Charleston is coming out of a finicky winter and starting to finally feel like itself. The start of Spring is always one of the nicest times of year here as everything is in bloom and local events start popping up. I was lucky enough to live on King Street in college, just around the corner from this gorgeous wisteria wall. I have ridden my bike past this wall and admired it for so many years but never stopped to actually document it before all the blooms fade. So this year I decided to make an effort and take some pictures to share. This wisteria wall is located on Meeting St. and is absolutely perfect for engagement photos. I actually joked with my friend (who I tricked into taking these pictures!) that if you’re planning an engagement in Charleston you should schedule it around these blooms!
Fall is one of the prettiest times to shoot engagement photos in the South. The air is just cool enough that you don’t get too hot and you can still wear light weight dresses. This white dress is absolutely perfect for engagement photos. It has the sweetest floral and butterfly pattern with a flowy skirt. I can see it easily being worn for engagement photos, a bridal brunch or even your rehearsal dinner. And the best part? You can snag this dress 40% off and get free shipping! If you didn’t love it before, I’m sure you love it now!
Dress (I also really like this color for Fall), Purse, Shoes (similar here), Earrings (similar here)
Photography: Josie Derrick Photography
The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale has kicked off (read more here) and it’s a great time to get deals on brand new Fall styles. To help you get the most out of the sale I thought I would curate three outfits perfect for Fall engagement shoots that are all on super sale! These three looks have something for everyone and you can easily mix and match – and save up to $300!
This first look is my favorite dress from the sale. This swingy floral frock it would look perfect with flats or booties. And this clutch would carry everything you need – plus at this price could also be a great bridesmaids gift!For those looking for a more casual look this next outfit is perfect. You can never go wrong with a pair of jeans and at this price it’s a great time to stock up. I love this casual top which would easily work with a pair of mules or pastel flats.For $30 this next dress is a must have! This pastel color would look great on everyone. Add some earrings and booties to dress it up and you’ve got the perfect look!
We featured this craft beer engagement shoot over a year ago and the couples stylish wardrobe has been stuck in our mind ever since. Ashleigh and John selected outfits that complemented each other without appearing too matchy-matchy. Read on below to learn how to pull off these outfits for your own engagement session! Sara Logan Photography via Coastal Bride
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If there is one thing I miss from living in California it’s the breathtaking, rugged beaches of the West Coast. There’s nothing like the way light and fog come rolling off the cliffs to create a magical scene. Today’s engagement from the sweet Amy Nicole Photography captures all of this romance in one perfect package. Rebecca and Joseph’s engagement among the cliffs of Marin Headlands is just the coziest, romantic thing you may see all day!
Photography: Amy Nicole Photography
Since engagement season is upon us, I thought it only appropriate to do a post on some of my favorite engagement style inspiration. When it comes time to choose an outfit for your engagement shoot it might seem like nothing in your closet will work! You want to compliment your fiance but not appear too matchy-matchy. And while you want to look your best, it is also important to stay true to yourself and your style so that years down the road you don’t regret your outfit choice. Pastels and solids look best on camera but if you must wear a pattern make sure that only one of you is wearing it and it compliments the colors of your partners outfit. So take a cue from these fashionable brides and grooms below and don’t fret, as long as you are wearing a smile everything will look good! Coco Tran via Style Me Pretty // via Jose Villa
For today’s blogger style beautiful Chloe from TopKnots & PolkaDots is sharing two sweet looks for an engagement session. A recent transplant from Charlottesville, VA Chloe fell in love with the cobblestone streets and pastel style of Charleston and decided to start a blog to document her new city. Well I for one couldn’t be more happy that she decided to spread her fashion wisdom as Chloe is a whiz when it comes to budget finds! I was floored when I found out her cute wedges were from Target and her flowered dress below? It’s only 12 dollars! Read on below to see what she has to say about engagement fashion and don’t forget to visit her blog and facebook!
TopKnots & PolkaDots: Selecting your outfit for engagement photos can be tough; however, if you follow a couple basic guidelines, you can focus on what’s actually important — you’re getting married! The two most vital rules of your wardrobe are: go with something classic and flatter your figure. The first seems like a no-brainer, but I can’t stress it enough — you want to look back on these photos and focus on how happy you both look, not how ugly that romper was.
For the second guideline, really think about what shapes and styles look best on your body type. If you don’t like your arms, don’t wear something sleeveless; if you love your legs, show them off with a fun skirt. Avoid oversized, boxy shapes, but don’t go too tight — you get it. As long as you feel comfortable and confident in your clothes, you will look gorgeous!
For a little inspiration, I chose two outfit examples based on my two guidelines. My first look, the all-white ensemble, is not only popular for engagement shoots but has also been huge this summer. This is pretty much as classic as it gets — a crisp white top, fitted white pants, and wedges. I’m a big heel person as it is (anything to give this 5’2″ girl some height!), and for engagement photos I feel like they’re a must. They’ll make your legs look longer and more toned — who wouldn’t want that?
To spruce up this look a little, I went with fairly simple jewelry: nautical, delicate bow studs, and a sea glass-inspired statement necklace that I knew would go really well with the backdrop. Now your man just needs to throw on a well-tailored white oxford and khakis or jeans, and y’all will have timeless photos that will still look just as good in 50 years. Wearing all white kind of takes the focus off your clothes and puts it right where you want it to be — on the love between the two of you.
My second look is an example of a figure-flattering outfit. I chose this floral fit-and-flare dress because the warm colors compliment my skin tone and the shape emphasizes the smallest part of me, my waist. Some might rule out patterns in engagement shoots, but floral is very classic and the print is small enough to not be a distraction/still be flattering (smaller patterns = more flattering; larger patterns = less flattering). I also thought the floral print would go great with the scenery.
To top off the outfit, I went with a pretty statement necklace and some neutral-colored wedges. Again, wedges will always make your legs look longer and leaner, and choosing a color that is closer to your skin tone will elongate them even more (black or other dark hues will cut you off). With a colorful pattern, your man could either choose a color to match — in this case, a pale blue or green — or he could still go with the white + khaki look to let his lady stand out. Nothing wrong with that!
As important as your appearance might seem at your engagement shoot, it’s much more important to remain stress-free and just have fun with it. Once you pick out a couple good outfits, don’t worry about how you’re looking in the photos — acting natural and having fun with your fiancé will always look better than adjusting your skirt and worrying if your bra strap is showing!
Photographer: Gillian Ellis, Ellis Photo Studio // First Look: Top: J.Crew Factory // White Jeans: J. Crew // Wedges: Target (similar) // Earrings: Francesca’s (similar) // Necklace: Francesca’s (similar) // Second Look: Dress: Forever 21 // Sandals: Target // Necklace: J.Crew Factory (similar)