Happy day! How lovely is this Chicago engagement shoot?! It’s simple, intimate and beautifully photographed fabulous Kristin LaVoie.
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Phi and Bryan’s engagement session from celebrated New York wedding photographer, Alicia Swedenborg, is so dreamy! The lighting is magical and every image is like an study in pastel ombré. It’s seriously so amazing. Just wait until you get to the shots from Top of The Rock. Gasp! Gorgeous!
The proposal: We are surrounded by our families (especially mine; we live down the street from my mom and sister). Always having family functions and gatherings we are rarely home alone. It was Christmas Eve and I had a very long week at the salon working around the clock for clients. My last client came in late so I had to stay, knowing I needed to come home and get ready for Christmas Mass (we go with my family every Christmas Eve). I stayed late and got home completely wiped out. Bryan had come home from work, very calm and sweet that day. As I was getting ready for Mass he continues to follow me around the house telling me how beautiful I was and how much he loved me. I didn’t think anything of it, as I’m spraying on perfume making it the last thing to be done, I turn around to ask Bryan how I looked? He replies “I think you look beautiful but I think you’re missing something,” and gets on one knee and pulls out this black box. I got so excited I started to cry. We got the chance to be alone in our house we just bought, just being in the moment just the two of us was something so special. So that day went from being a stressful day to the best day of my life. It will definitely be a Christmas Eve to remember.
Photography: Alicia Swedenborg // Outfit #1 Dress: ASOS // Shoes: Christian Louboutins // Bryan’s Jacket: H&M // Bryan’s Pants: Perry Ellis // Outfit #2 Dress: BCBG // Necklace: RJ Graziano // Shoes: Jimmy Choo
How adorable is this 2-year anniversary shoot?! Bryant and Emily are clearly so comfortably in love we’re totally into all the personality they brought to the shoot. Props to Michelle, with Magnolia Adam’s Photography, for capturing the couple in their everyday marital bliss…and tasty ice-cream consumption, too!
How they met (from Bryant):
We played husband and wife in a show together, and through the process became great friends. I was really interested in Emily, but was clearly in the friend zone. It wasn’t until several months later while we were praying together with a group, the Lord spoke to me and said, ‘She’s yours, I’m giving her to you’. At the time it didn’t make any sense but I held onto the word and a month later the Lord changed her mind and we started dating.
What is something you would say to newlyweds?
Bryant would tell the men, be prepared to buy toilet paper, lots of it. Women use the stuff like crazy. Emily would tell women, don’t be alarmed at the pure stench of men. But in all seriousness, reach out for help. Marriage is hard and it’s always better to work through the tough stuff now, than in the future.
What’s been your favorite memory of the last two years?
If I were to say a glamorous memory, it would be when we got to work on a feature film together as love interests, it was such a blast. But the random nights where we have stayed up til 2 or 3 in the morning laughing and talking about random stuff, sit so high on our lists. It’s hard to pick just one favorite.
How did you surprise Emily?
I’m (Bryant) a freelance portrait photographer on the side, but my favorite subject is Emily. And while we have lots of great shots of her, we have very few of the two of us together. Emily had been asking for a couple’s shoot, pretty much since we got married. We’ve loved and followed Michelle’s work for a year or two now and after meeting her at a friend’s wedding, I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to surprise Emily. I did some shoots and odd jobs on the side to raise up a “surprise” fund and emailed Michelle for help! Our two year anniversary and her birthday combined for a great surprise and a happy wife!
We can definitely confirm two things today at GLW: 1) pink walls take our breath away 2) we’re kinda bonkers over this super chic, editorial-inspired engagement shoot. Captured by the fabulous photographers at The Love Studio, this session is a glimpse into the totally cool (not to mention aesthetically pleasing) lives of Nicki and Paul. See more about the inspiration for the shoot below and enjoy!
From the photographer: Taking our cue from intimate captures of 60’s iconic couples like Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg, we styled this shoot to reflect Nicki and Paul’s love, playfulness, contradictions and discerning aesthetic. Nicki worked with hair and makeup artist Misty Fox who specializes in the entertainment industry to create her elegant yet tousled look.
Becca and Bryan wanted something fresh and different for their engagement shoot and as the bride says, “so, naturally, we decided frolicking in the waves on a beach at sunrise would be perfect…with bacon mustaches, of course.” And we LOVE all the fun that came of their shoot styled beautifully by Styled For Love and photographed to perfection by Danfredo Photos + Films. It’s pretty much the happiest morning ever!
From the bride-to-be: We wanted to do something really unique and special for our engagement shoot, so naturally, we decided frolicking in the waves on a beach at sunrise would be perfect…with bacon mustaches, of course. Only Dani and Wil could have made us feel comfortable in front of an octopus mural in an abandoned casino – while the Styled for Love team set us up with a breakfast of champions. Can’t wait for more fun at our not-Halloween wedding!
Photography: Danfredo Photos + Films // Planning, Styling, Florals & Custom-built coffee table: Styled For Love // Plates: Cynthia Rowley // Blanket & Table Runner: World Market // Tulle Skirt: Alexandra Grecco // Bomber Jacket: Bernardo