When BLOVED Contributors Catharine Noble Photography and luxury wedding planner Rosy Apple Creations got in touch with an idea for a dreamy wedding shoot with a proposal at it’s core, it seemed like the perfect way to treat you to some romantic inspiration just a couple of days before Valentine’s day.  Celebrating my own four year wedding anniversary today, the romantic in me is secretly thrilled to share such a special shoot today too!

The soft blush palette with touches of red, rustic styling and loose organic florals create a pretty backdrop for a secret proposal, with romantic details throughout. I especially love the chunky knits and spring florals but I’ll leave Gemma to tell the tale…

“Once upon a crisp day in February, a young couple in love took a stroll together through the beautiful North Yorkshire country estate of Middleton Lodge, where they shared kisses and talked about their hopes and dreams for the future.

But Andrew, our handsome protagonist had a secret, and with Valentine’s Day just around the corner he wanted to make this a day to remember. So whilst enjoying a few precious moments together sheltered by the woodland, he tells the love of his life Olivia that he has a surprise for her. a beautiful trinket box where conceals a most gorgeous engagement ring and oh my – the most romantic love letter!

He asked, she said yes….and our beloveds were transformed into an enchanting scene with the most delicate, romantic sweetheart table and dreamy florals.”

I had an idea to create a Valentine’s Day inspired styled shoot that focused on that special moment when a couple become engaged.  Middleton Lodge provided the perfect setting for the shoot, with its sumptuous mix of contemporary and classic décor, superb architecture and beautiful parkland. It’s a private Georgian residence, completely secluded and absolutely gorgeous.

I chose a soft and delicate colour palette of painterly tones of pink, peach, nude and creamy white and this really shone through in the stationery and florals to create a sentimental feeling ideal for a Valentine’s Day proposal.  I wanted to keep the concept simple to capture the love and romance of our couple, but yet styled with lots of lovely, pretty details. It was all captured by the talented Catharine and James from Catharine Noble Photography.

An old painted writing desk was set amongst the woods where our handsome protagonist could spend a few moments alone, writing a love letter to his leading lady and preparing to make his surprise proposal. We carried the styling elements through to this vignette, with gold rimmed trinket boxes, and old books and found objects added for charm.

Join us this afternoon for Part Two of this most romantic tale…



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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