A Little Wander in Durham: The Importance of a Pre-Wedding Shoot…

GASP Photography Katy and Jay

With only 24 days to go until I officially become Mrs. Tate, I thought I’d share with you a few of our pre-wedding shoot snaps. In case you didn’t know Jay’s originally from Teesside but was living and working in London when we met. His business can take him anywhere in the UK and without going into all the details he moved back up here before Christmas and we decided to make Durham our home. So it only seemed fitting to go for a little wander round the city centre when our photographer, Jade from Gasp Photography mentioned the idea.
Photography was next on our priority list after choosing our venue. We knew we wanted something a little more creative and also exactly what we didn’t want. So when my Mom and I bumped into Jade at a Belle Bridal wedding fayre at Wynyard Hall, we booked her straight away! Gasp Photo Co are a creative and alternative team of wedding photographers who use different types of cameras, film and props to really tell your story. I was hooked from the moment I saw some coloured smoke as it reminded me so much from when I worked on bringing the Color Run to the North East when I worked at Sunderland Live.

As a soon to be bride, I’ve been reading lots of blogs and articles either from a magazine perspective or from a photographer’s point of view and I haven’t yet come across an actual bride writing a post about how important a pre-wedding shoot is. It’s easy to roll your eyes at the idea I know, however as a creative, I’m much more used to been behind the camera than in front of it and having the chance to wander for a couple of hours with Jade allowed all of us to get to know each other a bit more and for me to relax. I’ve only included a small selection in this post however we received over fifty and as cliché as it sounds, all of them capture us as a couple perfectly.
So if you’re debating whether or not to go ahead and have a pre-wedding or engagement shoot, I cannot recommend one enough. It was a really fun afternoon and I absolutely cannot wait for the big day now.
Take a look at GASP Photo Co’s Instagram and Facebook pages to see more similar engagement and wedding shoots. Drop into their Darlington Studio or visit their website by clicking here.


  1. July 5, 2016 / 2:35 am

    Awee this is so cute!! Congrats on the soon-to-happen marriage, I'm so happy for you! Never would I roll my eyes at the idea of finding inspiration for your wedding, as I'd probably hit up the good old Pinterest for a couple hours, aha. Much love 🙂 xxx


  2. July 17, 2016 / 6:16 pm

    Aww thank you! It was such a lovely day x

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