Rebecca & Mark chose one of their favourite childhood parks for their engagement shoot, Hylands Park, Chelmsford which is extremely fitting considering Mark proposed in the park of all parks – Central Park on their dream trip around America. After being together for 10 years you can’t blame Rebecca for being overcome with a daze when she realised what was going on. Read all about the engagement and what lovely plans they have for a multicoloured, vibrant wedding surrounded by their nearest and dearest.
Snapped by the lovely Emma from Bloomwood Photography we are super excited to see the wedding and wish Rebecca & Mark the most amazing wedding tomorrow.
Our engagement was a complete surprise! We had been together for 10 years at the time and always dreamed of going to New York together. After finally being able to buy a flat together, we decided to save up for our dream trip to America which involved travelling around New York, Washington DC, Las Vegas, San Francisco and the Yosemite and Los Angeles all in the space of three weeks.
We were so incredibly excited to have finally made it in New York and I remember Mark really wanting to go to Central Park. I had already booked us in to visit the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island on the first day so we planned to go the following day. I didn’t think too much of it at the time but Mark carried his backpack with him everywhere – normally he is trying to put as much as he can in my handbag so he doesn’t have to take a bag!! On our second day in New York (Friday 29th July 2016) we walked the streets of New York, exploring for hours. Mark had been talking about how much he wanted to see Central Park and it must have been about four in the afternoon when we finally got on the subway to go there. Unfortunately for us we hadn’t quite worked out the subway system yet and boarded an express train that ran the length of Central Park and only stopped in Harlem! We sat on the train a good half hour before we were able to get off and board a train back that stopped at Central Park.
When we got there we walked around a bit, by this point I had noticed Mark acting a little strange…he had seemed a little bit stressed for most of day but was now a bit nervy but constantly grinning – I still didn’t piece it together! We walked around a bit as he wanted to find somewhere pretty to sit, at one point we went on a rickshaw (Mark asked him to show us all the romantic places). We got off near the ‘Friends Fountain’ where we had our last picture taken as boyfriend and girlfriend. We began walking around the park and almost walked out of it but Mark found us a nice quiet spot to sit down and chill out for a bit. Straight away I kicked my shoes off and laid down in the grass… not a clue what was about to happen. He stayed sitting up… unable to relax… until he suddenly said “I think we need to talk..”. His grin was from ear to ear at this point ( where as I had no shoes on, slightly muddy legs by now and undoubtedly must have had some grass in my hair). He carried on “We have been together a long time now and you know how much I love you…”. At this point he is routing around in his bag when he suddenly produced a little black box…he said some really beautiful things – I only wish I wasn’t in such a daze and could actually remember more of what he said! I will never forget, however, the moment he said “Rebecca Nunn, will you marry me?” I answered a great big yes, he put the ring on my finger and I threw my arms around him. It couldn’t have been more perfect.
As soon as we got back from our holiday we began looking for venues and were keen to book a date. After being together for so long we didn’t want a long engagement.
The Engagement Shoot
Who’s idea was it to have your engagement shoot at Hylands Park and why did you decide to have it here?
Hylands Park is very special to us as we have visited it together many times over the years. We have both grown up around Writtle/Chelmsford so it is a place we would often with our families as children. We did consider getting married there but it didn’t quite fit with the wedding we wanted as we were looking for something smaller and a bit more intimate. It was nice touch being able to use it for our engagement shoot and have some professional photos taken there.
How did you find the whole process of finding your perfect photographer?
It was daunting at first. I really liked some photographers photos but didn’t feel comfortable around the actual photographer.
Why did you decide to go with Bloomwood photography?
We had spoken with a number of photographers at wedding fayres and been researching them online. Bloomwood photography was on the recommended suppliers list that our venue, High House, gave us so I decided to check them out. I liked the style of photos but what really sealed the deal was when we met Emma. She was so chatty and made us feel at ease straight away – we knew we had to have her!
What would you tell future brides considering having an engagement shoot?
Definitely go for it! Mark and I definitely feel less nervous about being photographed on the day because we know more of what to expect now. It has also helped us decide on the kind of pictures we would like on the day and is a lovely keepsake which has captured the love and the excitement on the lead up to our wedding day.
We have a multicolour theme! We want the day to be bright, vibrant and full of love and life. The ceremony will be small, just family and close friends with more friends joining us to celebrate in the evening. We are trying to keep things simple, and are really looking forward to sharing our special day with the people closest to us.
How are you hoping to make your special day memorable for you and your guests?
We are getting married outside under a gazebo at High House.
Have you found anything particularly stressful so far about wedding planning?
Making my wedding cake! We have tried to save money where we can and as I enjoy a bit of baking myself I thought why spend hundreds of pounds when I can make a couple of sponge cakes myself? There is definitely a part of me that could really do without the stress of it so close to the wedding but as long as it tastes good then I’m happy.
Advice For Other Brides To Be
My advice would be don’t get caught up in ‘faddy’ things. You can end up spending a small fortune on extra things that you probably don’t need and it is easy to lose sight of what a wedding should be about. Enjoy planning a day that you will never forget but most of all enjoy knowing you have found someone you absolutely adore, who makes you so incredibly happy that you want to spend the rest of your lives together.