I often get a lot of questions on what to wear for an engagement session.  I have put together a few tips to help you prepare for your upcoming engagement session! First of all, one of the most common questions or comments I receive is if they should do an engagement session at all.

  1. To do an Engagement Session or Not to do an Engagement Session?

Absolutely! If you have hired me to shoot your wedding, you should 100% hire me for the engagement session! I know what you’re thinking, she just wants to increase her income..here’s the reality. Doing an engagement session will give your photographer a chance to see how you and your significant other interact in front of the camera.  Most couples say they feel awkward in front of the camera, and you definitely don’t want that reflected in your wedding day images.  You will feel much more comfortable on your wedding day, knowing how your photographer directs you.

What to wear for your engagement session

what to wear to your engagement session

Another comment I often hear is ” I won’t use all those images”.  There are plenty of ways to utilize your engagement pictures such as wedding decor, printing a canvas off to showcase at your reception, save the date, or even a wedding day guest book that houses all the images for your guest to see as they sign in.

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2. Get Creative and Do Something Fun.

Sometimes it just takes a little creativity to come up with something that’s unique to you as a couple.  Let’s come up with something fun to show that off!  Having a special location that’s meaningful to you is always a great way to showcase that.  Here are a few ideas.

Coffee Date:

Love getting coffee as a couple? Plan a coffee date for your engagement session! Spencer and Jennifer had their engagement session at their local Starbucks! Aren’t they the cutest?

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What to wear to your engagement session

 

Cool Car-

I love when couples tell me they want to use a car that they have. Crystal and Johnathan used their Jeep during their session! We shot this during summer so it was appropriate for the season and really brought out who they were as a couple!

What to wear to your engagement session

What about combining coffee and cars!! YES!!

Brett and Tiffany had their engagement session during winter and decided to incorporate this Jeep Cherokee into the session, along with some custom coffee mugs that they drink out of in the mornings! How cute!

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3. Get Dressed Up.

It’s not everyday you get to throw on a fancy pair of heels, a dress and take pictures with your love! Make an appointment to book hair and makeup the day of your engagement pictures.  It makes such a huge difference! Don’t forget to add small touches of accessories! Get your nails done to show off that beautiful ring!

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4. Don’t be Afraid to Utilize your Wedding Day Venue.

Using your wedding venue might not be an option if you are doing a destination wedding, but if you are local or within a short drive from your venue, check with them to see about coordinating a time with your photographer where you can have the venue to yourself.  This gives you and your photographer a good idea of the space and what areas will work well for photographing your portraits on the wedding day!  It also will be cohesive with the wedding day pictures given it’s the same location.

Jennifer and Carter wed at Waddell Vineyards and shot their engagement session there.  The vineyard was green and full of life.  Their wedding was in October so they got to have photographs during two seasons at one location!

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5. Showcase your Style and Personality.

Not the dressy type, that’s okay! Let the outfit you wear, reflect your style as a couple. Make sure you wear something that is cohesive as a couple and clothes that are not too tight or too lose.  Remember: wear clothing that compliments each other but doesn’t match!  There’s nothing worse than being worried about your clothes during a session. If your signature style is wearing a certain lip color, wear it. Bring accessories that reflect who you are!

What to wear to your engagement session

What to wear to your engagement session

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7. Bring ALL the pets!

I love when a client includes their pet in a session.  Pets become family so it makes sense that we would want them to be documented with us not only during your engagement session but also the wedding too!  Make sure to have a family member available to bring them at the beginning or the end of the session! If you have your pets with you for the entire session, you will be stressing about their well-being being the entire time so make sure to make arrangements for someone who can take them home after their part is finished!

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With all that being said, the most important thing is to have fun and don’t stress! Make a date out of your engagement session! Grab dinner afterwards since you will be dressed up! Visit with your wedding photographer about your engagement session and the ideas you have. Don’t worry if you don’t have anything in mind.  I send out a questionnaire that prompts a few ideas that will be unique to you. Remember to trust your photographer.  If you bring a list of poses you found on pinterest, it totally takes away from the creativity process.  Lastly, this is the best opportunity to get to know your wedding day photographer.  Remember NO AWKWARD FEELING on your wedding day if you have already spent a few hours knowing how your photographer shoots and directs you! I hope this information helps you as you plan for your engagement session.

