beth & adam’s squirrel-lovers engagement session
Morning my loves! This time of year is one of my favourites on the blog, Spring has sprung and in anticipation of your summer weddings you’re all heading out for engagement shoots in the sunshine with your fabulous photographers! I really enjoy sharing your engagement shoots, they’re the perfect excuse to capture some loved up and relaxed photo’s of you with that newly engaged glow, as well as a fab opportunity to get used to the camera and get to know your photographer a little better.
Wimbledon Common provides the beautiful backdrop for today’s lovely relaxed engagement shoot from Bea & Jude at EFC Photography. They’ve perfectly captured Beth & Adam’s love of the outdoors, and even their mutual affection for squirrels!
Here’s their story ~
Adam and I met at work when I joined the team at VSO in 2009. After 6 months of getting to know each other we were becoming good friends. One weekend I had been visiting my Uncle in Southampton and Adam had been visiting his parents in Dorset, and he offered to pick me up on his way back to London. The couple of hours we spent chatting together while stuck in traffic jams made us both realise that there was perhaps something more going on than just friendship, and we tentatively arranged a date for a few days later. 6 months later we moved in together, and the rest is history!
Adam says ~ I’d jokingly been talking to my Mum & Dad about not being able to afford to buy an engagement ring for me, and my Mum shuffled off into her jewellery box and pulled out a lovely ring that I instantly knew would be the right choice for Beth, which is where the proposal planning began… The ring belonged to my Great Aunt, who had passed away when I was a little boy but I was very close to my Great Uncle. At the outbreak of WW1 my Great Uncle had signed up to fight in the Army with his ‘buddies’ in the Lincolnshire Regiment. He was eventually posted to Ypres and was shot by a German sniper and sent back to recover in the UK. There, he was nursed back to health by a young nurse named May whom my Great Uncle grew to love and eventually married, the engagement ring belonged to her. Fast forward 90 odd years…and we were on a short-break in Ypres, Belgium and I’d taken the ring with me “just in case” the right moment materialised. We’d climbed to the top of the Cloth Hall bell tower in the town and then I just felt that was the moment. The history of Ypres, my Great Uncle’s story, and our story all seemed to align in my mind (despite the cold, wind and rain!) and I just popped the question, bringing the ring fittingly back to where it all started for my Great Uncle and his future wife. Beth made my day when she said yes and we celebrated by having warm Belgian waffles, ice cream and a cup or two of lovely mulled wine!
We’re planning to get married in May next year, and we would like a venue that feels natural, cosy, and rustic. We love being outdoors, so we are thinking of holding the wedding at the London Wetland Centre in south west London.
As part of the planning we went to the National Wedding Show in February and met EFC Photography there. We have enjoyed many sunny days on Wimbledon Common so it felt like the right choice for a location, and we started planning ways in which we could add our personal touch to the shoot. Although we were self-conscious at the beginning, Bea and Jude persevered and were great at putting us at ease in order to get some great natural shots. We’re really pleased with our photos!
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