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Testwood Lakes Engagament Shoot: Jenny & Matt

In June last year I had the pleasure of photographing the wedding of Jess and Alex in Hitchin, Hertfordshire. You can see photos from their beautiful wedding here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3. I’m pleased to say that both Jess and Alex and their families were so happy with the photos that I’ve been asked to photograph the wedding of Jess’s brother Matt this summer.

While Matt has lived in Hampshire all his life, his bride to be comes from the Emerald Isle aka Ireland. Jenny came over to England with a friend nearly five years ago – I’m not entirely sure how long they planned to stay but whilst they were here Jenny met Matt. There was clearly a connection between them because Jenny stayed. Perhaps it was the paper rose Matt made for Jenny from a paper napkin the first time they met that won her heart and prompted her to stay a while longer. They spent time getting to know each other through mutual friends and six months later Matt finally plucked up the courage to ask Jenny out.

Although a little shy, Matt’s popular and handsome whilst Jenny is beautiful and full of life. Her happiness and positive outlook on life are infectious – perhaps it’s something to do with her Irish charm. Matt and Jenny will be getting married in Jenny’s hometown in Ireland and having spent many holidays in Ireland myself, I am very much looking forward to photographing my first Irish wedding. In traditional Irish style, it’s going to be a BIG wedding. I know, I’ve seen the table plan!

Since Jenny and Matt will be getting married on Irish shores, it felt right to take their engagement photos in a location that had meaning to Matt. He chose Testwood Lakes in Calmore, Southampton as he had many walks there with his family as a child and more recently has spent time there with Jenny. Although I knew about Testwood Lakes and have been there previously, I didn’t remember it being as beautiful as it was during our recent visit. Here are a few photos from Jenny and Matt’s Testwood Lakes engagement shoot…

Testwood Lakes Engagement Shoot

Testwood Lakes Engagement Shoot

Testwood Lakes Engagement Shoot

Testwood Lakes Engagement Shoot

Testwood Lakes Engagement Shoot

Testwood Lakes Engagement Shoot

Testwood Lakes Engagement Shoot

Testwood Lakes Engagement Shoot

Testwood Lakes Engagement Shoot

Testwood Lakes Engagement Shoot

Testwood Lakes Engagement Shoot

Testwood Lakes Engagement Shoot

Testwood Lakes Engagement Shoot

Testwood Lakes Engagement Shoot

Testwood Lakes Engagement Shoot

Testwood Lakes Engagement Shoot

Testwood Lakes Engagement Shoot

Testwood Lakes Engagement Shoot

Testwood Lakes Engagement Shoot

Testwood Lakes Engagement Shoot

Testwood Lakes Engagement Shoot

Testwood Lakes Engagement Shoot

Testwood Lakes Engagement Shoot

Testwood Lakes Engagement Shoot

If you enjoyed looking at these photos, leave a comment below, I’m sure Jenny and Matt would love to read your comments.

Kathryn Andrews is a Hampshire based wedding photographer providing wedding photography for sophisticated, adventurous couples with sentimental souls. She photographs weddings throughout the UK and is available for destination weddings across Europe. Connect with Kathryn at: Facebook Twitter 

August 5, 2015 - 6:58 pm

Julia barber - Beautiful pictures, beautiful subjects too!
Look forward to seeing the wedding pictures. Have a wonderful day.
Your blog Kathryn is always a pleasure to read alongside some of your gorgeous pictures.

Studland Beach Engagement Shoot: Lisa & Chris

Lisa contacted me after my wedding photography services had been recommended to her by two work colleagues, one of whom is a previous bride of mine and the second is a current bride of mine whose wedding I’ll be photographing this summer. It’s great to get referrals, it’s the biggest compliment you can give to a photographer or any business owner for that matter. I sometimes feel a little anxious wondering what my couples will be like, wondering if they’ll be pleased with my work, wondering how well we’ll click. All my communication with Lisa had been through emails and I didn’t know much about her – until she called me two days before the engagement shoot and all my nerves faded away. Lisa and I had a great chat on the phone, it was like catching up with an old friend and I should have known Lisa would be a perfect match since she’d come my way on the recommendation of two other fabulous brides.

