Today I am delighted to share this pretty springtime engagement shoot in the beautiful Peak District.
The couple are Sophie and Charis and they climbed Parkhouse Hill to capture some amazing memories as a step on their journey towards their Wedding Day later this year.
Images were captured by James Andrew Photography.
James Andrew is based in Leek, Staffordshire and travels throughout the UK capturing couples celebrations.
From a young age James always had a camera at his side, taking pictures of everything.
Over the years he used it to tell stories, capturing and recording the most precious moments in his life.
Creating visual stories filled with faces and places that he loved became his passion and lead him to wedding photography.
James says of the couple…
“Spring is here and this means lots of lovely engagement shoots before the wedding season kicks in.”
“Last weekend I met up with Sophie & Charis, and their little dog Daisy.”
“We headed out to a mountain range in the Peaks called Park House Hill. Ok its a hill not a mountain, but its a really big hill!”
“Parkhouse Hill is a small but distinctive hill in the Peak District National Park in the English county of Derbyshire. It lies on the north side of the River Dove, close to the border with Staffordshire.”
“We went a bit of hike, but with the sun on our backs and the promise of pub on the horizon it was well worth it.”
“Plus we got some pretty cool shots of these two lovely ladies, not forgetting Daisy, she loved every minute of it, the little poser.”
I hand over to Bride to be Sophie…
How did you meet?
“Charis and I met back in December 2009.”
“I was 22 and she was sweet 17, we met through an acquaintance and social media may have played a little part in it.”
Tell us about the Engagement…
“It took Charis quite some time to cotton on to the fact that I REALLY wanted to get married and after six and a half years she finally popped the question.”
“It was my 29th birthday and she had arranged a surprise trip to Edinburgh.”
“First stop The Elephant house where JK Rowling had first written the Harry Potter books.”
“The toilets were particularly quirky, covered in graffiti so I joined in and wrote “Charis and Sophie, Always” along with the deathly hallows symbol (it was allowed).”
“We went on to try quite a few bars (may have gotten a little tipsy) before she asked if we could look around a secret garden.”
“When we got to the garden she sat on the bench rattling around her backpack looking for the selfie stick and asked me to have a photo with her.”
“Ever the poser I agreed and posed for numerous pictures not knowing the whole time she was holding the ring behind my head, she finally had to say “Sophie look behind you.”
“At this point I burst out crying and asked her if it was a joke about 4 times until it dawned on me it was real.”
“We literally stood crying at each other before I finally said yes.”
Tell us about your Wedding Plans…
“We were torn between a beach wedding in our favourite holiday destination, south of France OR a big wedding at home,.”
“After attending a wedding fair at Crewe Hall we realised that was the venue for us, after all the building screams Harry Potter.”
“We’re hoping the day will be classy with a subtle Harry Potter theme, including an owl, numerous candles and centrepieces we’ve created ourselves.”
Thank you so much to the couple, their gorgeous pooch and James for sharing their beautiful Springtime Engagement shoot.
The Hills have a certain romantacism and a feeling of freedom that comes from nature.
Very much looking forward to seeing the couples forthcoming nuptials as I love a bit of Harry Potter.
To Contact James Andrew Photography
Phone: 07825 956 900