Liberty Pearl’s surprise proposal Gidleigh Park Devon

Liberty Pearl’s surprise proposal Gidleigh Park Devon

I am a wedding photographer who recently became engaged when my savvy other half Jesse not only created the most perfect surprise proposal and celebration, but also had a photographer capture the whole thing. He’s a definitely a keeper!

I wanted to tell you a little bit more about my romantic surprise proposal, sharing the gorgeous images and a film of the whole thing as it unveiled.

Liberty Pearl's surprise proposal Gidleigh Park Devon Grace Elizabeth Photography

A little bit about us…
We met on a dating website in January 2015, met in person in February 2015, and starting dating in march 2015, and we have very happily been dating ever since! We just have so much in common and get on so well, we knew early on that we wanted to get married and share our lives together. We talked about getting engaged and looked at different engagement rings a couple of times, but I am very impatient so at every special occasion including birthdays, Christmas, Valentines day, our holiday in New York, I was expecting a proposal!!! And of course I was disappointed when this didn’t happen the way I expected it to.

Surprise engagement
I am so busy with wedding bookings and engagement shoots on weekends we hadn’t been spending a lot of time together so Jesse asked me to book out a Saturday free from meetings and photo shoots so we could go for lunch together. I just thought we were going for lunch and I was quite excited about having a nice relaxing afternoon together, just the two of us. But little did I know that he had planned a surprise proposal at the beautiful Gidleigh Park on the edge of Dartmoor.

I said yes!
It was the most amazing moment of my life, we walked through a stunning woodland to a bridge at the entrance of the hotel and the sun was shining through the trees. It was so romantic, and yes he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I burst into tears, I couldn’t believe it was actually happening!!!! Of course I said YES through my tears of joy.

But not only did he propose to me, he also invited my daughter Liberty and my closest friends and family to the venue to share this special moment and celebrate with. It wouldn’t have been the same without Liberty.

Celebrations with family and friends
Jesse had organised a champagne reception on the lawn and an amazing 6 course lunch in a private dining room which was out of this world. The food was sooo delicious and the champagne was flowing. It was so lovely having my friends and family there with us. It was a mini engagement party
This alone made me so happy I was going to marry Jesse! He is just thoughtful in every way and always remembers the tiny little things I say.

The ring
I am very fussy and I don’t like wearing too much jewellery, so looking for engagement rings was very difficult. I am not the traditional type of girl, I don’t wear jewellery, follow fashion trends, my style is very simple and classic and I don’t own a ring so didn’t really know where to start. I knew I just didn’t want an ‘off the shelf’ diamond ring. When visiting some friends in Bristol back in October we popped into a couple of antique shops in Clifton village, I tried on a stunning 1930’s art deco sapphire and diamond engagement ring and I fell in love with it, until I saw the price tag. It was a whopping £7000!! So I thought that was the end of that! But Jesse remembered the style of ring and when we went to New York this Christmas he secretly went shopping one day and searched high and low and found an even more beautiful sapphire and diamond ring and I LOVE it!!!! and he assured me it wasn’t anywhere near £7000! It is simple and unique, and it is from New York which is really special because that was our first holiday together.

The photography
I am a wedding photographer and I photographed my first proposal in New York this winter – the proposal was a complete surprise to me included, it was so special, so I hinted to Jesse that I wanted my proposal photographed. Jesse had arranged for amazing photographer Grace Elizabeth Photography to come and capture our proposal and document the day, Grace also carried out a pre wedding shoot for us after our lunch which was sooo special! She also arranged for the proposal to be filmed as well, so that was an wonderful surprise for both Jesse and I.

No messing around…
We have booked our wedding for the 21st May this year and we have booked Grace as our wedding photographer, because her style is so beautiful, natural and relaxed and she is so lovely, we can’t imagine anyone else photographing our day for us.

Words from our amazing photographer Grace Elizabeth
Marriage is an incredible, precious thing. At Grace Elizabeth Photography I value the opportunity to document weddings, creating natural, authentic photographs that capture the emotion, joy and character of the day. I am unobtrusive and tell stories beautifully and artistically, as they unfold, encompassing the quiet, candid and informal, as well as the significant, big moments of the day. I am based in the East Midlands, UK but I am rarely happier than when exploring new places, so I am more than glad to take my camera wherever, no matter how far or wide.

It was such a privilege to document Jesse and Ambers surprise proposal, to capture such an intimate and personal moment which marks such an exciting new chapter in their life together.

Competition – Can I capture your unique Valentines Day proposal?

Engagement photo shoot New York Central park
Photographing proposals and capturing natural love is my most favourite pastime. Being someone’s photographer in this special ‘once in a life time’ moment is such an amazing gift… I just cannot describe how it makes me feel. My heart almost melts every time I photograph a proposal.

Pre wedding photo shoot Devon beach coast Plymouth

To celebrate love in the month of Saint Valentines I am looking for a surprise proposal to capture.

Are you thinking of proposing to your partner on Valentines day?

