T’other day I headed up into North Yorkshire to join these kids, Liz & Glynn, for their pre-wed at Bolton Abbey, ahead of their big day at Crow Hill in Marsden!
I always like driving through the rolling hills and piocturesque towns of the Yorkshire Dales, and it was a beautiful day for a stroll.
Bolton Abbey was looking good from the tea rooms, where we all caught up and talked excitedly about big day plans!
Afterwards, we donned the Hunters and took a stroll down to the Wharf with Bella – their lovely pooch – and Barny – their parents (most excellently-named!) dog, who’s recently been holidaying with them.
I do like a dog on a portrait shoot.
Though I spend so much time trying to get an ace snap of the dog I sometimes forget about the couple!
The reason I do these ‘pre-wedding/engagement’ shoots is for practice, to help my couples loosen up and relax into the idea of having their portraits taken.
They’re a great way to show a couple that it’s more about a bit of physical connection and having a laugh than forced posing and fake smiles.
It turned out it was Liz’s 30th birthday on the day we met! They’d decided to make a day of it up in the dales wit’dogs.
I was honoured to be considered a fun part of the celebrations!
It didn’t take these guys long to loosen into it. Not with Bella there for moral support!
Barny, an older fellow, was either dead horny or ambivalent to what was going on.
This little dog behaved similarly too.
Back up in the Abbey we caught a few more relaxed cuddles. I really like the romance of the one on the right.
…and a few individual portraits
And then it was off for more birthday celebrations!
[Stay tuned for more pics of Liz & Glynn, as I’ll be posting their highlights blog the day after their wedding]