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Some brides are the two-dress or two-veil type on their big day, but Shannon was all about the double look when it came to her engagement session with Kristin Vining at the Dairy Barn.  Hair, makeup and styling for both looks was organized and executed by the talented Lindsey Regan Thorne of Be Pretty, and Weddings and the City, the couple’s wedding planner, was on hand to help coordinate.

Take One:  Bright, oversized flower accents, big hair and a pink pedal bike (on loan from Bella Bridesmaid!) were a throw-back to the 1960’s, but we love how in-the-moment these two lovebirds are. Shannon + Matt’s South Carolina photo op was, in many ways, a dress rehearsal for the main event this August: the bride wore the same frilly fuchsia pumps (courtesy of Off Broadway Shoe Warehouse) her bridesmaids will don in a few months and the groom gave the slim-cut Express necktie a test drive before he passes the look onto his attendants.  Something that won’t be making an appearance at the couple’s North Carolina nuptials?  The vintage tiered frock on loan from New York Bride and Groom.

Take Two:  You can’t go wrong with cowboy boots, and we like that Shannon + Matt turned to their favorite pair for their engagement pics.  The bride was a modern-day June Carter in a red Anthropologie dress, especially next to her guitar-playing groom, and the galvanized “XO” letters – also from Anthropologie – leant some sweet Southern charm to this look.

Our favorite part from this engagement shoot?  The nearly-weds look equally in love in both takes, and we really love that!  Which look is your favorite?

Written with love by Katharine
  1. avatar Mary reply

    Does anybody know the name of that dress?? I love it and can’t find it anywhere!

  2. avatar Southern Weddings reply

    Hi Mary! Did you mean the red dress or the white dress? Hopefully Lindsey or Shannon will hop onto the comments in a bit to help answer your question!Emily @ SW

  3. avatar Charity reply

    I love the cowboy boot look! The pink is pretty but the country flair is great

  4. avatar Sarabeth reply

    I’m fairly certain that if I owned those pink heels I could find a way to work them into every outfit I own.LOVE THEM!

  5. avatar Mary reply

    Thanks Emily! The red dress! I love it! Our rehearsal dinner is in a barn and it would be perfect!

  6. avatar Emily @ Southern Weddings reply

    Does anyone else think Shannon has a sort of Carrie Underwood vibe going on? Katharine and I are currently debating… P.S. I think my favorite look is the red dress, as well. Too cute!

  7. avatar Ashley reply

    BOTH of these sessions are so cute! :)

  8. avatar wholesale roses reply

    I vote for the white dress. The entire shoot is sweet and sassy. Are the flowers in it real? Regardless, it’s a beautiful backdrop. Can’t wait to see this couple’s wedding pictures.

  9. avatar Audrey reply

    Oh my gosh. These pictures are insanely cute! I like both looks but the first is my fave. Very girly :-) Great job!

  10. avatar Lindsay reply

    Mary, I’m fairly certain that the red dress is by Tracy Reese. It sold in Anthropologie stores under the name of the "Ablaze Dress." I don’t think it is available on their website, but call customer service 800.543.1039. Maybe they can help you locate one in a store. The style number (they’ll ask you for it) is style #030001

  11. avatar Shannon reply

    HI Mary! I actually got the red dress from anthroplogie. Thanks to everyone for all the totally sweet comments; I had a blast working with Lindsey, Kristin Vinning, and Tiffany!!

  12. avatar Mary reply

    I found it on ebay this morning! Thanks for the help! Mary

  13. avatar Amanda H reply

    Wow, I actually just bought those same exact shoes from Off Broadway two days ago in royal blue–and then I see them today on my most favorite blog! What are the chances? :-)

  14. avatar Erica reply

    Thats my beautiful friend!! Go Shannon!!!!, cant wait til your BIG DAY!! Im so happy for deserve nothing but the BEST!

  15. avatar Ashley HH reply

    I am in love with the red dress!!!! I have seen it twice! in one week on separate blogs and its not on the anthro website anymore! Anyone know where I can find it?

  16. avatar Brenda reply

    Do y’all know the brand of the pink shoes?

  17. avatar Kim King Smith Events reply

    Great photos! Absolutely fabulous!

  18. avatar Sarah reply

    Which one is my favorite? Wow, what a hard choice!I’m going to go with BOTH! I like the traditional feel in the first set, which makes it great for those relatives who would frown on "untraditional" engagement photos (we all have one or two!) The second one, however, has a definite "this is us" feel. These are the show-to-our-grandkids pictures. They both have their place, and they’re both amazing!

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