Engagement photo ideas & advice to plan the best e-session ever!

Lovely springtime engagement photo idea in Dublin!

Ashley Ludaescher Photography

Are you recently engaged? Congratulations! Your engagement is such an exciting time, filled with lots of dreaming and planning about your wedding day. Some of the planning for the big day can get a little stressful, so one of the most fun things to do at the beginning or middle of your engagement is to take a break for an engagement photo shoot. Looking for engagement photo ideas and wondering what you can do with your engagement photos? You can use your engagement photos for your save the date cards, or engagement announcement photo in the local paper, and of course, your family will always like to see photos of you two!

Engagement photos are also great practice and research for you both in preparing for your wedding photographs. My husband and I are really snuggly in private and around friends and family, but put a photographer with a big camera in our faces and one of us (surprisingly, me!) practically hyperventilates! The idea of having to be smoochy in front of a camera can be a little uncomfortable, so it’s a great idea to have a little practice before your wedding day.

So let’s talk tips! Here’s what you should consider when planning and preparing for your engagement photos.

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A rustic garden wedding by Town Country Studios

Romantic rustic garden wedding bride & groom

Things are starting to bloom around here, and the pretty flowers popping out of the ground is certainly a nice change of pace! We’re celebrating on the blog today with this beautiful rustic garden wedding, shot elegantly by Town Country Studios.

Why do we love it? The gorgeous bride Kelly and her groom Jason were married in San Luis Obispo, where they met while in school. Surrounded by family and friends, their beautiful rustic garden wedding celebration had the most unexpectedly pretty pops of marsala (color of the year, right?!) and fuchsia. Read on to see more of this gorgeous day and get inspired for a gorgeous summer garden wedding of your own!

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Tulip wedding inspiration, just in time for spring!

Tulip wedding inspiration

Catherine Hall Studios via Style Me Pretty

What is the first thought that comes to mind when you see tulips? I can probably guess what the answer is – spring!

Looking for tulip wedding inspiration for your spring wedding day? No other flower quite symbolizes the start of spring and all the sunny, warm days ahead in the coming months. Tulips may not be the flashiest of flowers or evoke the strongest feelings as some other traditional wedding flowers do, but they do contain a certain level of sophistication that can be worked into a variety of your wedding details.

Tulip wedding inspiration

Leo Patrone Photography via Style Me Pretty

Give your wedding day a pop of spring and get inspired with these ideas on how to incorporate tulips in your big day.

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An elegant coastal wedding by B Jones Photography

Beautiful wedding day photo bride groom

Sunny weather and seaside afternoons — they’re not that far off with Memorial Day just on the horizon! Today we’ve got an elegant coastal wedding to share with you all that will honestly make you feel like you’ve transported to a gorgeous summery afternoon, in a celebration that was filled with love and laughter.

Shannon and Ryan were married at the Semiahoo Resort in Washington state, on the shores of their beloved Puget Sound. Shannon’s vision of an elegant coastal wedding with nautical details came to life with lovely minimalist details that included navy, stripes and just a hint of sparkle. A few words from the bride about the special details of their day:

“We wanted to make sure every aspect of the day was personalized- I DIY-ed pretty much everything, both to keep costs down and because we wanted to incorporate special personal details. Our tables were named after the Washington State Ferries, a nod to the many ferry rides Ryan and I had endured during the long-distance portion of our relationship. Ryan’s special request for the day was the ice cream bar that accompanied our cupcakes. Our guest book was my favorite of our special details; we ask our family and friends to sign the Seahawks flag that now hangs in our living room.”

Read on to see more of this elegant DIY’d day, captured beautifully by B Jones Photography!

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