First of all, I can hardly believe that as of this weekend, Dave and I have been engaged for SEVEN months! Y’all, it has flown by, and I am feeling more and more like our wedding will be here before we know it! Since we booked so many vendors early on (venue/catering, photographer, videographer, florist, DJ), we’ve really been able to enjoy these last few months doing very little wedding planning. That’s all going to change next week though, because we’re flying to my home sweet home of Houston to check two very exciting things off of our wedding to-do list: taking our engagement pictures and wedding dress shopping!
Since my nosey fiancé made me SWEAR I wouldn’t post a single detail about my wedding dress, I’m not going to be posting anything about dress inspiration or shopping (sorry, y’all!), but I am excited to talk about the other item on that list—our engagement pictures with our fabulous photographer, Ryan Ray. Ryan’s portrait-taking skills are one of the biggest reasons we chose him for our wedding, and it will be great to finally meet him in person!
I’ve been rounding up some inspiration images to narrow down and share the types of pictures and poses I like, and in general, I think it’s safe to say that I love engagement pictures that are relatively neutral, prop-free, a little bit dressy, cuddly, and twirly :)
Clockwise from top left: Jen Huang, Caroline Joy, Cassidy Brooke, Jose Villa, KT Merry, Town & Country, Elisabeth Millay, Ryan Ray, KT Merry, Jose Villa
I’m also very excited that a sweet Blue Ribbon Vendor, Tracy of Tracy Melton Artistry, will be taking care of my hair and makeup for the day! I want something relatively natural, but just a little bit more pretty and romantic than my every day look. Here’s the hair and makeup inspiration I sent her:
Source unknown, Jamie Beck
After spending so many years admiring other people’s engagement pictures, I suspect it is going to feel very strange being the one in front of the camera! I am 100% confident that Ryan and Tracy can work their magic on Dave and I, but truth be told, I always get pretty nervous before big photo shoots. Any last-minute advice is more than welcome! :)
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