Columbia Gorge, Oregon Elopement

Woah, it's been almost a whole year since I've blogged. Between getting married, myself, to working full-time and moving blogging just kind of slipped through my fingers. Since it's been so long I have SO much to catch up on including this Oregon Elopement from last summer. This shoot is still my favorite to date, filled with personal touches and my favorite place in the country (I love it so much I chose to get married in the gorge myself.) Such a beautiful day. 

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Oregon Elopement Photography, columbia gorge, Amanda Lenhardt Photography
Oregon Elopement Photography, columbia gorge, Amanda Lenhardt Photography
Oregon Elopement Photography, columbia gorge, Amanda Lenhardt Photography
Oregon Elopement Photography, columbia gorge, Amanda Lenhardt Photography
Oregon Elopement Photography, columbia gorge, Amanda Lenhardt Photography
Oregon Elopement Photography, columbia gorge, Amanda Lenhardt Photography
Oregon Elopement Photography, columbia gorge, Amanda Lenhardt Photography
Oregon Elopement Photography, columbia gorge, Amanda Lenhardt Photography
Oregon Elopement Photography, columbia gorge, Amanda Lenhardt Photography
Oregon Elopement Photography, columbia gorge, Amanda Lenhardt Photography
Oregon Elopement Photography, columbia gorge, Amanda Lenhardt Photography
Oregon Elopement Photography, columbia gorge, Amanda Lenhardt Photography
Oregon Elopement Photography, columbia gorge, Amanda Lenhardt Photography
Oregon Elopement Photography, columbia gorge, Amanda Lenhardt Photography
Oregon Elopement Photography, columbia gorge, Amanda Lenhardt Photography
Oregon Elopement Photography, columbia gorge, Amanda Lenhardt Photography
Oregon Elopement Photography, columbia gorge, Amanda Lenhardt Photography
Oregon Elopement Photography, columbia gorge, Amanda Lenhardt Photography
Oregon Elopement Photography, columbia gorge, Amanda Lenhardt Photography
Oregon Elopement Photography, columbia gorge, Amanda Lenhardt Photography
Oregon Elopement Photography, columbia gorge, Amanda Lenhardt Photography
Oregon Elopement Photography, columbia gorge, Amanda Lenhardt Photography
Oregon Elopement Photography, columbia gorge, Amanda Lenhardt Photography
Oregon Elopement Photography, columbia gorge, Amanda Lenhardt Photography
Oregon Elopement Photography, columbia gorge, Amanda Lenhardt Photography
Oregon Elopement Photography, columbia gorge, Amanda Lenhardt Photography
Oregon Elopement Photography, columbia gorge, Amanda Lenhardt Photography
Oregon Elopement Photography, columbia gorge, Amanda Lenhardt Photography
Oregon Elopement Photography, columbia gorge, Amanda Lenhardt Photography
Oregon Elopement Photography, columbia gorge, Amanda Lenhardt Photography
Oregon Elopement Photography, columbia gorge, Amanda Lenhardt Photography
Oregon Elopement Photography, columbia gorge, Amanda Lenhardt Photography
Oregon Elopement Photography, columbia gorge, Amanda Lenhardt Photography
Oregon Elopement Photography, columbia gorge, Amanda Lenhardt Photography
Oregon Elopement Photography, columbia gorge, Amanda Lenhardt Photography
Oregon Elopement Photography, columbia gorge, Amanda Lenhardt Photography
Oregon Elopement Photography, columbia gorge, Amanda Lenhardt Photography
Oregon Elopement Photography, columbia gorge, Amanda Lenhardt Photography
Oregon Elopement Photography, columbia gorge, Amanda Lenhardt Photography
Oregon Elopement Photography, columbia gorge, Amanda Lenhardt Photography
Oregon Elopement Photography, columbia gorge, Amanda Lenhardt Photography

Florals: Kae & Ales | Dress: Lena Medoyeff | Hair + Makeup: Renee Bruhn | Calligraphy + Invitations: Loup Calligraphy | Video: Hunting Ground Films | Photography Assistant: A Visual Anthology

San Juan Capistrano Wedding Inspiration

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Last winter I made a quick trip to California for work, while I was out there another photographer friend and I decided to do a styled session. After a lot of last minute planning this beautiful shoot came to life. I'm so excited to finally be sharing all these photos with you! 

