James and Vikki live and work in London and love to wonder around the Borough Market area of London, so they thought they would put my creative brain to the test to have their engagement shoot there. It was a little like me throwing them in the deep end with the amount of people around, but they worked so incredibly well with me and looked so natural also, there was hardly any direction needed from me, they were just loved-up them!
James and Vikki met on a night out in 2010. Their relationship started off long-distance as James was based in Lincoln whilst Vikki lived in London, but he would come to see her whenever he could get away from work. Vikki would always seek to make plans for their weekends together – which would quite often revolve around food (hence lunch at Borough market!)
James proposed in December 2016, taking Vikki to the spot where they had enjoyed a picnic on their first date, with a background playlist coming from a speaker in his pocket. He likes to remind Vikki that she never actually said yes, but instead told him to get up from being down on one knee and turn the music down as they had caught the attention of several passing dog-walkers!
They took great pride in telling me how they were yet to have any major difference of opinion over the plans for the big day. That was probably tempting fate, as during our train journey home, Vikki, James and I were talking about timings and how it's best to give as much time as possible for everything and especially in months like February with less available light, to really maximise the coverage and a dynamic range of photographs for them. It generated a conversation with other commuters in the carriage, and one saying James was wrong in his estimations and myself and Vikki were right, resulting in James spying a florist on the platform when we got off the train, and a beautiful bunch of flowers handed to Vikki from James as an apology. What a great way to end an awesome shoot with too awesome people!
Bring on their 2018 wedding day!