2019 kicks off with a Surprise Proposal!
What a start to 2019! We love a bit of romance so when Matthew approached us to capture his surprise proposal to his girlfriend Kerrie over the Christmas period.
We were only too happy to oblige! A Surprise Proposal is something that has been on our bucket list of things to shoot
Ashton Park was the chosen location as this was where they had first met and they love the walk their rescue dog Louie here or along the Wirral Way too
The Surprise Proposal Plan
Matthew arranged a chat with us a month or so before and also so we would recognise him on the day!
There was location scouting of the park for where Matthew could propose and we could be out of sight at different places and capture the moment
Images were sent – denoting choices and a certain tree was earmarked for a certain time. We had our plan!
As it happened New Year’s Day was the best day and time was set for mid morning so they then had the rest of the afternoon and evening with their families to share the news.
Capturing the Surprise Proposal
So New Year’s Day dawed – a little rain early o. The plan B for under the bridge to escape any rain was not needed as the skies cleared and evened turned to blue skies
We made our way , a short walk from home to Ashton Park and took up our positions out of sight, hiding behind bushes!
Soon Matthew and Kerrie arrived and we clicked away. Turned out just perfect, neither of them saw us! Sure they were just engrossed with each other.
We left them for a couple of minutes to hug and enjoy the moment to themselves, before joining them to congratulate them.
kerrie was completely surprise. This was such a privilege to capture and what a wonderful start to 2019 for them.
The shooting didn’t end there we continued with an engagement shoot for them.
Some 100 images in their gallery for them to treasure
Here just a few highlights to enjoy.
If you know of any romantic guys who would love to surprise their girl with a ring and have it captured discretely them please get in touch!
Historic Birkenhead Priory Shoot: Laura & Darren
Historic Birkenhead Priory what a great choice for this autumnal pre wedding shoot with Laura & Darren. We love trying out new locations for our couples on their pre wedding sessions.
Birkenhead Priory was founded aground 1150. The monks of this former Benedictine monastery tended to travellers for about 400 years and began the first organised crossing of the River Mersey.
The road leading down to the waterfront is called Monks Ferry. The Priory now hold a small museum and a chapel were marriages can take place on the Wirral
The Refectory above the Chapter House can also be used for your reception. St Mary’s tower can also be climbed for some fabulous views over the river and adjacent shipyard
The Priory is the oldest building standing on the Wirral so its definitely worth a visit.
Back to our shoot and we were blessed with no rain as we wandered around the ruins of the historic priory. It is well maintained and supervised by volunteer staff they will happily provide info.
The kind staff of Birkenhead Priory and St Mary’s Tower kindly permitted us to shoot here.
Lots of photo opportunities in a small area, perfect for this shoot. The neighbouring shipbuilders of Camell Lairds makes for some interesting angles of old and new structures.
Beautiful engagement ring of Luara’s with unusual claw setting, Daren did well!
Darren and Laura were soon relaxed into the shoot, we don’t over pose and let couples be themselves. So there were lots of natural giggles, hugs and kisses.
Love it when couples enjoy their session with us. Lots of gorgeous images for them which they will receive with their wedding USB
Ha this was a funny shot, a hair raising kiss!
Never believe a photographer when they say “think that’s a wrap”!
We spotted a few more shots by an old brick wall. Plus some glorious golden autumnal colour on the trees still.
Then we headed down to the river to see where the monks would have taken the ferry across the Mersey.
Of course ideal opportunity to kick up some autumn leaves and more giggles!
We hope you enjoyed this shoot from Historic Birkenhead Priory. Why not pay it a visit – check out the planned activities at the Priory
If you are planning a wedding here or at their associate Williamson Art Gallery please do contact us for a special quote
Sarah and Chris: Pre Wedding Shoot Royden Park
A stroll around Royden Country Park and Woods
Time for another pre wedding shoot around Royden Country Park – another firm favourite place of ours. Our pre wedding shoots are always popular and Sarah and Chris decided to have one too
– they have wall space they wish to fill with images from their pre- wedding shoot, wedding and then honeymoon. We did offer to travel too!
Message from Jasper
We had a fun afternoon in Royden Country Park, chatting and strolling as we took some images. Of course Jasper being an important part of their lives came along too.
he even had a special placard message to display. He looked pleased as punch with himself. We spent a few mins in the walled garden, hey the bluebells are out!
The then we collected Jasper and had a stroll around the woods. A favourite walking place with Jasper
We are really looking forward to capturing their upcoming summer wedding at Leverhulme Hotel and working with some amazing suppliers.
For now a few highlights from our afternoon at Royden Park. Such an easy going relaxed time, so many pics taken – all will be included with their wedding usb
Wonder which one they will choose for their wall
We had been looking forward to shooting a city centre pre wedding shoot for a while – makes a change from parks and beaches where we normally shoot.
We had scoped out Liverpool city centre for an engagement shoot. So when Stephanie and Laurence said they wanted a city centre shoot we jumped at the opportunity! They are having a December wedding at the Shankly Hotel in Liverpool – and normally we would suggest something different from the wedding day for the shoot as a contrast …but this time we resisted saying this wanted to do this shoot in Liverpool! Stephanie and Laurence spend a lot of time in Liverpool so they felt comfortable here in familiar surroundings – something we always suggest to our couples if choosing a location for their pre wedding shoot
Now Stephanie had said Laurence was a bit shy, but honestly you wouldn’t know it. We just tell our couples not to worry about us and staring down the camera, just be yourselves. That’s exactly what Stephanie and Laurence did. We also got to enjoy cake and tea whilst we chatted through the timeline for the upcoming wedding day. We always enjoy our pre wedding shoots and judging from these images you can see how Stephanie and Laurence enjoyed their time too with us.
They were naturals and were so at ease with each other and us it truly was a joy. Such chemistry, they could melt ice-bergs!
Thank you for picking Liverpool for your session. So many places we could have chosen but we enjoyed some of the less obvious ones.
Enjoy these few highlights below.
All images are available on-line and will be provided with wedding images on their USB
This is what Stephanie said about their experience of the shoot
“After putting it off for months and months we finally had our engagement/pre wedding photographs taken. This is a service offered by our photographers Pixsmiths Creative Photography that we would never EVER have thought to have done. We don’t really like having our photograph taken nor do we like being centre of attention. We thought we’d be really awkward and were dreading it to be honest. Brides to be, if I can give you one piece of advice that I’ve picked up from planning my own wedding it is this – if you are nervous and a bit shy about having your wedding photographs have one of these shoots. Dave and Sandy were amazing and we know this will save us so much time and worry on the day as we feel so relaxed with our photographers. ”
If you are interested in a couple shoot – whether engaged or not or for an anniversary shoot, please do get in touch.
More examples of our pre wedding shoots can be seen here …or simple select the pre wed category from our blog page
Ashton Park Couple Shoot with Chellsi & David
I confess I gave a big whoop of delight when I saw Chellsi post on facebook her engagement to David
..and an even bigger one when they contacted Wirral Wedding Photographers Pixsmiths to cover their wedding this coming October.
We had previously met Chellsi & David at other weddings – Anna & Simon, where she was bridesmaid and Jemma & Frankie’s wedding.
She has an infectious laugh and a warm heart. This was supposed to be a beach sunset shoot but hey with our British weather we live to be flexible and have a plan B!
So we ended up in Aston Park and it turned out really well! I think Chellsi and David enjoyed their stroll around Ashton Park with us …as did their dog Toby.
he definitely didn’t want to be left out!
Such a great couple and really looking forward to their autumn wedding at one of our favourite venues Inglewood Manor.