San Juan Capistrano Wedding, Amanda Lenhardt Photography, California wedding photographer
San Juan Capistrano Wedding, Amanda Lenhardt Photography, California wedding photographer
San Juan Capistrano Wedding, Amanda Lenhardt Photography, California wedding photographer
San Juan Capistrano Wedding, Amanda Lenhardt Photography, California wedding photographer
San Juan Capistrano Wedding, Amanda Lenhardt Photography, California wedding photographer
San Juan Capistrano Wedding, Amanda Lenhardt Photography, California wedding photographer
San Juan Capistrano Wedding, Amanda Lenhardt Photography, California wedding photographer
San Juan Capistrano Wedding, Amanda Lenhardt Photography, California wedding photographer
San Juan Capistrano Wedding, Amanda Lenhardt Photography, California wedding photographer
San Juan Capistrano Wedding, Amanda Lenhardt Photography, California wedding photographer
San Juan Capistrano Wedding, Amanda Lenhardt Photography, California wedding photographer
San Juan Capistrano Wedding, Amanda Lenhardt Photography, California wedding photographer
San Juan Capistrano Wedding, Amanda Lenhardt Photography, California wedding photographer
San Juan Capistrano Wedding, Amanda Lenhardt Photography, California wedding photographer
San Juan Capistrano Wedding, Amanda Lenhardt Photography, California wedding photographer
San Juan Capistrano Wedding, Amanda Lenhardt Photography, California wedding photographer
San Juan Capistrano Wedding, Amanda Lenhardt Photography, California wedding photographer
San Juan Capistrano Wedding, Amanda Lenhardt Photography, California wedding photographer
San Juan Capistrano Wedding, Amanda Lenhardt Photography, California wedding photographer
San Juan Capistrano Wedding, Amanda Lenhardt Photography, California wedding photographer
San Juan Capistrano Wedding, Amanda Lenhardt Photography, California wedding photographer
San Juan Capistrano Wedding, Amanda Lenhardt Photography, California wedding photographer
San Juan Capistrano Wedding, Amanda Lenhardt Photography, California wedding photographer
San Juan Capistrano Wedding, Amanda Lenhardt Photography, California wedding photographer
San Juan Capistrano Wedding, Amanda Lenhardt Photography, California wedding photographer
San Juan Capistrano Wedding, Amanda Lenhardt Photography, California wedding photographer
San Juan Capistrano Wedding, Amanda Lenhardt Photography, California wedding photographer
San Juan Capistrano Wedding, Amanda Lenhardt Photography, California wedding photographer
San Juan Capistrano Wedding, Amanda Lenhardt Photography, California wedding photographer
San Juan Capistrano Wedding, Amanda Lenhardt Photography, California wedding photographer
San Juan Capistrano Wedding, Amanda Lenhardt Photography, California wedding photographer
San Juan Capistrano Wedding, Amanda Lenhardt Photography, California wedding photographer
San Juan Capistrano Wedding, Amanda Lenhardt Photography, California wedding photographer
San Juan Capistrano Wedding, Amanda Lenhardt Photography, California wedding photographer
San Juan Capistrano Wedding, Amanda Lenhardt Photography, California wedding photographer
San Juan Capistrano Wedding, Amanda Lenhardt Photography, California wedding photographer
San Juan Capistrano Wedding, Amanda Lenhardt Photography, California wedding photographer
San Juan Capistrano Wedding, Amanda Lenhardt Photography, California wedding photographer
San Juan Capistrano Wedding, Amanda Lenhardt Photography, California wedding photographer

Florals: Bellatula Floral Studio. Styling + Planning: Lucky Day Events. Dress: Tara Lauren. Dress Shop: Mary Me Bridal. Suit: The Created Gentleman. Linens: MidMix Studio Calligraphy: Sea Calligraphy. Second Photographer: Devon Donnahoo. Film Scans: Photovision 

East Texas Fields Forever. Sarah and B.J. "Engagement" Photos.

Texas may not be what you think of for pretty fall colors, but you would be surprised by East Texas. One of the few things I've fallen in love with living here is the fields for days. There are few places that you can drive without passing some sort of field so when Sarah and B.j. visited for Thanksgiving I said hey guys want to take some pictures! Sarah is my sweetheart's sister which was made it extra special to capture a few moments of her and her sweetheart. I call these pictures "engagement" pictures because they got engaged a few weeks later, so these are just the pre to the engagement! 

Dallas Wedding Photographer, East Texas Engagement Session, Amanda Lenhardt Photography
Dallas Wedding Photographer, East Texas Engagement Session, Amanda Lenhardt Photography
Dallas Wedding Photographer, East Texas Engagement Session, Amanda Lenhardt Photography
Dallas Wedding Photographer, East Texas Engagement Session, Amanda Lenhardt Photography
Dallas Wedding Photographer, East Texas Engagement Session, Amanda Lenhardt Photography
Dallas Wedding Photographer, East Texas Engagement Session, Amanda Lenhardt Photography
Dallas Wedding Photographer, East Texas Engagement Session, Amanda Lenhardt Photography
Dallas Wedding Photographer, East Texas Engagement Session, Amanda Lenhardt Photography
Dallas Wedding Photographer, East Texas Engagement Session, Amanda Lenhardt Photography
Dallas Wedding Photographer, East Texas Engagement Session, Amanda Lenhardt Photography
Dallas Wedding Photographer, East Texas Engagement Session, Amanda Lenhardt Photography
Dallas Wedding Photographer, East Texas Engagement Session, Amanda Lenhardt Photography

What should I wear to my engagement session?

