Childhood sweethearts Beth and Simon overcame one challenge after another on the path to true love. But 18 years after losing touch, they celebrated their engagement on 9th April, winning a vintage photo shoot competition.
Beth and Simon had known each other since primary school, but lost touch for many years before the magic of Facebook drew them back together. They knew they were meant for each other, but further challenges lay in their path. Beth had a major operation following the discovery of a benign tumour, and Simon was made redundant, but after a difficult year they put these hurdles behind them and travelled to New York for Christmas, where Simon went down on one knee. To add to the excitement of getting engaged, they won a vintage themed photo shoot competition on Simon’s birthday weekend, after their story melted the hearts of the organisers, a collective of creative businesses in South Manchester.
Beth and Simon loved the vintage theme and really wanted to win. “Vintage style is something we both subtly aspire to, as we love a British, classic look - and often with a modern twist. For me, I love ladylike glamour, have a wardrobe bursting with dresses and am known for my love of pearls. For Simon, it’s all about tailoring and the odd flat cap!”
Their shoot took place at the new Airyfairy Cake Boutique in Didsbury, with Foley Photography. To create a real vintage vibe, the couple were treated to some styling by Urban Angels hair salon and make up by Gorgeous Flawless, with cute props to complete the look, from Airyfairy Cake Boutique, Didsbury Flower Lounge and Vintage Twee. Manchester VW Campervans even chauffeured Beth and Simon to the beautiful Whitworth Gallery and Whitworth Park in Manchester, for an afternoon shoot in a beautifully restored yellow campervan.
“For us as a collective, running the competition was about giving something back to the community and working together,” said Amedea of Foley Photography. Laura of Airyfairy Cake Boutique agreed, “We were really pleased to give Beth and Simon a day to remember, and even feel we made some new friends along the way.”
Beth and Simon were thrilled with the results. “We thoroughly enjoyed the engagement shoot and meeting genuinely lovely people! We were quite tired afterwards from all the smiling!”
When asked about their wedding plans, the couple revealed that they were planning a December wedding at Nunsmere Hall in Cheshire, complete with fur stoles and mulled wine, nearly a year from Simon’s proposal. So were they destined to be together? Beth thought so. “When I was 7 I had a major crush on my now fiancé,” she said. “I told my Mum ‘that’s the boy I’m going to marry!’ Simon now likes to quote I’m only marrying him so I can prove I’m always right!”