What to Wear For Your Engagement Photos

If you’ve taken the time to click on this post then first of all, congratulations!! Getting engaged is such an exciting time in your life and, of course, you want everything to run as smoothly as possible. The last thing you should stress about is your engagement photos because it should be a time to focus and truly capture the relationship between you and your significant other.

I’m currently a part of a Facebook brides group and I realized that there were a lot of ladies asking for fashion advice so what better way to kick off my last month of being engaged than to share with you some of my engagement photo fashion tips. Plus it’s another chance to show off my engagement photos before I’m able to start over-sharing my wedding photos!


-First and foremost, this shoot is about the both of you! Don’t feel like your engagement photos should reflect something that could grace the cover of Vogue. If you’re both quirky or silly that’s fine! Let your photos reflect that.


-My suggestion is to have at least one formal (or dressier) look and one casual look during your time with your photographer.


-Keep your partner in more neutral colors. This gives you more leeway with what you can do with your outfits. I know it’s not just all about you but you are the bride-to-be and this is the time for you to stand out!


-Matching does not mean you need to be wearing the same colors (says the girl that matched her dress with her fiancé’s outfit as well as the background. See photo below). Just try and keep it all within the same color scheme OR just keep all the tones neutral with at least one bold accessory or clothing piece.


-Wear neutral colored pants (black, white, jeans, etc.) and shoes. Then, keep a plain shirt on throughout the entire shoot and just keep switching out of different tops. For example, I wore jeans and a plain black long-sleeve and just threw a sweater over it. In between shots I would switch out of that sweater and throw on a cardigan or a vest. This gives you multiple different looks in a short period of time. Plus, no changing rooms necessary so that’s a definite plus!

-Props! I know this isn’t necessarily a fashion tip but I think sometimes props are completely forgotten about because people spend their time worrying about the outfits. Balloons, bubbles, streamers, flowers, confetti, etc. All of these add so much movement and originality to your photos. Plus, if you’re one of those people that doesn’t know what to do with your hands during a photo then these will be a lifesaver.


-This one isn’t necessarily a fashion tip either but during your session don’t feel the need to be so posed. I know as future brides, we spend hours (or days!) on Pinterest scrolling through the most perfect engagement photos and hoping to mimic those exact looks. But I guarantee the photos you’ll love best are the shots that were taken in between when you didn’t realize the photographer was shooting. So while you’re in front of the camera just keep moving, laughing, and joking around with each other.


Also, don’t sweat the small stuff! I had gotten my hair done the morning of our engagement photos. I told the stylist I wanted voluminous waves and I walked out of there with tight Shirley Temple curls. I complained to my fiancé during the entire two hour drive to our photo shoot all the while he was assuring me I look great no matter what. I could tell I was really putting a damper on this experience for the both of us so I finally just sucked it up and pretended that I didn’t look like a poodle (luckily my hair can’t hold curls anyways so it fell flat before we started shooting).

In the end, the goal is to get nice pictures to show off but the engagement photos are also a small part of the whole ‘being engaged/wedding’ experience and you’ll want to remember it as a fun one that you can cherish when you look back at these photos.

Have fun and be yourselves!

P.S. These photos were taken by the amazing Cassandra Oldenburg with Narrowleaf Photography and you can check out more of her work here!

Sincerely

Savanna

 

Las Vegas For the Faint-Hearted

I don’t want to make it sound as if Nathan and I are the lamest 20 something year-olds to have ever walked the Vegas streets but we do have a more low key lifestyle. And when one thinks of a 22 year-year old in Vegas I assume they picture nothing but non-stop pool parties and nightclubs. Don’t get me wrong! I love to go out for a few drinks once in a while (and of course where better to do that than in Vegas?!) but Nathan and I had plenty of fun just exploring the tamer side of ‘Sin City’.

We started our days there around 10am, a time that some people don’t realize exists in Vegas. We headed out first thing in the morning and spent the majority of our day on foot (we had walked roughly 20 miles within the two days of being there). So here is my list of must-do’s for those of you brave enough to venture out and into the heat of daytime.

