In a beautiful Yorkshire woodland setting, today’s fiesta took place on the UK’s brightest day. With an intimate three acres of woodland in Leeds, Applewood provided this creative team with the perfect backdrop for this outdoor wedding shoot.
We have all seen those beautiful engagement shoots – the loved up couple pictured frolicking in beautiful sun drenched fields or on the tops of mountains overlooking breathtaking views but have you wondered just how much work goes into getting those postcard perfect images?
Today’s bride-to-be shares her hilarious account of all she had to go through to get her dream engagement photos and we will leave you to decide whether you think this type of engagement shoot is for you, although I have to say I think Michelle & Sean’s photo’s were totally worth it.
“First of all, my partner, Sean, has a phobia of heights but he was such a good sport throughout the shoot!” Began Michelle.
“Second of all, this shoot is very close to our hearts because all the items were picked with careful attention to the details. The flower crowns were handmade by me, and the dress was custom made by a famous Indonesian designer named Cynthia Tan. She took extra care to make sure every inch fit me perfectly and accentuated my body.”
“I have always dreamed about wearing long dresses and looking like a princess that came out of a fairy tale. The problem is, nobody told me that those picture perfect moments came with a price…
1. I love meadow and valley pictures. I love nature. But I totally forgot that nature can be kind of dirty. We chose to hold our engagement session in Yosemite Park, but to get to our particular meadow, meant we had to go on a one-mile hike. The road was incredibly hilly and I had to stop a couple of times to catch my breath.
Whilst trying to take those meadow, fairy tale – like pictures I had to walk in wet and mushy soil (new sneakers needed please.. donations accepted). Never mind thinking about heels, I was thankful that I was even able to stand at all while walking on unstable tree logs!
Oh, and have I mentioned the outrageous amount of flies and mosquitoes? I must remember to take my bug repellent next time. Thankfully they looked like they were fairy dust in the pictures. You would never think that they’re actually bugs!
2. There are NO BATHROOMS. Girls, listen to me. If you’re planning to shoot in the middle of nowhere and you happen to have a tiny bladder like I do, do NOT drink beforehand. I think being dehydrated for a couple of hours is much better than having to make nature your bathroom. You probably don’t want more details on this point, but if you do… inquire within. Ask me in person 😉
3. The number of details you have to think about.. I needed to color coordinate my outfits with Sean, I needed to think about whether my dress contrasted well with Yosemite in the background. The most important thing is of course remembering to bring all of those little things with you.. heels, sneakers, sandals, different styles of mens shoes, bow ties, ties, dresses.. it’s like bringing a whole house with you! Be prepared to bring a large backpack with you if you’re planning to shoot in remote areas that are not accessible by car.
4. Bring bed sheets. To change. I asked Sean to bring two bed sheets for me, and my friends created a rectangular curtain for me to change in. I think that was the best idea that I have ever came up with in my life. Changing in the forest was really changing, I probably couldn’t care less if anyone saw me naked, I just wanted to get into my dress!Details
Kristen, is the talented travel vlogger behind ‘Hopscotch the Globe’ as well as co-author of fiction adventure series, Rise of the Prince, along with her husband Siya. The couple also operate an Inspirational Center called DASHTA Moments. They work with individuals and small groups to guide them in their pursuit of an authentic life. Their peaceful and calm environment is an ideal setting for people to discover who they really are, through self-inquiry and awareness of the world around them. All the beautiful decor was a result of all their friends and family getting crafty and creating it for them! Not only was the final result so unique and beautiful, but also very meaningful to Kristen & Siya.
“Before the ceremony began, all the guests had a peaceful silent moment to take in the energy and the sounds of the nature around us in order to be present for the ceremony” their photographer, Sara, told us. “It was beautiful. Instead of hearing others talking or being distracted by phones, we heard birds chirping, the wind, and flowing water in the creek nearby”.
Siya asked Kristen to marry him with a moonstone pendant he had bought on his travels in Rishikesh, India, during a round the world 10 month trip. The couple have travelled the world together and were keen to represent the incredible work of mother nature at their wedding whilst also sharing their belief in supporting and protecting it.