I love nature and beautiful landscapes so if you are planning a proposal in a stunning location in Devon or Cornwall please get into contact.

How to enter:
Please send me an email with the following information:

  1. Location and reasons why you have chosen it?
  2. Why you want to propose and why your partner is so special?
  3. Why you would love the proposal captured by Liberty Pearl?
  4. Both of your names
  5. A photo of you both

I will choose the most beautiful location and unique proposal idea and capture this moment for you as a gift. I will also include a 1 hour engagement photo shoot after the proposal.

Closing date for this competition is Thursday 11th February 2016.

I want to say a huge congratulations to all the couples who have decided to commit their lives to each other – it’s a huge step and getting to play this part in people’s lives is such a blessing!

I am really looking forward to hearing about your ideas and capturing your beautiful proposal!

Pre wedding photo shoot Cornwall woodland


Wedding Vintage Photo Booth – Exeter Castle Devon

Anya and Tendai got married at beautiful Exeter Castle and booked the Vintage Booth to entertain their guests. Many of their friends and family traveled from Zimbabwe to this delightful Devon.  This has to be one of the most amazing wedding vintage photo booths ever!!! The wedding guests queued from the minute we opened at 7.30pm until we were asked to leave the venue (as they were closing) at midnight! We had lots of fun and we met soooo many lovely people from all corners of the world! Sending lots of love to the bride and groom xxxxx

We LOVE having our vintage photo booth in Devon!!

Liberty Pearl offer their vintage photo booth hire at weddings, birthday parties, corporate and charity events. We are also available for festival bookings too. We can style the vintage photo booth to the theme of your wedding or event.

Engagement Shoot – Wistman’s Wood, Dartmoor Devon

What a day for a photo shoot!!! It was raining, windy and very very cold but we decided to ahead with the engagement shoot anyway!
We walked across Dartmoor to the magical place that is Wistman’s Wood. The couple were smiling throughout the entire shoot! Really looking forward to their fabulous wedding in the summer at Hotel Endsleigh.

Liberty Pearl Wedding Photography include a pre-wedding photo shoot with every wedding photography package. We love being a wedding photographer in Devon. We are based in sunny Plymouth, but as Liberty Pearl Photography is a destination wedding photographer we are happy to take bookings anywhere in the UK or abroad.

Wedding Vintage Photo Booth – Lavender House Hotel Devon

It was such a lovely evening on Chris and Leigh-ann’s Wedding in Lavendar House Hotel in Devon. We had so much fun enjoying the vintage photo booth! Here are a couple of photos of the lovely bride and groom and their guests.

Liberty Pearl offer their vintage photo booth hire at weddings, birthday parties, corporate and charity events. We are also available for festival bookings too. We can style the vintage photo booth to the theme of your wedding or event.

Liberty Pearl Photography include a pre-wedding photo shoot with every wedding photography package. We love being a wedding photographer in Devon. We are based in sunny Plymouth, but as Liberty Pearl Photography is a destination wedding photographer we are happy to take bookings anywhere in the UK or abroad.

Pre wedding meeting – Polhawn Fort Cornwall

Pre wedding meeting – Polhawn Fort

It was delightful meeting both Sasha and James at their beautiful Cornish wedding venue, Polhawn Fort, for their pre wedding meeting. The couple are planning to have their wedding ceremony outside in the Garden House followed with a blessing on the beach. Here are a few photos of the lovely couple on our visit down to the beach; I am really looking forward to the wedding this summer.

Polhawn Fort is definitely one of Cornwall’s most romantic wedding venues, with sweeping gardens overlooking the sea with a beach below.

Polhawn Fort is an unusual and romantic wedding venue on the south coast of Cornwall in Whitsand Bay, near Mount Edgcumbe, round the corner from Plymouth, and just along the coast from Looe, Polperro, Fowey, Mevagissey and St Mawes and Falmouth.
The Fort is set in the midst of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the Rame Peninsula, overlooking the sea at Whitsand Bay, and the long distance South West Coast Path runs directly behind the grounds of the Fort.


Engagement shoot – Devon Saunton Sands beach

I had such a lovely day with Kat and Chris on a beautiful Devon beach in March for their pre wedding portrait session. It was a perfect day and the couple were blessed with glorious sunshine. Here is a sneak peek from the amazing beach engagement photo shoot at Saunton Sands in Devon. It was wonderful to meet the lovely couple again and I am very much looking forward to their beautiful wedding at Deer Park Country House Hotel in the summer. I love being a wedding photographer in Devon.  xxxxx


Engagement shoot – Bristol at Ashton Court Estate

Sneak peek from a recent {him & her} photo shoot in Bristol. The couple were married last summer, but are moving away from Bristol and wanted a keepsake for their time together in the city.  Lucy and Neil selected some wonderful locations for the shoot including the amazing Clifton Suspension Bridge and beautiful Ashton Court. These are some of my favourite places in Bristol and it was a fabulous day. I must say Ashton Court looked absolutely stunning, I am a great lover of natural light and the combination of winter sun light and autumn trees are just magical at the moment xxxxxx