It’s the big day at Hazel Gap Barn today for Hannah and Adam, so it’s definitely time to share a few images from their engagement shoot at Allestree Park in Derby, back in April. The original plan for their shoot had actually been to head to Hannah’s family home to shoot among the blossoms, but the ridiculous lateness of spring scuppered that! So, we put our thinking caps on and came up with heading over to Allestree Park.
Dealing with the Great British weather
It’s a fact of life in the UK that if you plan something that relies on certain weather or seasonal conditions, well, it’s probably not going to happen. Having said that, as I’ve said time and again, sometimes you’ve just gotta go with it. And go with it these two did! I love that despite a change of plans and some damp weather, they were totally up for sticking on some wellies and having the shoot anyway. My kind of people!
On the plus side, despite being half term we pretty much had the place to ourselves so sometimes a spot of rain can yield some benefits. Not to mention the beautiful misty light, which is actually super flattering and let’s face it, looks cool.
Why have an engagement shoot at Allestree Park?
I’ve never actually shot an engagement shoot at Allestree Park before but I’m so glad I discovered this place! We had a lovely walk around, and it’s just the right size. We were able to see most of it (the mud was ridiculous so some bits remained unexplored), and there was plenty of variety. The lake is really pretty, especially with the mist, and we even got some birds coming to say hello. The small garden in front of the house adds a nice bit of manicured scenery, and probably my favourite shots of the session, the reflections in the pond. We even managed to find a few blossoms, so hopefully that made up for them not having come out yet at home!
Not having too many people around was a nice treat for such a pretty public space, I loved being able to chat to Hannah and Adam and get to know them. One of the benefits of an engagement shoot is definitely being able to all get to know one another which is definitely a good way to calm any wedding day nerves.
Dogs at engagement shoots – yes please!
Anyone who has ever spoken to me for longer than 5 minutes will probably know that I am OBSESSED with cockerpoos, so when Hannah and Adam asked if they could bring Tilly along, I had to tone down my excitement so as to not sound like a crazy person.
I loved spending time with Tilly – she’s so cute, and although she’s the very definition of a mucky pup (she could not resist a good splash in the mud, that gorgeous coat was messed up in about 3 seconds flat), she was absolutely delightful. Bringing your dog along to your engagement shoot is such a nice idea, as this can immediately put you more in your comfort zone. And they’re part of the family after all aren’t they?
I can’t wait for the wedding today – fingers crossed for some better weather but either way I know from spending time with these guys that it’ll be a lovely day. They’re super sweet with each other, and they’re really chilled out so I know they’re going to have a great wedding. Photos from the big day coming soon!
If you fancy having your own engagement shoot at Allestree Park or anywhere else for that matter, give me a shout! Bonus points for cockerpoo owners 😉 In the meantime, here are a few highlights…