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Fun Essex wedding photographer // Rainy engagement shoot with Monty the labrador // Kasia + Dan

Updated: Jun 23, 2021

Here’s what Kasia & Dan had to say about their photos:

"If you are looking for a photographer, then look no further!

We recently had an engagement shoot with Helen. Neither of us are particularly good in front of the camera so we were interested to see how it would go. Helen herself was relaxed, friendly and incredibly helpful in the run-up to the shoot; on the day she was a dream.

She made us feel completely at ease, made us laugh, she had some great little tricks to get us having natural conversations and would do anything to get a good shot (including kneeling in a puddle in her pink jeans!).

She was fantastic with our puppy too (who she has professed she wanted to steal).

The photos themselves are hands down the best photos we've seen of us as a couple, they are amazing! It was also important to us to capture the location - which she did perfectly. We are delighted with the photos and will treasure them for years to come!"

What’s your love story?

Kasia: I think we realised we had met our match in one another, when Dan asked me out for dinner and I told him I was in the country for a total of 6 days in the next 2 months so it would be difficult, he responded telling me of those 6 days, he was only in the country for 2 of them! We managed to meet on one of those and thus the courtship continued this way, when after our second date, Dan told me he was going overseas for six months… from the following week! "Fortunately" he was back for one day a month, and proceeded to invite me to a date each time he was back. I enjoy my independence, so not only did this suit me, but also as someone who (perhaps unfairly) historically would make people work hard for a date; was now forced to accept the only date given each month - something which my friends found very amusing. As you can imagine it was a fun, old-school type romance; the type where you'd write and post letters overseas and await responses. On Dan's return, we made up for some lost time by going away on numerous and frequent trips (and spending most of our money!), before moving in together the following summer. Four years later and we are (hopefully) getting married this summer, have just bought a house we hope to not move from for a long time to come, and now have a one year-old pup named Monty!

Tell me about who proposed and how it happened:

Dan proposed on Christmas eve (which in a Polish household like mine, is the main event!). One of the fourteen courses served that night was the Salmon en Croute, which Dan had made. I was at first confused when he knelt down next to me and presented me with the Salmon dish, but soon realised there was a ring balanced on its eye! Safe to say I was not expecting that at all. I could hear the corks popping around me before I had even registered what had just happened. It was wonderful to share the moment with family; I am pretty sure my Grandad shed a tear!

Essex fun engagement shoot with labrador puppy with relaxed laughing couple standing by two doors

Tell me about how you have styled your day - what details are important to you guys and if you have gone with a theme?

We wanted to stick to a theme which was elegant, natural, relaxed and fun. We wanted to be as eco-friendly as possible, and really play on the "outdoors" theme too, we've chosen a florist who forages the majority of her flowers (amazing hey?), at the same time we want to retain some elegance to the main day so we are incorporating a lot of white and have hired a sail-cloth marquee. I won't give away how we are making it fun, but we have a few surprises up our sleeves for our guests!

Tell me about how and why you chose your wedding venue:

We wanted to emulate the Polish-style of wedding (i.e. over multiple days with no restrictions) but in the UK - which is surprisingly hard to do! We also wanted to be able to have all guests stay on site, for a relaxed weekend. We chose Horsley Hale Farm; described as an "oasis in the fens" - it really is. It's a glampsite which we have exclusive use of for the weekend for us and our guests, we can't wait!

One tip to couples at the beginning of their wedding planning journey:

Relax, enjoy the ride and do what you want to do rather than trying to please everyone - it is an impossible task!

Essex fun engagement shoot with labrador puppy with relaxed laughing couple standing next to each other


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