Recent Engagement Photos Posts
Photo: Melissa McCrotty Photography
Just like Valentine’s Day, Single Awareness Day or Hallmark Day–whatever you may call it came and passed, we are near the end of engagement season as well. Six million people (and jewelry stores) planned or expected a marriage proposal on Feb. 14th, which is up from 4 million last year, according to the Huffington Post. No wonder it’s the most popular day of the year to get engaged over Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Eve. It’s just that much more romantic! Forget the chocolates and roses, we want to know if your significant other popped the question yesterday. Let us know in the poll below.
The most popular reason to take engagement photos is for your save-the-dates. But, it’s also a great way to get comfortable in front of the camera with your wedding photographer and see how your photographer operates. (Think of it as a test run.) Trust your photographer to bring out you and your fiances’ personalities in a creative way. So, when it comes time to introduce yourselves to your guests, why not choose one of these 5 unique engagement session locations:
Still little kids at heart? Relive your childhood by spending an afternoon at a carnival. Play games, ride the carousel, eat cotton candy and maybe win a prize or two!
Photo: Indigo Photography
2. NFL Football Stadium
Die hard football fans? Score a touchdown on your favorite NFL football stadium.
Photo: Vanessa Joy Photography
3. Ski & Snowboard Resort
Adventurous? If you love colder weather and hitting the slopes, trek down the mountain together.
Photo: Jason + Gina Photography
4. On the River
Down to earth? Float down the river in a little canoe. Nothing’s more romantic than reenacting “The Notebook.”
Photo: Natalie Franke Photography
5. Pumpkin Patch
Is your favorite season fall? What better way to celebrate Halloween by heading over to your local pumpkin patch.
Photo: Alexandra Hunt Photography
For more creative engagement session locations, consider a flea market, coffee shop, train station, or even revisit your high school or college if you first started dating there. And remember, don’t forget to smile for the camera!
Categories: Engagement Photos, Ideas + Trends
Tags: Alexandra Hunt Photography, carnival engagement sessions, Engagement Sessions, football stadium engagement sessions, Indigo Photography, Jason + Gina Photography, Natalie Franke Photography, pumpkin patch engagement sessions, river engagement sessions, snowboarding engagement sessions, Vanessa Joy Photography
Dresses by (clockwise from top left), Jim Hjelm, Encore by Watters, Theia, and David’s Bridal. All photos by Dan Lecca
If you’re having an engagement party, you’re probably scouring your closet, the mall, or your favorite shopping websites for an appropriate outfit. Depending on your engagement party’s venue and theme, there are several different types of ensembles you could wear, but we think the short, white dress is a safe bet. The four (brand-new!) dresses pictured above are some of our favorites.
Jim Hjelm: We love this style for an engagement fete at your family’s favorite restaurant. The lace, bow, and flouncy silhouette keep things feminine, but the beading ups the glam factor.
Encore by Watters: This dress would look gorgeous at an outdoor, waterside celebration. We love the sweet lace paired with the form-fitting silhouette and neckline.
David’s Bridal: Are your friends throwing you a fiesta at your favorite nightclub? Try this sparkly style with its open sleeve detail – so chic and glam!
Theia: For an outdoor backyard event, try this super-girly lace dress with a fun retro feel.
Which of these dresses would you wear to your engagement bash? Let us know in the comments!
When it comes to celebrating your engagement, why not throw a party? A traditional engagement party is hosted by the bride’s parents and both sides of the families should be invited along with your closest friends. It can be a formal affair or casual backyard party as long as there are cocktails involved. However, these are not the only options. Whether you are having a party for 50 or 15, be creative! Here is some inspiration that’s in between the two:
Photos (clockwise from top left): Averyhouse, Steven Steinhardt Photography, Jodi Miller Photography and Cassidy Brooke Photography
A Formal Affair
Choose your favorite venue for a sit down dinner or family style buffet. Let a pro handle the food, drinks, decor and entertainment, but remember not to upstage the actual wedding day!
Casual Backyard Party
If you are having the party at home, feeding your guests hors d’oeuvres is always a safe option. Otherwise, ask your guests to bring a dish or make it a potluck. After you pop some bubbly with your closest family and friends, play a few outdoor games such as: croquet, cornhole, ring toss or horseshoes for entertainment. What’s better than a dessert table? A s’mores bar! End the night with a bonfire so you can enjoy this sweet treat.
Where are you having your engagement party? Let us know in the comments below.
Photo by Servidone Studios
You probably want to shout the news of your engagement from the rooftops. And while that may be an option, there are more efficient ways to share your big news. Here’s the right way to do it.
1. Tell Your VIPs Some couples prefer to enjoy a few private days of being engaged before spreading the word, while others want to share the news right away. However you decide to proceed, be sure to tell your closest family members and friends first – preferably in person, or, if there’s a long distance between you, by phone. Usually the bride’s family is the first to know, then the groom’s, then close relatives and friends. As you’re telling family and friends, let them know to keep the news off Facebook and Twitter until you give them the go-ahead. It may take a few days to get in touch with all of the people you want to tell via phone or in person, so be patient!
2. Get Formal The most traditional way to announce your engagement is to send out formal engagement announcements and/or place an ad in a local newspaper. While you certainly don’t have to go this route, it’s commonplace in some areas, so feel free to go for it! Check out some announcement cards in our photo gallery.
3. Have a Party Engagement parties are a fun way to celebrate your exciting news. You can go a few routes with this: you or either set of parents can throw a party, or your friends may offer to throw a celebration. It’s important to note that if you or your parents are hosting, you should only invite guests who you fully intend to invite to the wedding. If your friends are hosting, they can be more lax with the guest list. We recommend keeping things relatively casual for your engagement celebration – a cocktail reception at a favorite restaurant or a backyard BBQ, rather than a formal event at a grand space. Find vendors for your engagement party on EventWire.
4. Set Up a Site If you’ve got a great proposal story (and really, who doesn’t?), share it on your wedding website. The link to this site should only be provided to those who are actually invited to your wedding, though.
5. Take Some Pictures Set up an engagement session with your photographer, once you’ve booked him or her. You can use the photos for save-the-dates, your wedding website, and at your wedding itself.
How are you announcing your engagement? Let us know in the comments!