“Gone with the wind” engagement shoot – Competition Finalist 3

The third couple to make it through in the competition to win wedding photography for a themed wedding, is Mary and Davin from Surrey. (Scroll down on the right to see their images)

They have found their cozy country side, wedding venue, in the beautiful Summerset Hills. A perfect location for the smaller and intimate function they are planning to have: this farm in “the middle of nowhere” has three function rooms which has been created from an old converted barn and an old converted dairy – both with beautifully exposed stone walls. One of the function rooms will be housing the ceremony, and the others will be used for their reception.

Mary and Davin want to make their wedding day into a celebration for all their closest family and dearest friends, an event where they have time to socialize with all the guests invited. For everybody to really have time to relax and to get to know each other, the couple have invited about 40 guests to their 2 day wedding event – starting the evening before with a welcome barbecue for all their guests. The venue, which also holds an old converted farmhouse, can cater for all their guests to stay over night!

Their wedding day will be set to the theme of romantic 1950s, with the gentle, simple glamour that era brought. The 50s theme will be traceable in the clothes that bride and groom will be wearing, as well as in their venue decor of mismatched bric-a-brac: random teapots, vintage silver plates, china and huge amounts of candles. Lots of DIY is involved, as they together with their families, are making their own doily bunting, streamers and lanterns – and growing their own plants to decorate the venue with. Mary’s sister will be making cookie favours inspired by the 50s and wrap them into little home made bags, and Davin’s mother will be making the wedding cake.

Mary has been inspired by her fiance´s grandmother’s beautiful, original collection of 50s and 60s jewellery, and will use part of this together with vintage and new rhinestone brooches to create her own, very personal bridal bouquet! She will also make the brides maids’ bouquets herself – out of felt and button flowers, and for the groom and best man, she will design and create their own buttonholes.

Mary and Davin actually met as they worked together, and became best friends in America. Once back in England, they met up again – and they started to realize where their friendship was actually heading… (how romantic is that!) As a little gesture towards America where they initially found each other, they will include an American Indian Apache blessing in their ceremony.

For their portrait session, Mary and Davin planned a romantic vintage style picnic in the beautiful Richmond Park – bringing along a hamper with their own homemade cupcakes, mini sandwiches, champagne, curious little vintage cups and old books. The Gone with the wind book fitted right in! Not only was it perfect for their style of portraits, but the strong winds on the day, where blowing their hair and clothing in all directions!

And what a relaxed couple they where to photograph. I didn’t even have time to set my camera up before the moments started to happen! Their sincere smiles where shining through the whole afternoon. And the sense of vintage that they had created with props, and clothes and hairstyling, was spot on! The brooch that Mary is wearing, used to belong to her grandmother, and is a taste of what is to come when Mary makes her own bridal bouquet out of brooches.

Here are some of my favorite shots from my engagement shoot with them – to vote pls scroll down to the comment box at the bottom!



















  • isabella harding - w
    What wonderful atmospheric and characterfilled photographs. The attention to detail was delightful. How proud I am so have such a beautiful daughter, and how happy, gloriously and humourously and authentically their love shines through, as I know it myself. Thank you for some wonderful pictures.ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca White - What beautifully idyllic photographs and SUCH a photogenic couple! Amazing work.ReplyCancel

  • Anastasiya - couldnt decide between second & third finalists
    but probably I give my vote to third coupleReplyCancel

  • jane - Just perfect!! They look so in love!ReplyCancel

  • Lily Shutt - Beautiful couple and love the natural happiness that can be seen in such a lovely backset! Perfect example of the wedding theme! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • james harding - Lovely photos! It looks very romantic! it’s impossible for them not to win!ReplyCancel

  • Josh Hughes - My friends showed me your photographs; very romantic! Good luck for the future.ReplyCancel

  • Charlotte Shutt - A lovely couple and a lovely set of photos. You look fabulous together and very happy!ReplyCancel

  • Simon - AwesomeReplyCancel

  • Katharine Baker - Gorgeous photos of a gorgeous couple – you have really captured their personalities. Thank you.ReplyCancel

  • sam - Awesome cant waite for this weddingReplyCancel

  • David - Bloody brilliant photosReplyCancel

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