WEDDINGS

love shoot: the christmas lights {abbie & jon}

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Morning my loves! The twinkly lights of Christmas have long since faded, but on b.loved they live on if only just for one day. This pretty festive engagement shoot from Oxford photographer Rhys Parker. After a year travelling around the world, Jon had a huge surprise for Abbie on their return… and they celebrated with a beautiful engagement shoot under the Christmas lights in their home town of Oxford. Seriously, one of my favourite parts of blogging is getting to hear all your romantic proposals, and this one brought a tear to my eye…

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Jon and I met when we were both 17 years old at his school party held in a bar in our local town of Aylesbury. We danced together and at the end of the night his friend dared him to take my phone number! (Not the most original of beginnings!). Over the next 6 months we became close friends and eventually we got together at the Queen’s Golden Jubilee celebrations in Hyde Park.

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Over the following 9 years or so we had many adventures together and apart, at separate universities, living in separate countries (at one point Abbie was living in China and Jon was living in Switzerland!), and also broke up for a year. We got back together and a few years later took a year out to go volunteering, working and travelling around the globe.

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He got out a small box from his pocket and inside was the most beautiful, delicate ring he had bought in San Francisco! (He was so worried that they would ask him to empty his pockets at airport security!) He got down on one knee and asked me to marry him and of course I said yes (though he claims to never of actually heard it through all my tears and exclamations!). There were tears and hugs all round from our families, it was incredibly special for them to be there at that moment when we had spent so long away from everyone.

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Airports are a very emotional place aren’t they? As I stand waiting for family to arrive at Heathrow, I love to watch people reunited with their loved ones, whether they’ve been away for a few weeks or a few years the love and joy on their faces often moves me to tears. How I would have loved to see Jon’s romantic proposal, he’s a keeper Abbie!!

Louise

After a decade-long career in corporate interior design, I took a giant leap of faith, left the security of an office job, and founded B.LOVED in 2011 as a platform for romantic and beautiful wedding inspiration. Thanks to a whole lot of creativity, hard work and passion, my gamble paid off and B.LOVED became one of the leading wedding blogs in the UK.

You’ll also find me working as an Editorial Stylist, where I design and curate beautiful photoshoots for wedding and lifestyle brands, as well as contributing as a founding member of bridal inspiration hub Aisle Society, and running wedding industry community the B.LOVED Hive from our super pretty base in London. Yep, I definitely have the best job in the world.

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