Engagement pictures were quite the adventure! After countless hours at the gym, an entire new 'photo shoot' wardrobe, a week of no booze or soda to avoid the dreaded bloat, and a quick trip to the salon I was finally ready for our close-ups. We chose the W Hotel bar and lounge downtown for our location. We aren't overly outdoorsy people, and I really wanted a place that Imagen could capture some pretty fabulous, dramatic, and glam photos. The W was nice enough to get into the spirit of my over-the-top idea, and Nate was willing to bite the bullet and pose in front of a bunch of strangers.
Choosing your engagement picture wardrobe actually requires way more thought and planning then I first imagined. Our photographers gave me several key style pointers. Make sure there isn't too many patterns, the colors complement one another, and keep things somewhat simple. I roped my sister (and maid of honor) Annie into helping me dissect our closets. After two hours of modeling for Annie, and a floor full of clothes, we finally had found my top picks. I had bought the most beautiful vintage Diane Von Furstenberg wrap dress that I thought would look beyond amazing for our photos. Annie took a practice picture of me in it, and it seriously looked as if I had gained 20 lbs. in the photo. Hence the importance of really choosing wisely! Lesson learned. Same goes for skinny jeans. Definitely not photo-flattering on this girl.
I had recently booked my hair and make-up appointment at Cole's Salon for the wedding day. I needed to squeeze in a practice make-up session before the big day, so I decided our engagement pictures were the perfect opportunity. I have never actually had my make-up professionally done, so I didn't know what to expect. I'm lucky enough to have a pretty clear complexion, but I get a serious case of old man red nose if I get too hot. I wanted to have flawless coverage and eyes that had some POP! After an hour in the chair I was ready for the big reveal. I took one look in the mirror, and just really wasn't quite sure who was staring back at me. My make-up was beautiful, but really just not me. Ughhh . . . fashion emergency!
After a frantic S.O.S. call to Annie, and multiple lingering glances in the mirror I attacked my newly made over eyes with vengeance. Thank God for cream based shadows, and easy removal! Another lesson learned . . .
Nate made it home from the office, and we were off to go work it for the cameras. I was hungry, ready for giant martini, and definitely ready to cross one more thing off of our to do list. Alex and Lizzy (our photographers from Imagen) met us at the W downtown. While they scouted out the area, Nate and I took in the scenery. We had decided to take our pictures there on a Monday afternoon, assuming it would be the slowest day of the week. Low and behold, the W was actually celebrating its third Anniversary with all sorts of special guests for the evening.
Alex and Lizzy set us up in the middle of the bar, with the famous green door in the background. The idea and location behind the shot was perfect. Not as ideal, all of the men at the bar giving Nate the "Ohh you poor man" sort of look.
As we posed photo after photo, we both started to relax and get into the spirit of things. My favorite shots of us were definitely the unplanned and the unposed. All in all, I feel like we had major engagement picture success!
The picture we ended up using for our save-the-date magnets is featured below with the caption "Come See Sparks Fly." It is so nice to have one more thing crossed off our list! Our four month countdown is officially on!