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Engaged couple laying on ground

Couple: Laura and Steve

Photographer: Karli Harrison Photography

Engagement Shoot Date: 16/05/2014

Location of Shoot: Grounds of Sizergh Castle, near Kendal, Cumbria

Wedding Date: 07/06/2014

Why did you have an engagement shoot?

The last thing we wanted was to look awkward and uncomfortable in our wedding photographs, so having the opportunity to spend some time getting used to having a camera pointing at us seemed like a good idea. Having the shoot also meant we could choose one of the photos and have it enlarged, so at the wedding reception all the guests get to sign around the border instead of in a formal guestbook (I never know what to write in those things!), which we thought was a really cool idea!

Engaged couple holding hands under tree

Engaged couple standing under tree

Soft toys tied to tree

Fabric apple hanging from tree

Felt bird in tree

Knitted owl in tree

Knitted beehive hanging from tree

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Bride gazing into groom's eyes during first dance - Picture by Holman Photographic

Image © Holman Photographic



This week our wedding mood board gives wedding styling ideas based around our Shabby Chic Polka Dot Roses wedding website template.

We love the pale pinks and blues in this design, a colour palette which is perfect for a spring or summer wedding. Simple shabby chic elements, such as shabby chic rose designs on bunting or little cupcakes, will co-ordinate really well with this wedding website template.

Shabby Chic Polka Dot Roses Wedding Styling Mood Board

Guest Information Cards – The Card Gallery

Shabby Chic Heart Bunting – La Mia Casa via Etsy

Cupcake with Shabby Chic Rose – The Cake Parlour

Peonies in Shabby Chic Bucket – Via Pinterest

Shabby Chic Polka Dot Roses Wedding Website – The Wedding Community

Pink, White and Green Wedding Bouquet – Via English Wedding

Peach Polka Dot Wedding Cake – Via Style Me Pretty

Luggage Tag Name Cards – The Mrs Makes via Boho Weddings

Shabby Chic Polka Dot Roses – The Card Gallery

Silhouette of bride and groom kissing in front of the sun - Picture by Ayesha Photography

Image © Ayesha Photography



Happy Friday. This week we posted our first ever engagement shoot feature, and what an engagement shoot! To see the pictures from Lindsey and Jarrod’s engagement shoot in a hot air balloon, click the link – you’ll be glad you did.

From Our Suppliers…


Real Weddings and Bridal Shoots

A marquee wedding in Cambridge, photographed by Liam Smith Photography…

Bride and bridesmaids selfie

© Liam Smith Photography – A marquee wedding in Cambridge


Tythe Barn in Launton wedding, photographed by Georgi Mabee Photography…

Large jar of sweets

© Georgi Mabee Photography – A Tythe Barn in Launton wedding


A Secret Garden wedding, photographed by Voyteck Photography…

Bride and groom kissing in Secret Garden

© Voyteck Photography – A Secret Garden wedding


A Gate Street Barn wedding, photographed by Anneli Marinovich Photography…

Wedding table

© Anneli Marinovich Photography – A Gate Street Barn wedding


A Lake Como wedding, photographed by DSB Creative…

Bride and groom in Italy

© DSB Creative – A Lake Como wedding


Trinity Buoy Wharf wedding, photographed by Kristian Leven Photography…

Bride and groom at rinity Buoy Wharf

© Kristian Leven Photography – A Trinity Buoy Wharf wedding


Lains Barn wedding, photographed by Steven Carter Hewson…

Wedding tables in Lains Barn

© Steven Carter Hewson – A Lains Barn wedding


A Nonsuch Mansion wedding, photographed by Ria Mishall Photography…

Bride and groom in garden of Nonsuch Mansion

© Ria Mishall Photography – A Nonsuch Mansion wedding

This Week On…

The Wedding Community Website

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Interview with: Mathilde Robert

Company Name: Planet Weddings


Location / Coverage: UK

How and when did Planet Weddings get started?

I have been in business for three decades, and arranged our first ever wedding in Cyprus some 20 years ago!

