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I met up with Emma and Rich in St Albans. They had told me before hand that Rich is a guitarist/singer and Emma is a writer, who works at the Library. Not surprisingly they said they both love books and music (especially vinyl). There is a cool Oxfam book and record shop, where Emma used to work when they first started going out together. So I knew I wanted to get them back to that very shop to take some photos. We met by St Albans Abbey and wandered through the old walled streets. Lots of happy smiles. It didn't take long before they relaxed in front of the camera.
Through the Abbey we went into the beautiful secret garden...the carpet of bright yellow leaves in the Autumn sunshine looked amazing.
Emma has the most gorgeous big green eyes, with the green of her jacket and the Autumn light, it was all a joy to photograph.
I really adored Emma's gorgeous hot pink, irregular choice, peacock embellished shoes...
After the secret garden, we headed to the second hand book and record store that Emma used to work in when she first met up with Rich....thumbing through books and records was both nostalgic and fun.
Emma: Marvin Gaye - Sexual Healing
Rich: James Brown - Sex Machine
The record titles that they choose seemed charged in a certain way! And there were many kisses, as the couple really forgot I was there at this point! Thats what I love the most.
These werent just any books, Emma reached up and pulled out her favourite novel - The Time Traveller's wife!
Then amazingly Rich found his favourite book too...One Day, by David Nicholls.
They were just laughing and smiling and telling each other they really should read these books again... when I noticed the cover design!
This was such a memorable and fun engagement shoot, I just know they are going to have an amazingly love-filled beautiful wedding.
Big thanks to the kind staff at the Oxfam bookstore, who gave us permission to shoot.