  1. Welcome to Las Vegas sign– of course it’s cliche but no one really believes that you’ve visited Vegas if you haven’t taken a photo in front of this monumental sign! We got an insider tip from one of our Uber drivers that it is definitely more romantic to grab a photo with your significant other in front of the sign at night. Most cameras are unable to capture the bright lights correctly while keeping you (the subject) in good lighting as well. But if you tip one of the volunteer photographers/assistants at the site they have a special camera that’s able to capture you and the sign very well. They’ll even send it to you for free!
  2. Wicked Spoon Buffet– This buffet is to die for! Located towards the back of the Cosmopolitan, it boasts a variety of foods from sushi and pho to tacos and a huge dessert bar (including a gelato bar!). There’s something for everyone and you really get your money’s worth here. Nathan and I ate here for lunch since the brunch prices are slightly more reasonable. It was so filling that we didn’t eat another full meal until lunch the next day! Insider tip: get to the buffet 30 minutes before the dinner buffet starts and pay the lunch price. Halfway through your meal the chefs will start switching over to the dinner menu so technically you get the dinner buffet for the lunch prices!
  3. Nightclubs- Like I stated before, Nathan and I kept our vacay low key and quiet. We didn’t hit any nightclubs. But apparently we appear to be frequent party-goers since we had nightclub reps following us around the entire trip. So although we didn’t attempt the typical Vegas lifestyle I just thought I’d leave a quick tip for those that do want to. Never pay a cover fee for nightclubs! They charge a ridiculous amount and you’ll want to save your money for the drinks that I’ve heard are an even more ridiculous amount of money. If there is a big event going on that night there will be nightclub reps outside the venue whose job is to get people on the list and most of the time they offer a free cover charge. They’re more likely to approach you if you have more girls in your group or if it’s a weeknight and not quite as busy.
  4. Hotel hop- Nathan and I started our first day off at the Welcome to Las Vegas sign (south of Mandalay Bay) and walked all the way to the north end of the strip. We made it a point to stop into each hotel on the way up. This took us about 8 hours but the sore feet and heat exhaustion were worth it. Each hotel has a different theme and something fun to do. My favorite was New York New York, which is made to look like you’re walking through Time Square. The Shoppes at the LINQ is very lively and romantic to walk through at night as well!
  5. The High Roller Observation Wheel- We decided to go for a ride and watch the Vegas nightlife from the top of this observation wheel. I’m a sucker for tourist activities like this but this one didn’t impress me quite as much as I’d hoped. The observation wheel doesn’t give you the full effect of Vegas at night since it’s located slightly off the strip and behind The LINQ hotel and the whole strip isn’t visible even from the top. Of course, it’s something people should do at least once but next time around I would much rather admire the people and the lights on a double decker bus ride through the middle of the strip.

So that is my ‘down and dirty’ review of Las Vegas. Overall, we absolutely loved it and even have our itineraries ready for our next trip there (which include a Vegas show headliner and zip lining down Fremont Street). There’s something for everyone to enjoy (even for a pair of 20-something year olds that don’t care for the hectic nightlife or even for families with young kids which there were surprisingly a lot of).

And since this is technically a fashion blog here is my packing recommendations for surviving the Vegas heat in style: Rompers, rompers, rompers. They’re easy, breezy, and beautiful! Also, don’t bother with heels unless you’re going out to bars and nightclubs a majority of the time. Instead, pack the cute and comfy sandals that you’re ok with putting a few miles on.

Well, that’s it, loves! Enjoy Vegas, have a fabulous time, and send me your recommendations!

Xoxo

Savanna

My Forever Love


So like I said I’ll be posting about things that I absolutely love. While fashion is one of them, I must say that I’m also rather crazy about my fiancé, Nathan. So here is a quick blurb about who he is since you’ll be hearing plenty about him!

We’ve gone to school together since 2nd grade and at 16 years-old (the summer before junior year of high school) he finally asked me out. Of course we’ve had our ups and downs through the years but I cannot say how excited I am to able to walk down the aisle to him in a few weeks!

My favorite thing about Nathan is his full dedication- to me, his family and friends, and most importantly, to God. He makes me laugh like a child, reminds me to stay humble, and let’s me know that he’s continuously praying for me. I really could not ask for a better person to do life with.

So here are some cheesy photos of us. And I promise this is one of the few posts that will stray away from my fashion/beauty theme we’ll have going on soon!

Xoxo

Savanna