Engagement sessions with beautiful scenery are like candy to us, so we just couldn’t resist this beauty shot by Danielle Poff in Kauai, Hawaii. We can’t think of a better way to spend your engagement shoot than by frolicking on the beach and grabbing some shaved ice, and these two make it look oh-so-good. Congratulations on your upcoming wedding, Alana and Andy!
Bride-to-be Kathryn was a Southern transplant in San Diego, CA when she met the love of her life through a friend. Next year, the couple will make their way back to Charleston to exchange vows among their closest friends and family! This beautiful engagement session from Devon Donnahoo Photography, Studio Fleurish, and Kelsey Rae Designs serves as a brilliant reminder of the sunny state the couple met in, sure to be cherished for a lifetime.
From the photographer, Devon Donnahoo: Kathryn was transferred to San Diego from Charleston with her job for a “one year, temporary term” with intentions of going back home to SC… until she met Travis through a mutual friend at work. The tall, dark and handsome California boy swept this Carolina girl off her feet and now she’s been in CA for 3 years enjoying every minute. This May, Travis popped the question and they are planning their wedding for next June to be back in Charleston, SC. I was so excited to capture their sweet love during this styled engagement session on the La Jolla shores. The golden light in SoCal is to die for!
It isn’t often we feature engagement sessions, but when we do it’s often the eye candy is just too good to resist. So when we saw this shoot from Alee Gleiberman Photography at Miami’s Vizcaya Museum & Gardens, we knew we had to share it for two major reasons — one, the scenery is too incredible to ignore, and two, the bride-to-be’s peach tulle and navy lace gowns. Consider me speechless!
From the photographer, Alee Gleiberman: Rocio & Orestes’ engagement shoot was full of fun and laughter. We took advantage of Vizcaya’s many wonderful hidden jems to photograph in. As their photographer, I loved how natural they were in front of the camera. While walking around the gardens, following her flowing gorgeous tan dress, they both were telling me how they are Miami-Dade police officers. And they were sharing stories as we walked. We had a lot of fun, and it being 70 degrees out and sunny made it all the better!
Prepare yourselves while we bring you one of the cutest couples to ever exist, Joe and Kathrina. The duo actually started their own photography business a few years back, and we’ve even had the pleasure of bringing you some of their weddings. When the time came to make things ‘official,’ groom-to-be Joe enlisted the help of photographer Megan Welker to capture every single moment.
From the groom-to-be, Joe: Kathrina and I have known one another since our Senior year of High School, became friends and started dating after we graduated. Over the past few years we have developed an itch of wanting to see and experience as much as we can, to go wherever the road takes us. The road often led to less traveled, remote places. I wanted it to be something meaningful, something fitting for someone as special as she is. It had to be unexpected yet not totally out of the norm for us. Kathrina is very inquisitive and turns into a little kid on Christmas morning when something is the slightest bit off or if I don’t give her a lot of details. We headed out to the desert under the guise of finding this “one spot” I heard of and thought we could take photos of and explore the desert. Totally normal for us. I had planned for my good friend Sam to head out early to set up for me – I gathered photos of us from the beginning of our friendship through our relationship, old letters, movie stubs and special things we’ve collected over the years. And of course I knew that I wanted our proposal to be captured in photos. One of the first people that knew that I was going to propose was Megan; I knew that I wanted her to be there to document our proposal. Honestly the best decision.
The day of, I couldn’t believe how beautiful she looked. I don’t remember at all being nervous, most likely because I was too busy being excited to ask her to be my wife and finally give her the ring I’d had for weeks – something I’m particularly proud of since I designed it myself, something that had to be unique and fitting for Kathrina. We made it to the spot I had scouted the week before and as we turned I pointed saying, “Look at that bird over there,” to distract Kathrina as I saw a flash of red as Megan quickly got into her hiding spot. We slowly made our way to the mirage of familiar items that was set up in the distance. She was confused at first but I sat her down and showed her some of the things that I had brought — when we were just kids spending lunches together, hanging out together in the ASB room and slowly growing on one another. Photos of us from Prom, with my pre-fro days and our baby faces. I started explaining how much she meant to me and how I couldn’t remember a time that I wasn’t in love with her and wanted to love her for the rest of my life. I got down on one knee and then the waterworks started. Kathrina can be a crier, which is cute, but this time was different. In between heavy sobs I think she managed to nod her head as a way of saying yes. After she calmed down there was a moment of silence when suddenly she said, “Do I hear a camera clicking?!” That was when Megan jumped from behind a Yucaipa tree and we all had a good laugh. It was a perfect day and I couldn’t thank Megan, Adam, Sam and Paige enough for celebrating it with us. Kathrina and I spent the next couple of days in Palm Springs letting it all soak in, together in our own little bubble, before the start of wedding planning stress. We are so excited for our wedding this December!