The Algavre, Portugal

The Algavre, Portugal

Which destinations does Planet Weddings offer for weddings abroad?

Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Croatia, Malta and Gozo.

What type of packages can Planet Weddings offer couples planning their wedding abroad?

All kinds, from simple no frills to big, bold and luxurious, tailor-made to suit the bride and groom and their budget.

Kefalos, Kos, Greece

Kefalos, Kos, Greece

What extras can couples organise through Planet Weddings for their wedding abroad?

Photography, video, flowers, cake, receptions, music, entertainment, decorations for the venue and reception, transport, accommodation and flights, not just for the couple but family and friends.

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Bride and groom kissing - Picture by Colin Murdoch Studio

Image © Colin Murdoch Studio



Engaged couple in hot air balloon

Today we are featuring our very first engagement shoot. Having an engagement shoot (sometimes called a pre-wedding shoot) before your wedding is an ideal opportunity to get used to having your picture taken, feel at ease with your photographer, and for your photographer to get to know you as a couple.

Of course, the best bit about an engagement shoot is you get some amazing pictures of the two of you, which you could use for your Save the Date cards, or even on your wedding stationery or as pictures on your wedding tables.

When choosing a location for your engagement shoot think outside the box. Where do you love to go for a walk as a couple? What do you love to eat? Where is your favourite location? A lovely walk in your local park or city centre, afternoon tea at your local boutique hotel, or even a hot air balloon! Try and be as imaginative as you can, and why not take some props along, or even your fury four legged friend!

Our first engagement shoot is a fabulous shoot captured by Shaun Menary Photography, with Lindsey and Jarrod going up, up and away in a hot air balloon…

Couple: Lindsey and Jarrod

Photographer: Shaun Menary Photography

Engagement Shoot Date: 24/03/2012

Location of Shoot: Private residence in Franklin, Tennessee, and downtown Nashville, Tennessee

Wedding Date: 19/05/2012

Why did you have an engagement shoot?

“My uncle lives in Franklin, Tennessee and owns a hot air balloon. Franklin is such a beautiful part of the country and we have always wanted to go visit. We thought, “Why not do it now, and why not take our amazing photographer with us?”. So we did! It was amazing. Such a fun adventure with people that we love so much. I wouldn’t change a thing about the entire experience.”

Engaged couple sitting on couch

Engaged couple sitting on couch

Engaged couple playing pinball

Hand on pinball machine

Woman with hand on man's shoulder

Engaged couple in front of map

Man lifting up woman in front of map

Engaged couple in front of map

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Bride and groom kissing in front of wedding venue with mist - Picture by Fiona Walsh Photography

Image © Fiona Walsh Photography




Interview with: Mathilde Robert

Company Name: Planet Holidays


Location / Coverage: UK

How did the business get started and who works at Planet Holidays?

We started the company in 2001, Harry Kyrillou is our Commercial Director, Reservations Jackie Myerson, Peter Ward is Agency Sales, Dominique Jubien looks after our design, brochures and the website, Marlen Taffarello does our PR, plus those wonderful resort representatives in both Cyprus and Greece.

Aldemar Royal Villas, Anissaras, near Hersonissos, Crete

Aldemar Royal Villas, Anissaras, near Hersonissos, Crete

Why are you called Planet Holidays?

We provide holidays that are out of this world.

What honeymoon destinations does Planet Holidays offer?

Cyprus, Egypt and Greece.

Archipelagos Hotel, Kalo Livadi, Mykonos

Archipelagos Hotel, Kalo Livadi, Mykonos

What type of packages can Planet Holidays offer couples planning their honeymoon?

All kinds, from luxury honeymoon suites to villas with private pool, to multi-centre or off the beaten track.

Amphitryon Hotel, Nafplion, Peloponnese, Greece

Amphitryon Hotel, Nafplion, Peloponnese, Greece

Can couples tailor their honeymoon or do you only offer packages?

We are delighted to tailor-make as that means we can best utilise our extensive knowledge. Our 208 page lifestyle brochure can be viewed online; check it out.

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