Julie & Duke’s pre-wedding photoshoot

Julie & Duke

pre-wedding / family photo shoot at Kingston Lacy

Julie-Anne and Duke have been together for 17 years, and have two lovely children,
Marshall (12) and Megan (5), and have decided to tie the knot this summer. The wedding is going to be an intimate affair, for close friends and family. Julie and Duke weren't even thinking of hiring a wedding photographer, until they found my 'model call' on internet, offering free pre-wedding photoshoot for couples.

For their pre-wedding shoot, we went over to the beautiful gardens at Kingston Lacy in rural Dorset, which we were lucky to find in bloom. It was a pleasure to finally meet Julie and Duke in person, and their two delightful children, who reminded me a little of Charlie and Lola. Marshall is just like Charlie, the big brother looking after his little sister and explaining things to her. While Megan, like Lola, is small and very funny. The only difference is that here you can see their parents, who, of course, never actually appear in the Lauren Child stories.

We spent almost 4 hours walking around Kingston Lacy gardens together, stopping at different places for photos. They knew instinctively when to stop and look into the camera, or walk slowly, so I could take my time and capture some natural photos of the children playing and the family interacting, as well as some more romantic, pre-wedding shots of the couple. As they still didn't have a photographer for their wedding, I was secretly hoping they would want to use me. Happily, after Duke saw just one random photo on my camera that I’d taken of Megan he asked me to be their official wedding photographer.

Julie and Duke will get married at St. Leonard's Hotel in Ringwood at the end of August and I can't wait to meet them again and capture their special day.

Had a engagement /family photo shoot with the lovely Veronika from White Chalet Studio. She was so nice and friendly, really put us all at ease and was great with the kids. Would highly recommend. Thank you Veronika xx

Julie and Duke's pre-wedding photoshoot at Kingston Lacy
Julie-Anne Hope Engagement / Family photos Julie & Duke