From the bride-to-be, Kathrina: The day was like any other Sunday. Church, coffee. A photo session and then off to the desert for some adventures. I had a terrible headache in the morning and all I could think of was how much I was looking forward to relaxing by the pool in the desert heat. The day was like any other Sunday. Until it wasn’t. We have been together for over 11 years. We met the summer before senior year. We had started off on the wrong foot, with him calling me “too quiet” which left me wondering who this guy thought he was. A friendship soon started and after a beautiful relationship. Throughout the years we had grown together, dreamed of a life together, started a business, and sought after personal goals – all with the strength of each other. Of course we had wanted to marry sooner. But sometimes Life happens and we continued to go along with it, patiently impatient.
I never had any expectations for my own proposal. Joe could’ve simply asked me on the side of the road and I would’ve cried and said yes. I knew I’d cry – and cry I certainly did. Even when I felt the moment coming I still couldn’t brace myself from the well of tears. I couldn’t even say yes I was crying so much. And honestly I hadn’t even looked at the ring (again he could’ve given me a plastic toy ring and I would’ve cried), I was just so happy. My one request was to have someone photograph the moment. Because I knew I wanted to look back at this, to remember and to cherish it always. Having Megan part of it, now I couldn’t have asked anyone better to have been there for us. The moment was perfect for us and I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. I can’t wait to marry this boy!
Shoot Location: Joshua Tree, CA / Photographer: Megan Welker Photography / Dress: Free People / Joe’s Shoes (because everyone always asks!): Giorgio Brutini / Ring: custom designed by Joe with Ballard & Ballard
When it comes to engagement sessions, we can’t stress it enough: location, location, location! For their engagement shoot with film photographer Coco Tran, soon-to-bes Genie and Vasiliy made their way to the incredible Sutro Baths cliff in California and took some stunning portraits with one of the most beautiful backgrounds we’ve ever seen.
Danielle Poff, what you’re able to do with engagement sessions never ceases to amaze me. Today we’ve got a darling proposal story to accompany some of the most romantic images we’ve seen, taken where else but in picturesque San Luis Obispo, California. If you’ve got an engagement session coming up (or just love looking at pretty images), this shoot is sure to inspire:
From the bride-to-be, Kourtnie: Nathan and I were introduced by a mutual friend years ago, but it wasn’t until we ran into each other out of town 3 years ago that we randomly hit it off and something sparked. For the earlier part of our relationship I lived in Chicago and he visited me every few weeks until I made the move out to Southern California so we could be closer. I never saw the the engagement coming which was so incredibly special because I love surprises, and he knows that. We were out in Chicago on vacation and spending the day with friends. Nathan had a date planned that evening that he called a surprise, which I thought nothing of since he’s always planned little dates in the past. We got all dressed up and he took me for a walk down on Lake Michigan- the same route we took on a walk the very first trip he came out to visit me – a memory that was very special to both of us. Eventually he dropped down on one knee and I honestly didn’t see it coming until it happened. He had a photographer nearby that caught everything on camera. I just about died… couldn’t believe all of the thought he put in it!
For the engagement shoot we were definitely set on something very scenic and outdoorsy, since we had the city-based pictures from our proposal. We wanted to find a setting that was woodsy with greenery and trees and also something near the water – but not the typical beach and sand backdrop you see all the time. With helpful tips from our wedding photographer, we decided on Montana de Oro state beach which is on the Pacific Ocean but is unique in that there are several cliff and rock areas that make for great scenery. For the woodsy option, we chose Los Osos Reserve (tree park). We had so much fun at our shoot! Outfits were selected with the mindset of seeming casual and along the lines with something we would wear any day of the week. We definitely made an effort to make sure we wore colors that complimented each other and weren’t too match-y.
