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Kim + Steven’s engagement session

Kim + Steven’s engagement session

Wedding season might be full on, but we don’t forget about celebrating engagements with beautiful engagement photography amongst all the business! So it’s time to share this story from Kim and Stevens e-shoot.

After chatting for a while online, Kim and Steven met at a pub on Unley Road, Adelaide. Doing the right thing, Steven went a got a drink for the pair, bringing back a schooner of beer for himself (285 ml) and a pint for Kim (425 ml). “We still laugh about that today!”

They had talked before about getting married, so when the time came to propose, Steven wanted to go to Bell and Brunt jewellers for the engagement ring; this was where his Mum and Sister’s wedding rings are from, and he wanted to keep up the tradition. “It was my birthday on July 20th, and I had arranged dinner for the night before (a Saturday). After being out all day, we were getting ready to go and he asked if I wanted to open a present. Of course I said yes!”

Steven had a collage made up in the shape of a love heart, containing all pictures of him and Kim and at the bottom it read ‘Will You Marry Me?’ “I burst into tears (as did he) and he says he can’t even remember asking me, but I remember!” They finished getting ready and surprised everyone at the birthday dinner with the engagement ring and story!

We love engagement photos, because they tell the more casual side of your relationship – a true representation of you and your love. “We can be ourselves completely when we’re together. Good, bad, silly, crazy, moody – we just complete each other!”

I was unfortunately booked for their wedding day, but seeing as they loved my style of photography, I was glad to join them in their engagement shoot. “I adore photos so I jumped at the chance (for an engagement shoot). I love the sun glare shots and the style of photography that is so in at the moment “

They thought they weren’t going to be great at having their pictures taken, but I think they look naturally beautiful in their engagement photos – wishing you all the best for a wonderful married life Kim and Steven. May there be many pints, or schooners, for you to say cheers with!

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Narelle + Josh Engagement Photos

Narelle + Josh Engagement Photos

I knew this was going to be a great shoot when Narelle chose to bring along her cowboy boots – some girls like heels, I like cowboy shoes…and cowboys!  It wasn’t the best weather for wearing her boots though, it was super hot and we were near the Murrary River at Waikerie, so there wasn’t the usual sea breeze I’m accustomed to for engagement shoots!

But despite the heat, it was a gorgeous location. We walked through some scrub to find a stunning spot shining with golden light through the trees, and we were chased down by the sunset. It was beautiful, and as people who love a photoshoot, I was pleased they were enjoying this with me.

Narelle and Josh met when they were 16 – so you can imagine how racy their first date was – it involved a war over banana lollies (you either love them or you hate them!) and *gasp*, hand holding! With a romance that began so young,  they kind of fell into being together forever. “I knew that I wanted to marry Josh after I worked on a youth camp with him one year. He was so compassionate and so good with the kids, it was wonderful to watch. From then on, I could always see myself building a life and family with him.”

“I knew she was the one when she bought me a port keg for my 21st birthday and got our anniversary date burned into the stand. Sure, before then I was pretty sure, but after that, it was like ‘Yep, I want to marry this girl.’ I love the dimples in her cheeks when she smiles. When she’s happy, she can’t help but walk with a little wiggle in her step, or even throw in the odd dance move when she is really happy – it makes me smile.”

“Throughout our relationship, we have always had the mindset that we would really like it to work out for us in the long rung, as you generally do in relationships!” Narelle was dropping hints left, right and centre about ‘forever’, and they were getting less subtle, and less small – then she went to America for 3 months. “I spent just about the whole of these 3 months planning different ways I could propose.” But Josh had to pick the scenario that Narelle would get suspicious about!

So off they went for a nice meal at Windy Point Restaurant, and of course Narelle suspected the proposal at that location, but it never came. “As each meal came out, I could kind of see in her eyes the expectation of seeing a lovely ring coming out – when she realised that it wasn’t going to happen, I’m pretty sure there was a little bit of disappointment there!” Josh took her home and on the way, the conversation was normal, just like any other of their nice dates. “We walked through the gate and she saw a candle on the ground. She was really confused, but I just pushed her along and then she walked around the corner where I had everything set out for the occasion.” ‘Everything’ included a photo board, a massive heart on the wall, and a beautiful ring he had designed with Bell and Brunt. He got down on one knee and did what I wish all men would do – got a photographer!! “I had a surprise photographer and after a bit of a fright from the shutter sound, she said yes!”

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Jo + Lee Engagement Photos

Jo + Lee Engagement Photos

After Jo and Lee’s engagement shoot, I learnt there were 2 versions of their engagement story – the full version which Jo tells gives the full blown account and shows what a romantic Lee really is, but Jo prefers his version so he can keep that tough guy persona!

“I had been planning it for a few months. I had quizzed Jo on the style of ring she was hoping for but she would always shy away from the conversation. To avoid her getting suspicious I began having regular ‘golf’ games with my brothers, Ben and Joel, where we really just went shopping for a ring!”

“I had absolutely no idea that Lee was going to propose. I knew that he had plans to take me out for our 2nd anniversary but I had no idea what I was in store for. As the day went on there were times where I thought ‘ oh, this is a bit special’, but I didn’t want to let myself think that Lee was about to propose because I didn’t want to get my hopes up!”

But the (really romantic) Lee had it all planned out. “We went out for breakfast in Semaphore, then Jo was sent off for a massage and manicure. She then had some vouchers to buy an outfit to go out for dinner. After some icecream we went down to our local beach and I got down on one knee.”

