A Cute Engagement Shoot with Pinwheels + Balloons

I love this adorable engagement session, Sarah Layne shared with me – and the sweet story behind it!

“Tim proposed to Jillian in 2010 at one of their favorite places, Disneyland in Anaheim. We wanted to capture a similar whimsy + fun feeling with their engagement photos, so Jillian suggested using balloons + pinwheels. But she also wanted to bring in their mutual love of music, and she wanted to be able to use one of the images for a save the date card for their 2012 Portland, Oregon wedding. After brainstorming some ideas, I proposed making the pinwheels for the session out of sheet music and maps, to represent these aspects of the couple and their upcoming wedding.”

pinwheels made of music paper

balloons and pinwheels engagement photos

field of pinwheels

pinwheels made of maps

giant pinwheels

balloons in engagement photos

save the date balloons

pinwheel boutonniere

Photographer + Stylist: Sarah Layne Photography
Craft Consultant: Megan Anderson Read
Makeup Artist: Dan Gray of Girl on the Go

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  1. I love the pinwheels! What a fun idea!! Engagement sessions are so fun, I think couples should have shoots like this yearly, even after kids! :-)

  2. WOW! How fun!

    This couple look like a couple cool cats.

  3. I love the pinweels, thease are so creative. Beautiful couple. Beautiful pictures

  4. These pictures are beautiful. Adorable couple and very fun idea! My favorite is of the her sitting in the grass.

  5. I absolutely love this! The concept is original, the lighting is perfect and best of all the couple look really happy :)

  6. These pictures are so beautiful, I’m in love with them.

  7. Great concept. Kind of reminds me of Procol Harum’s “Whiter Shade of Pale” video!

  8. This shoot was so fun to do! Jillian & Tim are the cutest, most-in love couple. For instructions on making pinwheels yourself, visit my blog: http://www.sarahlaynephotography.com/blog/2011/01/26/diy-weddings-making-pinwheels-by-me/

  9. i totally love how they made the pinwheels out of maps!!

  10. These pics are divine. I love the vintage retro tones with a pop of modernism. The pinwheels on note paper are brilliant!

  11. Such a cute idea! I love how the photographer worked with the client to style the shoot. Beautiful!

  12. Such a great shoot and an adorable couple! I love the pinwheels!

  13. What sweetness! They are just the cutest couple, and Sarah captured them brilliantly. Thanks for posting the pinwheel instructions – I’m going to use the idea for my summer camp this year!

  14. Great pictures with a beautiful, fun background. Hope you get to finish the engagement photos off with the wedding pictures in Oregon. They would be so lucky to have your artistic talent on their special day. Beautiful couple!!

  15. The pinwheels are absolutely amazing, Amanda tells me you made all of them yourself! She shows me your photos and they’re always beautiful, keep taking them because I love looking :)

  16. Great job! Really like the uniqueness of the pinwheels and their facial expressions.

  17. These photos are beautiful. I love the pinwheel made from music sheets and maps to make it match the couple’s style. Well done!

  18. nice, i like the inclusion of a natural environment + various props

  19. The huge pin wheels are too cute! The DIY wedding date balloons are a nice touch too!

  20. the pinwheels are so cute! love their save the dates printed on the balloons!

  21. How adorable! Love the personalized idea of pinwheels

  22. I love the save the date shots! Even if they aren’t the ones that were chosen, they’re still really original and savvy! I also love the environment and the “magical” lighting.

  23. Great photos of such a cute couple.

  24. Wow. This shoot is so creative and cute. I love it!

  25. This was a great idea and clearly the photos came out fantastic.

  26. Very cute! Adorable couple and concept. I just hope that boy gets some higher-waisted pants for the actual wedding!

  27. Can someone please tell me how to make these pinwheels!!!


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