finalists : engagement session competition

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 difference 🙂 But 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.”




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  • Jennifer Hutchins - YEA!! sounds like some much fun!
    Jessica and Chris will have so much fun with these pictures. They are such a cute couple!ReplyCancel

  • Bob Blair - Chris’s favorite club when playing golf is the Canadian Club!!ReplyCancel

  • Emilee Maddox - So excited for Jessica and Chris. Their engagement picture idea is so them and would turn out super cute.ReplyCancel

  • Kristin - So excited for Jessica and Chris! I would reccommend having Jessica ply you with baked goods, she is quite accomplished 🙂ReplyCancel

  • momma g - I am sooooo excited for you & Chris! Your pix will be absolutely great! Jennifer looks like sooome photographer!!!! Like it, alot!ReplyCancel

  • Dana Farley - I love, love Jessica and Chris ideas for photo shoot and know they will be amazing pics. Both enjoying the moment forever. Jessica really some awesome pictures on your website.ReplyCancel

  • Emily - Yea for Jessica and Chris! These pictures will turn out super cute. Plus, they’ll be tons of fun to work with!ReplyCancel

  • tahana letica - good luck malia and luis 🙂 congratsReplyCancel

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  • Lisa Gatlin - Such an orignal idea. You guys have to win it will be perfect. The outfits and the props from the 40’s endless possibilities. Good luck I know you guys will win best idea!ReplyCancel

  • Chandler - I love the Baseball/diamond theme from Emily and Eric! The date on homeplate is such a cute idea!!! VOTE for Emily and Eric!! Love you both!!ReplyCancel

  • momma g - So sorry for the mistake on Jessica’s name! I should know better. But, good luck, anyway! Your ideas are fabulous!ReplyCancel

  • Linda - Emily’s ideas are great! Would love to see that come together!!ReplyCancel

  • Mindy - Emily and Eric are very deserving of this prize. What she does not say is that they not only live and work in two different cities, but states! Right now they spend more time apart than together. Their “baseball/chic” theme is cute and very fitting of who they are as a couple.ReplyCancel

  • Carolyn McKinney - Love, love the Baseball/Pearl theme for Emily & Eric… Would make beautiful, interesting photos!ReplyCancel

  • JP - I love the Emily and Eric idea. Incorporating a representation of both of them. I liked the idea of some shots on a pro baseball field.ReplyCancel

  • Dana Farley - Good Luck! Love you idea and can’t wait to see the pictures.ReplyCancel

  • Samantha Nightingale - Congrats again Emily and Eric…and GOOD LUCK! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • momma g - I’m still so excited for you & Chris! I know your photos will be great!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Gatlin - Coolest idea by far good luckReplyCancel

  • Mindy - Good luck!ReplyCancel

  • Jim - I like Emily and Eric’s plan and they should have baseball cuff links!!ReplyCancel

  • Emilee Maddox - Really hope Jessica and Chris win. Would love to see those vintage inspired photos.ReplyCancel

  • jres - Sure would like to see those photos! Jessica & Chris will be looking good!ReplyCancel

  • Dana Farley - Still loving your idea so perfect for you two.ReplyCancel

  • James - Love Emily and Eric’s ideas! Good luck!ReplyCancel

  • momma g - Good luck!! I’m crossing my fingers!ReplyCancel

  • Michael - Eric and Emily’s idea is great. Emily is creative and I think their story will show in the photosReplyCancel

  • Rex - Good luck Jessica & Chris!!ReplyCancel

  • Dana Farley - I was shopping today and saw a shirt that would be awesome for Chris to wear for the photo shoot. I still love your idea. Miss Callie loves it too I told her about it.ReplyCancel

  • Megan - The baseball couple is definitely the best one. Voted for Emily & Eric!ReplyCancel

  • Emilee Maddox - Hope Jessica and Chris win. I would love to help Jessica shop for all the great vintage props she will need for the shoot!ReplyCancel

  • Sabrina Key - Good luck Jessica and Chris!!! I know you’ll have some super cute photos! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Carol - Love Emily & Eric’s idea!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Gatlin - Good luck Chris and Jess y’all have to win it is the best idea endless possibilities y’all will start a new trend!!ReplyCancel

  • Melinda Kehr - Good luckReplyCancel

  • Dana Farley - Good Luck Jess and Chris Rooting for you to win I just love your ideas.ReplyCancel

  • momma g - Good luck to your two, Jessica & Chris! We’re rooting for you!ReplyCancel

  • Aunt Linda - Emily & Eric are so deserving!Eric is very athlete and Emily is very girly, but she is just as adorable in a baseball shirt and ponytail. She knows her baseball pretty well too!ReplyCancel

  • Jessica - Routing for Jessica and Chris! They are a gorgeous couple and I know their pictures would be just amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Peggy - Emily and Eric—The idea of mixing baseball and diamonds is just perfect for themReplyCancel