Shoot Location: San Luis Obispo, CA / Photographer: Danielle Poff / Kourtnie’s Dress: Ms Chevious Boutique (Temecula, CA) / Sandals: Sam Edelman / White Jeans: Flying Monkey / Top: H&M / Flats: Lucky Brand / Nathan’s Attire: Banana Republic / Nathan’s shoes: Steve Madden / Hair and Makeup: Sammy Williams / Film Scans: Photovision
Who doesn’t love a good beach engagement session, especially when the site is Delaware’s Cape Henlopen State Park? The second we saw the beyond-beautiful images from Michael and Carina Photography, we were sold — and knew they would be great inspiration for couples planning their e-sessions now. Congratulations on your engagement, Rebekah and Derric!
From the photographers, Michael and Carina Photography: Thinking about Rebekah and Derric’s beach engagement session in Delaware really gives us goosebumps. Rebekah and Derric can hardly remember a life before being a couple. They grew up together and want to grow old together. Who doesn’t melt at the thought of young love? Although we had never met Rebekah face-to-face, by the time of their engagement session, we had become friends.
Rebekah and Derric live in Pennsylvania, several hours from where we are in Virginia, so we don’t get to see each other face-to-face. We’ve gotten to know them over the past months through Facebook and telephone, planning each detail of their upcoming wedding in Lancaster, PA. We could hardly wait to finally meet them both in person! They picked Cape Henlopen in Delaware for their engagement session. It was perfect. Huge sand dunes, hidden pathways and the lovely, summery smell of sea salt in the air… most of all Cape Henlopen is special to them. It is a place filled with memories. When we asked them about their favorite spot in the world for an engagement session location, where they would just spend the perfect day together, there wasn’t any hesitation. This is so them. Being outdoors, having fun together. Riding bikes, holding hands, kissing in the forest, running at the beach and whispering “I love you.” This is young love.
We absolutely adore when grooms (and grooms-to-be) plan special surprises for their loves, and Adam here has set the bar pretty darn high. He wrote a love letter to his fiancée, Katy, and had it transferred by hand onto fabric for their engagement shoot background. So sweet, right? Cassie Loree Photography and Blooming House Collective took care of the rest!
From the stylist, Nikki Phelan of Blooming House Collective: For the first scene of Katy and Adam’s engagement session, an ivory Victorian couch with jasmine colored stitching was set beneath a large, maple pergola. Ivory chiffon was delicately draped around the couch to add a whimsical texture. Flowers were placed along the wooden brim of the couch and atop the beige, vintage side table. The lush greenery and coral accents brought an earthy tone to the shoot, and to enhance the romantic ambiance, brass candles holders with ivory candlesticks were scattered throughout the scene.
For the second scene, our hand-lettered, fabric love letter was roped between two aged, off-white doors. The letter, worded by the soon-to-be groom, was a surprise element for the beautiful bride. Details from the first set were used to make the two scenes cohesive. The couple’s initials, in free-standing, metallic letters, were also added for additional personalization. The shoot itself captures a present-day romance with a touch of vintage flair.
Location: McKinney, TX / Photographer: Cassie Loree Photography / Styling: Blooming House Collective / Floral Design: R Love Floral Designs / Hair and Makeup: Kristy Rankin / Rentals: Charmed Vintage Rentals
It isn’t often we share engagement sessions, but it also isn’t often we come across ones this incredibly precious. Photographer Danielle Poff (formerly Capito) reached out to Sara and Garrett to use them as models for an upcoming shoot, but Garrett sneakily asked Danielle if he could use the opportunity to propose to his girlfriend of the past 9 years. A portrait session turned surprise proposal turned engagement shoot – who could turn that down?
From the bride-to-be, Sara: Garrett and I have been together for nine short years. It seems like yesterday when we won “Cutest Couple” our senior year of high school. We have grown up together throughout the years; laughing, experiencing and learning about life. He has always supported my dreams and has encouraged me to follow my heart. He is the main reason I began my Fashion Blog and has been my excellent photographer and supportive cheerleader throughout the entire process.
