Situated in the heart of Brighton’s historic Lanes, I’ve walked past the purple façade of Baroque Jewellery a number of times. I might have quickly peeked at the alluring window displays a couple of times, but I’ve never actually had a reason to go inside.
So when owners Pippa and Jason got in touch a few weeks ago, inviting me to visit and see how they work, I jumped at the chance.
Baroque are different to pretty much every jewellery shop I’ve ever been in. Not only do they carry some of the most unique pieces, crafted by independent local designers, they have four in-house master goldsmiths who hand make everything else from the workshop at the back of the store.
I briefly watched Andy melting and shaping a gold band for a customer order and could have chatted to him for hours, all about the process.
Have I got a set of photos that will make you go “awww!” today!? Photographer Jamie Allio told me the story of the real proposal that happened during this shoot! “I actually contacted this couple to do a shoot for my personal portfolio. I had been following Natalie for a while on Instagram and was obsessed with her style and her flawless features. Her boyfriend, Zach, was always making appearances on her feed and I couldn’t believe these two weren’t models!”
“I sent them an email along with a Pinterest board I had created for inspiration and within weeks we were meeting up for a shoot in my home, followed by a trip to Southern Arizona to visit some creepy abandoned domes. The night before the shoot Zach sent me a message telling me to call him as he had an emergency. As soon as he spoke he blurted out, ‘I’M GOING TO PROPOSE DURING OUR SHOOT!'”
There is a lot of pressure surrounding weddings. Pressure to have the most gorgeous celebration, to spend the most (or least!) money, to DIY up a storm and for everything to be utterly picture perfect. So it doesn’t come as a shock to me that proposal expectations can also be sky-high for the soon to be betrothed.
With viral proposal videos hitting the headlines on an almost daily basis, this is hardly surprising. It can be hard, if not impossible, for us normal folk to feel like we’ll ever measure up!
Don’t get me wrong, I love hearing the stories of the flash mobs, the sky-writing and the treasure hunts. I’m an old romantic after all. But the fact of the matter is that a proposal doesn’t have to go viral for it to be utterly incredible.
There’s a mini golf course on Panama City Beach, Florida, unlike all others… it’s full of dinosaurs! Shelly and David wanted somewhere unique to shoot their engagement photos and this was the perfect place. A little bit unusual but totally beautiful to boot!
“They both are super out-going and full of personality”, wrote their photographer Autumn. “So the two combined were a perfect match. I really wanted to portray them as a couple, hone in on their relationship, emotions, and love for one another. For once, I didn’t do much stylizing for this shoot, because the location was already enough, I just had to get them there and in front of the camera. I was very excited about this shoot plus, they knew all these secret spots at the golf course for getting the best photos!”
I wouldn’t say I’m a cooking calamity but it’s certainly not something I excel at (this coming from the girl who put so much hot sauce on her husband’s dinner the other night that he was gulping milk for an hour – ho hum) So I guess you could say that this hilarious engagement shoot set up resonated with me!
Styled by Mary Boyden Photography and Shindig Events, they wanted to this shoot to be fun and to tell a story about the couple involved. “We were inspired by the shenanigans of Lucy and Ricky of ‘I love Lucy'”, Mary wrote. “The story has begins with our bride dreaming up what to cook her guy for dinner as a special surprise but it turns into a cooking disaster, as usual. Her groom comes home, fully prepared with Chinese take-out, as well as flowers and OMG, A PUPPY!”
I’m pretty sure there is no couple in the world that could possibly come close to being as awesome as Ainsley and Sebastien. This is one of those engagement shoots that as soon as I saw it I was dying to see the wedding already, wondering what they could possibly do to top these photos.
Shot by the incredible Janneke Storm (she’s shooting The Blogcademy: Brisbane in November! I can’t wait to meet her!) who takes her inspiration from fashion photography, this is an engagement shoot to end all engagement shoots. Why? Because Sebastien actually proposed during the session!