Emma & Melvin's 'Get To know You Shoot'
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Last week I caught up with Emma & Melvin for their 'Get To Know You Shoot' (some people call this a pre-wedding shoot or an engagement shoot). A few months ago they suggested having it at the amazing Blenheim Palace, the location of Melvin's proposal to Emma a couple of years ago. As I was driving south through Warwickshire into Oxfordshire, I was quite excited about meeting them again of course, and also to visit Blenheim Palace for the first time.
However, we were in for a bit of a surprise. Little did we know that Blenheim was just about to start its series of 'Nocturne' night time outdoor concerts, as well as other music events. With Noel Gallagher and Gary Barlow due to perform, the grounds of Blenheim Palace had been transformed. There was a large stage, rows and rows of seats, several burger stalls and outdoor bars, and miles of temporary fencing.......We knew that we had to leave the Palace to find some quiet areas to shoot.
Melvin and Emma knew the area fairly well because they visit a few times each year. Melvin talked me through how he had planned to propose to Emma during one visit, but he kept getting nervous, or the moment wasn't quite right! However, he dug deep, so to speak, and got down on one knee next to the boat house.
I can't wait for their wedding to come round, later this year in September at Coombe Abbey back here in Warwickshire. It's always fun being a wedding photographer visiting new places. However being back on familiar ground at Coombe Abbey will be fantastic. As long as Gary Barlow, Noel Gallagher and friends don't throw a spanner in the works again! Martin.