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Real California Engagement Photos: Tawny and John

Posted by Caitlin on Aug 25, 2014

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Photo: Jasmine Lee Photography

Can you guess where these two lovebirds got engaged? At the exact same spot where they had their first dinner date along Laguna Beach, including a dip fully-dressed in the sea! “Golden light was one of the most important aspects of our engagement session,” Tawny said. “We wanted a place with beautiful views [of Trojan Point in Marin headlands].” Before the engagement session began, “we stopped at a local grocery store to pick up some ice cream and chowed down on it while walking hand in hand together,” she said. View more photos here.

Real Maryland Engagement Photos: Michelle and Nima

Posted by Caitlin on May 27, 2014

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Photo: Jen Harvey Photography

Can you guess when these two lovebirds got engaged? Before the Baltimore Ravens beat the Denver Broncos in the AFC Championship football game! So, of course, they decided to wear their jerseys — 27 for Ray Rice and 55 for Terrell Suggs — during their waterfront engagement session. “We went to my parent’s shore home that has been in the family for years,” Michelle said. “We actually were trying to think of a place for some time because we didn’t want to do the typical locations, and it just came to us.” Notice they brought along their pup too? View more photos here.

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Photos (from left to right): One Summer Day

Can you guess where these two lovebirds got engaged? On the couch at home with the help of their two pups! Since Ekaterina and Baris live in two different parts of the country — California and New York City — they decided to re-visit one of their old stomping grounds for an engagement session. “We picked the National Cathedral because it had a beautiful garden, Evergreen trees, and great architecture,” Ekaterina said. It might have been 50 degrees outside, but that didn’t keep them from cozying up for a picnic, complete with wine, music, and board games. View more photos here.

Real California Engagement Photos: Floriza and Reycie

Posted by Caitlin on Mar 06, 2014

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Photo: Leah Marie Photography

Can you guess where these two lovebirds got engaged? On a hot air balloon! It only made sense that Floriza and Reycie incorporated an “up, up and away” theme into their engagement session. “We wanted to reenact a fun, picnic scene in a secluded park,” she said. White netting hung from an oak tree to create a canopy; inside, were decorative pillows, blankets, and books, and outside, were fresh strawberries, cheese and crackers, chocolate cupcakes, and a bottle of raspberry champagne. Let’s not forget the bicycle too! View more photos here.

How to Announce Your Engagement

Posted by Kim on Jan 04, 2013

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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!

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