This week’s engagement shoot features Brandon and Kate in two beautiful Vancouver locations; West Vancouver, BC during the summertime and the beautiful Stanley Park in the wintertime. This shoot captures the laid back couple and their cozy playfulness as well as their love for the outdoors in beautiful Stanley Park. This scenery creates a romantic and intimate backdrop for the beautiful couple.
The couple met on Kate’s first day of work at a new job where she says they made, “some pretty serious eye contact,” and after she asked him on their first date… well, the rest is just history. Congratulations Brandon and Kate, we can hear the bells ringing already!
In Kate’s own words…
Brandon and I met on my first day of work at a new job. I was very nervous and trying to focus on learning a new job and meeting new people, when Brandon walked by. He didn’t say much being the quiet and shy guy that he is but we managed to make some pretty serious eye contact.
We shared our first few words later that day and I’m pretty sure from that moment on I had a feeling we would have many conversations to come! I ended up sick and out of work for a few days after and used Brandon as my contact to tell work what was going on.
Well, wouldn’t you know it, from there we started talking more and that talking ended up with me asking him on our very first date. We have had many dates since then, almost 5 years to be exact and we haven’t looked back.
On my 25th birthday, Brandon surprised me with a wonderfully romantic dinner in downtown Vancouver. After a wonderful dinner and a surprise singing waiter (totally unplanned), Brandon took me down to the beach and asked me to be his wife. The night couldn’t have been more perfect; we shared champagne and called all of our friends and family to tell them the big news!
Today we are so delighted to welcome Kate from West 5th Love, who is here to assure us that finding the perfect wedding photographer can be made easier with the proper steps. Kate is an expert when it comes to wedding planning seeing as the bride-to-be is already a year and a half into planning her own big day. With her tips all bride’s-to-be can keep calm and take initiative with these wedding photographer questions and steps! We can hear the wedding bells ringing, but we want to see them too, right?!
When you start to plan a wedding, I think most are surprised to find out how many details are needed and how many decisions need to be made. Questions like what kind of cake do we want? What will we wear? Should we choose blush or mint napkins? The details are endless, but at the end of it all everything comes together to make one beautiful day you’ll never forget.
I know all about this process as I’m currently planning my own wedding and have been for about a year and a half. Over that time we have had to make some pretty big choices and meet with a ton of different vendors to find the perfect fit for us.
One of the biggest wedding related decisions we have made was regarding our wedding photographer. We wanted to find someone who captured our style and vision well, while still keeping our budget in check.
After following a couple of crucial steps, we found a wedding photographer that is perfect for our big day! So, the next question is what steps should you take to find the perfect wedding photographer?
Research, Research, Research: Start your search with the ever helpful Google. Start by looking for photographers in your area and then start narrowing it down to a few that you love. You want to look at their style, previous work and how long they have been in the wedding industry etc. Make a shortlist of those you want to meet with. Also, make sure to check them out on social media or on their blog if they have one. This will give you an insider look at how they shoot and if they fit your style.
Ask Questions: Whether it be about pricing, camera equipment or available dates, ask any questions you might have. Having open and honest communication with your vendors is really going to help in the long run, so why not start off on the right foot? Get a feel for the way the photographer communicates with you as this will be really important later on in the planning process. Also, make sure to keep any correspondence between you and your vendors in case something comes into question later in the process.
Meet In Person: This may seem like an obvious one, but don’t book anything until you have met your photographer in person. Not only will you get a feel for them as your wedding photographer, you will also see how they are in a social situation. It can be really helpful to have a meeting face to face, as you will be able to tell how you and your partner gel with your photographer and you’ll be able to give them an overview of what you’re looking for.
Fine Print: Before signing a contract or paying a deposit, make sure to ask all the important questions such as:
What will the price of the whole package be?
What is included in the photography package? Also, how many hours will be included?
Will an engagement session cost extra? (Most are included)
What will happen in case of an emergency?
How much of a deposit do you require and when is it due?
Will you have a second shooter or assistant?
Once you have chosen your wedding photographer and all the paperwork is signed, you’ll be able to rest easy knowing one of your big decisions is taken care of. From here it is really important to keep in contact with your chosen vendor and plan for an engagement shoot! Setting up an engagement photo shoot is extremely important as it will be your test run before the big day. You will get time to work with your photographer in a less hectic time and it will give you time to get comfortable being in front of the lens.
