by: Lauren

When I got engaged, I had hardly even heard of engagement photos. I thought it was just a few pictures that you took in a studio, and that was that!

When I started doing my wedding photography research, I was pleasantly surprised to find out what an engagement session really entailed. Different locations, outfit changes, seeing the true personality of the couple, and having fun- that’s what engagement photos are really about!

An engagement session is a great way to get pre-wedding photographs (aka in normal clothes) and capture the excitement and love of your relationship. Your photographer should have some ideas of where to shoot if you don’t already have some places picked out. It’s always fun to have photos of the two of you doing something you enjoy, or even to include your pet in the session!

As I’ve been stalking phlogs the past few months, I’ve seen so many fun and different engagement photos! It makes me want to do another photo session…maybe a 1 year anniversary shoot?

Engagement Photo Fun! via TheELD.com

Engagement Photo Fun! via TheELD.com

Engagement Photo Fun! via TheELD.com
Engagement Photo Fun! via TheELD.com

Engagement Photo Fun! via TheELD.com
Engagement Photo Fun! via TheELD.com
Engagement Photo Fun! via TheELD.com

Engagement Photo Fun! via TheELD.com

Engagement Photo Fun! via TheELD.com

Engagement Photo Fun! via TheELD.com

Engagement Photo Fun! via TheELD.com
CSE Photography

I love the bicycles and the carousel! So much fun! Have you had engagement photos taken yet? Did you do anything fun and different for them?

{I must confess, I posted this at 9 AM on 9/9/09. I just had to.}



by: Lauren

Inspiration Board Tuesday! My favorite day of the week!

It’s no secret that I’m in love with gray this year. I’ve held off on posting this inspiration board, but I just couldn’t hold back my love for gray anymore!

The purple and gray color combination can be used in any season. It’s perfect for the upcoming fall and winter seasons, but would also work wonderfully for a spring wedding! Using a dark purple exudes a sophisticated and classy feel, whereas lavender is great for a more modern event.

Inspiration Board: Purple and Gray via TheELD.com

Row 1: Flowers, Decor, Cake
Row 2: Reception Decor– photo by Kristin Vining, Tablescape
Row 3: Dress, Suit, Invitations, Tablescape– photo by Jen Stewart
Row 4: Bouquet, Centerpiece, Reception Decor

Hope everyone has a great Tuesday!


by: Lauren

I hope you all have been having a great weekend!

In honor of having the day off, I’m also taking the day off of posting.

This photo was taken at my wedding. Even though I look like I’m going to kill someone, I love the flag in the shot!

Happy Labor Day! via TheELD.com

Happy Labor Day! via TheELD.com


by: Lauren

I guess my husband and I are what some people call “foodies”. I blame it on him, because he loves to cook, and he’s always coming up with new extravagant things to cook. (It makes my cooking seem incredibly below-par.) We sometimes find ourselves disappointed when we go out to dinner because we know we could have had better at home. Therefore, our recipe collection is forever expanding.

With this weekend being a “long” one, we’re of course planning to barbeque this weekend. And since the summer is drawing to an end, I’m sure many people will be having their last summer barbeques this weekend! Why not end your summer on a tasty note and try some new recipes?

[For recipes, click on the links below photos]

Labor Day Weekend Barbeque via TheELD.com
Swordfish and Salmon Kabobs via Sunday Supper

Labor Day Weekend Barbeque via TheELD.com
Bay Area Burger

Enjoy the last of summer watermelon in a new way!

Labor Day Weekend Barbeque via TheELD.com
Tomato, watermelon, and basil skewers
Labor Day Weekend Barbeque via TheELD.com
Watermelon, feta, and basil salad via Sunday Suppers

*If you’ve never tried balsamic vinegar on watermelon, it’s amazing! Make sure you use a good quality balsamic though, not too tart.

Of course you’ll need some refreshing drinks to have. Try one of these classics-with-a-twist.

Labor Day Weekend Barbeque via TheELD.com
Italian Lemonade

Labor Day Weekend Barbeque via TheELD.com
White Peach Sangria

Finally, end your barbeque with a light, chilled dessert.

Labor Day Weekend Barbeque via TheELD.com
Strawberry and Angel Food Layers

Have a safe and great Labor Day weekend everyone!