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.

Happy couple look at artwork at Kingston Lacy visit before wedding proposal photographs by one thousand words photographers
Newly engaged proposal couple look at artwork at Kingston Lacy in Dorset by one thousand words wedding photographers
Proposal couple are guided around Kingston Lacy stately home in Dorset artwork documentary photograph by one thousand words

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.

Country house proposal photo down on one knee with engagement ring in hand in corner of dark room at Kingston Lacy
Marriage proposal photograph on one knee intimate moment beautifully captured
Black and white wedding proposal photograph groom down on one knee proposing to girlfriend
Wedding proposal couple hugs and kisses in Egyptian museum exhibit documentary photographs by one thousand words
Proposal photo shoot image of newly engaged couple kissing after wedding proposal by one thousand words photography
Happily engaged laughing face after wedding proposal photographs by one thousand words wedding photography
Wedding proposal happy laughing newly engaged couple after she said yes in Kingston Lacy Egyptian museum in Dorset

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.

Newly engaged fiances hug Sat on bench on wooden floor proposal photographs by one thousand words wedding photography
Black and white proposal photography of engaged couple hugging on bench in art gallery
Proposal photograph of relieved newly engaged couple laughing at Kingston Lacy country house in Dorset
Proposal photo shoot of happy couple laughing after marriage proposal at Kingston Lacy stately home in Dorset
Engaged couple laughing in art gallery at country house proposal photo shoot by one thousand words wedding photography
Country house proposal photo shoot couple hugging on balcony with arched ceiling at Kingston Lacy by one thousand words
Happy proposal couple engaged on balcony with arched domed ceiling in stately home
Newly engaged couple have emotional moment on balcony under arched ceiling after wedding proposal in Dorset
Silhouette photograph of newly engaged couple kissing in archway at country house proposal photo shoot by one thousand words

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.

Wedding proposal newly engaged couple laughing at each other surrounded by books in second hand book shop
Newly engaged couple laughing at Kingston Lacy second hand book shop photograph by one thousand words wedding photography
Newly engaged couple lovingly hold hands in Dorset second hand book shop proposal photo shoot by one thousand words
Happy wedding proposal couple smiling in Dorset second hand book shop surrounded by shelves of books

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.

Family proposal shoot photograph at Kingston Lacy House grand stone doorway by one thousand words wedding photography

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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