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Lake Murray Chapel Wedding

I’m a sucker for an intimate wedding and Erica and Michael’s wedding at The Lake Murray Chapel was no exception! Growing up around Lake Murry, Erica had always loved the Chapel so it was a no brainer that after Michael showed up on her doorstep, down on one knee, asking Erica to marry him.. that she would choose this location.  They had their closest friends and family there to celebrate.  Erica chose dusty blue and neutral tones for her colors giving a boho feel! After becoming husband and wife, the two shared an intimate dance in the chapel with no one around.  They headed off to Casa Roma in Ardmore, Oklahoma for their reception.

 

 

 

Lake Murray Chapel Wedding

Lake Murray Chapel Wedding

Lake Murray Chapel Wedding

Lake Murray Chapel Wedding

Lake Murray Chapel Wedding

Lake Murray Chapel Wedding

Lake Murray Chapel Wedding

Lake Murray Chapel Wedding

Lake Murray Chapel Wedding

Lake Murray Chapel Wedding

Lake Murray Chapel Wedding

Lake Murray Chapel Wedding

Lake Murray Chapel Wedding

Lake Murray Chapel Wedding

Lake Murray Chapel Wedding

Lake Murray Chapel Wedding

Lake Murray Chapel Wedding

Lake Murray Chapel Wedding

Lake Murray Chapel Wedding

Lake Murray Chapel Wedding

Lake Murray Chapel Wedding

Lake Murray Chapel Wedding

Lake Murray Chapel Wedding

Lake Murray Chapel Wedding

Lake Murray Chapel Wedding

Lake Murray Chapel Wedding

Lake Murray Chapel Wedding

Lake Murray Chapel Wedding

Lake Murray Chapel Wedding

Lake Murray Chapel Wedding

Lake Murray Chapel Wedding

Lake Murray Chapel Wedding

Lake Murray Chapel Wedding

Lake Murray Chapel Wedding

Lake Murray Chapel Wedding

Lake Murray Chapel Wedding

Lake Murray Chapel Wedding

Lake Murray Chapel Wedding

Lake Murray Chapel Wedding

Lake Murray Chapel Wedding

Lake Murray Chapel Wedding

Lake Murray Chapel Wedding

Lake Murray Chapel Wedding

Lake Murray Chapel Wedding

Lake Murray Chapel Wedding

Lake Murray Chapel Wedding

Lake Murray Chapel Wedding

Lake Murray Chapel Wedding

Lake Murray Chapel Wedding

Lake Murray Chapel Wedding

Lake Murray Chapel Wedding

Lake Murray Chapel Wedding

Lake Murray Chapel Wedding

Lake Murray Chapel Wedding

Lake Murray Chapel Wedding

 

Lake Murray Chapel Wedding

Lake Murray Chapel Wedding

Lake Murray Chapel Wedding

Lake Murray Chapel Wedding

Lake Murray Chapel Wedding

Lake Murray Chapel Wedding

Lake Murray Chapel Wedding

Lake Murray Chapel Wedding

Lake Murray Chapel Wedding

Lake Murray Chapel Wedding

Lake Murray Chapel Wedding

Lake Murray Chapel Wedding

Lake Murray Chapel Wedding

Lake Murray Chapel Wedding

 

Lake Murray Chapel Wedding

Wedding Venue: Lake Murray Chapel

Reception Venue: Casa Romo Mexican Restaurant 

Wedding Dress: Mama Bump Rentals

Bridesmaid Dresses: Amazon

Flowers: Barbara’s Flowers, Sulphur

Hair: Kelsey Forman; Krave Salon

Makeup: Kristan Noland

Cake: Regina Smith

 

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Rachel + Josh had the most beautiful wedding that ended with a reception at East Central University, where the two met.  I always love Spring/ Summer weddings.  Rachel had some really beautiful details and I was honored to shoot her big day! We are almost on the 1 year anniversary and I am still reliving the wedding and how beautiful it was.  Here are a few of my favorite shots from the day.

