Jamie and Sarah chose Kingston Maurward for their Engagement Shoot with me because Jamie spent 3 years of college at Kingston Maurward and as the wedding venue (Athelhampton House) is in Dorchester, it was nice to go back with Sarah, show her around, plus very near to their Wedding Venue.
Jamie and Sarah met in Birmingham. They chose the Custard Factory in Digbeth for their engagement shoot as they spent many of their first dates there, enjoying Birmingham’s musical nightlife. The artist and creative look of the Custard Factory has always appealed to them and this was a venue they considered getting married in before getting seduced by the seaside in Bournemouth, so it was a perfect choice for the engagement shoot.
Ryan and Gabby met through mutual friends and have been together for nearly 8 years now. They chose Marwell Zoo for their engagement shoot because they love visiting zoos and it's something they still enjoy doing together when they have free time. They visited Marwell for one of their first dates together and they also stayed at the hotel as an engagement present from Gabbys parents.
Kevin and Caroline met online in 2010. Caroline works for the National Trust and she selected the beautiful backdrop of Lacock and Lacock Abbey for their engagement shoot location. As well as being a place she regularly works at, she has happy memories of spending time with her mum and sister at the May Day Fare as a child.
It was love at first sight for Alex and Carly and met through a friend of theirs. They chose the Bluebell woods in Pamphill Wimborne, not just because of the beautiful bluebells in May but it is somewhere they would love to go with their children as they grew up.
Mark and Lyssa met in 2010 as students and bonded over their mutual love of music and film. Mark was Lyssa's supervisor at the part-time job they both worked, and he was the only person to pronounce her name correctly first-try!
Some of their first dates were around Swanage in Dorset – they love the view from the pier and in another life they’d like to have been pirates – so Swanage is a great place to pretend! Swanage has special childhood memories for both of them as well. Lyssa camped there with the Brownies as a child and Mark (who will forever be a train nerd) used to visit with his family to watch the steam trains. They love the nostalgic feeling of the Purbecks - it’s idyllic English countryside. They’ve spent a lot of summer evenings wandering around Swanage bay, and they’ve even dined on their special steam engine service. Mark admits that if he hadn’t proposed in Disneyland Paris, he would have proposed in Swanage!
Simon and Alexandra met at a salsa class in 2012. At the first class back after Christmas, and after locked glances and more than 3 dances, Simon asked Alexandra on their first date. Corfe Castle was the perfect first date, location for a long walk and cream tea, which later progressed on to having drinks at sunset.
3 years on, after more dances, and many more dates, Simon finally proposed at the exact place, they had first held hands, on their first date, in Corfe Castle. With this location meaning so much to them both, it was a natural choice for the engagement photo shoot to take place there.