Blogging Bride: Judith + Josh’s Engagement Shoot & A Catch-Up

Morning! I am so excited to have our 2017 Blogging Bride, Judith back on the blog today. With seven weeks until her Big Day things are getting serious! Today she’s given us a quick catch up on her planning and shared her incredible engagement shoot with Peter Carvill. If you missed her introductory post, head this way. Have a fab Thursday, lovelies! 

Blogging Bride, Judith Engagement Shoot, Peter Carvill, Castle Leslie Estate | The Promise NI

For those of you who read my first blog post, you will likely notice that it has been a while (quite a while at that). I’ve tried to tell myself that every bride has a phase in wedding planning in which you can’t actually do too much. In honesty it is true, but I think I lengthened this as long as possible to the point that I actually started to just claim I was laid back (well, the grey area between being laid back and being slightly lazy). But in reality, travelling to London to for work weekly and managing a self-build (when you know nothing about building), wedding plans naturally got knocked back a few notches on the priority list.

Blogging Bride, Judith Engagement Shoot, Peter Carvill, Castle Leslie Estate | The Promise NI

So now, here I am 7 weeks out from the wedding and I am so grateful for my previously freshly engaged, eager and OCD organised self who neatly planned her Pinterest boards, created excel sheets for just about everything. Literally everything from the offset – for guests details, budget (a column for budgeted, that soon required an actual and a difference column to be added), vendor contracts, deposits and essentially anything that you could possibly put into excel. At the time, as a newly engaged bride it seemed ridiculous planning all the finer details because there were a lot more important parts that needed to be sorted first, and a good dose of indecisiveness that would surely mean they would be irrelevant a year and a half later, but no, I seemed to have stuck to the exact themes, designs and ideas I initially planned, which is now coming in ridiculously handy when there is less time to think about the finer details.

Blogging Bride, Judith Engagement Shoot, Peter Carvill, Castle Leslie Estate | The Promise NI

During this time we met with our wedding photographer, Peter Carvill at our venue, Castle Leslie Estate to get some pre-wedding photos. We caught the last of the beautiful autumn colours and the photos turned out amazing. It took some convincing to get Josh on board, but we were both so glad we got these done. For anyone hesitating – amidst following hundreds of wedding blogs on Instagram and pinning like your life depended on it, take some time out and arrange an engagement session. There are so many good reasons to do so…

  • A special time – your engagement marks the start of a special journey, and while wedding planning can be overwhelming at times, it is important to enjoy it and appreciate this part of your life together. Your photos can be the perfect keepsake to remember what can be an excitingly busy time.
  • Capture memories at a special place – you can choose locations a lot mere flexibly that on your wedding day, so why not pick somewhere that reflects you, or a place that is special. We had ours taken around the grounds of our wedding venue, but we managed to convince Peter to bring his camera out onto the lake and got the most amazing photographs in our rowing boats (definitely an area of the estate we wouldn’t manage to squeeze in on our wedding day).
  • Getting to know your photographer and the camera – you likely haven’t had professional photos taken since an embarrassing family photoshoot or school portraits 10 years ago which you can even bring yourself to look at because of you dodgy haircut. Getting some camera time with your photographer will help you relax, which can inevitably prevent stiff and uncomfortable looking photos on your wedding day.

In other wedding news, I have just about recovered from an amazing surprise of a Hen Party where my glamourous assistants thought of every little detail – can’t wait to share this with you guys on the next post.

Jude x

Blogging Bride, Judith Engagement Shoot, Peter Carvill, Castle Leslie Estate | The Promise NI

Blogging Bride, Judith Engagement Shoot, Peter Carvill, Castle Leslie Estate | The Promise NI

Blogging Bride, Judith Engagement Shoot, Peter Carvill, Castle Leslie Estate | The Promise NI

Blogging Bride, Judith Engagement Shoot, Peter Carvill, Castle Leslie Estate | The Promise NI