One of favourite things about being a wedding photographer is you get to hear so many great stories of love – of how the couple met, their courtship, the proposal, and the places and people that are a part of their life. Some stories are inspiring, others highly amusing. There are a few emotional roller coasters as well as some downright romantic tales too.

Weaving elements of these stories into an engagement or pre-wedding shoot creates an added dimension helping to create a set of truly memorable and context-laden photographs. 

In a month’s time I’ll be heading out to Slovakia to shoot the wedding of Brian & Eva in the beautiful city of Košice. Setting the pre-wedding shoot in Windsor & Eton, their home town, was an obvious starting point and an easy sell. When you think of the words “Windsor Engagement Photography”, it doesn’t take long to put together a pretty impressive list of backdrops.  But when they told me about how salsa dancing had played such a large role in their getting together, my mind started whirring with possibilities. Little would I know that in the fading light, in full view of Windsor Castle’s counter-terrorism police and a rather large security dog, my couple would duly oblige…

The whole evening was great fun –  from a pre-shoot glass of wine on the banks of the River Thames to the impromptu mass bike ride past Windsor Castle that provided a unique backdrop for some image making.

Roll on Slovakia!




Richard Murgatroyd Photography is a London wedding photographer bringing a natural, documentary approach to telling the story of your special day. You can see a selection of Richard’s wedding portfolio here.

Richard also offers short photoshoot sessions for couples, to celebrate their engagement, impending wedding, or just because! They typically last about two hours and can be at a location of your choice, from city centres to the coastline, and across the UK and overseas. You can find out more about Richard’s couples and engagement shoots here.

Windsor Engagement Photography by London Engagement Photographer Richard Murgatroyd


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