The shy bride’s guide to planning an engagement shoot – a guest post from Emma at Freckle Photography
Today the lovely Emma from TNWC business Freckle Photography shares her wisdom on engagement shoots. Personally I think they’re the perfect opportunity to embrace the things you love to do together and take a moment out from the craziness of wedding planning.
I’m sure these beautiful images featuring beekeepers, vintage railway lovers and camping couples will inspire you to plan something beautiful, fun and memorable to capture the essence of you as a couple.
Over to Emma…
Whilst planning my own wedding last year, I suddenly realised that the thought of being photographed all day terrified me! Not just because I spent my life behind the lens, but because I’m a normal girl with all the usual insecurities about my wobbly bits and the way my face scrunches up a bit too much when I’m really happy.
As for the boys, the idea of being obviously affectionate in ‘public’ and then being photographed can be equally as alarming.
What is an engagement shoot and why have one?
I’m sure this is a fairly normal reaction when planning a wedding, which is why I offer a photo shoot prior to the wedding. Sometimes called an ‘engagement shoot’ or a ‘pre-wedding shoot’, the aim is for you and your photographer to get to know one another, dispel any myths about having your photo taken and get some awesome and fun images in the process.
Despite it being a bit daunting at first, I can tell you within minutes you will be enjoying yourselves. It’s a great excuse to have a bit of time out together, kiss more than you have all week and generally lark about!
It’s hard to know where to begin telling you about our visit to Cornish Tipi Weddings because you really have to visit to get a feel for what this place is really like. You need to go and soak it up, all the beautiful photographs will only go so far in showing you what a special place it is.
I’ve supplemented my own photos with those from Cornish Tipi Weddings and Green Photographic as I think that seeing weddings happening on site gives you the best feel for what it would be like, short of visiting yourself.
Following our directions to Cornish Tipi Weddings (also Cornish Tipi Holidays) we pulled off the lane and headed down a bumpy track. We were greeted by Oggy, the warm and welcoming warden who takes care of the site, before following him down into the woodland towards our tipi. All the paths were just like this…
The site is set amongst 16 acres of secret woodland, each tipi nestled amongst its own woodland glade – ours was high up above the lake and aptly named ‘Overlake’. Cornish Tipi Holidays is just like camping, but you don’t have to take a tent or cooking equipment, these are all provided. This was our tipi…
There will be more to come on our weekend at Cornish Tipi Holidays, including what I thought of their wedding venue and what this unusual place has to offer couples looking for an outdoor or woodland wedding. But for now, I just wanted to share a few photos…
Anywhere called Otter Camp and described as something out of a Swallows & Amazons novel is enough to get me interested, so when I saw this tweet on Canopy & Stars’ Twitter I headed off to investigate.
If you’re not already aware of the Canopy & Stars website – the luxury camping arm of Sawday’s – then pull up a chair with a hot drink and set aside some time to flick through pages of incredible and magical places to stay.
From Gypsy caravans in the Scottish Borders to a Cornish roundhouse, from tipis in Shropshire to a woodland cabin in the Cambrian mountains – Canopy & Stars has a long list of places to stay that are straight from your childhood imagination.