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I know we’re not supposed to play favorites, but I have to say, I most definitely have a photographer crush on Leigh Miller.  And when I saw Katie + Preston’s engagement shoot on her blog, I knew we had to feature them on our blog.  There’s just something so Southern about the combination of a vintage truck (restored by Preston and his Dad!), a worn, well-loved quilt, and a pair of Mia cowboy boots from Shop Ruche.  And an oversized headband from SW favorite sweetpea&fawn doesn’t hurt, either!

Blue dress: Free People
Orange Dress: Anthropologie
Groom’s Outfit: Gap
Groom’s Tie & Vest: J. Crew

Written with love by Southern Weddings
  1. avatar Melissa Lamkin reply

    So cute! So fun.

  2. avatar the Perfect Palette reply

    we’re loving this engagement shoot.

  3. avatar Album Boutique Team reply

    There are so many things I love about this photo shoot and couple! Everything from the quilt to the last picture in the headlights. Adorable :)

  4. avatar leigh miller reply

    thank you so much southern weddings!

  5. avatar Cathy and David Photographers reply

    These are so cute! Okay gotta go check out her blog now. :)

  6. avatar Kate@MagnoliaRouge reply

    I adore this shoot, I saw it a couple of days ago on their blog and loved it instantly! So so cute….I want one the same!

  7. avatar Luigi | My Postcard Printing reply

    I want to say that I love the head dress and the concept as a whole. The shots are awesome also. It really shows a connection between the couple. Two words. Fun and Romance. :)

  8. avatar christophe wedding photo reply

    Really like the vintage country look!

  9. avatar Dennis @ wholesale flowers reply

    This is such a fun photoshoot. Loving the blanket and the headband!

  10. avatar D reply

    the wedding photos are very amazing, too!

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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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Okay, I can’t TELL you how hard it was to keep this little shoot all to ourselves for so long!  Simply Bloom sent it wayyy back in November of last year, and as soon as I saw it, I knew it would be perfect for a love day feature.  Sweet, simple, rustic chic, and filled with emotion.  And — bonus! — the shoot took a surprising turn halfway through.  Read on to see what we mean…!

From the ladies of Simply Bloom…

“This was another experience altogether. As women, we could not help but tear up and even get a few butterflies in our stomachs as we watched this unfold.  William had thoroughly explained to us his plan to propose to Katie during the shoot, and when he mentioned it would be with a kite, there was some squealing going on on our end… Somehow, because it was meant to be, the entire afternoon progressed naturally and perfectly. Katie had no idea what her fate held, and yet everyone around her knew that this would be THE happiest day of her life. We had planned with William cues for us to know the thereabouts of when he was going to go down on one knee. He explained he was going to tie the ring on the kite, which they would then fly, and then Katie would see the ring. As amazing as that plan sounded, there seemed to be too many little factors that could have not gone according to plan. Despite my doubts and crossed fingers, William pulled it ALL off PERFECTLY. The kite flew easily and swiftly in the perfect blue sky as they held the spool together; Katie ran the kite back and forth without noticing the ring until the very wonderful moment where William kneeled  down to ask her to be with him forever. Witnessing and CAPTURING such an amazing and meaningful moment in a person’s life, left both Christine and I feeling so FORTUNATE about what we do. What we noticed as outsiders, is that the combination of the wide open lush field, timing, reactions, and the perfect shades of the sunset– could not have been more magical.

William, you are the bravest man! Katie, you are so fortunate to have such a romantic man on your side forever– you two are beautiful. We have no words to thank you for letting us witness this moment.”

Congratulations, Katie and William!  We wish you an absolutely beautiful wedding day!

Written with love by Katharine
  1. avatar Oakstream Photography reply

    Oh WOW! I LOVE the feel of these. SOOOOOOOOOOOO romantic! Just pure DEVINE!!!!!!!!!!

  2. avatar Jessica B. reply

    How precious and beautiful! LOVE this :)

  3. avatar Camilla Photography reply

    Love those! Especially the last one! How cute!

  4. avatar Mandy reply

    This is absolutely beautiful! I’ve followed y’alls blog for over a year now and this is by far my FAVORITE photoshoot. Stunning.

  5. avatar Fayetteville Video reply

    Every single one of these pics is simply beautiful. It’s amazing the shots that were made.

  6. avatar Vania- SimplyBloom Photography, LLC reply

    girls, thank you so much for featuring this— it was truly so amazing to witness :) we love SWS SOOO much!! :D :D

  7. avatar Orlando wedding photographers reply

    awesome pics, very good use of filters

  8. avatar Cory Weber reply

    What amazing, simple, and timeless photography!!!! So NICE!!

  9. avatar Adore Amore Photography reply

    so organic. Love it!

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