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WEDDING BLOG

8 Tips for Nailing Your Engagement Photos

November 22, 2017 | nicole

photo by Blush Photography

With the holidays just around the corner, engagement season is nearly upon us! Whether you’re engaged already or you think the big question may be coming soon, we want to offer a few tips we’ve learned over the years for nailing your engagement photos. From what to wear to where to go, keep these eight things in mind before your upcoming photo shoot!

photo by Olivia Strohm

1. Wear something you’re comfortable in.

You’ve probably read some form of this tip before, but it really is the most important thing. If you choose clothes that are too tight or clingy, you’ll spend your whole session picking at them or covering up. If you choose something you’ve never worn before, you’ll be worried about how you look in it or may discover it’s actually terribly uncomfortable, which can come across in your photos.

Choose outfits that make you feel like a million bucks. If you do purchase something new, take it out for a test run (hello, date night excuse!) with plenty of time to launder it before your session in case of a spill or other mishap. As much as you consider how your engagement outfits make you feel, think also about how they’ll photograph during your session. For the ladies, we recommend choosing pieces that flow nicely as you move, especially if you’re doing your photos outdoors.

photo by Anni Graham

2. Steam or iron your outfits ahead of time!

Speaking of what you wear, be sure to de-wrinkle your clothes before your session. A photographer’s least favorite question is “can you just Photoshop that out later?” and oftentimes having things like wrinkles retouched in your photos comes at an additional cost per image. Save yourself the stress and get wrinkle free ahead of time!

photo by Blake Hogge

3. Consider professional hair and makeup for your shoot.

If you feel confident in your hair and makeup skills, you can skip on down to the next tip! However, if you’ve never done makeup for photos or you aren’t really sure what to do with your hair, you may want to hit up the salon before your engagement shoot. Photos require slightly more saturated makeup than your every day look so that you don’t become washed out. Haven’t done your hair and makeup consultation with your wedding day stylist yet? It can be a smart move to schedule that consult the morning before your session to knock out two birds with one makeup brush! (P.S. You can search for hair and makeup stylists in your area right here!)

photo by Eleanor & Pete

4. Make a day out of it.

One of the best pieces of advice we’ve heard from photographers is to make your engagement session part of a day-long date. Not only does this give you plenty of time for photos without feeling rushed, but starting your day in this mindset helps you feel connected and romantic as you head into the photo shoot. Start your day with a boozy brunch or coffee at your favorite spot and invite your photographer to meet you there to grab a few shots before changing locations.

photo by Peyton Rainey Photography

5. Set the scene.

Location is everything, so before heading to your neighborhood park for engagement photos, think about what you really love as a couple and what places reflect that. If you relish over making coffee together and snuggling on the couch with some good ole Netflix, maybe an at-home session is right for you. Are you an adventurous couple who spends your weekends hiking? Take your photos in the forest or mountains, hiking gear in tow. Don’t be afraid to incorporate your favorite activities like riding bikes or taking a canoe down to the lake. Check out our tips for setting the scene for your engagement session and take this quiz to find out where you should take your engagement photos.

photo by Célestine Aerden Photography

6. Schedule your session around the sun.

You may have heard that there are certain times of the day that are better for photos and that’s all because of the light! Golden hour, which is that beautiful time of day just before the sun sets is when you want to shoot if you’re looking for that glorious, golden light in your photos. It’s important to be aware of when the sun is going to set (you can check your weather app to find this out!) so that you have plenty of time to shoot before the light is gone. The early afternoon may sound like a good time for photos schedule-wise, but keep in mind that the light is much harsher at this time because the sun is directly overhead. Early, early morning light can also be magical, so you may want to consider a sunrise session where you arrive at your first location just as the sun starts to rise.

photo by Ricardo Quintana

7. Hire a professional photographer.

This should go without saying, but you are going to get the best photos by hiring a professional to take your engagement photos. Your engagement is such a short and special chapter in your life and your relationship, and you deserve to commemorate that time with beautiful photos together! If possible, we highly recommend booking your engagement photos with your wedding photographer. This gives you an opportunity to get comfortable and connect with your photographer prior to your big day, making for even better photos from your wedding.

photo by Anni Graham

8. When in doubt, kiss!

If you haven’t spent a lot of time in front of a camera (and let’s face it – who has?), you may be pretty nervous or become stiff during your shoot. A quick way to loosen up while still getting great photos is to go in for a kiss! This can help you connect with your partner and forget the camera is even around, which makes for more natural photos anyway.

Do you have any tips for engagement photos to share? Let us know in the comments!

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This Couple Dressed to Kill for Their Amalfi Coast Elopement at Villa Cimbrone

November 22, 2017 | colleen

Mountains, the coast, and charming Italian streets – there’s nothing missing from this Amalfi Coast elopement. With their love of traveling and exploring the mountains and coasts, Bela and Daniel decided that there was no other place to get married but at Hotel Villa Cimbrone. They kicked off their wedding day with choosing to get ready together the morning of their elopement – cue the aw’s and swooning. We can’t think of a better way to start your day! After becoming husband and wife, they explored all around the Amalfi Coast and into the town, still rocking their sleek and modern wedding clothes. Hand-in-hand, they spent the entire day together and watched the sunset and moonrise over the water. Matt Lien Photography was there every moment and step of the way, capturing this sweet elopement with his unique use of framing and use of light.

