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5 Tips For Choosing A Location For Your Engagement Shoot

5 Tips For Choosing A Location For Your Engagement Shoot

Guest post by Meera Majithia of Carriages Weddings & Events

So, you’ve got all of your wedding details covered right down to the colour of your napkins but you’re still debating on where to have your engagement shoot! Trust me, you’re not alone. Lots of brides and grooms get so wrapped up in planning the big day itself, that they forget to think about the other details.

Believe it or not, your engagement shoot is actually a real treat during the lead up to your wedding. Not only will you and your partner get a real feel for how you’ll be working with your photographer on the day, but you’ll have a really amazing time in the process. Think of it like a prolonged date where you get to indulge in a bit of pampering (we’re talking new outfits and perhaps a makeup artist for the ladies!) and have a full day of fun without worrying about a single thing – aside from the weather of course.

If you’re stuck on ideas for a shoot, here are a few tips that will help give you a nudge:

1. First date
Go back to the place where you first laid eyes on each other or had your very first date. This will no doubt be a special place where your love story began, so why not capture this in your photos?

2. Favourite place(s)
Is there somewhere you like to hang out together as a couple? Somewhere that is so totally you? If so, this would make the perfect backdrop for your shoot as it will really bring out you personality as a couple.

3. At home
This idea is pretty underrated but a shoot at home can feel really personal and intimate. Your photos are also likely to look natural as your photographer will literally be capturing you in your own home.

4. Abroad
Going back to what I mentioned about having fun, you can use your pre-wedding shoot as an excuse to jet off to a foreign location that you and your other half have always dreamed about visiting. Make a weekend of it and treat yourselves!

5. Activity
If you’re the type of couple that prefers more documentary-style shoots then engaging in some sort of activity during the shoot itself may bring out the best of you. You could be cooking, painting, playing a sport – basically doing whatever you usually do. Your photos will come out great as you won’t have to worry about striking an unnatural pose.

These are just a few quick ideas to get you started, however be sure to get in touch with your photographer for a more in-depth chat about your shoot, and to run through the logistics, timings and all important outfit changes!

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The West Mill, Derby

The West Mill, Derby

The West Mill, Derby

This was my first time photographing an industrial venue like The West Mill, dating back to the early 1800’s, this cool venue used to be a cotton spinning mill! A mere 5 hour drive from my home, no venue is too near or far!

Bridal Prep

The bridal party got glammed up at home and I met them all at the venue in one of the venues quirky rooms. There were five bridesmaids who each had about 500 buttons on their beautiful dresses so as you can imagine this took some time and a lot of giggles!

The Ceremony

As the bridal party walked down the aisle, together with the adorable flower girl and two page boys laying petals down, they were being serenaded by a family friend who bought a tear to everyones eye.

The Reception

In a Lord of the Rings themed wedding complete with “Anduril” (yes, I just googled that) dagger for cutting the cake and the groom wearing The King’s Blade (yep, googled that too) as a tie clip, the wedding was subtly celebrating the series throughout the day. With all the crazy winds we’ve been having lately the confetti shots proved to be quite tricky with guests being blown off their feet outside – made for some great photos though! After a delicious meal and some great speeches the party started with a hilarious surprise act from the best man dressing as a woman to take “his groom” for the first dance – first time for everything!

 

Hedsor House, Buckinghamshire

Hedsor House, Buckinghamshire

Hedsor House, Buckinghamshire

Wow! What a wedding, from the venue, the bridesmaids dresses, the beautiful bride and the handsome groom this wedding was one to remember. A truly gorgeous couple that everyone couldn’t keep their eyes off. Hedsor House is an elegant Georgian building that certainly wasn’t camera shy.

Bridal Prep

I met the bride in the breathtakingly beautiful bridal suite at Hedsor House, double showers and a four poster bed in the middle of the room – what a special place to spend your wedding night. The bride had a very relaxed morning getting ready with her best girls whilst the groomsmen started the celebrations early with a “wee dram”, a nod to the grooms Scottish heritage!

