It’s been a little while since we published an engagement shoot on here; we’re fussy. We want to ensure you, our readers, feel inspired. Our content should be relevant, aspirational and appealing…yet attainable. We want you to have that heart to head moment where you look at it and think “yep, that’s us, let’s create something similar”.
Well I believe today’s fits the above criteria beautifully. An incredible set of images by Pete Cox Photography & Film, Melissa and Matthews engagement shoot looks like it could have been lifted from the pages of Vogue. So simple a concept yet so chic…it tells a story of utter romance. And therein lies the heart of this shoot – it was utterly romantic, for Melissa and Matthew are the owners of Coopers Couture, a luxury jewellery boutique in Devon that deals in antique and bespoke eternity, wedding and engagement rings and Matthew helped design and make the deco inspired ring featured in this shoot. Oh yes, there’s one heck of a lust-worthy rock to keep your peepers peeled for…
From Melissa: Having been together for a little over 4 years, Matthew finally got down on one knee in the beautiful Italian town of Fiesole, overlooking the city of Florence on 19th May 2014. After visited the same town the year before on holiday, we’d found a special little place that has become a big part in our lives. Matthew had apparently been planning the proposal from the moment we returned and had no problem convincing me that another visit to Italy should be on the cards for our next holiday…
With the trip booked, the proposal and – more importantly – the ring were next on the list. Thankfully, I’d provided plenty of ideas over the years for precisely what I liked, and fortunately, we know a few people in the trade. After a few that came close, Matthew finally settled on a stunning diamond that was already set in an antique ring. Although the design of the ring didn’t really do it for him, the diamond was a stunner, so he pulled in a favour with a goldsmith friend who could turn it into something completely beautiful.
On the evening of 19th May 2014, Matthew encouraged me leave Florence and take the bus (very romantic) to return to the hill-top town we had visited previously, with a promise of enjoying dinner at our favourite restaurant. Before dinner though, Matthew thought it would be a great idea to climb the steep hill that leads to the viewpoint overlooking Florence. I duly obliged, and so it was that spot that Matthew, ring in hand, eventually plucked up the courage (with several onlookers), got down on one knee and asked for my hand in marriage.
The engagement shoot took place in London as we’re both from their originally. It’s a place we love and return to regularly.
I just adore the concept of this, as well as the incredibly stylish images…what a wonderful way to celebrate such an important part of the process for them – with so much emphasis on Melissa’s beautiful vintage inspired ring. Photos they will no doubt treasure forever.