You may remember these two gorgeous faces from their engagement in Basingstoke, and that I mentioned their sweet proposal story and how I was looking forward to share it with you. Well, here it is!
Hellen and Dave first met through mutual friends when they were at college, when Dave asked her to be his model for a photography project called ‘How to pick up a girl in the college café’. Which I think is brilliant.
I also really like that it was photography that got them together the first time, even though it would be another year or so before the two of them saw each other again.
It was when they started working together in a shop that Dave started leaving clues around for Hellen, such as that one rose by her locker that got ignored as she thought it must have been for someone else.
Seeing each other every day however did the trick, and on a summer they decided to go travelling around Europe in his Dad’s 1970 Volkswagen Bay campervan. She calls it the longest summer fling in history, as many years later here they are.
Dave decided to propose in Venice, one of the places they had promised to go back to once they had more money and time to give it a proper visit (they had only stayed an hour during their summer travels!). He took Hellen there as a surprise Valentine’s Day trip.
They walked quite a bit before finally finding the restaurant where they had been 10 years earlier, but Dave couldn’t propose there as (as Hellen says) he got cold feet because there were too many people around.
Second attempt didn’t go very well either, because even though a ride in a gondola seemed like the perfect setting, Dave had accidentally left the ring in the hotel room that night. At that stage Hellen had started doubting if he was going to pop the question at all! But it did happen, as they were crossing a beautiful bridge, as they walked into town on their last evening there.
Their wedding day was beautiful, Vicarage farm is absolutely huge and this kind of open spaces really inspire me. The light was very pretty and even though they preferred not to leave their guests for too long for their pictures, they really didn’t have to. The beautiful setting made for some really gorgeous pictures. After which they all got back from their Brazilian barbeque in the massive marquee.
Max was obviously there, and he looked very very happy!View this Photostory →