Radiant Jumps the Pond: A UK Engagement Session (by Josh & Kelley)

Hello dear Radiant blog readers, this is Kelley Johnson again (1/2 of the Radiant Photography associate photographer team). My husband Josh and I have some pretty exciting news for you. We had the awesome pleasure of shooting an engagement session with a couple in the UK! See, I told you it was exciting! Do you guys want to see a few of the photos and hear about the amazing time we had? I thought so!

Meet David and Jen, newly engaged and one of the most hospitable couples that Josh and I have ever met. David is a web guru/ninja who sometimes thinks he is Jamie Oliver (he’s stylish, British, and a great cook, so I’d say that he’s not far off), and Jen is a dentist who has a lot to say about the fluoridation of water;)

This session was a two day long adventure full of laughs, beautiful sights, and lots of firsts for both Josh and I as well as Jen and David. For example, while at the location pictured above, Tatton Park, Jen and David encouraged Josh and I to buy our very first Christmas pudding. They were astounded that we had never tried it.

After Tatton Park, we drove over to Erddig, which is a large stately home on the outskirts of Wrexham, Wales. I was sure that Mr. Darcy was going to walk right out of this house and give us a tour. In case you’re wondering, that didn’t happen. Not to worry, we didn’t need any Jane Austen characters to make this a romantic location. It was beautiful all on it’s own, and David and Jen are obviously one of the cutest couples around.

(Seriously, how cute are they?)

While at Erddig, David was coerced by a very persistent elderly salesman, to join the National Trust (an organization whose goal is to preserve and protect historic areas and buildings in certain areas of the UK). This was definitely a first for him, as National Trust memberships are apparently reserved for people who like to go to bed at 6pm and play BINGO on Friday nights, if you know what I mean.

We had a few laughs about David being the newest member of the Nation Trust Organization, and then we put that new membership to use by heading to another Nation Trust location, Chirk Castle. All I can say about this location is that it was astonishingly beautiful.

The garden area out back was even more gorgeous!


Jen was a bit nervous about being in front of the camera, but David did a great job helping her relax. They’re such a perfect couple!

After exploring the castle for a while, we were off to our next location. While driving through Horseshoe Pass, this was our view! Simply breathtaking. We just had to pull over and get a couple of shots!

After this, we decided to head to dinner. Josh and David chatted about technology (they are both hardcore Mac nerds) and tried to explain things to Jen and me by using our water glasses and salt shakers to represent “Apple” and “iOS”… Poor Jen and I, who were both thoroughly confused at this point, just looked at each other and laughed. I can tell that she loves her Mac nerd as much as I love mine.

After dinner, David and Jen, being the amazingly hospitable people they are, let us stay with them for the night. We stayed in Jen’s Parents’ beautiful home, where we chatted and had tea and biscuits. Jen made me my very first cup of English tea with milk, and I can confidently say that it was delicious!

The next day we got a few shots at the house before heading out for our final adventure.

Jen and David drove us to Chester, a town with many interesting historical areas and structures, including a beautiful large wall that wraps around the entire town. We spent the afternoon walking along the wall and taking in the sites.

(This is the area where Jen and David do their Christmas shopping. Somehow the mall I shop in is just not the same…)


(These two are constantly making each other laugh!)

So, what do you think? Amazing right? Josh and I are so happy that we had the opportunity to meet Jen and David and share a couple of special days with them. Congratulations on your engagement you two, and thank you for an amazing tour!

(You can see more photos by Josh and Kelley here).


December 20, 2011 - 3:53 am

April - Beautiful pictures!!! I wish my photographer had those skills when I got married!

December 20, 2011 - 5:46 am

Wren - My very favourite is the last photo. You truly captured their happiness. I love it!

December 20, 2011 - 2:11 pm

Style Journey - All I can say is WOW!!!!!! You two did a great job with the photos and you have such lovely subjects to photograph. They look so happy :) Heather

December 21, 2011 - 8:03 pm

Rebecca in NC - Gorgeous! Jen and David are such a cute couple!

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