May 12, 2017
Linda and Steven owe a lot to their friends! ;) They first met at a gathering when introduced to each other by mutual friends and… well… the rest is history. 7 years later, Steven proposed to Linda with a diamond ring and they started planning their wedding in May at Birmingham Botanical Gardens.
Included in every wedding photography booking is a complimentary engagement photo shoot. When it came time to schedule Linda and Steven’s, Linda did thorough research and found the perfect location near their home in Northampton.
We met on a warm afternoon at Castle Ashby Gardens- a 16th century ancestral home placed in a 10,000-acre estate full of lush gardens and countryside. Yes… this mansion is older than my home country! Castle Ashby is truly a magnificent gem you would never imagine to find in Northampton and it couldn’t have suited them more.
We took our time walking through the gardens and talking about their wedding in 3 weeks time. I don’t normally book my couple’s engagement shoots so close to their wedding day, but Linda and Steven wanted warm weather for their shoot (which I was more than happy about!) so we booked a Saturday in April. I gave them my quickest turnaround time and they had their engagement photos in time to be displayed on several flat screen TVs around their wedding reception venue to show their 300+ guests!
Linda and Steven were gentle and calm, but that didn’t stop them from giving me some seriously strong looks! Once the initial nerves were shaken off and the shoot progressed, I saw them relax more and more and really get into the photos. I’m not lying when I say they came up with most of these poses on their own. Have a look for yourself…
It’s not often I write an engagement blog and can say congratulations to a couple who are actually now married! Last week, Linda and Steven became husband and wife in Birmingham where they used to live. They made it official at Birmingham Botanical Gardens and later celebrated with a traditional tea ceremony at Linda’s parents home to honor their Chinese and Vietnamese roots. Afterwards, 300 guests joined the bride and groom at Chung Ying Gardens to celebrate with abundant food and drink! It was an incredible experience to jump into their culture for a day. I had totally forgotten I was in the West Midlands! Linda and Steven are a chilled couple, but they definitely have a party side and that was fun to see! ;)