On a personal note, we had our engagement photos taken this past summer and I don’t think I could be any happier with our choice in photographer. We ended up hiring the very talented Juan and Paula from SixTwoNine Photography. The great thing about the shoot was that it gave us time to get to know them and share some laughs, resulting in pictures that turned out even better than we expected.
We loved our first engagement shoot so much, we chose to book a mini session to use for our save the dates! It’s something I highly suggest to couples looking into engagement photos as it gave us that extra room to get comfortable with getting our pictures taken and allowed us to make some really amazing memories on camera.
Our first set of engagement photos were taken on 3 different beaches in West Vancouver, BC. Brandon and I spent a lot of our dating time on these beaches and we hold them close to our heart as they are filled with so many beautiful memories.
Our second set of photos were taken in the famous Stanley Park in Vancouver, BC, as this shoot was to be more of a winter/fall theme to go with our winter wedding. Let me tell you, our wedding photographer did not disappoint!
One thing I am really excited to do with these pictures is show them off. For me, there is no better way to do that then display them in our home where we can see and love them every day. I love using Wedding Paper Divas for this as the options are absolutely endless for anything from wedding items to personalized wedding wall art! My first project will be a wedding photo books that can sit on our coffee table, for us and our guests to look through.
I hope you enjoy this peek into our engagement photos from our summer and winter shoot. Happy Wedding planning!
This weeks Santa Cruz engagement shoot features Janelle & Jamie at Wilder Ranch State Park & Panther Beach in Santa Cruz, California.
The couple met at the gym in San Luis Obispo, so it was only fitting that he proposed right after her beach run. They chose Santa Cruz as it is one of their favorite places to visit, and it made for the perfect backdrop for their engagement shoot. The scenery captured the couples laid back personalities and their love for the beach.
The couple is planning a destination wedding this summer at West Shore Café in Lake Tahoe.
Today’s Real Engagement features Shannon and Kurt who is currently working as a police officer for the SFPD. These two Giants fans have strong ties to the city of San Francisco and chose Chinatown and the AT&T Park perimeter as their backdrop.
The couple actually went to first grade together, and then went to the same high school ten years later, but never spoke to one another. Five years later when they graduated in 2007, a little thing called MySpace was responsible for bringing them together.
Shannon remembers seeing Kurt’s picture and thought how much more handsome he had gotten over the years. Something came over her so she friend requested him, and he accepted. They started chatting, and it was as if they had been friends all along, when in reality they had never spoke!
The San Francisco Giants came up in conversation and because Kurt was such an avid fan he suggested they go to a game together. Seven years later on Halloween the two were engaged. Shannon said yes after Kurt proposed by carving out pumpkins that read, Marry Me.
Chicago, Chicago, that toddling town! This week’s Real Engagement features Kelly and Christopher’s romantic Windy City engagement session. The beautiful Lake Michigan lakefront and the Willis Tower make for a stunning Chicago engagement photo shoot backdrop.
Chris and Kelly met in Chicago, so it was only fitting that they took their engagement photos at a few places they hold near and dear to them, including the Chicago restaurant and bar institution of P.J. Clarke’s and Lincoln Park South Pond, at North Avenue Beach, where the couple met playing football four years ago, and was also the scene of the wedding proposal!
The self proclaimed Chicago lovers will be tying the knot this September in the city they adore most at the Blackstone Renaissance Hotel in downtown historic Chicago.
Chicago photographer Jill Tiongco captured their special day. Take a peek at this gorgeous engagement photo shoot!
Which one of our Save the Dates would work the best with this couples photos?
This week’s Real Engagement photo shoot takes us to Chicago for Annamarie and Brent’s gorgeous engagement photo session.
The beautiful couple met and now reside in the Windy City. They wanted to showcase the city in all its beauty by choosing less-known locations. Annamarie and Brent captured their love in a community garden near their apartment and around Lincoln Park Zoo. The pair absolutely lucked out with weather, as their photos have a fog backdrop that makes their pics look simply magical.
Photographer Ashley Dru captured these breathtaking engagement images.
Which one of our Save the Dates would work the best with this couples photos?