love shoot #32: love & laughter {vanessa & james}

 Today I have such cute engagement shoot to share with you! I absolutely adore the soft golden light, isn’t it just gorgeous?

James proposed to Vanessa at Digley reservoir, so they decided to visit the spot with their photographer Katy Lunsford to recapture the love and excitement they share.  I was lucky enough to meet Katy at last week’s Love My Dress Soiree where she was an official photographer, I cannot wait to see the images!  In the meantime let’s enjoy James & Vanessa’s story.

We met at uni together at Scarborough doing our teaching course (we are now both primary school teachers). James chased after me for a year – but we were best friends all that time. Eventually James pretended he was going on a date with another girl to make me jealous and it worked!  We had our first kiss on a night out (how romantic!) and he was so excited he just ran home!

We got engaged last September on a walk after work at Digley reservoir, where we did the engagement shoot. James kept waiting for the perfect spot, the perfect moment when no-one else was around. Every time he thought it was the right time, a hoarde of walkers would come round the corner. In the end they had got almost the whole way round the reservoir. James pretended he’d dropped something, I turned around and he was down on one knee. He had already told me he didn’t want to get married until he was 30, but in the meantime had planned the proposal, and asked my Dad for permission to marry his daughter (he said ‘alright then’!)  It came as quite a big surprise!


Don’t these two look like they have so much fun together?  They are also an adorable couple,  I can’t wait to see your wedding you two, you’re going to look absolutely gorgeous!


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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