The Teeny Wedding Chronicles: Our Engagement Photos.

London Engagement Photo ShootThere’s less than three weeks until the wedding and serendipity seems to be playing a big part in our wedding planning.

Little discoveries and chance findings are falling in to place to create a really special day.

With a budget of only £2000, we’re having to use lots of creativity to pull things together and just go without some pieces all together. But seeing as we’re forgoing many traditions and just doing what feels right for us, that really hasn’t been a problem.

I was worried about photos though. I wasn’t sure how we could possibly afford them and it felt so important to have images that captured such a momentous day. I’d resigned myself to making do with whatever family and friends managed to snap in between merrymaking but then I stumbled on an ad on Gumtree of all places, which led me to Luminis Photography.

Carmen and Warren are a husband and wife duo who are just starting out in wedding photography. While their business is new, they have plenty of experience behind the camera and they’re building their brand around capturing untraditional, alternative weddings – how perfect for us!

They enthusiastically responded to our email saying that they were free to shoot our big day. We’d been corresponding via email for the past several months but finally got to meet up two Saturdays ago to chat wedding logistics and for a fun engagement shoot on the streets of London.

We wandered from Soho through central London and finally to the British Museum, stopping wherever we saw a beautiful backdrop. After getting my first peek at the photos yesterday, I’m even more excited that we have Carmen and Warren as our wedding photographers. They’ve created bold, beautiful images that our distinctly us. I hope you won’t mind a more image-heavy post than usual, as I couldn’t wait to share some of them with you.

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When Corset Story offered to send me an item from their website to review, I had a hard time picking something out. There were so many choices! Their shop is chockablock full of beautiful dresses, skirts, and corsets inspired by rockabilly style, burlesque performers, and steampunk culture. I finally settled on this elegant, vintage-inspired number and knew it was the perfect thing to wear for our engagement photos. Fit and flair dresses are my go-to style, and I love how my tattoo peeks out through the teardrop cutouts. It has the perfect amount of stretch to be really comfortable and the fabric has a nice weight to it, so the skirt twirls beautifully. I loved styling it for a really retro look with a glittery, modern twist.

Thank you so much to Carmen and Warren for making these beautiful photos for us, and to Corset Story for giving me something beautiful to pose in.

You can see more images from our engagement shoot on the Luminis Photography blog.

Love, victory rolls, & pink peonies,



Photography by Warren Burke.


  1. Sarah, these are beautiful! I’m so excited for you guys.

  2. Gorgeous photos from clearly very talented photographers. I am sure your photos on the big day will be amazing. I think it’s brilliant that you are able to do it all on a small budget and I think it is important that people don’t necessarily write off photographers just starting out. You can find some gems if you do your home work, as you have :)

  3. thea says:

    You two are adorable :)
    Your love for each other completely captured in these pictures. I’m so glad you found these photographers for your wedding


  4. Lovely photos Sarah, best wishes for your union :)

  5. These are so wonderful Sarah, I like the ones outside the Adult video shop, they’re something a bit different from typical engagement shoots! Congratulations again to you both :) can’t wait to read about the wedding itself! xx

  6. steph says:

    love :)

  7. Beautiful, creative photos of the two of you (I like the Adult Video/Peep Show background). Great choice of photographers – your wedding photos are going to be awesome.

  8. Everything about these photos are beautiful from your outfits to that gorgeous hairstyle and of course, the photography style!

  9. You seem so happy, very cute couple :) Congrats, stay happy <3

  10. These are so adorable! So happy for you guys :) xxx

  11. Ellie Rockhill says:

    I’m obsessed!! These pictures are fantastic, hun. Thanks for sharing with us!! :D

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