The Couple:

Bela and Daniel

The Wedding:

Hotel Villa Cimbrone, Salerno, Italy

We didn’t want to lose sight of what was important about being married by getting too caught up in so many details. We distilled it down to what was important to us. We decided to elope in Italy, honeymoon then celebrate later back home with our friends and family.

Working with our photographer was a dream! So easy. Matt was professional, yet made the day so fun and care-free. Matt is a great photographer – super cool, so nice, really talented and we cannot recommend him more highly! We are so grateful to him for capturing the day so beautifully.

 

Elope! We can’t recommend it enough. It was the best day filled with so many laughs, so much love and happiness.

Villa Cimbrone is high up on the cliffs of the Amalfi with stunning views of the coast amongst the most beautiful gardens. We love traveling to mountains and to coastlines, so it was the perfect combination for us.

The most memorable moment of the day was watching the sunset and moonrise over the Amalfi Coast.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Matt Lien Photography
Event Planning – Irene Recupero of La Dolce Vita Events
Venue – Hotel Villa Cimbrone

 

Thank you to Junebug member Matt Lien Photography for sharing this joyful elopement with us! If you loved the scenery of the Italian streets, then you have to check out this Italian countryside elopement in Florence.

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The Prettiest Bridal Lingerie for Your Big Day

November 21, 2017 | nicole

photo by Shuttergram Portraits

While most elements of your wedding day style have to do with how you want to look, there’s arguably one aspect that has more to do with how you want to feel: your bridal lingerie. From lace and frills to full-coverage support, what you wear under your gown can be just as special as the gown itself.

Panties

photo by Shuttergram Portraits

Do you feel more comfortable in a high-waisted brief, a cheeky tanga, or a barely-there thong? Whichever you choose, these pretty panties will have you feeling sexy all day (and night!) long.

Natori Feathers Hipster Briefs

Free People Dream of Me High Waisted Undie

Mimi Holliday Bisou Bisou Boythong

Hanky Panky Cross Dye Lace Retro Thong

ASOS Curve City Chic Eve Shorty Brief

Wacoal Lace Impression Boyshorts

Torrid High-Waist Lace Cheeky Panty

Eberjey Kiss the Bride Ruffle Thong

Le Mystère Sophia Lace Bikini

ASOS Curve Eyelash Highwaist Pant

Floreat Lace High-Waisted Bikini

Natori Flora Boyshorts

Torrid Lace Thong Panty

Free People Golden Hour High Waist Thong

 

Eberjey Colette Boythong

Free People Get Off My Cloud Undie

ASOS Curve New Look Bridal Sheer Lace Brief

Free People Clara Tanga

Bras

photo by Jason Corroto Photo

While most bridal lingerie is meant to stay hidden until the reception is over, some of this year’s hottest wedding gowns show off what’s goin’ on beneath a sheer layer of lace. Leave your everyday t-shirt bra at home and opt for one of these lovely lace bras and bralettes instead! Looking for a strapless bra that doesn’t suck to wear or to look at? We’ve got you covered!

B.Tempt’d B.Enticing Strapless Underwire Bra

Free People Dream of Me Underwire Bra

Aerie Summer Strapless Pushup Bra

ASOS Fuller Bust Rita Lace Bra

ASOS Ann Sumers Wynne Bralette

Natori Feathers Underwire Convertible Strapless Bra

Free People Crochet V Wire Bra

Ashley Graham Showstopper Underwire Balconette Bra

ASOS Wonderbra Refined Glamour Ultimate Strapless Bra

Parfait Underwire Contour Bra

ASOS Fuller Bust Valentina Corded Lace Underwire Bra

Honeydew Intimates Camellia Underwire Balconette Bra

Freya Idol Allure Convertible Strapless Bra

ASOS Curve Eyelash Underwire Bra

Aerie Audrey Strapless Lightly Lined Bra

Free People Golden Hour Underwire Bra

Free People Love Letters Convertible Bra

 

 

Free People Intimately FP Adella Longline Bralette

Betsey Perfectly Sexy Strapless Underwire Bra

iCollection Lace Bustier

Epure by Lise Charmel Strapless Underwire Bra

Free People Front Strap Triangle Bra

ASOS Fuller Bust Ria Basic Lace Underwire Bra

Sets

photo by Tu Nguyen Wedding

If there’s one day in your life to match your bra and panties, why not make it your wedding day? These bridal lingerie sets are sexy, playful, and give you that something special under your dress.

ASOS Peony Applique Lace Underwire Bra Set

Felina Romeo & Juliette Strapless Contour Bra & Boyshorts

B.Tempt’d by Wacoal b.sultry Balconette Bra & Thong

Chelsea28 First Kiss Velvet Bralette & Panties

ASOS Curve Florence Strappy Lace Molded Underwire Bra Set

Wacoal Lace Affair Underwire Balconette Bra & Briefs

Chantelle Intimates Presage Bra & Tanga

Flora Nikrooz Showstopper Bra & Flora Nikrooz Showstopper Thong

Else Ivy Longline Bralette & Thong

Epure by Lise Charmel Balconette Bra & Panties

Sam Edelman Lace Underwire Bra & Briefs

Panache Quinn Balconette Bra & Briefs

La Perla Lace Frills Balconette Bra & Brazilian Briefs

Simone Perele Amour Underwire Plunge Bra & Tanga

Wacoal Embrace Lace Bralette & Tanga

Adore Me Daphne Balconette Bra & Hipster Panty

Looking for more bridal fashion inspiration? Check out these stylish ideas:

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