A stunning urban engagement shoot in Manchester with the most adorable Pug

Today I am thrilled to share a stunning urban engagement shoot against the beauty of Manchester with the most adorable Pug.

Images were captured by Luke Holroyd Photography.

Luke Holroyd is a photographer form Leeds capturing Weddings across the UK & Overseas.

His work is both imaginative and natural and he loves capturing couples who really enjoy being creative and expressive.


I hand over to gorgeous Bride to be Lucy….


How did you meet?

“I believed love at first sight was something you only see in the movies and occasionally while shopping online.”

“Cliché as it sounds, this is the case for Danny and myself (and perhaps a couple of shoes along the way).”

“We met through a neutral friend at a Chinese buffet in Manchester. I remember thinking “he’s rather cute” and we just clicked!”

“However, our story isn’t very straight forward, after all Danny was in a relationship and I was a year away from moving to Bristol University. This love story had to be placed on hold.”

“Many months had passed as we both went in different directions.”

“It wasn’t until one faithful night we went dancing with our friends into the early Manchester morning (a night at the Ritz followed by the famous chips and cheese to be precise).”

“We both gave each other amazing energy and we bounced off each other’s humour.”

“We spent a lot of time together and a relationship naturally formed.”

“Danny was a Games student at MMU Manchester university and I was a Fashion student at Chester.”

“It was time for me to continue my studies and move to Bristol. Moving day came and I found myself sat in my studio apartment, waiting for Danny to arrive and spend the weekend with me.”

“The dreaded day came where reality had to kick in and Danny was to go back to Manchester.”

“We didn’t want to part and out of nowhere Danny suggested moving to Bristol to finish his studies.”

“I remember my heart pounding and shouting yes! This was the start of our adventure.”

“True to his word he moved to Bristol. A crazy move considering our relationship was only young, but the heart wants what it wants.”

“We knew it felt right and I guess our hunch paid off! 7 years later, we are both living together in Manchester (no offence Bristol you beaut), and we are happily planning our wedding day.”

Tell us about the Proposal..

“Every proposal is unique; it says something about the character of the relationship.”

“From hidden engagement rings in your desert (may need a lick clean before wearing), or a whisper in your ear under the stars. Each couple has their own story and I will tell you mine.”

“Danny always knew of my fondness of New York, and as a Birthday treat we decided we would finally go together.”

“We planned it all, from visiting the Empire state Building, strolling through central park and grabbing as much pizza as our bellies can handle (food being the priority).”

“The moment we arrived, we jumped into a yellow cab and our story began.”

“We immediately dumped our bags in the hotel and took to the New York streets. It felt like home away from home and I’m glad Danny got the chance to see why I am so fascinated with the city!”

“People ask me if I knew Danny was going to propose, my reply- after being with someone for 7 years you get to know them inside out, and the fact he carried his rucksack everywhere and he NEVER carries a bag… (I should have been a private detective).”

“It was July 5th, the weather was insanely hot and we decided to visit Central Park.”

“We chose a spot near the lake and sat on the grass. A few minutes had passed and Danny started to rummage in his backpack.”

“My heart started to race, this is it, he’s going to ask me, that or he’s getting a drink..”

“Thankfully he pulled out a large black box, not a ring sized box, it was sealed with bow.”

“After handing it to me I began to open, once I lifted the lid I revealed a Polly Pocket. (Remember these? Ahh they were my favourite toys during my childhood).”

“I opened the Polly Pocket, the theme inside was a church aisle with a Bride, a Groom, a Bridesmaid and a written note. The note read “Will you marry me?”

“I looked at Danny, giggled and whispered yes. After all we were in the middle of Central Park!”

“He then reached back into his backpack and revealed my engagement ring. (told you the backpack was a given). It was beautiful, a stunning vintage, art deco inspired design.”

Tell us about your Wedding Plans…

“We are getting married at Victoria Warehouse in August.

“Its a Manchester venue known for their music events but they have recently built a venue/ hotel next door for weddings and other occasions.”

“I immediately booked a viewing and as soon as we saw the venue we both knew this was exactly what we were after. (Even sat in the reception waiting to meet the wedding director, I knew this was the place).”

“The look was perfect, brick walls, high wooden beams, dim lighting, this is exactly how I pictured our bold and non traditional big day!”

The Engagement Shoot…

“All of my photos of myself and Danny are woefully trapped in my phone or online, with most of them being oddly angled selfies.”

“I miss the days of having printed photos stuck on the fridge, where you can see everyone’s body from head to toe.”

“I jumped at the chance to book a pre wedding shoot with Luke, what a great way to see how the big day will run and collect a few shots (where you can see mine and Danny’s bottom halves).”

“And so off me, Danny and our cheeky pug, Wilson went!”

“We wanted to capture our history together and thought where else but Manchester! This is where we met and where it all began.”

“We started by walking Wilson by the canal, and the ideas Luke suggested were brilliant.”

“Sitting on bridges, climbing on walls, incorporating interesting backgrounds and of course the all important pizza shot! (Rudy’s pizza in Ancoats is a must go folks, even Wilson thought so!).”

“There was nothing which screamed “traditional wedding photography”. I wanted something unusual, current and fun!”

“After tucking Wilson in for his afternoon nap (he needs his beauty sleep), Danny, Luke and myself ventured into the city centre.”

“Surrounded by graffiti, towering buildings and the crowds this was the perfect location to show who we are.”

“We even took the opportunity to visit places where we had our first date and where we shared our first kiss.”

“I admit I was nervous how Danny would be in front of the camera but he was a natural ha ha!”

“There isn’t a photo which fails to make me smile, each shot Luke has captured who we are perfectly. And every time I look they make me more thankful and excited for the big day! (Only 340 days to go, but who’s counting).”

“The pre wedding shoot has definitely made me more relaxed. Being an organised nerd, I always have to plan every little detail, but I know I can leave Luke to handle the entire day.”

“Our shoot will unquestionably make its way printed into an album, it’s too extraordinary to remain trapped online.”


Thanks to Luke for sharing this fun urban engagement shoot and I am sure the Wedding is going to be just as incredible.

I love the edginess of the graffiti against the neutral tones of the architecture around, just brings the images to life.

Their laughter too lights up the image and their happiness is evident.

And ooh the pug, we love the pug, such a cutie…


To Contact Luke Holroyd Photography

Website: http://www.lukeholroyd.com

Email: luke@lukeholroyd.com

Phone: 07853225411

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  1. Reply

    Thank you for sharing <3 Super excited to snap Lucy & Dan's wedding this year!

  2. Reply

    Fab fab post Alison !!! Fab photos Luke! How great to see a post from my city! I did a wedding fair last spring/summer at Victoria warehouse – loved it. Didn’t even realise it was a venue and hotel! Must do their next one! Have a great wedding Lucy & Dan xxxx

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