Westonbirt Arboretum Engagement

If you go down to the woods today you might find a big surprise. Not so much a teddy bear’s picnic and more of a proposal, most likely.

The first time you heard the term engagement shoot you probably though, ‘what?’. I know, it sounds like a concept invented by the wedding industry, a bit like the minimoon. Actually, an engagement shoot is a great way for a bride and groom and photographer to connect with each other.

Any couple that has an engagement shoot can rest assured that they’re going to get some great wedding photographs. The photographer knows which shots the bride and groom get excited by and the couple are comfortable having a photographer following them around papping away, asking them to strike a pose.

I think it’s the term engagement shoot that raises the occasional eyebrow. You can be forgiven for expecting to find the photographer lurking in the bushes as the groom drops to one knee, praying that she says yes. That might be why some call it a pre-wedding shoot, to better illustrate that it takes place in advance of the wedding not at the actual moment of engagement.

But I’m sticking with the term engagement shoot, especially after my recent trip to Westonbirt Arboretum with the lovely and relaxed Amy and Chris. We took a walk through the woods in search of the tree that hosted Chris’ proposal and as you’ll see from some of the images, there were moments when I did find myself hiding in the bushes.

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