Struggling to find a place to have their engagement shoot they asked the fabulous Emma from Bloomwood Photography to suggest a place and she didn’t disappoint. The stunning Hockley Woods in Essex. Surrounded by woodland & with beautiful bluebells blooming this engagement shoot is all sorts of romantic.
Jordan & Matt are getting marries next month at the picturesque High House wedding venue in Essex. They met Emma from Bloomwood at a wedding fayre and instantly fell in love with her style and relaxing personality. Having a two-year engagement has really meant they could sit back and enjoy the wedding planning process and of course plan their perfect wedding.
It was a complete surprise. We were away on holiday in Turkey. Our first holiday together was Turkey so it has always been a special place for us. It was about a week into the holiday and we’d booked to go for dinner at a beautiful restaurant in the mountains called The Sundial. It had been raining all day so we were a little worried it wouldn’t clear, especially Matt – the one day he’d chosen to pop the question and the heavens had opened! Luckily the rain stopped and we had a lovely dinner. We were walking through the garden’s of the restaurant which overlooks the city of Fethiye, the sun was setting, the sea was glistening, and in that moment Matt got down on one knee popped the question.
We were walking through the garden’s of the restaurant which overlooks the city of Fethiye, the sun was setting, the sea was glistening, and in that moment Matt got down on one knee and popped the question.
We got engaged in July 2015 and getting are married September this year. We didn’t want to rush into the wedding and we’ve enjoyed the engagement. It’s given us the time to prepare everything and to really look forward to the big day.
THE ENGAGEMENT SHOOT
WHO’S IDEA WAS IT TO HAVE YOUR ENGAGEMENT SHOOT AT Hockley woods AND WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO HAVE IT HERE?
It was actually Emma that decided for us. We were struggling for ideas and we asked Emma for advice. She suggested Hockley Woods and it turned out to be perfect. There were so many options for different shots and we were lucky with the weather, we couldn’t have picked a better location.
HOW DID YOU FIND THE WHOLE PROCESS OF FINDING YOUR PERFECT PHOTOGRAPHER?
It was a lot easier than we thought. The photos are one of the biggest parts of the wedding. We met up with a couple of different photographers and studied the different styles and techniques, as well as their personality. Emma stood out for us. She was very friendly and relaxed. We loved the portfolio she had and we really liked her style.
We’re planning on a lilac/grey colour scheme wedding. We’ve gone for a photo frame themed wedding with lots of love hearts. We plan to hang frames from the trees outside for people to take photos in. Almost a modern meets vintage mix.
How are you hoping to make your special day memorable for you and your guests?
High House has the dance floor hidden away in the marquee. When you walk in, you wouldn’t know it was there. The guests will assume that the tables and chairs will need to be moved for the evening. We’ll both be whisked away after the cake cutting and you’ll start to hear our first dance play when suddenly the curtains are drawn back and the big reveal will be us both having our first dance on the hidden dance floor.
Have you found anything particularly stressful so far about wedding planning?
I’d say the two most stressful things we’ve found is trying to get everyone to either RSVP or confirm they’re unable to make it and, once that was done, organising the table plan.
advice for other Brides To Be
Try not to worry about everyone else and remember this is your day, the one day where the focus is on you. Try to enjoy it, even the stressful moments can be looked back upon and laughed at. So much planning goes into one day, make sure it’s a day to remember.