I met Danielle, our photographer for the engagement shoot, through social media. She contacted me that she was looking for models, and asked if she could photograph Garrett and me. She is so talented, and her work is truly breathtaking so I could not turn down the opportunity. Through email, Danielle and I arranged a date to meet in San Luis Obispo. Little did I know, Garrett had tricks up his sleeve and reached out to Danielle asking if he could propose during the photo shoot. The backdrop of the Los Osos Oaks Preserve just outside of San Luis Obispo is truly a fairy tale setting. I was completely shocked and touched when he got down on one knee and asked me to spend the rest of my life with him. Of course, I said yes! Danielle captured the moment of a lifetime, and we are so thrilled to have these images as we embark on the rest of our life together.
At this point, it’s hardly a secret that South Africa is one of my favorite destinations. When I heard Adene Photography and Anli Wahl were collaborating on a styled shoot based around the South African snow, I knew it would be something else. We’re oh-so-glad the models and vendors braved through the chilling winds to deliver this beauty to our pages!
From the florist and stylist, Anli Wahl: Wow, where do we begin telling the story about this amazing shoot? It has always been my dream to do a styled shoot in the snow, and Adene agreed to it on one condition – only if there were ground level snow, as she is petrified of heights!
We ended up doing the shoot on Friday the 16th of August, after we moved the date about 2/3 times. Driving towards Matroosberg Mountain we saw absolutely NO snow… panic-stations! Arriving at Matroosberg Private Nature Reserve’s reception, we could barely open the car’s doors, the freezing wind was howling so viciously! We were however met by the friendliest faces and Waldo explained that he’d be happy to take us up the mountain to the snow if we were game… Adene wanted out SO badly, and thought out so many other options for us to rather do, haha! We weighed our options. In the end we decided that were sooo close, everyone was dressed, make-up done, flowers in the back, furniture on the roof – we just HAD to bite the bullet!
We 4×4’d for at least 45 minutes (me in the boot, with all the flowers on my lap!) to a spot with enough snow. Here we unpacked and started setting up and shooting. The wind was pumping and it was freezing to say the least! At times it really felt as if my brains stopped working properly, my cheeks got so frozen that I could barely speak properly! Poor Tamar and Jared were absolute troopers! They were really very scantily dressed compared to us wearing thick jackets and scarves! We had to send them to the car every now and then just to defrost a bit! It was an incredible experience to say the least – one that I probably would not have done if I knew how hard it would be beforehand! But as with all creative projects, there is nothing more rewarding than to see all your efforts and hard work pay off and to see how everything finally comes together!
Shoot Location: Matroosberg Reserve, South Africa / Photographer: Adene Photography / Flowers and Stylist: Anli Wahl / Venue: Matroosberg / Tulle Skirt and Lace Dress: Alana – Made With Love / Hair and Makeup: Adri Walters / Queen Anne Couch Rental: Goeters / Crochet Bowl Designer: Elsje Burger / Crochet Bowl: Little Honeypot / The Secret Shoot Logo: Sugarbird Creative
If you follow us on Pinterest, you will know why we love this session. This hippie engagement session captured by Gaby J Photography tugs at our boho heartstrings. When you add in rentals from Nostalgia Resources for a bit of home-in-the-forest atmosphere? I am now convinced I need a pom pom umbrella in my backyard.
Does it get much more romantic than an engagement session in the heart of New York City? Jainé of brklyn view photography captured newly engaged couple CJ and Adrien romping around the city, mixing in nods to Adrien’s heritage as a Frenchman.
From the photographer, Jainé of brklyn view photography: CJ & Adrien are getting married early next year and wanted to have a french inspired engagement session to celebrate their love. The happy couple met in New York but Adrien is a true Parisian. They wanted to celebrate Adrien’s heritage as part of their engagement session. CJ & Adrien’s engagement photos are filled with lot of light, love and happiness!
