Engagement Photos – Part 1

A lot of new couples often wonder if they should do engagement photos or not. I say YES! and here is why…
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{photos by: Sloan Photographers, Jennifer Skog, Both bottom by Leigh Miller}

1. You will get to know your photographer better. You will spend anywhere from 1-3 hours together and you can really get to know each other better – especially if you haven’t met in person before.
2. You can practice being comfortable being photographed. We aren’t all models and this session will help you feel more comfortable on your wedding day.
3. You will get some great photos of you as a couple! You can then use these as part of your save the dates or just to keep as a reminder of this amazing time of your life together.

Here are some fun save the dates that used photos from their engagement session. You will probably recognize the photo with the balloon from this engagement session I blogged about a few weeks ago – love what Joanna did with that image! You can then mail these as postcards.

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{photo on left from A Cup of Jo, top right from Mr. Bodington’s Studio, Bottom postcard from Brown Sugar Design Blog }

OK, it’s decided. You want to do an engagement session. A lot of photographers know great spots for photos, but they love when you come with an idea for your session. It should be about you as a couple. Not sure where you want them? Check out some of my favorite ideas….but remember the sky is the limit! Be creative with your photos.

Urban.
I love grungy urban walls. The great textures provide a great backdrop for a pop of color with a dress – or art in the background!

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{photos by: Michael Norwood, The Modern Type, Stephanie Williams, Jasmine Star}

Maybe while walking around town, you will stumble across some great props like this couple did! You can even schedule to meet your photographer in a different town, maybe you both live in different towns, maybe you will both be in NYC one weekend! What a fun chance for some great photos…

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{jessica claire}

You never know what you will find when walking around town…love these!

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{Amelia Lyon}

In a field.
These photos always look so dreamy to me – which I totally love.

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{Gabriel Ryan}

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{Anna Page}

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{Gabriel Ryan}

Check back tomorrow to see more great ideas for your engagement photos – with some special Cali locations!

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Vintage Cake Stands

Another fun etsy find! I think these cake stands would be so fun to place your cake on or multiple little cakes on. These are from Style Garden. They are made from carefully selected vintage and recycled dishware – truly unique and original.

cake plates

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Real Wedding: Anna + Nathan’s Organic/Folk Wedding

I remember seeing some of Anna Bond’s illustrations around the web recently, and this weekend I found her flickr page with photos from her wedding. The wedding took place last July at Wild Acres Villa in Deland, Fl. It looked like such a fun time – they even had a mariachi band and piñatas! I love her illustration style and the wedding kept with that same organic/folk theme. She is launching an online store soon, so check out her site here to see more of her illustrations. For today, enjoy the photos form her wedding! All photos by belathee photography.

Anna designed the invitation suite and the program fans – with little illustrated portraits of the wedding party!

illustrated invitations

Her dress was from J Crew and the groom’s attire was from Urban Outfitters.

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She hand made the tissue paper flowers and the centerpieces. the flowers are attached to branches and placed in glass jars like they’re towering trees in a miniature forest filled with paper animals. I love how the cake matches the poster invitation.

 

For favors, the guests received one of the brown bags below and filled it with local Georgia peaches to take home.

favor bags

bouquet

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Anna also talked to Vane at Brooklyn Bride about her planning details.You can read even more details here.

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