An early start today for Lauren and David’s engagement shoot on Hammersmith Bridge.

A glorious sunny day, the first real spring one. The idea was to meet up early, to miss the multitude of people jogging, cycling, and walking along the river. But well, we didn’t know that today the annual Hammersmith Head of the River Race (HORR) was taking place. The area was literally like Oxford Street at Christmas.

We walked up and down to try to miss the heavy crowds. It proved very challenging to escape the enormous amount of people.

The sun is out and the spirit is high. We have been looking forward to this pre wedding photo shoot for sometime now. Lauren and David are getting married in the beautiful Cotswolds, in a barn, and I can’t wait to cover the event.

Hammersmith Bridge

They chose Hammersmith Bridge for the engagement phototshoot, because often on a weekend they’d walk along the river and enjoy alfresco eating and drinking.

I created a Pinterest board as usual, to help develop a strong theme to the photoshoot.

Lauren and David are very relaxed as a couple. When I ask for a little detail about them Lauren sent me this…

David and I met 4 ½ years ago at a festival on the Isle of Wight called Bestival.  We bumped into each other a few times over the weekend but it was when he was dressed as a big green alien and I was in my finest ‘space-girl’ get-up that the deal was sealed!  We continued to meet up in London, as this was where David lived, when I was working in the capital, as I was living in Cheltenham at the time, and 9 months later I made the decision to move down.  The rest is history…  We will now be getting married exactly 5 years after our initial meeting date and 1 year to the day from our engagement (all totally by chance, rather than David being romantic though!).

David and I have quite different jobs, David is a social housing manager in Kensington and Chelsea and I work in fashion as a knitwear buyer.

I met Paola at my very first wedding fair in Battersea and loved her work, after meeting at her home to discuss our wedding plans and look at some more examples of her work we were sold.  It was after this we decided that Paola would be a great choice to shoot our wedding.

Their wedding day, 14 September,  is a date dear to my heart, as it happens to be my wedding anniversary. At first I was reluctant to take on board this wedding. But then the idea of exploring the Cotswolds area with my family made me rethink.

My weddings and engagement photo shoots never look alike as it is my aim to push the creativity all the time.

In this instance I wanted to use reflection, and what a better way than to use a pub window on the river front. The Blue Anchor pub was the perfect location, and the beer was refreshing.

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