Today’s Real Engagement features Lisa and Tom’s photo shoot at their favorite café and historic movie theater in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The couple met during theology class at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. After five years of dating, Tom popped the question lakeside in his Wisconsin hometown. The pair enjoys reading, traveling, spending time outdoors and watching movies with the accompaniment of wine. Currently Lisa and Tom are attending grad school in Minnesota and planning their August 2014 wedding.
Now that you have started your wedding planning, you might be brainstorming more and more about your engagement photos. The lovely (and extremely talented) photographer, Hannah Colclazier, shares a few extremely helpful tips to consider before getting in front of the camera.
Where to shoot: Are you more of an urban couple or do you want to have a more earthy feel? Maybe both! It might be a place of particular significance to you and your fiance or maybe just somewhere beautiful! When you’re thinking about locations, also think about your wardrobe and how it will fit together.
When to shoot: The magic hours of the morning or before sunset are my favorite times to shoot. It’s beautiful and the photos look warm. But any time during the day will work just fine. Worried that it’s cloudy outside? Worry no more! Cloudy days make for beautiful photos!
What to wear: This should be all about you, so be comfortable in what you choose to wear. Don’t be afraid of colors and statement pieces. Have you been eying that perfect piece? Pick it up for the shoot! From bright colors to soft creams and neutrals, almost everything can work as long as it stands out and you feel wonderful. Bring accessories! Bring shoes! The clothes you choose should tell a lot about you as a couple, so put some thought into the look you want to go with and don’t be afraid to ask questions.
What to bring: This shoot should be about the two of you as a couple. Bring things that are meaningful to your relationship. Try to incorporate things you love or do together into the shoot. Bring props! It’s fun to bring a little zest into the picture.
What to expect: Expect to have fun! Engagement photos are a wonderful way for you and your fiance to know what it’s like to be in front of the camera together. It’s like a dry run for your wedding! I might ask you to do something silly, but I promise, the results will be wonderful. It’s all about you and the one you love being yourselves.
Thanks again to the fabulous Hannah for sharing these amazing tips and stunning photos!
We’ve shared some of our newest wedding invitations and bridal shower invitations with you and this Wedding Stationery Wednesday we’re bringing you a gorgeous new batch of engagement party invites! From the charming graphics and bright colors to the stunning typographic elements, these darling designs are sure to get your favorite people in the mood to celebrate your new status. Which one is your favorite?
We’ve heard that 80% of engaged or married women say their marriage proposal wasn’t exactly romantic, and we think that’s just plain sad! Sure, not everyone wants to plan out an elaborate scavenger hunt across the city or arrange for a flash mob to take over the street to help pop the question, but there are some simple things you can do to ensure that your proposal is as memorable and wonderful as it deserves to be.
Here are our top tips for the perfect marriage proposal:
1. Know What You Want.
Planning a wedding is one thing, but planning to spend the rest of your life with someone is an entirely different story. Make sure you really know what you want. Can your relationship survive the best of times and the worst of times? Will this person be your partner through thick and thin? Can you stand his or her mother at every family holiday? A happy proposal starts with true commitment.
2. Get Family and Friends Involved.
My personal favorite proposal stories are private, but then include friends and family for a celebration after. Have them make a surprise appearance or play a part in the big event and it’ll make it that much more special for your future spouse.
3. Find the Right Ring.
Don’t get cynical on me just yet! I don’t mean that the ring you choose has to be gigantic or pricey, but it does have to reflect the person you’re giving it to. From vintage styles to chic and modern ones, offbeat colored engagement rings to heirlooms handed down through the family, all you have to do is make sure it’s the right style. After all, this is one of the only accessories that will be worn every day for the rest of your lives together!
4. Pick the Perfect Place.
Get creative and make it personal. There are probably places in your city where everyone seems to propose (here in San Francisco, it’s Coit Tower), but if that spot isn’t personally relevant to you it won’t have the same impact. Trust me—you could propose at the diner you two love to go to for Sunday morning breakfast and it’ll mean more than a fancy restaurant you’ve never been to before.
5. Make a Speech.
I know you’re probably nervous and hoping to just blurt out, “Marry me!” to get it over with, but this is a special moment and the person you’re asking to spend the rest of his or her life with you is going to be hanging on every word. Now is the time to dig deep and come up with a few short things you want to say to lay a foundation of love, respect and trust to build a marriage upon. Just don’t get cliched—no one wants to hear that they had you at hello!
What’s your best advice for someone getting ready to pop the question? Leave us a comment and let us know!
Newly engaged? Celebrate your new status with a stylish soiree! Wedding Paper Divas has the perfect engagement party invitations for every couple’s style and budget, from utterly chic to cute and casual. Here are a few of our favorite designs—the perfect way to gather all of your favorite people in honor of your ever after.