by: Lauren

Normally, engagement photos are taken a few months after getting engaged. However, innovative proposing boyfriends, with the help of photographers, are putting a whole new meaning to engagement photos!

These engagement photos that I speak of are known as Surprise Proposal photos! Thoughtful boyfriends have a photographer conspicuously capture photos of them proposing! I know guys are always trying to think of innovative ways to propose, and this is a great idea! What better way to preserve the memory of the proposal, and have an impromptu engagement shoot literally RIGHT after getting engaged!

Sharon Bushman is a photographer in New York City, and she actually specializes in Surprise Proposal photography! How amazing is that?! Enough of my blabbing about photography and engagements, I’ll let the photos speak for themselves!

A New Take on Engagement Photography: Surprise Proposal Photos via TheELD.com
A New Take on Engagement Photography: Surprise Proposal Photos via TheELD.com
A New Take on Engagement Photography: Surprise Proposal Photos via TheELD.comA New Take on Engagement Photography: Surprise Proposal Photos via TheELD.com
A New Take on Engagement Photography: Surprise Proposal Photos via TheELD.com
A New Take on Engagement Photography: Surprise Proposal Photos via TheELD.comA New Take on Engagement Photography: Surprise Proposal Photos via TheELD.com

A New Take on Engagement Photography: Surprise Proposal Photos via TheELD.com

A New Take on Engagement Photography: Surprise Proposal Photos via TheELD.com

Apparently Central Park is a very popular place to get engaged! However, you don’t have to be in New York just to do one of these, I’m sure any photographer would love to do a surprise proposal shoot!

I just LOVE this idea of capturing the VERY moment of getting engaged! The emotions are so incredibly organic…there are really no words for it! And it would be great to send the photos to friends and family to announce your engagement!

Has anyone had one of these shoots? If not already engaged, what would you think if your boyfriend set this up as part of his proposal?



by: Lauren

[Continued from Part 1 of “Congrats! You’re Engaged…Now What?”]

 

I decided to split up this post to prevent any of you new brides from getting overwhelmed with the first steps of planning your wedding. It’s a whole new experience, and it is SO much fun! (Warning: You will spend HOURS looking at photos of decor, flowers, dresses, cakes, etc, etc, etc) These next recommendations involve taking the steps towards making your wedding come together.

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  1. Hire a wedding planner and establish a budget. I include both of these steps in one because it really is incredibly important to have a wedding planner involved in your wedding. Now, you can’t really do much of anything without knowing your budget. There are resources online, such as TheKnot and Brides.com to help with planning your budget, but a planner can also help you understand the costs of everything that a wedding entails. Whether it is just for consulting, planning the entire event, or just for the day of coordinating, I can’t even imagine what a wedding is like without a planner being involved. (And that is the honest truth speaking as someone working in the wedding industry, not as a wedding planner.) I will delve into the need for a planner more in another post, but for the time being, you can read this previous post or check out this article by Melissa of Masterpiece Weddings.
  2. Find your venue. The venue decision of course hinges on what kind of wedding you decided you wanted in Step 2. However, the urgency of finding a venue could depend on your location. If you are getting married in an area that has plenty of venues, you can take a little bit of time to look around. It is recommended to have your venue booked at least one year in advance. If you are in an area that only has a few venue options (such as my hometown), I would recommend booking a year and half in advance if you can, because the dates will fill up fast! But don’t forget to consider the type of wedding that you envision as well as your budget!
  3. Book your photographer. This step and the previous step can be interchangeable, depending on the amount of time you have, the level of importance you put on photography, and the availability of venues. However, photographers also book up to a year and half in advance! If photography is something that is important to you, you should start your search now! Be sure to read these previous posts on choosing your photographer, and don’t forget that you aren’t limited to only choosing a photographer who is in the same city as you! That’s something that as a bride, I didn’t know!

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These are my recommendations of the things that should be done pretty much within the first few months of planning your wedding. And don’t worry, it’s normal to do a lot (booking venues and photographers far in advance), and then have a lull of planning activities. The online resources with checklists are helpful, but not completely inclusive. If you have a wedding planner, she will provide you with a list of things that need to be done by a specific month, and it will also include details that are commonly overlooked.

