love shoot: the joys of spring {ciara & johnny}

Morning bridettes and groomsters, can I call you that? Well, I just did!

Today I’m sharing a delightful engagement shoot from the lens of Irish husband and wife photography team Black Box Photography.  Full of gorgeous blossom, and a cute-as picnic for two this shoot is full of the joys of spring!  As the sun peeks out from it’s hiding place behind the clouds, Ciara and Johnny are bathed in beautiful sunlight, starting with a sweet and colourful picnic and followed by a stroll through the daffodil-filled woods

I remember as a student at 19 being told by a cousin of Johnny’s, on the bus home from Belfast, that he fancied me!! I told her to tell him thanks but I had a boyfriend (at that time) However two years later at 21, my best friends and I were on a night out when Johnny came over for a chat. His excuse to get my number was offering me a lift to Belfast next time he was going up to see his sister. I really thought nothing of it but a week later he text to say hello! We went on lots of dates but It took us six months before we became a couple and I’m glad we did. 

Four years later we got engaged. I was just about to graduate from university and everyone thought he would do it then, or they expected us to get engaged when we were on holiday! Johnny always said he’d do it when I’d least expect it. I  didn’t ever care how he would do it as long as it was him doing it!! So I really was surprised when he did it the month before I graduated on his birthday. As I sat on my bed with his presents laid out to give him, he was on the floor rooting through his barber bag mumbling about having to cut my brothers hair. He pulled out a box and was on one knee. I knew what he was going to do and started to cry and laugh at the same time. He said to me ‘what better birthday present could I have than for you to say you would be my wife’! Of course I said yes. It was a total surprise. He wanted to do it when I was least expecting it and I really wasn’t on that evening!! I then ran out of the house screaming I was engaged! Earlier that week I had read my horoscope to Johnny and my parents. It said I would be asked a question by someone with the initial J. We all laughed but at that time Johnny had already asked my Dad for his permission to ask me to marry him. My horoscope was right!

Three years later we are getting closer to the big day. We chose our reception to be at Corick House because of the 17th Century setting, with many original features we fell in love with it’s charm! Nowhere else was getting a look in. The walled garden and view of the valley made it a picturesque setting for our wedding. Everyone will love it’s relaxed atmosphere. Plus we have a love for the outdoors, flowers and countryside, so it’s really perfect! I especially love antiques and feel right at home there.  Our wedding will have a vintage feel with a touch of magic. We have a few surprises up our sleeve but will have to keep that a secret for the big day!

See more love shoots and beautiful weddings from Black Box Photography at


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.

I'm also a co-founder at The Brand Studio, where I design and curate beautiful photoshoots for wedding and lifestyle brands, as well as running wedding industry community the B.LOVED Hive where I support and nurture wedding pros building industry leading businesses. Yep, I definitely have the best job in the world.

love shoot: springtime in paris ~ part 3

Time for the third, and final, part of our Paris shoot today! If you missed Part 1 and Par



Weather in the UK is frequently a bit of a rollercoaster ride. That’s particularly t


love shoot: from casabalanca, with love

I thought long and hard about the first shoot that I wanted to share as b.loved. I wanted

proposal in Eastington

Dreamy Proposal in Eastington – El

We can’t help but be enthralled with this magical proposal in Eastington Park. Skilf