Friday, June 6, 2014

A Girly Engagement Look

Happy Friday Lovebirds!

Today, I am going to show you our final engagement photo look!
If you missed out on the other looks, you can find them here and here.

Shirt: Tommy Bahama / Rock & Republic (similar) / Shoes: Apt 9 

Crop Top: Windsor / Tulle Skirt: Space 46 Boutique
Necklace: Viva La Jewels / Heels: Aldo (similarsimilarsimilar)

Well, I saved my favorite look for last.
If I could wear this outfit every day of my life, I would!
This adorable blush tulle skirt from Space 46 Boutique is breathtaking.
I paired it with a crop top, nude pumps, and some sparkle from Viva La Jewels.
To dress Brad up a, we put him in a nicer pair of jeans, a crisp, sleek button down, and a pair of dress shoes.
We twirled and danced beneath the Red Rocks in Sedona, AZ.
It was a magical moment during our photo shoot!

Photography by Pinkerton Photography

Friday Frills

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Making Memories During Engagement Photos

This week, I have been focusing on how to get prepared to take engagement photos. Planning. Listing. Matching. Color coordinating. You can view my tips here. I have also been giving you a glimpse into the styling that took place for our photo shoot. You can see these looks here and here. However, the most important tip of advice that I can give anyone regarding their engagement photos is to


It is very easy to get caught up in the hows and whats of the shoot. How does my hair look? Do I have enough lip gloss on? What is my best angle? What is his best angle? When thinking about these things during the photo shoot, it will take you away from the pure bliss that comes from this special moment in your life.

When Brad and I began our shoot, I felt a little awkward. We were told to act normal and just have fun. This can be challenging when you are not used to having a camera in your face. However, as soon as we began to just focus on each other, we forgot all about the person taking our pictures.

Playful Engagement Photo Tips
 Make each other laugh
Talk about fun memories you've shared together
Tell each other why you want to marry them
Tease one another (playfully of course ;)
Serenade each other
Get goofy with each other
Kiss, kiss, and kiss some more 
Love on each other 

I promise that if you just let everything go and simply hang out and have fun together, it will result in the greatest pictures. The further along in our shoot, the more goofy we became. This resulted in our favorite photos from the day. It depicted who we are together. Loving, playful, silly, and weird. A great depiction of our relationship.

We left that day with the most amazing memories together!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

A Country Engagement Look

Today, I want to show you our second engagement photo look.
You can catch our first look here and stay tuned for our last look on Friday!

Shirt: Express / Jeans: Rock & Republic (similar) / Shoes: Vans

Romper: Hopes (similarsimilar) / Boots: Francesca's (similarsimilar)
Headband: Three Birds Nest / Necklace: Shop Hopes

This sweet, casual, and country look was so much fun to shoot in.
I am seriously in love with this lace romper from Shop Hopes.
I always envisioned wearing cowboy boots for our photos
and it was so fun t to incorporate them in our Oak Creek pictures in Sedona, AZ.
For Brad, we kept it super simple in a casual pair of jeans, a v-neck, and Vans.
It did not take long for the shoes to come off and our toes to get in the water!

Photography by Pinkerton Photography

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Linking up with The Pleated Poppy

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Engagement Photo Planning and Prep

Step 1: Search for Ideas

When I began thinking about our engagement photos, I did not know where to begin. I had seen a lot of engagement photos, but did not know what I really wanted for ours. The first thing I did was search for ideas on Pinterest. I suggest that this be your first step. 

You can browse some of my picks on my engagement photo board

Step 2: Talk With Your Photographer

Once I accumulated some photo ideas on Pinterest, I sent my board to my photographer. This gave her a good feel for what I was hoping to get out of our photos. We began to discuss possible locations. By looking at our pictures, she was able to suggest various locations that would fulfill our needs. Hiring a photographer you trust and get along with is very important. If you live in Arizona, you have to hire Pinkerton Photography. Kelsie is the sweetest person to work with. 

Step 3: Create Outfit Lists

Once we were set on our location and photo op ideas, the outfit planning began. This was the fun part! I accumulated list after list. I made changes along the way, substituting different pieces and colors. When thinking about choosing outfits, you need to keep a couple things in mind:

Outfit Tips

Choose modest outfits 
(your family and friends will see these)

Decide on a color palette and stick to it 
(looks better in a photo/guest book)

Pick pieces of clothing that allow for easy movement
 (twirling, carrying, climbing...)

Color coordinate with one another
 (but don't be too matchy matchy)

Go for clean and simple looks
(add fun statement jewelry/shoes)

 Choose shoes that are clean and in good condition 
(you'll notice smudges, wear, or dirt)

Choose outfits based on your surroundings
(forest, river, beach...)

Choose looks that reflect who you are

Step 4: Talk About Your Looks

Once your list is finalized, go over it together. The more they know ahead of time, the less time is spent telling them what to put on with what on the day of the shoot. This will allow for more time to take pictures and create lasting memories! :)

Necklace: Viva La Jewels / Tulle Skirt: Space 46 Boutique

Monday, June 2, 2014

A Floral Engagement Look

This week is all about preparing, planning, and styling for engagement photos. 
We chose to include three different looks in our shoot.
Today, I will show you the first look.

Shirt: DKNY (similarsimilar) / Shorts: PacSun / Shoes: Vans

Romper: Shop Hopes / Heels: BCBG / Monogram Necklace: Love Always Couture

For this look, Brad and I went with a soft combination of greens, blues, and peachy reds.
I found this adorable floral romper at Shop Hopes and paired it with a great tan heel.
To keep Brad casual, yet polished, we put him in a pair of khaki shorts, a button down, and dressier Vans.
It was a perfect look for the wooded area near Red Rock Crossing in Sedona, AZ.

Photography by Pinkerton Photography