love shoot #22: city sweethearts {claire & ben}

This morning, I’m excited to introduce a new photographer to Bijoux Bride, the talented Yolande de Vries of Rings ‘n Veils, and we’re sharing a fabulous two-part story with you today!

First up is Claire & Ben’s pre-wedding shoot in the gritty surrounds of the Southbank, followed this afternoon by their elegant wedding at Leez Priory.

Claire & Ben are high-school sweethearts, and have such a sweet love story to share with you!

Wet met at school via my sister Sarah and dated for 6 months. This was at an age where neither of us knew ourselves let alone the other. It was destined to fail and as predicted (and as I like to tease Ben on occasions) he broke my heart.

However, 19 years passed with only the occasional glimpses on trains into London, we got back in touch – all thanks to Facebook!  I was set to go travelling for 6 months round South East Asia and Australasia, and needed a way of keeping in touch with friends and family.  Whilst setting up my account (something I was loathed to do because I’d heard how time zapping FB could be) I noticed that Sarah was friends with Ben. What would it hurt to send him a friend request I thought?  10 minutes after clicking send along came the first of many emails between us.

Despite a tentative start (as we were both conscious of my forthcoming trip), we just couldn’t help falling in love all over again.  We missed each other hugely whilst I was on the other side of the world, so I was so elated when Ben arranged time off with work and flew out to meet me in New Zealand for 5 glorious weeks.  Mid-way through our camper-tastic trip we found ourselves in Napier, the Art Deco Capital of the World, where Ben dropped to one knee and proposed.  The restaurant was packed and he received a riotous round of applause from the other patrons and an ecstatic YES! from me. Quite how he managed to keep the ring hidden and safe for over 2 weeks I’ll never know.  Ben is really romantic; he asked my family if he could have my hand in marriage before he joined me and he also had my beautiful engagement ring handcrafted to his specification; he got it spot on!

Don’t miss Claire & Ben’s wedding this afternoon, there’s a lovely story about how they chose their venue, and some gorgeous country garden details!


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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