 

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East Central University

East Central University Wedding

East Central University Wedding

East Central University Wedding

East Central University Wedding

East Central University Wedding

East Central University Wedding

East Central University Wedding

East Central University Weding

East Central University Wedding

East Central University Wedding

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Our mid century home is for sale!  I’m sure some of y0u have seen the post, the pretty pictures, the drone video.. but what I haven’t shared are photos of our home from the minute we moved in until now.  I still get sad when I go over to the house because all of the memories associated with the home come flooding in.  We bought the home when I was pregnant with Luca, our first born.  That was 3 years ago. We are now expecting our second child and selling the house. It’s such a beautiful home and I know that the perfect person will see what we saw and continue adding to the uniqueness of the house.

2000 Songbird Lane: 2018

 Mid Century Home

2000 Songbird Lane: 2015

 

Mid Century Modern

When we purchased the home, the brick was this pink/reddish color.  We knew we wanted to paint the brick and interior of the home.

Mid Century Paint

This is the paint scheme we ended up using- aside from the blue color you see.  Summit Gray, was used on the exterior and interior brick.  Grayish was used on the cabinets. Ibis White was used on the doors and trim and Toque White was used on the walls.  We went with a lacquer finish on the cabinets, trim, and walls that were wood paneling.  We hired a professional paint crew to come knock the whole thing out.  It was quite the process and they did a great job.

Mid Century Paint

Mid Century Remodel

We also decided to replace the deck on the back of the house.  Parts of the deck were rotting out and we were looking for a more modern feel.  The home is a split level home so the upstairs deck has about a 20′ drop.  Here are a few images of the deck before renovations.

Mid Century Deck

Here are a few images of the deck as it was being replaced.  I was roughly 33-34 weeks pregnant when all this was happening.

Mid Century Deck

Another reason this home was has so much appeal is the fact that there are close to 4 acres, in town.  Plenty of room for our pups to roam.  That being said, we wanted to add a dog run and house so they would have a place to stay when we were not outside with them.  We had a small shed that matched the exterior paint color, hauled in and a black fence installed.  We ran electric to the house so it could be heated and cooled.  I’d say they pups are set up pretty nice!

Mid Century Dog House

One of the things I found to love was the changing of the seasons.  There are so many trees surrounding the house so when the season would change, so would the trees.  I always felt like I was right in the middle of nature in this home.

Summer

Mid Century House

Fall

Mid Century House

Mid Century Home

Winter

Mid Century Home

Mid Century House

After living in the house for a while, we decided to update the main bathroom that guest would use when they came to the house. Before on the Left/ After on the Right

Luca enjoying the update

Mid Century Bathroom

I think before and after images are some of my favorite.  Here are a few of the house when we first bought it and the house after renovations. New flooring was added to the entire house.

Master Bedroom

Mid Century House

Mid Century House

Mid Century House

Looking into the Living Room

Mid Century House

Living Room

Mid Century House

Living Room looking onto Deck

Mid Century House

Living Room Looking into Kitchen

Mid Century Home

Kitchen

Mid Century House

Downstairs

Mid Century House

Mid Century House

Downstairs Bathroom

Mid Century HomeWe got spoiled to the size of the Master Bed Room.. or “Master Suite”.

 

Mid Century home

The second bedroom is across the hall from the master suite and it is pretty big as well.  It was perfect as a nursery, which eventually grew into a play room.

Mid Century Home

Mid Century House

Here are a few of the final images taken before we listed the house on the market.

Mid Century House

Mid Century Home

Mid Century Bathroom

Mid Century Home

Mid Century Home

Mid Century House

 

You can check out the listing at HERE or HERE  or you can contact Dan Sweeney at Sweeney Real Estate in Ada, Oklahoma

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