Engagement Photo and Location Ideas

1. Set A Date

Pick a date that works for you and your significant other. This is the most important step when planning your Wedding. What type of weather do you want to be present during your Wedding? Do you want a warm and sunny Summer Wedding, or a cool and crisp Fall Wedding surrounded by leaves that are in the middle of changing colors? You also want to ask yourself about availability. What date will be best for both you and your fiancé to take off time from work? When is the best time for your friends and family to travel? These are all vital questions to keep in mind

2. Explore Different Styles

Start thinking about the style and pinning ideas on Pinterest (or maybe you already started your dream vision board!) See my Pinterest Boards for additional inspiration.

3.  Set A Budget

Don’t get overwhelmed. Think about the basics of what you need and build from there. Once you have it in mind, try to stick with it and maybe some options you can wait later on to get last minute so you don’t have to stress.

4. Choose your Bridal Party

This is going to be a tough decision. Do you want all your friends involved, some friends, or should none be involved so nobody feels left out?

5. Start a Tentative Guest List

Keep in mind that this will probably change as time goes on.  This can be a very exciting part of the planning process for newly engaged couples.  In addition to the excitement, it’ll allow you to begin visualizing the dynamic of your Wedding Party.

6. Hire a Wedding Planner

Wedding Planners will take a lot of the stress off your planning by helping you envision your dream wedding and by making it come to life! A Wedding Planner knows exactly what they are doing since they have been in the industry for so long, they have seen it all. Interview a couple of Wedding Planners to make sure you get along with them and that they have credible work that you can appreciate!

7. Finalize your Location and Venue

Since Venues get booked up super-fast and are usually the first thing that people book when planning a Wedding, you want to make sure your Venue is available. It’s best to book at least a year to eighteen months in advance, to guarantee that you have your dream Venue!

8. Find a Caterer

Menu Tasting can be so much fun. Not only do you get to indulge and try all the different food, you get to plan a menu that you know your guests will be happy with.

9. Wedding Dress Shopping

There are so many choices and styles! Start narrowing them down by attending trunk shows of your favorite designers. The one I chose (for my own wedding) takes about 8 – 12 months to design and hand bead, so it takes a lot of patience waiting.

10. Choose Your Wedding Vendors

Once you have most of this list narrowed down, choose your wedding vendors. Spend most of your budget on your Photographer and Videographer because after all the food and drinks have been consumed, the flowers wilted, and your day has gone by; the only memories you will have of your whirlwind wedding will be from your photography and videography. Make sure to choose someone who has been doing this for a long time who is licensed and insured, to cover all the angles of your love story.

One of the first things after getting engaged is thinking about your engagement photos. If you are like me, and don’t take a lot of photos, leave it to a professional like me to help you get comfortable for your engagement photos! I really want you to be yourselves during this engagement photo shoot. It’s a great time to get dressed up and look your best as if you were going on your second or third date with each other all over again. I’d like you to choose a place you both frequent so it can be a familiar place you both enjoy and that way the engagement photos will look as natural as who you both are in your relationship. We will find your best angles and get to know which type of photos you like to envision for your wedding day.

I will share outfit ideas, places where you can rent a gown and a tuxedo or suit, and maybe some mood boards depending on the season to give you the best choices for the right time. I will also guide you and give you directions on what to do when you are ready. Lets make it lighthearted and fun, and you won’t dread taking photos ever again!

Bustling city life, amazing food, and home of Broadway—what better place than New York for newlyweds to start their grand adventure together? New York is near and dear to our hearts, too. As NYC Engagement Photographers, we love meeting new people from all around the tri-state region. Whether you are from gorgeous upstate New York, the sunny Jersey shore or right next to Central Park, we want to get to know you and portray a little piece of your story.

We especially love working with recently engaged couples. Engagement is the first exciting step to one of the most pivotal points in our lives! But now that you’ve said, “Yes!” and set a date for taking engagement photos, what should you wear to create a cohesive look for memorable photos and make a statement with your save-the-dates?

Here are 5 of our best tips:

DRESS IN SEASON

Your wardrobe is one of the biggest contributing factors for the “look” you create. The session should be fun, relaxed, and comfortable. It’s hard to demonstrate your love for each other when you’re freezing your toes off!

COORDINATE, BUT DON’T MATCH

As I was scrolling through Pinterest the other day, I saw an engagement session with the couple donning matching t-shirts. That’s cute for a sporting event, but not so much for an engagement session. Use complementary colors, and keep within the same overall style, but try to stay away from wearing the same thing. You want to present yourselves as complementary individuals, not twins.

STAY IN DRESS CODE

Make sure both of you have the same level of dress. For instance, if you are going for a more casual look with trendy denim and a cute top, a formal suit may not be the best option for your partner. Lay out your choices ahead of time to see if they pair well.

USE ACCESSORIES

A scarf, belt or a piece of statement jewelry is always a great idea for adding some texture and flair to the portraits. If you aren’t sure if it works, feel free to bring what you have, and we will give you our professional advice!

BE BOLD!

Without going overboard, bright colors can help break up the portraits a bit. If you choose something too simple and monotone you risk blending into the background. Wear what best represents YOU.