  • James - Still liking the baseball idea! Vote for Emily & Eric!ReplyCancel

  • Dana Farley - Another vote for Jess and Chris.
    Callie loves your idea too she told me!ReplyCancel

  • D'Ann - Love all the ideas. So very ya’ll.ReplyCancel

  • D'Ann - Guess I should say love Jessica and Chris ideas.ReplyCancel

  • D'Ann - Love all the ideas. So very Jessica and Chris.ReplyCancel

  • TWD: Baking With Julia – Chocolate Truffle Tartlets - […] for all the votes and comments that we’ve received so far in Jessica D’Onofrio’s Engagement Session Competition! So far, C and I are ahead… but not by much! You can vote EVERY DAY until February 29th, so […]ReplyCancel

  • Grace - Go Jessica & Chris! This is by far the best idea out of all three! Love love love it!!!ReplyCancel

  • momma g - Sounds like a fabulous idea for pix! Good luck Jessica & Chris!ReplyCancel

  • Roxy - Go Jessica & Chris! It sounds like you have a winning idea! Your pictures will be great!!ReplyCancel

  • John - Love the baseball/diamonds idea… good representations of good people. Good luck…ReplyCancel

  • McCall - I love the ideas Emily has!! So cute and I’m excited for you both!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Gatlin - Best idea Jess and Chris this is an idea that has the best possibilities for engagement pics best of luck !!!ReplyCancel

  • Dana Farley - Jessica Happy Birthday wishes voting for you and Chris. So excited for you too and can’t wait to see your pictures.ReplyCancel

  • momma g - We’re still voting for Jessica & Chris! Good luck!ReplyCancel

  • Dana Farley - Whew Who love Jess and Chris and their engagement photo ideasReplyCancel

  • Amy - Love yalls idea of the 40’s theme!!! Good Luck Jessica & Chris!!ReplyCancel

  • Gore - Emily and Eric, still voting for you. I love your plans. It is ‘so’ Emily and Eric.ReplyCancel

  • Peg - Emily and Eric. The perfect couple and the perfect photographer!!! How can you go wrong. It is going to be so much fun.ReplyCancel

  • James - Love Emily and Eric’s idea. Baseball – what could be better?ReplyCancel

  • Justin - Love the baseball pins Emily and Eric!!! Congrats!!!ReplyCancel

  • momma g - Good Luck, Jessica & Chris!ReplyCancel

  • Carolyn Hess - So excited for you Emily & Eric – this idea is so much fun!ReplyCancel

  • Peg - Emily has been so creative and original all her life. I would love to see this happen. It would be truly special.ReplyCancel

  • Dana Farley - Good luck! Jessica you are so original in everything you do hope you and Chris win.ReplyCancel

  • jmlsbagley - Live Emily & Eric hope they win.ReplyCancel

  • Mark - I enjoy your ideas Emily and Eric. Would love to see you take some shots at Rangers Ball Park or something similar.ReplyCancel

  • Candy Lou - I vote Chris and Jess!! Awesome idea for such awesome people!ReplyCancel

  • Roxy - Good luck, Jessica & Chris!! Looking forward to seeing your vintage 40s photos!! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Chris - Emily & Eric, awesome idea for the cutest couple.ReplyCancel

  • Dwight - Emily and Eric, I am voting for you. I hope you win.ReplyCancel

  • Chelle - GO Jessica & Chris!! Love your ideas for a vintage shoot!!ReplyCancel

  • momma g - So excited for Jessica & Chris! Vintage photos are great!ReplyCancel

  • Rex - Good luck to Jessica & Chris! Vintage photos will look good.ReplyCancel

  • mikef - Good luck Jessica and Chris.ReplyCancel

  • Jessie - Go Jessica and Chris! Vintage photos would be adorable, what a great story. Best wishes!ReplyCancel

  • Craig - Good Luck Emily and Eric. I like the baseball theme.ReplyCancel

  • JP - Another vote for Emily and Eric. I’m very excited for you guys.ReplyCancel

  • Josh - YAY Emily and Eric. Your theme is the best to me but I’m not bias. 🙂ReplyCancel

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  • Grace - Good Luck Jessica & Chris! Hope ya’ll win! This is an idea that’s never been done before and I want to see it!! I know it will be awesome!:)ReplyCancel

  • momma g - Your photos will be so cute! Haven’t seen this done, yet! Good luck, Jessica & Chris!ReplyCancel

  • JP - Still looking at your designs every day Emily and Eric and still voting them as the best.ReplyCancel

  • Dwight - Go Emily and Eric, this is getting really close but wanted you to know you have our support.ReplyCancel

  • Jim - Emily and Eric, I like your design the best.ReplyCancel

  • Pat - I like all the designs so this is going to be a tough choice, however, I do love Emily and Eric’s designs the best. Any chance for a girl to dressup in girly close and wear lots of fine gems is my kind of design.ReplyCancel

  • Damon - Hey Emily, I love your designs. I like that baseball field idea for your pictures along with you dressing up in your normal hot girly outfits. Hey Eric, I know she’s taken. 🙂 Emily and Eric has my vote.ReplyCancel