The Reception

Whilst the guests were enjoying champagne and canapes, I took the happy couple outside to enjoy the beautiful grounds of Hedsor House, it was a chilly January day but there wasn’t a cloud in sight…which then led to a pretty sunset later on! After the best man gave an amazing speech filled with embarrassing photos and even a slide show presentation, the guests danced the night away to a live band and posed with silly props at the photo booth. Kicking off 2020 with a bang!

 

Wasing Park, Berkshire

Wasing Park, Berkshire

Wasing Park, Berkshire

This gorgeous barn venue in the heart of the countryside is quintessentially English. Their love for each other shone through every photo and left me quite emotional as this was the first wedding I shot after my own wedding only days before. Their love for music, friends and food was very apparent which made for a very fun wedding…L.O.V.E was certainly in the air.

Bridal Prep

I met the bride in the stunning bridal suite of Wasing Park, the venue has 26 beautifully quirky rooms on site which was perfect for the happy couple plus family members to get ready altogether, it also makes it a dream for me to be able to capture all parties involved getting ready for the big day! 

The Ceremony

The sun was shining so an outdoors ceremony was on the cards, set in the beautiful landscaped gardens lied a Victorian Summerhouse where they became husband and wife.  

The Reception

I think this bride and groom were the coolest couple I’ve ever met – their guests, the outfits, the food, even the music (a Mariachi band!) was super cool and everyone was having the time of their lives!  

 

 

Kat + Ben

Kat + Ben

I was over the moon when Kat & Ben asked me to shoot their engagement photos, they live quite close by to me so we could easily get to the beautiful South Downs and pretty towns that surround it.

We did two shoots, the first was in the quintessentially English town of Alfriston, with cobbled streets and pretty buildings I just knew we’d get some great shots!

After a lunch stop at a local pub to catch up on all things wedding planning, we drove up to the top of a hill just as the sun was setting to get some romantic countryside photos – the light couldn’t have been more perfect!

Buxted Park, East Sussex

Buxted Park, East Sussex


Buxted Park, East Sussex

Naomi and John got married at the elegant Buxted Park in East Sussex, with its huge country house and beautiful grounds I knew this was going to be a special wedding.

Bridal Prep

I met Naomi in the bridal suite at Buxted Park, she was having a relaxed fun morning with her bridesmaids with little ones running around excited for the day ahead. I don’t think I’ve seen such a chilled bride on the morning of her wedding! The boys weren’t hanging around with getting ready so we had lots of time to take some cool shots outside in the grounds before the ceremony started.

The Ceremony

The weather was on our side so the ceremony could take place outside in the gardens which made for a very happy bride and groom.

The Reception

You could get lost in the grounds of Buxted Park so we were spoilt for choice when it came to the portrait shots. An afternoon of champagne in the sun followed by an evening of music, shots and a huge sweet cart made for a fun wedding!

 

The Old Rectory Estate, Surrey

The Old Rectory Estate, Surrey

I am proud to be one of The Old Rectory Estate’s preferred wedding suppliers – the historic Georgian house sits in the Surrey hills and makes for the perfect back drop to a wedding day. The house is set in 8 acres of stunning Italian gardens which include water features, statues, topiary, arbours and a rose walk. Making those wedding photos truly unforgettable. The house and gardens are also used in film, TV and magazines!

Bridal Prep

I met the bride at her family home surrounded by her bridesmaids and close family, champagne was flowing and everyone just looked so happy, no nerves in sight! I then went over the road (quite literally) to where the groom was getting ready, there was an equally fun atmosphere and we got some great shots of all the boys together before the big day ahead.

The Ceremony

There was a huge marquee in the beautiful grounds of The Old Rectory Estate where the ceremony took place, after some very moving vows the couple left the marquee as husband and wife!

The Reception

The weather wasn’t that kind to us even though it was the middle of June but they do say that a little rain on your wedding day is good luck! Luckily we had some sunny moments where we captured some beautiful shots of the new Mr & Mrs. After getting stuck into the biggest canapé board I’ve ever seen the guests took their seats to enjoy the beautiful speeches and hog roast. With space hoppers, a gin bar and a photobooth it made for a great evening! I know everyone is ridiculously happy on their wedding day but this couple really did go above and beyond, their smiles and laughter were contagious and it was a pleasure to capture.