Thursday, December 2, 2010

Psuedo-Engagement Photos (See Jane DIY)

Since our wedding is in Mexico (and a mere six months away), I had to send out save the dates rather early so guests would start to book their travel.  Because I sent them so early, they didn't have the usual couple picture plastered on them because Eric and I didn't get engagement pictures right away.  Once the save the dates were sent, I wondered if we needed engagement pictures at all.  I opted not to do them and instead came up with an idea to do my own.  All you need is a camera (check), a willing family member (thanks, Emily), and an interesting backdrop (abandoned barn near my parents' house).

We had blocked off a good amount of time to do this project but ultimately ended up spending about a half-hour to take a montage of photos.  It was especially freezing outside and Eric and I couldn't take the cold in our 'indoor' outfits. Sometimes when you DIY, you have to improvise and go with the flow..  Which reminds me--these aren't the outfits we had originally planned, hence the lack of coordination (it looks like Mr. Fall met Miss Winter for casual outing). 
On Anna:  Madewell dress, F21 faux fur stole, Steve Madden boots (worn here)
We ended up having a good time, though, filled with laughs and chattering teeth.  It must have been pretty fun because my sister even offered to take a few more when I return home for Christmas; perhaps you'll see a round two come January--sledding, anyone?


  1. I LOVE those pictures, the two of you look fabulous :)


  2. Soooooo cute!!!! And you didn't have to spend all that money on a real photographer :D

  3. Aww gorgeous photos! The last one is so pretty!

  4. They're beautiful photos :)


  5. Love your blog, Anna! And I love the DIY engagement photos... so charming. XO

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  7. You are SO pretty!! Y'all make the perfect couple, can't even tell that you're chilly!!

  8. I love the 2nd and third! Cute :)

  9. That is such a great idea and the photos look beautiful:) Well done to your sister:)

  10. These turned out great! Money well saved!!!!

  11. SOOOOO cute!! You two make a beautiful couple! And the pictures came out great, love the colors!


  12. I am in love with you shots! We never had engagement shots either...these make me REALLY want to get some of us - without our wedding gear on - PLUS that dress, sweet!!!!!

  13. Great pictures!! You look so happy!!

  14. You two are the cutest couple, I swear. And I TOTALLY vote for more pictures in the snow -- sledding, snowman building, snowball fights... Endless possibilities!
    xo Josie

  15. Wow, your photos turned out great! You two look so cute and your sis should look into starting a business ;)

  16. You look so pretty and your sister did a fabulous job. They look so artistic and professional!


  17. I love these - totally not staged and awkward, but fun and original. Girl your wedding's gonna be rad. And hats off to a guy who rocks plaid! YAHOO!

  18. the pictures turned out great!

  19. These are great, very natural and not the awkward posed ones you see far too much of!

    I'm kind of over engagement pictures...they're often times too staged and just lackluster.

  20. how freaking cute are you guys? i can see the love between you guys. he looks like he can protect you from the world. so lovely!

  21. Aww, you are so cute together. I love that last pic of you both huddling for warmth!! Emily was a great photographer.

    xx Kara

  22. You look adorable, and it's so much more personal to DIY. I'm sure there will be many more pictures of you two in your happy life together, no need to pay for professional ones now. Isn't that what the wedding is for?

  23. I LOVE these pictures! :)
    Somehow I missed you were engaged though! Congrats!
    You two look like such warm and genuine people!
    Have fun in Mexico when you get married!

  24. Congrats on the diy effort. if you hadn't said so I wouldn't have been able to tell they weren't professional - I meant it! Sometimes you do just have to be willing to trust your instincts to get the job done and get it done well.

  25. Beautiful, girl - good call on doing them yourself, a nice memory to have :)

    Sledding! YES! Do it!

    A.Co @ A.Co est. 1984

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