October 5, 2015
This is the result when real wedding clients take our inspiration shoots seriously.
I had an incredible day photographing this amazing couple. They chose elements for their elopement based on an inspiration photo-shoot I did last year with a dreamy team (links at the bottom).
I’ll let Virginia tell you their love story….. xx
Chris and I met years ago when he was working for the U.S. Embassy-Ottawa. I am originally from Ottawa, Canada, and Chris is from Niagara Falls, New York. It wasn’t until years later that we started a friendship, and everything came together when I visited England and decided that this was the man I wanted to spend the rest of my life with. Just a few bats of my eyelashes and a couple good meals later and he came to the same conclusion!
Let me start with the day before…. it was a Friday and Chris suggested that on Saturday we should visit London to shop and explore some of the classic touristy areas. The next morning I woke up late to a typical rainy, dreary English morning. As noon approached I did not wish to venture outside at all, but he convinced me to get dressed and head out to the mall in Milton Keynes.
Un denounced to me, Chris drove us right to the local train station urging me still to go into London. I continued to refuse as I had no desire to walk around London on this particular day, so alas we were off to Milton Keynes. After a few hours spent in the mall, I was shopped-out and ready to leave, and yet he pushed me to stay longer… three hours longer!!
Chris finally said he was ready to go. Heading home, he drove along an unusual route, stating that it was a beautiful evening and he wished to take a more scenic adventure. Thinking he was just showing off the English countryside, we pulled into a field around sunset with our big Jeep Wrangler. Knowing I’m a country girl from Canada he thought it would be a fun idea to take me mudding in England, and I abruptly agreed! As the sun set and the Jeep was covered in a fresh layer of mud, Chris leaned over to play his music, but I immediately jumped in and switched it back to my country music instead. Shooting me a, “are you kidding” look, he got out, came around to my door, and said, “‘lets dance in the headlights.” Thinking it was so cute that he was attempting to be “country” for me, I agreed.
As the sun continued to set, we danced in front of the headlights to Luke Bryan’s, “Crash My Party,” and I semi-smirked and said, “Now this would be such a cute proposal.” He stopped, gave me bizarre grin with a twinkle in his eye and got down on one knee. Before he could pull out the box I may have let a curse slip out and he responded with, “Will you marry me?”
… and the rest is history!
Photography: Claire Morris Photography