Shoot Location: Fort Tryon Park, New York City, NY / Photographer: brklyn view photography / Tulle Skirt: Anthropologie / Props and Decor: Bride and groom
With today’s shoot from Sweet Woodruff and Vicky Starz Photography, we’re taking a bit of our detour from the normal styled session. This shoot is one part sweet, one part daring, and a heaping dose of ooh-la-la appeal thrown in for good measure. This no-frills approach to the day after the engagement is everything we love, all tied up in a pretty little package:
From the stylist, Lisa Collins of Sweet Woodruff: The inspiration for this shoot was the cool couples we work with, couples that have a great sense of style and a fun sense of humour. We love hearing our couples’ stories: how they met, how they fell in love, how he proposed. So we wanted to capture that love and beauty in the simplicity of just being with each other and that warm feeling of being at home – the place that’s just for the two you.
When I was styling the shoot, I envisioned how our couple would be spending the night of their engagement, how he would pop the question and they would celebrate, just the two of them, simply, over red wine and cake. But it was the “day after” that I really wanted to tell the story of. Because that’s when the couple really gets to revel in their engagement — spending the whole day at home, wrapped up in each other. I imagined our bride-to-be in sweet outfits she would wear around the house. I wanted her to be really sexy, but still playful. I wanted her to still feel like herself. Fortnight’s lingerie really allowed us to convey that, with their gorgeous, vintage inspired pieces that are so wearable. Emily Sara Pike really completed the look by creating day-after smoky eyes, and the perfect disheveled bed-head. (Sometimes it takes a lot of effort to look effortless.)
I wanted the flowers to be really romantic and natural. I imagined our groom bringing them home as a sweet surprise, filling the house with her favourite blooms. The Bespoken Fine Quality Print cards we used for the shoot were perfectly in keeping with our sexy and playful, but down-to-earth theme. The stunning hand-printed cards are witty, simple and to the point. Perfect little love letters that punctuated our story. Vicky’s photography captured exactly the mood we were trying to set. Soft, simple and natural. We wanted to keep the look authentic, not “over-done” and Vicky managed to do just that.
Shoot Location: Toronto, ON, Canada / Photographer: Vicky Starz Photography / Event Styling and Flowers: Lisa Collins of Sweet Woodruff / Food Styling: Joanna Aitcheson / Lingerie: Fortnight Lingerie / Hair and Makeup: Emily Sara Pike / Model: Hailey Merkt / Talent Agency: Peggi Lepage / Cards: Bespoken Letterpress
It isn’t often that we share love shoots on Ruffled, but when we saw these images always-incredible Caroline Tran, we knew you’d love them just as much as we do! Susan and Jade set out for this amazing shoot right at sunset, which allowed for some jaw-dropping natural light shots. Susan embraced her inner girly-girl style with Prada flats, a J. Crew frock, and an Alice + Olivia sundress we’re now lusting after!
From the couple, Jade and Susan: We are so excited to share our engagement session photos with you and the world! We were so lucky to find an amazing serene photospot in Agoura Hills, CA and were able to smile for the camera just as the sun set over the horizon. These pictures were able to capture every detail of our personalities – Jade, a self-proclaimed nerdy engineer and Susan, a true dreamer and girly girl. We were even able to get some camera time for Little Bear, the first teddy bear we ever shared over 9 years ago.
Our luggage and our hands were always filled with elements that make up the foundation of our love such as our childhood love letters, photobooth pictures, and paper elements that described lyrics from our favorite love songs, inside jokes, and nicknames. Being high school sweethearts, we share a profound history together building our friendship, our love, and our home together. The luggage represents the many travels, journeys, and adventures we’ve been through together, so it seemed only natural to capture these images under the theme, “Home is where you are.”
Shoot Location: Orange County, CA / Photographer: Caroline Tran / Photo & Wardrobe Styling: Wilmarose Orlanes of Lovely Jubilee / Susan’s Attire: cobalt dress and pumps by J. Crew, flats by Prada, navy dress by Alice + Olivia / Jade’s Attire: Jeans by AG, cardigan and boots by J. Crew, bowtie by Pocket Square / Hair and Makeup: Linda of Studio K / Vintage Furniture Rentals: Found Rentals / Monogram mugs: Anthropologie / Paper Goods: Paper Source
Longtime Ruffled readers may remember Cath and TJ’s engagement session and wedding in Mornington, Australia shot by Adrian Tuazon. Now Cath’s sister, Ali, is getting married to her beau, Jake. It’s only natural that she recruited the incredible Adrian to photograph their cuteness as they strolled along the beach.
