Sarah and Richard's engagement shoot at Cultra, Northern Ireland

The meet-up!

I first met Sarah and Richard in May of this year over a coffee at Oliver's. We were there to chat about their upcoming wedding and it was the perfect setting to get to know each other a little bit better - something I try to do with all my couples. They had messaged me earlier in the year after a recommendation from one of their close friends!

Coffee was such a pleasure with these two. They were such genuine people and showed a real interest in my photography and plans for their day. The also had big happy smiles on their faces throughout - so good!

Sarah and Richard are getting married in October 2018, with their reception at the Clandeboye Lodge - invite only I'm afraid! But before any of that takes place we arranged to meet up for an engagement shoot. This is when I normally bring couples to the north coast, hitting up spots like Ballintoy where the backdrops are just stunning (read about one such shoot here). But, on this occasion, we stayed closer to home in Holywood, Cultra to be exact.

So why Cultra? This is where Sarah's granddad's ashes were scattered, making it a place close to her heart. Knowing the significance of the location made the whole shoot extra special. Sarah had requested this location during our coffee morning and who was I to disagree! It was a pleasure to capture their memories here. I just hope I did it justice.

On the the day of the shoot we all met around 6.30 pm. The sun was out, it was another glorious Irish evening. Like some couples, Sarah and Richard were a little nervous in front of the camera in the beginning but the ice quickly melted as I joked and chatted with them on our stroll along the north Down coastline. What resulted were some amazing moments of love and friendship.

The story

Now for Sarah and Richard's story in pictures. As mentioned, Cultra is a special place for Sarah and knowing this gives the whole story a natural warmth and calmness. It also makes the last frame, for me, a poignant one; reflecting the tone of the shoot perfectly, as if a loved one was watching over.

Enjoy.

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