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Engagement Shoot Reflections

8 Nov

I prepared for my engagement shoot the way I prepare for just about everything else. I conducted very informal research. I also daydreamed of cotton candy and corny dogs.

Anthony + Dominique Cotton Candy

In a rush of nervous excitement I asked my beautiful model friend, Kait, for tips the day before our engagement shoot. I questioned, “How can I photograph better?” Her tips? 1. Wear powder.  2. If you don’t get good sleep, use a YSL pen. 3. Avoid prints. She said dewy faces are pretty in real life, but not in pictures, YSL pens make you look bright eyed, and prints are distracting.

Anthony + Dominique State Fair GamesOur photographer’s, Jeremy and Kristin, directed us to their blog where they posted their tips on e-session preparation (photographer talk for engagement shoots).  I strongly agree with their advice to “coordinate, but don’t match.” On the other hand, I pointed my photographers to my Pinterest profile where I had pinned a collection of engagement photos I liked. I think it is important that everyone involved has an idea of what to expect from the session.

Anthony + Dominique Engagement Pictures

Anthony and I did not have any difficulty coming up with the location for our shoot.  We chose the State Fair of Texas, where we met. Our location was deeply sentimental and represented the beginning of our love story.

Anthony + Dominique Big 12 Love

After we split up with our photographers, we passed a kissing booth, a photo op I wish we would not have missed! But more than kicking myself for walking past a kissing booth without noticing, I wish I would have thought to ask our photographers to take a few individual shots. It would be nice to have a professional photo of Anthony to keep on my nightstand after we marry. Or I could use a miniature print for a locket. Maybe he would like a photo of me in his wallet. Or even a new profile picture for social media sites.

Anthony + Dominique Colourful Slide

For added fun, I stashed some simple props in a bag, like an ampersand and a chalkboard. I also grabbed a squeeze bottle of mustard out of the fridge, to write our wedding date on corndogs. I highly doubted my ability to write 4-27-13 with a giant pump. I have seen other adorable engagement photos using balloons and umbrellas as props.

Anthony + Dominique Corn Dog Date

About three weeks after our shoot, our photographers posted a selection of our photos on their blog. It was strange to see our photos for the first time at the same time as the rest of the world. It also felt funny looking at these pictures without Anthony, as he lives three hours away. About a week later, a link to the rest of our photos hit our inboxes. Though the anticipation nearly drove me crazy, Anthony and I decided that we would wait until we were together to view the rest of our images. It was very special to me to look at them with Anthony. It was a great moment to share together.

R.I.P. Big Tex

R.I.P. Big Tex

All photographs were taken by Jeremy & Kristin Photography.

He Got On One Knee

14 Aug

Anthony picked me up from work on Friday, August 3rd. My stepdad was working on my car, and Anthony was in town because he had the day off. Earlier in the day Anthony had asked me if I wanted to try any new restaurants for dinner (he knows how much I love doing that). I named two places, but we ended up settling on another. I suggested we go straight from work but Anthony said he wanted to go to my house where he had forgotten his new camera.

As soon as I walked into the house I thought, “It smells strangely like flowers in here.” Then I opened my bedroom door and understood why. I was up to my knees in balloons and there were dozens (and dozens) of white flowers everywhere. I turned around and he was on one knee. The moment was such a blissful blur. I don’t remember much of what he said, but I knew he was asking me to marry him. I said yes!

Once I agreed to become is wife, he handed me a little black lock-box: a little something for me to open on our wedding day. I’m sure he did it because he knows it will drive me crazy until April 27th (also because he is sweet and thoughtful, creative and romantic). He proceeded to tell me that he had made previously made reservations for Ellerbe’s, one of the two restaurants I suggested earlier. We dined and celebrated for two hours!  The evening felt so surreal.

I don’t think I could have picked a ring for myself that I love more! He worked with Bario-Neal to customize it. The rose gold, the champagne diamonds, the etching: his doing. My (other) best friend later told me she thought that I had picked the ring. After telling her I hadn’t she said, “He knows you so well.” What a symbol of his love!

Anthony went to such great lengths to make the proposal a surprise. He met me for lunch in the middle of the day after talking to my parents in the morning with plans to prepare the proposal after lunch. I couldn’t have kept such a secret, or such a straight face!

I’m so thrilled to be marrying him. I feel as if, before he proposed, he “married” himself to me. He asked himself the tough questions. He made the commitment. He took the risk. He said yes, all before asking me to. I am loving and enjoying this fiancée phase. What a sweet 9 months we will have of planning and preparation for a lifelong marriage.

 

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