When I first glanced at this adorable love shoot with a vintage film theme, I was head over heels with it right away. The vintage film theme, combined with lace made for a gorgeous backdrop. The setting, styled to the nines by Chic Celebrations and the couple’s wardrobe by Nunn Better Design, all captured by Krista Mason. From the chalkboard markers to the suspended frames, Joy and Cory’s session is filled to the brim with sweet ideas. This is the perfect inspiration for a couple who loves photography!
From the photographer, Krista: The inspiration behind this shoot is lace, film and cameras! As a photographer I love this idea and thought it would be adorable for any couple that also enjoys photography. The backdrop was envisioned as a photobooth and/or backdrop with the beautiful hanging lace and strips of film framing the hanging frames. The cameras on display are great ideas for centerpieces or as a display for a sign-in table. The vintage cameras and film canisters were all pulled together with the cake stands and the chalkboard signs. Calligraphy Katrina did an amazing job with the signs. The set design was styled by Gianna of Chic Celebrations. I love how she pulled everything together in this dynamic set-up displaying the cameras and film. The adorable couple was styled by Nunnbetter Design and hair and make-up by Susie Chhuor. The couple’s look is edgy and modern yet still soft and romantic, this is a great look for an engaged couple that wants a modern shoot while still keeping the romance.
Wedding Vendors (California):
Wedding Photographer: Krista Mason Photography / Event Designer: Chic Celebrations / Calligrapher: Calligraphy Katrina and Maison du Papier / Makeup Artist: Susie Chhuor Hair | Makeup / Personal Stylist: Nunn Better Design
We typically don’t share many engagements, but the combo of gorgeous photos and our obsession with mid century design lead us to this pretty set at the Herman Miller Design Center. The engaged couple also happens to be Justine, who writes Urban Scarlet and her fiance Brendon. Thank you both and Nick Radford for the images!
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In case you missed any of this week’s features…
Wedding inspiration pulled from The Great Gatsby
A handmade backyard wedding with TOMS
Our Florida Wedding Vendor Guide
A handmade Cuban-American fusion wedding
Spring wedding ideas with pops of gold and mint green
A chic feminine backyard Malibu wedding
Strawberries and Gingham wedding bouquet inspiration
This romantic backyard Perth wedding
An English garden bridal shower at Chateau Marianne
A bright and cheery whimsical Illinois wedding
Winter Wedding Inspiration at Historic Cedarwood
This Airstream proposal shoot from Cedarwood Weddings and Brad & Jen is such a sweet idea for a weekend getaway right before the holidays. If you dream of an intimate Christmas proposal, this one is for you. Guys, take note!
From Linda at Cedarwood Weddings: A sweet proposal at Cedarwood’s Vintage Airstream, decked out in holiday cheer. Our daring groom-to-be uses this shiny American icon to create an ambiance of whimsy, love and adventure that make it impossible for his girl to say no. Heirloom Christmas decorations, stadium blankets, Coca Cola and a ring dangling from a fir tree help this lovely session sparkle with seasonal fun!
Wedding Vendors (Nashville, TN):
This engagement shoot styled by Pam Terpstra of Romancing the Stone is the ultimate in forest whimsy. Throw in one gorgeous red cape, and you’ve got serious Little Red Riding Hood style! Thanks to photographer Rebecca Hollis for these amazing images. The engaged couple, Tony and Tony and Makenzie, were on board with her vision and ran with it. The result is magical.
From the stylist, Pam Terpstra: About 6 months ago I happened to rent the movie Little Red Riding Hood starring Amanda Segfreid. I loved the romanticism, the drama, and the desire she had to be with the one she really loved. It had all the elements of suspense, hold your breath passion, and that cape, OH that cape! I imagined it could be photographed on the top of the world in a stone building. On top of Mount Spokane State Park outside of Spokane, Washington is such a place. The Vista House became Little Red’s residence. I wanted to inspire brides to be themselves and have fun and imagination with their engagement photos. Tony and Makenzie are outdoor enthusiasts and Mt. Spokane is befitting their style. They were totally at home with this engagement shoot as Mt. Spokane is a ski hill in the winter and this is where they met. A love of food is also a passion for them and in keeping with their pastime we set a table befitting Little Red and her fiancé, celebrating their upcoming nuptials. Passion, food, and the literal word RED is what brings this engagement shoot to life.
