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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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 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!
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?
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.
As a wedding photographer, I love weddings filled with personal details. It's such a joy to look around on a wedding day and see your personality shine through and who you are as a couple. There's so many amazing ways to accomplish this and I have a few that I've favorited in the past.
1 | Pick a meaningful location. A piece of family land, a city you traveled to as a couple, your hometown church, find a place that reflects a part of your relationship. As a wedding photographer, it's so special to hear about the location you decide on and capture those elements on your wedding day.
2 | Make something unique together. You don't have to follow any wedding trends because guess what, your day is about you. Do you love to do something together that may seem a little different then most weddings you've been to? Show off to your guests then! I've photographed weddings were they created poster invitations together, where the bride used fabric from a family members wedding dress for boutonnieres, or the couples made mix tapes for everyone because that's how he proposed.
3 | Wear a piece of family jewelry. This is such a simple and sweet way to add a special touch to your wedding day. You don't even have to wear a piece of jewelry, I've seen jewelry added to bouquets to remember a family member.
These three things are so easy to do, but make a huge different in photographing your wedding. I want every couple's story to shine through on their wedding day. Brainstorm with your sweet and think of something unique and special you can do on your wedding day. I'd love to hear about your ideas as well!
With winter slowly approaching us, I've teamed up with The Black Tux to share my winter, wedding must haves. Being in the South there's no better time in my opinion to get married. I love weddings with a chill in the area, because of the extra coziness they add to the occasion. I love muted colors and blush just as much as any girl, but winter is my favorite time to pull out those rich colors. Berry tones are my absolute favorite and add something special when outdoor settings seem to be more muted that time of year.
Berry tones are that prefect pop for the muted greens, winter brings to it's surrounding. Though it's chilly I love the idea of an outdoor ceremony and a cozy indoors reception.
What other time of year do you have a chance to wear fur on your wedding day? Winter is the time to pick out your favorite cover up. Whether that's a fur, or a sweater it give you a chance to add an extra element to your wedding dress. I recommend checking out BHLDN first if you're in search for a great cover-up.
Lastly for your winter wedding I love a cozy reception space. big tables for people to gather at, warm lighting and lots of candles add to the romance of your wedding day.
If you're getting married this winter I'd love to capture your wedding day. There's nothing more romantic to me then cuddling up to your sweetie and sharing your vows. And I highly recommend dressing your man with The Black Tux, their Tuxedo and Suits page makes the process easy and affordable and he'll be looking more handsome then ever.