Studland Beach Engagement Shoot

Two days later we made the journey to Studland Beach in Dorset for Lisa and Chris’ engagement shoot. Lisa is from California and loves the sea. She moved here nine years ago to study at Winchester University – that’s when she met Chris. Lisa was socialising with friends in a bar in Winchester when Chris walked in. Chris and Lisa shared mutual friends and soon realised there was a spark they couldn’t ignore. Chris and Lisa were meant to find each other that day and nine years later they are planning their wedding.

Studland Beach Engagement Shoot

Studland Beach Engagement Shoot

Studland Beach Engagement Shoot

Studland Beach Engagement Shoot

Studland Beach Engagement Shoot

Studland Beach Engagement Shoot

Studland Beach Engagement Shoot

Studland Beach Engagement Shoot

Studland Beach Engagement Shoot

Studland Beach Engagement Shoot

Studland Beach Engagement Shoot

Studland Beach Engagement Shoot

Studland Beach Engagement Shoot

 

Studland Beach is gorgeous and not too crowded and the long grass and sand dunes make the perfect backdrop for photos. We had a great time with Lisa and Chris and really enjoyed getting to know them. The great thing about engagement shoots is it not only gives couples a chance to relax in front of the camera before the big day but also gives us a chance to get to know each other. I think we all thought it felt like a trip out to the beach with friends rather than a business/client relationship and building that type of rapport is great because when you feel comfortable with your photographer, it helps you relax and ultimately results in better wedding photos. Lisa and Chris will be getting married at a beautiful venue in the New Forest towards the end of the summer and we’re really looking forward to it.

I hope you enjoyed this selection of images from Lisa and Chris’ Studland Beach engagement shoot. If you are looking for a wedding photographer for your wedding or engagement shoot then please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Bookings are often made a year in advance but if you’ve left it a little later, it’s worth getting in touch as I may still have your date available.

Kathryn Andrews is a Hampshire based wedding photographer providing wedding photography for sophisticated, adventurous couples with sentimental souls. She photographs weddings throughout the UK and is available for destination weddings across Europe. Connect with Kathryn at: Facebook Twitter 

Calshot Beach Engagement Shoot: Sally & Lewis

Calshot Beach Engagement Shoot: Sally & Lewis

I’ve been looking forward to meeting Sally and Lewis for a while… Sally is soooo excited about their upcoming wedding that her excitement is infectious. Sally and Lewis met when they were tiny toddlers at play school… let’s take a minute to appreciate how amazing that is. Sometimes it’s written in the stars that two people are supposed to be together and fate was hard at work planning a future for these two wonderful souls. Fast forward several years and Sally and Lewis started dating, fast forward another year and they got engaged. After nine year engagement they are now planning their wedding. It’s no wonder Sally’s excited!! I’m excited too!!

We had the pleasure of finally meeting Sally and Lewis for their engagement shoot at Calshot Beach on Sunday. They are such lovely people and so easy to get on with. I think they were teasing me when they said Lewis was a little nervous in front of the camera. He was a real pro! That’ll be all the practise he’s had from the photo shoots with his band.

Thank you so much to both of you for being such a great couple to work with and we can’t wait for the wedding! I would also like to thank all the people who recommended me to Sally and Lewis, they’re a perfect fit 🙂

Calshot Beach Engagament Shoot

Calshot Beach Engagament Shoot

Calshot Beach Engagament Shoot

Calshot Beach Engagament Shoot

Calshot Beach Engagament Shoot

Calshot Beach Engagament Shoot

Calshot Beach Engagament Shoot

Calshot Beach Engagament Shoot

Calshot Beach Engagament Shoot

Calshot Beach Engagament Shoot

Calshot Beach Engagament Shoot

Calshot Beach Engagament Shoot

Calshot Beach Engagament Shoot

Kathryn Andrews is a Hampshire based wedding photographer providing wedding photography for sophisticated, adventurous couples with sentimental souls. She photographs weddings throughout the UK and is available for destination weddings across Europe. Connect with Kathryn at: Facebook Twitter