Wedding Vendors (Spokane, WA):
Venue: Mount Spokane Vista House / Wedding Photography: Rebecca Hollis Photography / Wedding Cinematography: Rogue Heart Media / Wedding Flowers: Epiphany Floral / Event Design: Romancing the Stone / Dress: Finders Keepers / Groom’s Attire: The Bachelor Pad / Hair: Heather Blake of Fringe Salon and Boutique / Makeup: Shasta Hankins / Wedding Catering: Simply Gourmet Catering Co. / Rentals: Urban Cowgirl Antique Rentals
A few weeks ago I was invited to speak at the workshop of the one and only Jen Huang here in NYC, where I talked about submitting to blogs and answered other questions and concerns that attendees had about online publication. The two day workshop was jam-packed with precious professional advice and techniques by Jen, each day with a gorgeous shoot styled by Jackie of Merci New York between in-studio lessons. The styled wedding shoot took place at Central Park Zoo, now offering the space as a wedding venue – lucky for you NYC brides! See that stunning Reem Acra number below? It’s part of Reem Acra’s new collection and it’s debuting on Ruffled! Jen’s next workshop is scheduled for July – don’t forget to check out her site for more info!
Below are some of my favorites, but be sure to check out all photos in the gallery:
With the romantic aesthetic of Ruffled Blog in mind, this inspiration shoot was created for Jen Huang Photography’s workshop as a collaboration between the many talented vendors involved. A slight drizzle enhanced the secret garden theme and the beautiful Central Park Zoo provided the perfect hideaway for our beautiful couples Naysa and Whitney and Michelle and Jeffrey. We paired classic table pieces and calligraphy by Paperfinger and draped the tables and chairs with florals by Saipua and cakes by Sugar Flower Cake Shop. The lush, intimate scene was captured not only on film but on canvas by a live painter. The concept and mood was designed by Jackie at Merci New York and all the attendees were able to interact with and learn from Jen Huang on site. In addition to these workshops, Jen will be hosting a couple more this year in NY and CA and more information can be found on her blog.
Wedding vendors (New York City, NY):
Venues: Central Park Zoo and South Street Seaport / Workshop: Jen Huang Workshop / Wedding photographer: Jen Huang Photography / Wedding flowers: Saipua / Wedding Cake: Sugar Flower Shop / Painter: CapturedOnCanvas.us / Fashion Styling and Event Styling: Merci New York / Rentals: PartyRentals.com / Jewelry: Rent the Runway / Wedding dresses: Reem Acra and Claire Pettibone via Gabriella Bridal / Engagement dresses: blue dress by Anthropologie, multicolored dress by Zara / Wedding Accessories: Gabriella Bridal / Calligraphy: Paperfinger.com / Make-Up and hair: Kerry Makeup / Hair: Face Time Beauty
Some of the most incredible engagement sessions don’t need props, vendors, or anything of the like — just one amazing photographer and one couple desperately in love. In this case, Chelsea and Kevin are that couple. Brought together by a mutual love of tennis more than fifteen years ago, the two fostered their love of their sport and for each other and are finally making it official! Photographer Jason Domingues captured the couple right at dusk, resulting in some seriously incredible lighting.
From the soon-to-be bride, Chelsea: Even before Kevin and I got engaged I constantly read wedding blogs. Seeing all of the creative ideas inspired me to take our engagement session toward a theme. As Kevin and I met through tennis, it was an easy choice for me. But we wanted to make it unique, so we focused our vision on vintage tennis. (I was also motivated by my handsome fiancé’s resemblance to Bjorn Borg.) We had our concept, and as we searched through antique stores for the perfect wood racquets and gear it really came together. The ingredient that was essential was a photographer to bring it to life. When we met Jason and Allison from Jason Domingues photography, we knew we had found the artist who could capture what was in our heads.
