Real Weddings

Dreamy Malibu Engagement Session: Vineet + Dan

Malibu engagement

We’re kind of in love with every single thing about that opening shot. That dress, the view, and the crystal-clear spark between these two lovebirds is enough to have us all starry-eyed. Vineet + Dan are both doctors (Yep. Beauty AND brains), who wanted their engagement session with Katie Shuler to capture their love with California’s beautiful mountains and beaches as their backdrop. As Cali dwellers know, the freedom to explore both of those  settings within the same day is one of the most incredible things about our state. And we love that these guys took full advantage of that opportunity!

From Vineet, Dan and I met while we were living New York City, but we recently moved to Los Angeles for work. Since our wedding will be near my hometown in Toronto and we don’t know where our careers will take us next, we wanted to do an engagement shoot that captured the beauty and magic of California. We felt our engagement shoot was an opportunity to do more creative and whimsical pictures than we would do on our wedding day, and Saddlerock Ranch and El Matador Beach seemed ideal to represent LA. With the help of Katie Shuler’s vision and direction, we achieved some beautiful shots, and had an incredible and unforgettable day exploring both this gorgeous ranch and El Matador.

ranch and horse engagement

ranch and horse engagement

ranch and horse engagement

blue maxi dress

ranch and horse engagement

ranch and horse engagement

Malibu engagement

Malibu engagement

Malibu engagement

A little jealous that these two got to meet + greet Saddlerock Ranch’s adorable (and apparently very friendly) horses + zebras!

zebra engagement

zebra engagement

zebra engagement

Malibu engagement

Malibu engagement

We aren’t sure which we love more, V + D all decked out for those dreamy ranch shots or these more casual + romantic images on the beach… Guess we’ll have to call it a draw!

Malibu engagement

Malibu engagement

Malibu engagement

Malibu engagement

Malibu engagement

Malibu engagement

Big thanks to Vineet + Dan for sharing their story + photos with us! And best wishes for a beautiful wedding + life together!

photography: Katie Shuler Photography // planning + design: Weekend Casual // venue: Saddlerock Ranch and El Matador State Beach in Malibu, California // floral dress: Nelli Uzun // black dress: Mink Pink // suit: Hugo Boss

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Sweet Central Park Boat Proposal: Jenna + Jared

NYC central park proposal

We have the sweetest day lined up here at GWS and it’s all about proposals + engagements! While we LOVE wedding eye candy as much as the next gal, it’s always fun to reflect + remember how it all starts for the lovely couples featured on the site: the proposal! And for this adorable Nashville duo, the whole shebang was beautifully captured thanks to the talented Kelly Christine

Jared sweetly + meticulously planned his surprise proposal to Jenna in one of the most romantic locations imaginable (and Jenna’s very favorite spot when she visits NYC), the lake in the middle of Central Park. We’ll freely admit, we almost teared up looking at these images. The dreamiest ever! And a day-after e-session through NYC’s Meat Packing District, also planned by this charming Aussie fella, only made things that much sweeter…

boat

NYC central park proposal

NYC central park proposal

NYC central park proposal

From Kelly (the photographer), As he was proposing somehow every person in the nearby area knew it and when they kissed everyone cheered. She thought he planned that. It was a magical moment!

NYC central park proposal

NYC central park proposal

NYC central park proposal

From Jenna, Jared had the great idea to do a next day engagement shoot for us. This was a treat because I’m a wardrobe stylist in Nashville and he took me shopping in Soho before going to Central Park for the shoot. I finally got to style myself for a shoot. Dream! 

NYC central park proposal

NYC central park proposal

NYC central park proposal

NYC central park proposal

NYC central park proposal

NYC central park proposal

NYC central park proposal

NYC central park proposal

NYC central park proposal

NYC central park proposal

NYC engagement

NYC engagement

NYC engagement

NYC engagement

Ah, so cute!

NYC engagement

NYC engagement

NYC engagement

We  know we shared bits + pieces throughout the post, but J + J’s whole proposal story is just so sweet, so let’s hear it all directly from the bride-to-be:

Jared threw me for a loop because he was about to perform at Radio City Music Hall in a few hours and after sound check, we raced full speed to Central Park in order for it to line up with the arrival of my parents who were flying in from Ohio that afternoon to surprise me. He wasn’t sure if the boats were going to be operating that day (due to recent bad weather), so when he saw them open, he went back to his original plan to row me out to his planned spot on The Lake in front of The San Remo Towers. He told Kelly exactly where to be positioned to get “the shot”, and she nailed it! He proposed on one knee…in a boat! I was elated that he proposed…and that he didn’t tip us over.

Following the show at Radio City that night, Jared arranged for a Limo to pick me, my parents, my best friend and her hubby up from the venue, and cruise around NYC for a few hours before returning to a rooftop bar for a drink, just the two of us, to reflect on the amazing events of the day.

Congrats you two! And thanks for letting us share this special moment of yours on GWS!

photography: Kelly Christine // venue: The Lake at Central Park in New York City, New York

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Island Luxe from Grace Loves Lace

Island Luxe from Grace Loves Lace

It’s no secret that we adore Grace Loves Lace here at GWS. Their bohemian designs resonate with us big time, and we’re always excited to see what they’re dreaming up next! When they shared photos from a recent shoot, highlighting some of their gorgeous new lace dresses from the Island Luxe collection, along with dreamy headpieces that will soon be available on their website, we were pretty excited to say the least. These ladies know the way to our hearts and we couldn’t wait to share the new collection with you!

From Grace Loves Lace, There’s something about seeing imagery with a group of women rather than just one. We always knew that was the setting and backdrop, but it was all about the girls. When girls are getting ready for their big day, they are never just on their own and we really wanted to communicate that camaraderie, friendship and companionship between best friends on wedding days.

Island Luxe from Grace Loves Lace

Island Luxe from Grace Loves Lace

Island Luxe from Grace Loves Lace

Island Luxe from Grace Loves Lace

Island Luxe from Grace Loves Lace

Island Luxe from Grace Loves Lace

Island Luxe from Grace Loves Lace

Island Luxe from Grace Loves Lace

Island Luxe from Grace Loves Lace

Island Luxe from Grace Loves Lace

The loveliest, right?! And, to close, a funny anecdote about the shoot from the Grace Loves Lace team: It was the worst weather imaginable – it was one of the windiest days of the year and started raining. The assistants were chasing the scrims down the beach! So we’re beyond pleased that it’s turned out to be so beautiful!

Thanks so much for sharing, ladies!

photography: Sybil Steele // location: Dreamtime beach in Fingal Head, Australia // dresses: Inca, Avril, Claudia, Gisele, Cleo, Violet, Tara, Jasmine, Lottie // models: Kirsty Thatcher, Grace Quealy, Anna Hudson // hair + makeup: Mel Smith // art direction: Megan Ziems // headpieces: Grace Loves Lace

This wedding features rad artists fromThe GWS Wedding Artist GalleryGrace loves lace is a Featured Artist in the GWS Artist Guide! Find more rad artists for your day in our Gallery
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