Somerset Engagement Shoot | Cider County

All of my full wedding collections include a complimentary Somerset engagement shoot.  Or we can head to the Dorset coast or a Devon beauty spot.  If you don’t live locally then it’s the perfect opportunity to book a B&B and make a weekend of it in this beautiful part of the country.

As many of you know I am a total devotee of the traditional film format.  If you want to see the amazing luminous tones and vivid colours then scroll down now!  Add to that the fabulous grain…  These scans from the lab are mostly un-edited.  It’s really difficult – and often impossible – to reproduce these qualities in a digital image.  This Somerset engagement shoot included quite a few black and white images at the couple’s request, and was shot entirely on film.

You can see the similar luminosity in this countryside couple session and this coastal session, both shot on film.

Rachel and Robin met several years ago but had since moved on in different directions in life. Last year their paths crossed once more and they have found love later in life.  They had planned a blessing in St Paul’s Cathedral but it was proving tricky to arrange.  For their engagement shoot we decided to visit the sleepy Somerset village where they enjoy Sunday church services together.  We took a few shots around the little church, and wandered the lanes.

Then a lovely thing happened.  A woman from the church recognised them and threw open the wrought iron gates to her beautiful garden and orchard – complete with rope swing and meandering stream!  We captured some lovely images which really represent what this Cider county is famous for.

Rachel and Robin went on to reorganise their wedding to take place in the church you see here, with an English Cream Tea and Cider to follow for their guests.  Their cocktail hour and evening meal then took place the following weekend at a London private members’ club on Pall Mall.  I’ll be sharing their wedding celebrations later on, with lots of wintery colours and gorgeous English interiors.

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Shot on Fuji Pro 400H and Ilford Delta 400 and processed/scanned by Exposure Film Lab.