If you ever have any questions, need advice, or need someone to bounce ideas off of, please feel free to email me or leave a comment! Welcome to the world of planning your wedding!



by: Lauren

The winter is one of the most popular times for couples to get engaged. It could be the cool weather, making people want to have an excuse to snuggle more or the idea that a sparkly ring would be THE perfect Christmas gift, who knows? I was one of the couples that fell into that popular statistic, but it really was the perfect time. It was a few days before Christmas, and my whole family was already around to celebrate! We hardly had to make any phone calls to share our news! (And we finally didn’t have to hear, “So, when are you guys getting engaged?”)

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You’ve gotten through all of the excitement and well wishes, told everyone you know, and now you just can’t stop looking at that shiny new bling on your left hand! What do you do next? What are your first steps towards planning your wedding?

If you’re like me, you’ll want to start planning the next day and buy a ton of bridal magazines, and then spend way too long looking at wedding dresses. However, you could just be incredibly overwhelmed and not even know where to start! I’ve compiled a list of some of the things to do upon your engagement…

  1. Start thinking of a date. It’s one of the first questions that everyone asks, and it’s the very first thing that should be done, since you really can’t do anything else until this is decided. (It’s very difficult to reserve a venue and book a photographer without your date!) When choosing your date, remember to consider your favorite time of year, favorite holidays, work schedules, the weather, or maybe even your anniversary. 
  2. Consider WHO you and your fiance are as a couple. Your wedding should be a reflection of the two of you. It’s a celebration of your love and your new life together. You want it to be amazing, of course, but you don’t have to conform to what an everyday wedding is. Stop and think about what you truly want your wedding day to be like. Decide on what style of wedding you want. If you don’t know where to start, look through some wedding blogs and magazines to get some ideas of different types of weddings. Take a look at this article by garter designer Julianne Smith for more insight into this topic.
  3. Start your guest list. You are now entering new wedding territory. You really need to know how many people you will be having at your wedding before going any further. Both establishing a budget and booking a venue will require taking into account the number of guests you will have. And of course the type of wedding that you decide on will also help to determine the guest list. For example, if you want to have a destination wedding, you probably won’t be having 250 guests. 

There are of course more steps, but I’m saving those for Part 2, which will be posted tomorrow. These are just the baby steps that need to be taken in order to start planning your wedding! Have fun!



by: Lauren

A lot of people are going to be getting engaged in the next couple of months…I know of 2 from this week alone! I’m going to be doing more features on things that are engagement related to help the newly engaged couples along the way, so what better way than to start with a gorgeous shoot!

I love this engagement shoot by Studio222 Photography! Becka and Nate shot Megan and Justin at the Winter Park Farmer’s Market on a Saturday morning. It’s kind of like “a day in the life” of Megan and Justin! What a wonderful way to have an engagement shoot! That’s exactly how it should be…just like you’re living your life, doing something totally normal for you, and photographers just so happen to be there to shoot it! Perfection!

Farmer's Market Engagement Shoot by Studio222 Photography via TheELD.com
Farmer's Market Engagement Shoot by Studio222 Photography via TheELD.com
Farmer's Market Engagement Shoot by Studio222 Photography via TheELD.com
Farmer's Market Engagement Shoot by Studio222 Photography via TheELD.com
Farmer's Market Engagement Shoot by Studio222 Photography via TheELD.com
Farmer's Market Engagement Shoot by Studio222 Photography via TheELD.com
Farmer's Market Engagement Shoot by Studio222 Photography via TheELD.com
Farmer's Market Engagement Shoot by Studio222 Photography via TheELD.com
Farmer's Market Engagement Shoot by Studio222 Photography via TheELD.com
Farmer's Market Engagement Shoot by Studio222 Photography via TheELD.com
Farmer's Market Engagement Shoot by Studio222 Photography via TheELD.com
Farmer's Market Engagement Shoot by Studio222 Photography via TheELD.com
Farmer's Market Engagement Shoot by Studio222 Photography via TheELD.com
Farmer's Market Engagement Shoot by Studio222 Photography via TheELD.com

I think it makes for super fun photos to be doing something or be somewhere interesting! What are some other ideas of things to do for an engagement shoot?