Pre wedding engagement photo shoot Cornwall Cardinham Woods

Pre wedding engagement photo shoot in Cardinham Woods in Cornwall. It was so lovely getting to know the couple before their wedding day. 

Reasons to have a pre wedding shoot – part 1

I love being a wedding photographer in Devon, there are so many beautiful wedding venues, but I love pre wedding shoots and engagement sessions even more.  I think they are SO IMPORTANT for couples to consider as part of their wedding package and here’s why….



  1. Get to know your photographer and make sure you like them!
    It’s a great opportunity for me to get to know my couples and for them to get to know me, so that there are no surprises on their wedding day. I think it’s really important that couple’s get along with their wedding photographer, after all they will be sharing the most important day of your life! Firstly I LOVE to hear about the proposal story, and talking and meeting new people, so finding out about my couple’s and how they met is so much fun!The Duke of Cornwall Hotel Plymouth wedding engagement
    2. You have beautiful natural photos capturing real, authentic, natural love between 2 people
    The engagement session is 100% natural. There is no styling, no make up artist, no hired suits, no theme, no wedding guests, no schedule, it’s just two people in love. I can see the couple together in their natural environment and in an every day situation. The photos from the pre wedding shoot show 100% natural love and emotion between two people without any distractions.dartmoor-widgery-cross-engagement-pre-wedding-photo-shoot
    3. Practise posing in front of a camera
    I don’t ‘pose’ a couple I just help them look their best by just being themselves and acting naturally. It is a very relaxed session where I encourage the couple to have a chat about something, go for a walk, hold hands, and show affection to each other. I very simple and relaxed approach to posing but the results are natural and beautiful! The couple understand my shooting style whilst practising being in front of the camera without any distractions or interruptions.

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    4. You can talk about your wedding in detail
    I can get to know the couple but we also get lots of time to talk about the wedding in detail. I can find out about the timings of the day, venue details, favourite locations, group photo ideas; all the elements that are most important to each couple. Every couple is so different so I ask each couple to fill out a wedding photography questionnaire, which helps me to find out what is most important to them on their wedding day. I also like to know what the wedding photos are going to be used for after the wedding, this really helps with my planning for the wedding day. I create a bespoke plan for each couple and work from this on the day to ensure I have every important detail captured.

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    5. You are more relaxed on your wedding day
    As a result, the couple’s wedding day photographs will be even more amazing, because they will know exactly what to expect from their wedding photographer and will feel entirely comfortable with what’s happening on the wedding day.

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Thank you for reading part 1 of our ‘pre wedding shoot’ blog series, next time we will taking about how to choose your location for a pre wedding shoot.

If you are getting married in Devon, Cornwall, Bristol, Somerset or London and would like a pre wedding shoot please get in contact with me with details of your engagement shoot idea. I love photographing couples in beautiful natural environments – beaches, Dartmoor, woodlands and I love a creative city pre wedding shoot too I cannot wait to hear from you!


Competition – Can I capture your unique Valentines Day proposal?

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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.

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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


Pre wedding engagement shoot Devon bluebell woodland

This lovely couple are getting married on their farm in Devon in a few days time. Romantic country weddings are always so unique and set in the heart of the beautiful countryside. I absolutely love farm weddings!

The couple wanted to show me around the farm and have a practise photo shoot before their big day. They chose the stunning bluebell woodland as their pre wedding photo shoot location. The sea of bluebells turned the woodland floor into a dazzling carpet of shimmering blue.

It was a lovely afternoon walking through the woodland discussing the couples wonderful wedding plans. The dog also came along for the photo shoot and loved joining in the photos CUTE.

Pre wedding family photo shoot at Cotehele Cornwall

Wow this has to be one of my most favourite pre wedding shoots of all time. We went to the beautiful Cotehele National Trust site in Cornwall. The family were so happy and smiley it was such a fun session! The whole family came along, and we took a lovely walk through the bluebell woodlands!

Pre wedding / enagement shoot – Dawlish Warren Beach, Devon

Such a lovely day on the beautiful Dawlish warren Beach in Devon this week. I love the couple’s ideas for this pre wedding shoot, the colourful balloons were great! Really excited about their colourpop style hand crafted wedding in Devon this summer.

Creative couples make my job so much fun, if you have an idea for an exciting pre wedding, engagement or styled photo shoot please get in touch, I would love to hear from you. My photography style is very natural and unobtrusive; I capture every couple in their most natural and happy moments. If they are creative then my photography becomes creative, whilst still documenting their natural love for one another!!

Engagement shoot – Brobury Scar Woods Hereforshire

The sun was shining down through the treetops to highlight this beautiful couple on their Pre Wedding photo shoot. We were really lucky with the weather, though I think not even rain could have washed the smile off their faces. The couple who walking so lovingly through Brobury Scar Woods in Herefordshire, were happy as could be.  The woodland was very impressive with tall trees enveloped by leafy moss and lightened by beautiful natural sunshine.

To finish off the pre wedding shoot we walked through a stunning field full of bright yellow rapeseed flowers, it was like walking through an angelic yellow heaven. The couple were full of many smiles and kisses!

I’m really looking forward to their beautiful wedding this summer in Brobury House in Herefordshire, which has some beautiful gardens and grounds, positioned high above the river Wye xx

Engagement Shoot – Whitsand Bay Beach Cornwall

What a lovely pre-wedding photo shoot on Whitsand Bay Beach, Cornwall. The sunshine illuminated the couple’s happiness perfectly and they had lots of fun strolling along this amazing beach.
The sky had a wonderful deep blue which highlighted the impressive cliffs surrounding the sand on the beach was a warm shade of golden caramel and spanned for miles.

Here is a sneak peek video from their photo shoot (made by the amazing Pearl Productions)

The couple are getting married this summer at the magical wedding venue Boconnoc House Estate in Cornwall. This beautiful wedding village is a unique and hidden location in Cornwall and lies at the end of a sweeping drive through magnificent parkland. The lawns in front of the house boast views across the parkland and down to the lake in the valley. I am very excited about capturing the couple’s wedding at this beautiful Cornish wedding venue in a few weeks time.

Liberty Pearl Photography include a pre-wedding photo shoot with every wedding photography package. We love being a wedding photographer in Cornwall. We are based in sunny Plymouth, Devon but as Liberty Pearl Photography is a destination wedding photographer we are happy to take bookings anywhere in the UK or abroad. This year we have been booked as a wedding photographer in Scotland, Bristol, London, Spain, Cornwall, Hereford, Devon, Derby, and Somerset!