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

Engaged couple under tree

Do you feel that having an engagement shoot helped with having your wedding pictures taken?

“As we got to know Karli beforehand, I don’t think either of us felt apprehensive in the slightest on the day. I think that feeling comfortable around your photographer means you let your guard down, which in turn hopefully leads to more natural looking photos. At the end of the day it’s all about trying to capture the fun and a sense of what it was like to be there.”


Engaged couple walking

Lady blowing bubbles at man

Lady laughing with man

Engaged couple holding hands

Engaged couple laughing together

Woman with hand on man's shoulder

Which picture is your favourite?

“This one…”

Man with arms around woman's waist

Engaged couple kissing

Engaged couple laying in grass

Engaged couple laying in grass

Engaged couple laying on ground

Engaged couple laying on ground kissing

Engaged couple standing by lake

Reflection of engaged couple in water

Engaged couple kissing

Engaged couple kissing by Sizergh Castle

Images © Karli Harrison Photography