“When he did ask, I was completely surprised but the happiest I’ve ever been. So happy that my cheeks were sore from smiling so much throughout that day and my eyes stinging from so many happy tears!”

It was back to the beach for their engagement photos, “We live near the beach so spending time swimming, walking etc (is what we like to do together)”. They met at work, and while it wasn’t love at first sight, it was something that slowly developed. “I knew Lee was the one when decided to take me on a date to Bingo – yes, the game bingo! I had mentioned I liked that game early on and this made me realise that he was interested and trying to impress me as much as i were him. He’s all about the little things, like saying ‘good morning beautiful’ every single morning.”

The engagement shoot with this young and fun couple was so natural, just like their love, and the adventures they have been on are only the beginning for them. Congratulations Lee and Jo.

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Jo’s gorgeous engagement ring designed by Bell and Brunt

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Kirsty + Brad’s Engagement Photos

Kirsty + Brad’s Engagement Photos

I was so spoilt on the day of Kirsty and Brad’s engagement photo shoot, spoilt by the location, spoilt by the weather, and spoilt with good people and a good time. The jacaranda trees bloomed around us in a gorgeous shade of purple, the sun shone through the trees, we were visited by mother duck and her ducklings during a shoot in the park (!!) and with an outfit change and a trip to the beach we added some more brilliant photos to their engagement shoot collection. It was a photographer’s ideal day!

Kirsty and Brad are a very carefree and casual couple which is why their laid back engagement story comes as no surprise to me – it was just a natural progression in their beautiful relationship. “I knew Kirsty was the one when we started to spend a lot more time together and got further into our relationship. I found she was the one I could trust, love, open up to and know she was always there for me. The comfort I got from being with her made me want to always spend my life with this amazing woman.”

“I guess I knew he was the one when the first thing I thought of in the morning and the last thing on my mind before I fell asleep, and not being able to imagine my life without him.” Slowly their relationship and steps into forever unfolded before them. “We made the move to get an animal together, soon followed by renting our own place and started looking at saving for our own house. While in Adelaide for her mother’s wedding, we went into Bell and Brunt to pick up their wedding rings and have some others cleaned, it was then that I found out Kirsty’s size and design of what she liked, as it is all hand made.” Brad ordered the engagement ring, and secretly got it home without anyone being the wiser. He hid it and waited a few months before he had the perfect moment.

Brad is the kind of guy that makes proposal jokes a lot, so Kirsty had learnt to not become suspicious of any strange behaviour. “The proposal was on a local beach while walking our dog. The time was right, we had been living together in our own place for 3 months and this was the next step in our journey together. I had a made a few jokes about proposal throughout our time together, but this was the real one. I let go of her hand and held her in my arms, gave her a kiss and got down on one knee”

“I may have said whilst he was on bended knee that I hoped he wasn’t teasing me and he was asking for real!” When Brad pulled out the ring box, it sunk in, he really was proposing, and they were going to get married!

“I love everything about him and the way he makes me feel everyday. Of course no relationship is perfect or without its ups and downs, but I feel we just get stronger and stronger no matter what life throws at us.”

I’ll be joining them for their wedding in 2015, and I can’t wait to see these friends of mine tie the knot. “I’m looking forward to the whole wedding day experience, but ultimately walking down the aisle and marrying the man of my dreams that I want to spend the rest of my life with.”

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Karina + Robert’s Engagement Photos

Karina + Robert’s Engagement Photos

Karina and Robert met at Uni – not because they were at the same Uni, but because a lecturer at Karina’s Uni left in her final semester; “we had to do an equivalent subject at Adelaide University instead. This is the subject where we met, you could say it was fate.”

They spent a lot of time in the Botanic Gardens on their Uni breaks getting to know each other, falling for each others sense of humour and random puns. Given it was where they spent a lot of time together, it wasn’t a strange suggestion that they go walking through the Botanic Gardens on the day they were to go suit shopping for Robert. “I hesitated and said shouldn’t we get the suit shopping over and done with first? But he told me it would only be a quick walk. I thought he was trying to get out of shopping because like most men, he hates it!” So through the Botanic Gardens they went, when all of a sudden it started to rain. “We ran for cover under this little sheltered tree in the middle of the rainforest, and that is when he got down on one knee and proposed! It is now ‘our tree’ and we plan on visiting it every year for our anniversary.”

When we met for their engagement shoot and did our best to replicate that beautiful day in the botanic gardens…sans suit shopping of course! Couple that with a gorgeous beach sunset and we had a magical engagement shoot in Adelaide. Karina’s circle cut diamond ring from Bell and Brunt was great choice by Robert, and lucky he was the one to choose it, because it seems that Karina might be a little indecisive! “Rob is a bit of a human calculator, and I always take too long to make a decision, especially what to wear or what to eat!” Well you looked fabulous in your white lace dress for your engagement photos Karina, I hope that was an easy decision!

Karina and Robert like to go for walks and watch movies together, spending time with family and friends, and just having fun with each other making quick witted jokes, being goofy on their car rides home, and sweetly- always holding hands. With their senses of humour and that of their friends, they are looking forward to what they think we will be unpredictable speeches on their wedding day, and dancing to their wedding song. We hope you have a perfect day Robert and Karina, and a wonderful start to a wonderful life.

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Beautiful Engagement Ring designed from the brilliant team at Bell and Brunt

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