Planning A Country House Proposal Photo Shoot
This country house proposal photo shoot came about with a lot of planning and a little luck. Nathan contacted us whilst looking for a venue in Dorset to propose to his girlfriend. He had fallen in love not only with Daisy but with our website gallery of wedding photographs.
We fired emails back and forth. Nathan was looking at one of our stunning local beaches or gardens as a location. Yet a yellow weather warning put a pin in those plans. We then discussed indoor locations where heavy weather would not hinder photography.
A Country House Proposal Photo Shoot Venue
We settled on Kingston Lacy as a preferred venue for their proposal shoot. Nathan and Daisy were driving from Kingston on Thames. They planned to pick up Daisy’s parents and meet us there- timing was everything!
Kingston Lacy is a country house and estate near Wimborne Minster, Dorset. It was built for The Bankes family in 1655 to resemble a Venetian Palace after their residence in Corfe Castle was cut short by the English Civil War. The stunning building, grounds and art collection makes Kingston Lacy one of our favorite places to visit. It’s also the perfect venue for a country house proposal photo shoot!
Unfortunately the weather did not allow us to explore the gardens or estate further. We decided to head straight for the main house. With no mobile reception we bit the bullet with the timed entrance tickets. We shortly found ourselves enjoying a guided tour with cameras in hand. All the time keeping an eye out for Nathan and Daisy.
Indoor Proposal Photo Shoot
Next the dark clouds unleashed their rain upon the windows and the howling wind outside. Inside we took in the Rubens, Van Dycks Titians and Brueghels in the low incandescence of the Saloon.
Sure enough we noticed Nathan and Daisy arriving up the stairs and then followed them from room to room. A few subtle winks to Nathan let him know we were in attendance whilst pretending to take pictures of the stunning artwork.
After his proposal Nathan revealed that he wanted to get away from the crowds. So from a distance we followed the happy couple back downstairs to the Egyptian exhibit.
Now alone (but for the largest private display of Egyptian relics in the UK) Nathan found a secluded corner and pulled Daisy in close. We couldn’t hear what he was saying but as our hearts raced his face came alive and he dropped to one knee, ring in hand. After a short moment of shock (that must have seemed like a lifetime to Nathan) Daisy said yes. The couple hugged and kissed in celebration.
With the proposal part of this country house proposal photo shoot over we then emerged from the doorways and introduced ourselves to the newly engaged. We gave Nathan and Daisy a couple of minutes together to get over their nerves/ shock and then moved to some comfier locations in the house.
Book Shop Proposal Photo Shoot
We gleamed from Nathan that Daisy is an avid fan of books, especially second hand books. Next on our agenda was a visit to the second hand book shop. Here we took pictures with the shelves over loaded with interesting volumes.
Meanwhile, outside in the flat grey light there was a break in the rain. We met daisy’s parents (who were now overjoyed) for a couple more photographs.
Still buzzing from the afternoon’s country house proposal photo shoot we left the lovely family to celebrate, heading out into the wild Autumnal weather.
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