November 14

Bride’s Diary: The Engagement Shoot

Wedding Paper Divas is bursting with staff grooms- and brides-to-be who are currently planning their weddings. We’re happy to share their stories with you as a part of this fun feature!

I have to first start off by saying, I don’t like to be photographed and I don’t like the spotlight. These two things I thought would make it difficult when it came time to take our engagement pictures, but to my surprise, it was a fun and special moment between my fiancé and me. We took the photos with the talented (and one of my very best friends) Eileen Roche who also helped make us comfortable during the shoot.

Here are some tips to consider when planning your engagement pictures:

  • Pick at least one place that has memories for the both of you (a park, city, train, etc.)
  • Make sure you coordinate your outfits so they blend nicely in the photos. I am not talking matching shirts, but keeping your dress in the same color palette as his shirt or contrasting colors that work (i.e. navy and gray)
  • Try your best to focus on him—it will help ease nerves and make for great candid shots
  • Laugh and kiss as much as you can… those are the cutest photos!

These are some of my favorite shots from our shoot. Our location was at Vasona Park in Los Gatos, California (which Adam and I frequent often on our bike rides) and the cute downtown of Willow Glen, California.

We used a large balloon as a prop for a couple of pictures and even though it didn’t cooperate most of the time, it was still fun! Will you be using any props for your engagement pictures?

Stealing a kiss while watching Sunday Night Football—we are huge football fans!

Meet Ashley

Ashley and Adam met a little over three years ago when they were both out with friends at a bar. They spent the night talking about sports and dealing with other friends’ drama. A few days later they went on their first date and have been inseparable since. Three years later, Adam popped the question to a very surprised Ashley!

Ashley and Adam are getting married April 28, 2012 at Ralston Hall in Belmont, CA.


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About Jessy

Hometown: St. Louis, MO Favorite Color: Pistachio Favorite Movie Wedding Moment: The airplane scene in The Wedding Singer Jessy is a Jr. Writer at Tiny Prints. When she was seven, she declared herself "Jessy" (from her given name, Jessica) because she wanted to be a little different. Which is exactly what led her to Tiny Prints-her love for all things unique, memorable and personal! Letterpress printing makes her swoon and she has an affinity for fresh designs with a hint of vintage. In addition to her passion for paper goods, Jessy loves dogs, llamas, autumn, farmers' markets, live music, skeleton keys, extra sprinkles, beating boys in sports, running, antique stores and a book that’s hard to put down.

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