I know some friends who are engaged and embarking on the wedding planning journey so I want to talk to you about engagement pictures.
Not only were our engagement photos perfect to use in our guestbook, but the extra time with our photographers was a blast. We got to know them, they got to know us and we all laughed a lot and everybody wins. I know some couples don't feel the need to have an engagement photo shoot and that's great, but if you're on the fence, keep reading.
I have to tell you, I'm SO so glad we did an engagement session because I am not used to being the center of attention and this was practice. The engagement photo session really helped us get comfortable in front of the lens and made it that much easier on our wedding day to get the photos we really wanted. Photos were super important to me because after the flowers wilt and the musicians go home, all you have left are your memories and your wedding pictures. And your husband (xo!)
Here are a few of my favorite photos from our engagement session, maybe they'll inspire you to book an engagement session before your big day! Forever photo credit to Alyssa & Drew Wagner Photography. They are the BEST.
On the steps: I'm 5'2" and Andy is 6'0" so when we came across these steps in the Arb, we had to take advantage of getting closer!
On what to wear: Even though it was early May and not quite green outside, we still wanted to take photos in the Arb, where Andy proposed to me. I decided to wear a green dress to play up the budding green there was in the trees and the grass. It goes against what I imagined I would ever do. My first idea was to wear something to stand out - to wear something bright and bold. But I think the greens enhanced each other and draws your eye away from the brown (which is actually kind of charming and earthy). I wouldn't normally wear a dress to the Arb and I didn't want to be completely out of place with my outfit but there was no chance I would give up wearing a dress to maintain the feminine look I prefer. Also, I chose wedges for the Arb photos since if I wore heels I would stick right into the ground. I like that this outfit is somewhat practical without losing any of the whimsy and magic of getting excited for our marriage!
On being prepared: It was early May and it was cold and drizzly and I believe in being prepared. In between photos I wore my raincoat (Michael Kors, old; similar here) and rainboots (Sperry, old; similar here - I love the micro-fleece lining) to stay warm and keep up with everyone else, since we were walking between locations in the Arb. I'm glad she captured this photo of the in between outfit. It's very real and I like that.
On changing shoes: Since we were back on solid ground, I swapped out my wedges (and rainboots) for my glittery stilettos (Jimmy Choo, old; similar here). Cement and pillars are urban. Stilettos are urban. Black and white and sweet glances are perfect for this setting.
You can see more of our wedding photos on Alyssa & Drew's Blog here and my post Semi-DIY Wedding if you're trying to manage the cost of your wedding or incorporate DIY touches on your big day.
Did you and your spouse get engagement photos taken? If you planned to get married in the future, will you book an engagement session when the time comes? Do you think they are a waste of time?