Engagement Shoot – Nonsuch Mansion

engagement portrait of couple at nonsuch mansion

Engagement portrait at Nonsuch Mansion

I just thought I would share this image from an engagement shoot I photographed recently at Nonsuch Mansion .

I’m lucky enough to be photographing Debs and Pete’s wedding at Nonsuch at the end of March and this shoot was by way of a warm-up for them both!

We captured some great photographs in and around the mansion and the one I’ve chosen is my particular favourite as it shows them looking very relaxed and ‘together’.

I love using black and white for portraits and I think it works especially well here with the dark tops the couple are wearing drawing your eye towards their faces. The North Porch of Nonsuch Mansion is an under used backdrop but the non-directional lighting on the neutral toned brickwork makes for a lovely outdoor studio.

The Cake Parlour at Christmas

a cupcake and coffee

A chocolate cupcake with a cup of coffee? Yes please!

Wedding cake creator, Zoe Clark has a beautiful shop in Wimbledon Park and last month asked me if I would photograph the Cake Parlour’s Christmas decorations. I was only too pleased to go along as the call of the cupcake is too strong to deny!

The Cake Parlour is a very pretty shop and the subtle decorative touches Zoe had added gave it a lovely understated festive feel.

Although Christmas is now long gone I would still recommend you pay a visit to the Cake Parlour if you’re in the SW19 area.

the inside of the cake parlour

The beautiful interior of the Cake Parlour


a row of mince pies

Mince pies, Cake Parlour style


three wedding cakes in front of miror

Three of Zoe’s superb wedding cakes


the fornt of the cake parlour

The Cake Parlour shop front

Tips For a Festive London Proposal

For some while now I’ve been a guest contributed on the very popular WeddingDates website. I thought it was about time I returned the favour so this week I’ve invited Aileen from WeddingDates to give us some thoughts on wedding proposals.

It’s getting to that time of year again… Engagements! Prepare for the proposal stories come January… You never know, you may be one of them! For us, London has always been a romantic spot. Whether a tourist or a resident Londoner, there is no better city to fall in love. A city full of fashion, art, culture and history… Need we say more?

It may sound cheesy, but a festive London proposal sounds like a dream to us. The lights and Christmas buzz is the perfect atmosphere for a winter proposal. If you’re planning on popping the question soon, here are some inspiring ideas to get your creative juices flowing!

Classic Christmas Ornament

An oldie, but a goodie…. The ornament proposal! Although this is usually a homely idea, take it up a notch and whisk her away on a lovely London weekend trip? Plant your ring in the hotel’s Christmas tree and ask the Receptionist or who ever is nearby to keep an eye out for your ring while you bring your fiancé-to-be over. And if you wanted to get really creative, you could try a ring box disguised as a Christmas bauble like this one we found on eBay

Image via bgoods2u on eBay

Alexandra Palace

This iconic location offers the perfect amount of winter buzz. From markets, to ice-skating or a romantic stroll, this spot has romance in-built in it. Get some Thermos flasks, shawls and blankets out and plan a little crisp air picnic. Be sure to pack some extra waterproof gear and socks… Just incase!

Christmas Markets in Camden

For those who love the rush and energy from Christmas shoppers, Camden is a fab spot to pop the question. Here, you can get as creative as you like… Maybe you could even pretend to haggle with someone over the ring! Plus, think of all the photo opportunities! With so many interesting spots and locations in Camden, having a photographer there could make for some amazing keepsake photos.

Remember, Christmas is a romantic and popular time to get engaged. Stick to the basics and keep the proposal to the romantic. Tailor the event to your loved one’s personality. If they love being the centre of attention, do something public. If they’re a real family person, do something that involves everyone they love. If they’re private, make it an intimate event.


This article was written by Aileen from WeddingDates, a venue search website that helps couples search for their perfect wedding venue.