  • Rex - Good luck, Jessica & Chris. Your’s is a novel idea!ReplyCancel

  • Nana-- - Emily and Eric–

    Still voting for you every day. Your story on how you met was so cute. We know he is a good ballplayer and enjoyed the games we saw him play!!!ReplyCancel

  • Kathy - Emily and Eric, I love your idea and have loved watching you two evolve. I think you are a match made in heaven and really hope your friends and family continue to support you by voting daily.ReplyCancel

  • Walker - Aunt Emily, I am voting for you and hope you win. I love baseball so of course I like you idea.ReplyCancel

  • Toby - Aunt Emily, I love your ideas the best and know you two will take wonderful pictures. I vote for you Emily and Eric.ReplyCancel

  • Magen - Love your ideas, Jess & Chris! It’s so totally you – cant wait to see the pictures!!ReplyCancel

  • Aunt Debbie - Jessica & Chris..what an awesome idea for you two!! Very unique!! (Happy Bday Chris!)ReplyCancel

  • Nancy - Emily and Eric, I am voting for you. This is a once in a life time event and I love your ideas. Here’s to a wonderful life to you and Eric.ReplyCancel

  • Bonnie - Emily and Eric, I love the hard work and design you have made with your pinterest pins. I am voting for you.ReplyCancel

  • Betty Jo - Emily, I have been trying to vote on my iPhone and couldn’t figure out what I was doing. Not even sure if this will stick. I just want to say how proud I am of your ideas for you and Eri and just know I would vote if there was a phone number to call but I think this comment should count as a vote for Emily as Eric too.ReplyCancel

  • Steve Hess - Looks like Emily and Eric knocked this one out of the park.ReplyCancel

  • Melissa - I think Chris and Jessica’s idea is super fun! I would love to see those pics!ReplyCancel

  • Chelle - Jessica & Chris: your ideas are fabulous! Classic and fun, just like you both! Good luck!! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Emily C - Jess, I have had trouble with my iPhone no longer showing the poll to vote this week so here is my comment to vote for you and Chris! Good luck!ReplyCancel

  • Craig - Go Eric & EmilyReplyCancel

  • Emily - I had the same problem voting from my iphone. So here’s my vote for Jessica and Chris! I hope you guys win!ReplyCancel

  • Helen - Eric and Emily, hope you win!!!ReplyCancel

  • Carol - Have not been able to vote today, Emily & Eric – appears the poll is not working. Love you and your ideas – so hoping to see them come to fruition!ReplyCancel

  • Emilee - Go Jessica and Chris! Your idea is so cute! I can’t wait to see your vintage golfing and cooking photos. Never seen it done before, that’s why your idea is the best!ReplyCancel

  • Rex - Good luck to you two! Also, Happy Birthday to Jessica & Chris!ReplyCancel

  • Brenda - Good luck! Hope you are the lucky couple!ReplyCancel

  • Gene - Go Emily and Eric. Definitely deserve this!ReplyCancel

  • Brenda - Good luck Jessica & Chris.ReplyCancel

  • Kristin - Last day of voting! Jessica and Chris, I really hope your clever photo shoot wins out!!!ReplyCancel

  • Eliana - Jessica and Chris totally have my vote. I’m picturing their shots combining her love of baking and his love of golf and know it would make for a really creative shoot. Not too mention, there will be something in the pictures for each one of them. Awesome idea.ReplyCancel

  • Bob Blair - Good luck Jess & Chris – see you soon!!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Avery - I love all the baking and golf pictures on Chris and Jessica’s pinterest.ReplyCancel

  • Peggy Gatlin - Good Luck Jessica and Chris!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Amy - Good Luck Jessica & Chris!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Emilee - Go Jessica and Chris! I am so excited for ya’ll and hope you win. Your vintage photos will be one of a kind!ReplyCancel

  • Rodger - Eric and Emily’s idea is great.. the world needs more baseball playersReplyCancel

  • Derrick - Just voted for Eric and Emily.. Good luck guys!!!ReplyCancel

  • Stacy - YAY!!! Emily and Eric Good Luck hope you guys win!ReplyCancel

  • Blake - My vote is for Emily and Eric’s idea. The baseball/ pearls theme is great. Good LuckReplyCancel

  • Brett - Go Emily and Eric. Good luckReplyCancel

  • Chelle - One last vote for Jessica & Chris!! Your ideas are the best out of all three! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Augie - I liked Emily’s and Eric’s idea the best. Best wishes!!ReplyCancel

  • Jessica - Would love to see Emily & Eric win, I have no doubt that the photos would be amazing, unique and memorable. Emily has such creative ideas & to see them come to life would certainly be the best decision to make. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Kayla - Emily and Eric are very deserving. Good luck, I hope you win!ReplyCancel

  • Devin - Last vote for Emily and Eric!ReplyCancel

  • Dre - Vote for Eric and Emily. Hope you guys win!!ReplyCancel

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