Kevin and I met through a mutual tennis coach when I was only five years old. When I was in high school Kevin became my coach, helping me earn a scholarship to play tennis for a Division I school. It was during my college years that Kevin and I both realized that our player/coach relationship was turning into something much greater. Now that I am done with college tennis, we are looking forward to competing together as a mixed doubles team and already have three tournaments on our schedule, including the National Husband/Wife Championships.
Sharing the love for a sport together only enhances our relationship. We work to make each other better, both on and off the court. This engagement session not only shows who we are as a couple, but completely embraces everything we had hoped to do with an imaginative theme. We are so thankful for Jason Domingues’ talent, and so thrilled to see him work his photographic magic again at our wedding this summer.
I couldn’t possibly be more envious of a location than I am of this engagement shoot at Hug Point, Oregon. Photographed by the lovely Erica Ann, this e-session embraces all things comfy and cozy: s’mores, fireside, rocky beaches with flannel blankets, and gorgeous succulents in amber bottles. The couple’s 70s style simply tops it all off!
From the photographer, Erica Ann: Meredith and Aris were the lucky winners of a styled engagement giveaway that Kimberly of Billede Design sponsored with me! When we met the couple for the first time we knew immediately what direction we would go with their style. They are a natural and easy fit for the retro denim and leather inspiration. I loved working with the two of them, they are truly in love and march to their own drum!
Wedding vendors (Cannon Beach, Oregon):
There are so very many things we love about this engagement session. Every element of the shoot was perfectly selected, so imagine our surprise when we found out this e-session was styled by none other than the bride herself! With such amazing talent in tow, all that was left to find was an amazing location — check, a wonderfully fresh short vintage dress — check, and an amazing photographer — also check, thanks to the fantastic Ozzy Garcia.
Oh my goodness, this next shoot from Carina and Nadine of Love Me Do Photography is so close to dreamy perfection that my heart hurts! It is pure vintage romance: soft vintage dresses, a stunning old building, and the softest, warmest light you ever did see. Styled by Veronika Placek, all of the details come together to create the perfect muted palette that is pure romance. The photographers describe the shoot, saying, “We wanted to build a narrative story not only around the props but also about the space we were in, the vintage atmosphere, and around the couple themselves.” And I’d say it was quite the success, wouldn’t you?
Wedding Vendors (Philadelphia, PA):
Photography: Carina and Nadine of Love Me Do Photography / Styling and Design: Veronika Placek / Hair and Makeup: Veronika Placek / Location: Private home / Bride’s dresses: vintage / Bride’s skirt: Urban Outfitters / “Eat Your Heart Out” plate: Folded Pigs
Nothing better than a beyond gorgeous engagement session to officially kick off the Valentine’s Day season! Megan and Seth’s session is just a glorious teaser of what we have lined up for you this week. How much do you love Megan’s black lace dress? I’d say it’s a pretty strong contender against the queen color of all wedding dresses, no?
Despite being shot just recently in Florida, this lovely engagement session feels like it stems from somewhere much deeper in time. Its retro glamour is tender and real, not costumey, and the couple, Sergio and Vicky, couldn’t look more gorgeous. Photographer Justin DeMutiis uses that ethereal lighting just perfectly, don’t you think? Thanks for the eye candy, Justin!
Justin DeMutiis Photography is based out of Tampa, Florida but is also available for travel.
‘Tis the season to show your love in fun and creative ways! Or so is the case for Elsie and Jeremy, a too-cute couple who were recently snapped by photographer Sarah Rhodes for their engagement photos. This is a perfect example of using the engagement photos as an opportunity to showcase your personalities and, well, your gosh-darn adorableness. Elsie is the crafty maven behind Red Velvet and Jeremy is an amazing singer/songwriter in Springfield, Missouri. Enjoy!
You can tell that they had a total blast putting together this shoot. A big thanks to photographer Sarah Rhodes for sending these over! Congratulations, Elsie and Jeremy- can’t wait to see the wedding!
Ah, the engagement session! A little vignette that tells us of a couple’s personality, their love for each other and a peak of what’s to come in there future nuptials. I’m so glad that engagement sessions are becoming the norm and highly recommend them to all those newly-engaged couples out there. This love-packed little morsel comes from A Simple Photo, in Ontario, Canada. The colors in this series are so ethereal and pretty, I’m falling head over heels. Enjoy!