With only 3 weeks to go before the big day, things are definitely picking up. Amongst all the decoration and little details, it is nice to look back on our engagement photos to remind myself that the day is about ‘us’! Now it is my turn to help you decide on whether to have that engagement shoot or not alongside a bit of advice.
Let me give you a little backstory…
As soon as the venue was booked, the photographer was the thing that needed ticked off immediately. Every other thing took months after to book, but the photographer was essential.
I wanted a storyteller. To show my day as it was – it all of its laughter, joy and simplicity. I wanted a photographer who could portray our personalities within a frame. I searched the internet relentlessly and soon came across Adam and Grace Photography.
The first thing I noticed about Adam and Grace were their presentation skills. Their website was filled with beautiful quotes and happy couples. My sister once told me she picked a wedding photographer on the basis that you had to be comfortable enough to have breakfast with them. They arrive on the morning of your crazy day with hair, make-up, and dresses flying everywhere. Your photographer needs to be calm and comforting whilst being your best friend for the day. I sat down with Grace and knew immediately that it was a perfect match.
Fast forward a year and you come to our engagement shoot (we are having a 2-year engagement in case you are wondering). It happened back in September at Lough Erne which is my favourite place in the world and I truly loved it. Let me give you some advice if you are having an engagement shoot:
• Have one – if you think you don’t want one, it is pointless, or not worth your time…then you are feeling exactly as my fiancé did. I felt the opposite. It lets you get to know your photographer, gets rid of any camera nerves, and lets you have some precious photos of you and your fiancé in a normal setting. Your wedding day is great, but the photos I have of Andrew and I in normal clothes and laughing are the ones I will truly treasure as it just represents ‘us’.
• Don’t worry about it – I felt rather nervous before we met for the shoot. I felt I didn’t look good enough or that my clothes weren’t ‘Pinterest worthy’. The second I got there the nerves left, I realised this was only for Andrew and I, and that I loved every minute of it.
• Roll with it – We had organised to do the shoot a few weeks prior but it was raining so we cancelled it. However, on the day when we arrived it began to rain. Instead of getting disheartened, we took this as an opportunity to have some fun and embraced the weather – it is NI after all! My favourite photos were of us in the rain at the end.
See more of Adam and Graces’ work at www.adamandgracephoto.com.
Venue: Castle Archdale and a friend’s beautiful house in Fermanagh.
Jumper: Miss Selfridge
Skirt: New Look
Sandals: River Island