2011 at 5:01 pm #

    These pics are fantastic! You look beautiful ๐Ÿ™‚ xxxxx

  7. weddingsparrow September 28, 2011 at 8:24 pm #

    Love it! What a great way to not only get used to being in front of a camera but a great way to get to know how a photographer works too. Let’s face it, how many of us have had professional pictures taken before?? Beautiful pics Laura (and Tom & Daisy) ๐Ÿ™‚

    • BonfireNightBride September 28, 2011 at 8:57 pm #

      Daisy says thank yooou! ๐Ÿ™‚

      It’s so true that an engagement shoot helps (if you’re not used to having your photo taken that is.) Can’t wait to see yours Sara x

  8. Lipstick Loves July 1, 2012 at 6:06 pm #

    Stunning Mrs Pops! Why didn’t I know about this blog before?!


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