It’s been a while since we have featured an engagement shoot on Festival Brides which is a shame as I love them. I love how they capture two people very much in love in a natural setting that represents them as a couple. I also love that they are captured during one of the most exciting times within your relationship, when you are planning your wedding and your thoughts are consumed with cool ideas for the epic day you are going to have! An engagement shoot acts as a window into this time and I love that. They are also a brilliant opportunity for couples to get to know their photographer, explore those all important couple shots and become more comfortable in front of the camera.

Today’s shoot is captured by one of our recommended wedding suppliers, Sara Petrak, and features Betsy and Dan on a beautiful beach close to where they live (how lucky are they!) It is a lovely natural and non obtrusive engagement shoot that has most definitely captured my heart this morning. I just love the image where Dan kisses Betsy’s hand as they are walking down the beach.

We asked Dan and Betsy a few questions about their engagement shoot and their up and coming Summer wedding…

How did you meet?

We met at uni in our first week of freshers, we lived in the same block.

Where did you go for your first date?

An Italian restaurant.

Who proposed and how?

Dan proposed to me on holiday in Cornwall in my favourite spot on a beach I have always gone to since I was a child.

Can you tell us a bit about your wedding plans?

We are having a summer wedding which was a no brainer. We are getting married in the church we both go to which is special for us, we want relaxed and fun vibes with all our favourite people to celebrate and dance with.

Tell us about your engagement shoot?

Sara did such an amazing job. We went down and took photos on the beach (you can see a theme here). It really encapsulated who we were as a couple and we both felt so relaxed the entire time. We loved how the photos turned out so much and couldn’t recommend Sara enough.

Which festival and why?

Soundwave in Croatia, the line-up looks incredible, we could dance all night to those djs especially with the beautiful Croatian sun and Sea surrounding us.

A Note From Sara….

I love adventurous engagement sessions close to nature. It is very important to me to find a location which is special to my couples. Betsy and Dan live close to the Sea and they love the beach where we were shooting. It is always important to me to get to know my couples as much as possible to be able to translate moments of their stories and lives into beautiful pictures. An engagement shoot before a wedding is a perfect opportunity for
that. We have a chance to get to know each other and create an intimate atmospheric relaxed shooting before they big day.



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