So Valentine’s Day has just passed and with it a ton of new engagements for the new year! Even if the question was popped on another day, all of you lovely ladies are probably wondering what to wear for your engagement photos – not to worry I have you covered. I would also like to take this time to point out I am by no means sponsored by these stores, these are just a few fashion ideas to help you out.
Casual Engagement Photos
I like to play this one up a little more than just your street cloths, it’s more of a “nice dinner out” wear. Try not to be too matchy-matchy and bring in colour, patterns and textures that go well together. A little summer dress with a cardigan and flats works wonders as a pairing as well. Go for outfits that compliment each other, and colours that reflect your personalities.
Formal Engagement Photos
You’re all about that bling, the glamour, the lights. Your love for one another is the star, so get dressed up and show it off. Anything long and flowy or sparkly for the ladies is perfect. The guys will do best with a suit, but its up to you how formal you go with this – you don’t need to go over the top if that’s just not you.
Themed Engagement Photos
You might be wondering what the heck “Themed Engagement Photos” are. Well they’re just that, a theme, or costume. The genre should mean something to you as a couple, so if you both love Mad Men then go ahead and incorporate a few props, or styles from that era. Wear something fun, and make this photo shoot reflect your shared passions and interests.
Now keep in mind that these are only ideas, make your engagement your own by incorporating something only you and your significant other have. You could do the shoot at the first place you met or bring in a favorite activity you two share – racquetball anyone? Pets are always welcome at my engagement photo shoots, so bring the well behaved Pooch along for the photos.
Finding your wedding dress without stress, how hard can that be?
Well I recently helped a friend find their wedding dress for their upcoming wedding in September and it was no walk in the park (it really brought me back to when I was looking for my wedding dress for my own wedding). But using the knowledge of my own experience I was able to help my friend find her perfect wedding dress fairly painlessly. I created this post in hopes of helping a bride to be say “Yes” to the dress – without all the stress.
I want to mention a few key things right off the bat: I am by no means a wedding dress shopper extraordinaire, I base these tips on personal experience and intend them for those that haven’t embarked on the journey to the perfect wedding dress. If you are fortunate enough to have a wedding planner they will make the whole dress shopping process a lot less complicated, but for those of you on a budget it (like myself) you may find the following information at least a little bit helpful.
- Book your appointment to go see dresses about 2 weeks in advance – especially if you want to book a weekend.
- Wear footwear that you can take off and on easily, as you will need to remove them once you enter the bridal shop.
- Assign someone to take photos on their phone. It helps if just one person does this so you know that they got the photo and then they can send it out to whomever you wish.
- Bring a few friends, family members with you for support and opinion. 3 – 4 other people is ideal as most bridal shops aren’t always super large + it limits the chance of having too many people chime in.
- Get dolled-up! Okay maybe don’t get too carried away, but let’s be honest, not all of us enjoy trying on clothes, especially in front of a crowd. Even a little bit of gloss helps to complete the picture, a beautiful bride-to-be.
Things You Might Not Know
- Bridal shops usually only have sample sizes of dresses, so most of the dresses won’t be your size and will need to be clipped or held in place. Don’t be discouraged.
- Depending on the dress you choose, it can take up to 6 months to come in – so be sure to go looking for a dress early if you are going to order one from a shop.
- You will usually always need to do some sort of alteration. From the hem, changing the neckline, sizing or adding in a bustle you should give yourself enough time to have everything you need changed. Most bridal shops will have a list of suggested seamstresses for you to look over if you ask.
- Most dresses will come in other colours, so if you find a “diamond white” dress in the style you love but you want “ivory” its usually an option when you order the dress.
- You want “poof” but you can’t find a dress that has enough for your liking? You can rent/buy a crinoline slip to add more volume to any dress.
- Any dress can have things added/removed from a dress. Don’t like the beads? Want sleeves? Although there are a lot of different factors as to what can be altered on your dress, most things are do-able, given enough time. Remember 6 months before your wedding minimum!
Other Helpful Tips
- If you plan on wearing something special beneath your wedding dress be sure to wear it when you are trying dresses on. This will help you see how the dress you picked out will work with your undergarments.
- Have a pretty good understanding what you will be looking for in a dress before you go, this will help when you pull dresses to try on. With this in mind, also go outside our your “idea” of the perfect dress as you might find the dress of your dreams and you didn’t even know you wanted it.
- Never try on a dress that is outside of your price range. (I say this even though I broke this rule and found my wedding dress) It usually leads to heart ache, and you will compare all other dresses to the “one” you can’t have.
- You will get hot changing in and out of these large dresses, bring deodorant. Most bridal shops will have bottled water ready for you, if you ask. Stay hydrated!
Here is a list of a few Bridal shops in the Okanagan.
Louise’s Bridal Fashions
This winter Silver Star wedding was literally picture perfect, and could easily have been a wedding straight off of Pinterest. Samantha was one of the kindest brides I have had the pleasure of meeting and she truly met her perfect match with Chris. The day started off with a beautifully decorated gold Christmas tree for family formals, snuggles and well wishes from the family pooches, a heartwarming first look behind the lodge, snowy bridal and family photos on the Silver Star slopes that all eventually lead to an intimate family candle and twinkle light ceremony where the bride sang her vows to her husband to be.
Long sleeved, lace wedding gown, the perfect shade of lipstick, silver hair and fuzzy brown moccassins was this bride’s attire that paired perfectly with the groom’s forest green suit and moose print tie!
Did I mention that at one point the couple busted out their skis and snowboard for a quick run?
After our winter family and bridal photos were finished we all went inside for a quick cheesy, BBQ-ed, quesadilla. At this time the family surprised me by singing happy birthday to me by sparkler! The fact that Sam and Chris’s wedding was happening up at Silver Star, the place where my husband and I met; and that the day they were getting married was my birthday, just meant that all the stars had alligned for me to be their photographer – but I never expected sparklers! This just goes to show you how kind this family was. Now I will forever share a very important date with a wonderful couple.
The whole wedding was so enchanting and fairly-tale-esque that you couldn’t feel the cold because you were so filled with love for this couple. I could go on forever about all of the little details Samantha added to her wedding, but I will just let you see for yourself.
I want to wish this newly wed couple all the best in the future of their marriage xoxo
Vernon Photography Info
All the following photos were taken at Silver Star Mountain Resort in Vernon, BC, Winter of 2015. Canon 6D | 50mm | 24mm – 105mm | 35mm
Second shooter: Jake Hodder