Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!
I received so many amazing submissions for the engagement session competition, but unfortunately, it had to be narrowed down to a select few. I’ve created a Pinterest board for each of the couples where they can pin anything and everything that helps inspire their vision for their shoot. Follow their Pinterest boards, and judge for yourself!
Here is the breakdown of how final selection will be made:
1) Voting : at the end of this post, you’ll find a poll where you can vote on your favorite couple. Voting will remain open until 11:59 February 29th (who knew it was a leap year?!) Voting is limited to only 1 vote per 12 hours, and the poll is set up to not allow for repeat votes within that time. We just want to keep everything fair!
2) Community Support : Feel free to email the link to this post, tweet it, like it, post it, pin it… have your friends and family leave their words of encouragement for your favorite couple here on the blog. The more comments that are left here on the blog for them, the more that will factor into their overall score.
3) My own personal choice on creativity and uniqueness. I chose couples that wanted to have fun, and make it their own. I’ll be following the Pinterest boards I’ve created for them, to see who pulls together the most unique inspiration to bring this shoot to life.
So! Here are the finalists.
Emily & Eric
Their story in her words: “My fiance and I have been dating for three years and recently got engaged!!! We met at Texas tech University where he was playing baseball and I was getting my hospitality degree. I actually hired him at a bellman at the hotel I was working at and the rest is history! He likes to say that I started out as his boss and I am still the boss!That is pretty true! Ha! He went on to play professional baseball after college and then just recently started coaching at the college level. We of course are incorporating baseball into our wedding and I have some ideas for our engagement pictures and save the dates!”
Their shoot in her words: “He is all baseball, athlete, weight lifter tough guy and I am very diamonds and pearls and girly dresses! So I would love to do a play on that and do a shoot on a baseball field with him in workout or baseball gear and me in heels and a dress with lots of pearls and a baseball glove! It is so us! I want to use those shots for the save the dates and get one with a base covered in dirt with our date written on it in the dirt. We are going to carry the theme over to our wedding and do a mixture of vintage baseball, diamonds and pearls.”
Jessica & Chris
Their story in her words: “I met Chris through my sister, when they sat next to each other playing the trumpet in sixth grade band. It wasn’t until I had graduated high school and was returning home from a (bad) date, that I noticed him. He tells the story that he was hanging out at my house with my sister and a few friends when he saw me walk through the door. Apparently, he leaned over and told his friend Brent that he would date me one day. Ten years later, we officially started seeing each other… even though it’s pretty hard to see someone when they live 1,400 miles away from you! We spent our first year together flying back and forth from Dallas to San Diego, where Chris was working. Once the opportunity to transfer home opened up, he jumped at the chance so that we could take our relationship to the next level. Another year and a half later and here we are, planning a wedding!”
Their shoot in her words: “I have a deep passion for baking and have been blogging at My Baking Heart for a little over 4 years now. Chris, on the other hand, is an avid golfer… and has been since high school. He’s quite good, too. From the moment we became engaged (and maybe even a little before!), I had the idea for a fun and special engagement photo. I’d like to wear a 40s-era dress, hair to match, a strand of pearls and red lipstick… holding a homemade pie or cake on a pretty stand. And for Chris? He’s dressed in an argyle sweater, knickers and a tam (or a newsboy cap)… holding a vintage wooden driver over his shoulder. It’s totally us and I know it would turn out to be such an amazing photo!”
Malia & Luis
Their story in her words: “I’m from Hawaii and he’s originally from Dallas but spent his high school years in New Mexico. My mom was in the military and we moved around a lot, so when we got stationed in a small town in New Mexico with a population under 20,000 people, I was not very thrilled. I was in high school at the time, and eventually made a few new friends. We met through a mutual friend the night before our junior prom that we were attending with other people. We eventually became friends and then by the start of our senior year we were inseparable. We attended senior prom together, graduated together, and it’s now 8 years later, we have a precious little girl together and we are finally ready to make things official and couldn’t be more excited! We had discussed getting married and didn’t think we’d make a big deal of it.. but while we were visiting my family in Hawaii, we went to the beach and he got on one knee and proposed! I was so surprised!”
Their shoot in her words: “I think an “Opposites Attract” type theme would match us perfectly! We’re different in sooooooo many ways lol. We have different tastes in food, hobbies, music, movies, tc shows, everything! He is originally from the deserts of New Mexico, and I’m from the tropical island of Hawaii. There’s another differenceBut what definitely makes us special is that we never let our differences get between us.. we learn to compromise a lot better since we are so different. So I think an “Opposites Attract” them would be perfect. Maybe he can wear all white and I wear all black.. or vice versa. Or he can wear a shirt of his favorite music artist or sports team, and I wear a different one. He’s a very laid back type of person, and he always says I’m not.. lol. So perhaps we can dress in a way that shows that off.. he can wear something solid colors with a very classic look, like a sweater vest and slacks or something and I can wear something flamboyant, red, pinks, or something.”