We originally had some beautiful photos taken as a wedding gift from a talented family friend immediately after we got engaged. Since we knew we would have an extended engagement, I was just excited to do something wedding related! Now that the big day is only a year away and we are in full planning mode, I wanted to send out a save the date. I was regretting our location and fashion choices for what I had in mind though. The very sweet and talented Chloe of Chloe Buie Photography, who I worked with on her amazing styled shoot Back in the Spring, so graciously offered to do some photos for me! I jumped at the chance to have her take some of Tyler and I. We are beyond thrilled with how they turned out and I am so excited to share them with you! There were so many gorgeous photos to choose from, these are a few of my favourites!
I decided to share some of my tips for anyone who is planning their own engagement photos! I am no expert when it comes to wedding planning, but based on my experience, the biggest piece of advice I can offer is to choose either a location that has significant meaning to you or one that reflects you as a couple. This way you won’t have any regrets! This goes for your fashion choices as well!
Like I mentioned above, I picked our outfits and location on some trendy pins I found at the time. Since we had a three year period between then and now, our tastes and current trends have changed so much. I wish I would have known to keep things a little more simple and in tune to what we truly love. Since we are having a summer wedding I wanted our photos to reflect that as well, where as our first set of photos were in the Fall. This completely changed what I had in mind for the look of our outfits. I wanted them to be simple, airy and romantic, kind of like what we have planned for the wedding! I really have tried to focus on timeless choices that we would never tire of. Hence why we decided to keep the details simple and colour palette light and in tune with our wedding theme.
We decided to have our photos taken at the ceremony location. It’s gorgeous and I thought it would make the memories even more special for us. Plus it gave us a chance to check out the space first hand and all of the areas for photos on the wedding day. The best lighting in certain spots at certain times and a chance to see what worked and what didn’t! This also reminds me, I had no idea that typically an engagement shoot is included with your wedding package! Although each vendor can be different, most of the ones I seen were similar in this way. This offers a chance to get comfortable with your photographer and find out what you love for your wedding photos!
Lastly, be prepared! Order any props or online purchases at least a month or two in advance to ensure they are available and arrive in time. Also, find examples of photos that you have in mind. Even if you don’t want to copy them, this will give your photographer an idea of the feel you want for your own! I’ll be sharing more wedding planning tips as we go so check back. If you have any questions or suggestions, I would love to hear them!
Photography: Chloe Buie Photography
Flower Crown: Flowers by Janie
Balloon: Confetti and Co
Jewelry: Nordstrom & Frilly Lilly
Dress: Garage Clothing
Dress Shirt & Pants: Calvin Klein from Moores
Both Shoes: Aldo
All Photographs Copyright of Chloe Buie Photography