Engagement season just ended, and if you're like me you either know someone who got engaged or got engaged yourself! Congratulations if you're on the way to getting hitched, seriously it's one of the most exciting times of anyone's life and I'm so excited for you! You may have already started planning your dream wedding or haven't even started, wherever you are in that journey engagement pictures may be in your near future. Sometimes it's hard to decide what to wear, and what's going to photograph well so I'm here to help you! 

what should I wear for my engagement photos Amanda Lenhardt Photography Dallas

Get Fancy.

If you have no idea where to start I say dress up! Unless you're a movie star we don't have many chances in life to be fancy, engagement photos is a great chance to wear your best or find a dress you wouldn't normally be able to wear. No matter the location a beautiful gown adds to the romance and always photographs well, add a beautiful bouquet into the mix and you've got yourself a dreamy session. 

what should I wear for my engagement photos Amanda Lenhardt Photography Dallas
what should I wear for my engagement photos Amanda Lenhardt Photography Dallas
what should I wear for my engagement photos Amanda Lenhardt Photography Dallas
what should I wear for my engagement photos Amanda Lenhardt Photography Dallas
what should I wear for my engagement photos Amanda Lenhardt Photography Dallas

Wear something you're comfortable in.

I can't stress this enough, if you know you won't be comfortable in a fancy gown, don't wear it! There are so many options other there that are both beautiful and comfortable. If you love patterns go for it, if you want to wear jeans wear them. It's better to be comfortable because you'll shine through in your photos even more. 

what should I wear for my engagement photos Amanda Lenhardt Photography Dallas
what should I wear for my engagement photos Amanda Lenhardt Photography Dallas
what should I wear for my engagement photos Amanda Lenhardt Photography Dallas
what should I wear for my engagement photos Amanda Lenhardt Photography Dallas

Lastly, Be daring! 

Don't be afraid to push the limits. If you guys basically live in a bathingsuit, why not wear one for your engagement pictures? These pictures are a reflection of your relationship, and if there is something you guys love to do bring that into your session. 

what should I wear for my engagement photos Amanda Lenhardt Photography Dallas

If you're looking for more engagement session outfit ideas head over to my Pinterest to see more beautiful outfit options, and if you're looking for a wedding and engagement photographer shoot me an email and we can chat!

When's the best time to get married outside for amazing photos?

When I'm meeting with new brides about photographing their weddings, I often get asked whens the best time to get married? Great pictures are important and nothing makes a picture better then great light. There's a huge difference in getting married midday and having your ceremony during "the golden hour." Here are just a few tips at picking the best time of day for your wedding! 

Best time of day to get married outside for amazing pictures. Amanda Lenhardt Photography, Dallas and Destination.

Are you doing a first look? 

You're probably thinking what does this have to do with what time of day I'm getting married? I've shoot weddings when the ceremony was a great time of day, but all the portraits were scheduled for a midday first-look. If you're hoping to knockout most of your photos before the ceremony, plan for a later ceremony that way the lighting is pleasing and great for photos! 

What time is sunset?

This is pretty standard info to look up for your wedding day, but hear me out. It's not just about making sure your ceremony is at a great time, but making sure you're allotting for enough time after your ceremony for photos. There's nothing more stressful then when things run behind, and then there limited light for all the portraits. If you decide to not do a first look, make sure you plan for enough time after the ceremony. Here are a few good tips to decide on how long you'll need for photos afterwards. 

Start by making a family list. Every bride that books with me I make sure I get this from them, and every family photo combinations you'd ever hope for. Plan on each family combination taking about 3-5 minutes depending on the size of the group. This allows wiggle room if a family member goes missing, and keeps things from becoming more stressful. This will give you an idea of how long you'll need for you family photos after the ceremony. 

Along with family photos you'll also want to make sure you allow for enough time for bridal party and portraits of you and your newly husband. I recommend 30 minutes to an hour for this part of photos. These are the photos you're going to print, put on your wall and send to family so I like to make sure we have the best light for these and the most time to make the magic happen. 

When in doubt, two and a half hours before sunset is always a great time to start with a ceremony. This gives you plenty of time to take photos after and if you decide on a first look you have the option to move your ceremony later on in the afternoon.

What if I don't have the option to have a late ceremony?

Best time of day to get married outside for amazing pictures. Amanda Lenhardt Photography, Dallas and Destination.

My suggestion with this is to visit your ceremony the same time you plan to get married. Take a look at the area, is there any shade, is there a lot of trees. If anything try to plan for the sun to behind you guys if you can't have a later ceremony at your venue. If you don't have the option for a later ceremony having the sun behind you at gets the sun out of your eyes and still makes beautiful photographs. 

These are just a few suggestions for planning your wedding day and picking the best time to get amazing photos! I'd love to hear from you when you think is the best time to get married outside and hopefully that I can help capture your amazing day. 

Love, 

Amanda