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YOU GUYS! This gorgeous photo session is the perfect seasonal inspiration for a sparkly and personalized engagement shoot. We love Veronica and Ryan’s fab style—a perfect blend of vintage-inpsired and timeless-chic. And, we’re completely mezmerized by the way photographer Sarah Libby navigates a beautiful visual tour of Oklahooma City featuring both the couple’s favorite hip, local haunts and their contagoius smiles and love for eachother. Make sure to read on for Sarah Libby Photography‘s words on what made this such a successful session and enjoy all the stunning images!

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from the photographer: Ryan and Veronica love a fancy night out! They love to dress up, dance around, have so much personality and know have a good time. They have serious style and wanted an engagement session that reflected their love for each other, their city, and their love for fashion. We had a perfect night running around downtown Oklahoma City, full of laughs and non-stop fun. We started at their favorite spot for coffee, hit up the farmer’s market, and ended on the cutest roof in Midtown. Ryan and Veronica love each other big and have huge hearts. They are the kind of people you feel like you have known forever after about five minutes with them. They never stop smiling and absolutely adore one another. They are a photographer’s dream.

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Photography: Sarah Libby Photography // Venue: Kitchen 324 // Venue: Midtown OKC // Hair: Blo // Makeup: Sam McCloud

 

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We are LOVING this bright, adorable, and oh-so-stylish engagement at The Belmont Hotel, a historic 1940’s Dallas hotel. Photographer Jenny McCann spearheaded the creative direction capitalizing on the retro vibe of the location capturing the couple’s chemistry beginning with cozy drinks in the hotel to delightful tromps around the grounds. We’re totally into the styling and love the way Ashley’s wardrobe of bold tomato red and lavender silk stands out against the graphic colors of the venue while TJ keeps things grounded with his tailored Mad-Men-esque suit. Check out all the feel-good images by Jenny McCann for some major engagement session inspiration!

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From Jenny McCann: While planning her 25th birthday celebration, one of Ashley’s friends asked if they could invite a new acquaintance to the party. “I know this guy, he’s new to Dallas and needs to make new friends.” Ashley casually agreed saying, sure, why not, there’s going to be a bunch of other people there. Little did Ashley know that upon meeting this tall, dark and handsome “mystery man” they would immediately connect. TJ, who was obviously experiencing the same instant chemistry, did not hesitate to ask Ashley out for sushi and drinks and now a year later, the adventure continues!

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Ashley and TJ both loved the idea of shooting at The Belmont, which is a historic 1940’s hotel on Ft. Worth Avenue here in Dallas. We came up with a loose concept; first getting cozy inside the hotel, and then enjoying the outside surroundings. I helped style the clothing to compliment the retro environment while still keeping it modern and timeless. Ashley did a great job with her own hair and makeup and looked gorgeous in the sheer lavender dress and two-toned silk wrap dress. TJ rocked his modern cut suit pulling off the ‘mad men’ look effortlessly. It was a gorgeous day with a beautiful couple in love and we had the best time exploring all that The Belmont had to offer.

Styling and Photography: Jenny McCann // Location: The Belmont Hotel // Lavender dress: Shop Gossamer // Film Processing: ProPhoto Irvine

We’re loving Mariana and Ian’s engagement session from Madison Hope Photography. Captured at the very scenic Epping Forest Yacht Club, the images are breezy, bright, and dare-we-say sexy? We’re loving the couple’s clean styling and the way Madison captures their relaxed and carefree vibe. Enjoy!

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Photography: Madison Hope Photography // Venue: Epping Forest Yacht Club

Thousands of engagement sessions have come through GLW over the years, and yet we’re still completely delighted when a truly great one lands in our inbox. What makes an engagement shoot special can be the planned parts like a gorgeous location, or some crazy-on-point editorial fashion choices. Or, it can be a less tangible thing, like that certain, sparkling happiness unique only to an engaged couple. Either way, we’re always in awe of a photographer’s ability to capture the essence of their subjects and this shoot from Natalie Schutt Photography is a perfect example. Maia and Adrian’s SoCal surf shoot has, of course, the breathtaking scenery, but the magic really happens when Natalie hops in the water and captures the couple surfing. We get to see Maia and Adrian totally at ease, totally in love, and totally in their happy place. So props to Natalie Schutt Photography for capturing the epic location, that certain sparkle and some pretty fab underwater floral crown shots too—bonus!

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From the bride: We met in college at UC Santa Barbara through a combination of mutual friends and seeing each other out surfing. Neither of us thought the other was interested so nothing happened for two years. Then we had a groundwater hydrology class together and we started hanging out more and more. Then one evening Adrian asked Maia if she wanted to go watch the sunset at the beach and the rest is history. We love exploring new places together both locally and abroad. Pretty much anywhere that has the ocean, trees, rivers, or some combination of the three is where we like to be. Most of our free time is spent with friends, surfing, or working on projects!

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Photography: Natalie Schutt Photography //Florals: MV Florals

 

We’re totally smitten with this engagement shoot. It’s romantic and intimate, even against the grand-scale of the epic old-world garden setting. Photographer Claudia Magas of Ladies & Lord actually loves the pre-wedding sessions most believing they are “….even more exciting than the wedding day itself. It is all about just the two of them. It marks the beginning of their new journey together. It is wildly romantic and there are no distractions around.” We have to admit, however, that we are slightly distracted by the Belvedere Gardens—seriously how grand and gorgeous?! You’re going to be totally inspired!

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What were your expectations regarding an engagement shoot?

To be honest my fiancé and I never really thought about an engagement shoot before we met our wedding photographer. We didn’t realize such a thing existed. We were grateful for this new experience Claudia from Ladies & Lord gave us.

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Would you recommend a pre-wedding shoot to other couples?

I can only recommend such a pre-wedding session to everyone getting married. Let’s face it, the planning period can be a hectic one, you kind of lose control at times and are overwhelmed with what’s happening. So getting a time‐out for a few hours with just you and your fiancé can feel like the breather you just needed. It felt like this for us. Claudia whisked us away on a typical April day to one of our favorite places in Vienna; the fabulous Belvedere Gardens. We didn’t mind the fickle weather at all. In fact it was part of the fun. First it was sunny, then it started raining, then we got some snow and in the end glaring sunshine again. Four seasons in two hours. Claudia insisted it looked all very photogenic and we trust her completely.

Vienna is a magical place. Filled with many hidden gems Austria’s capital has a certain majestic feel to it. For this impromptu pre-wedding session the fabulously landscaped Belvedere Gardens were the perfect backdrop. Regal and elegant yet a place to relax and enjoy the first rays of sunshine. It was a lovely stroll through the park and they even managed to dance one waltz on the lawn before it started raining.

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From the photographer:

I love engagement shoots, pre-wedding sessions, whatever you want to call them. They are about 2 people in love. For me they are the most exciting part – even more exciting than the wedding day itself. It is all about just the two of them. It marks the beginning of their new journey together. It is wildly romantic and there are no distractions around. For every couple there is a unique story. I love telling those stories through my eyes. Most of the time my brides and grooms give me a slight idea where we want to go style-wise and then they just let the reins out of their hands and let me do the fun stuff. I love it. It must be the most rewarding job in the world.

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Photographer: Ladies & Lord, Claudia Magas // Gown: Solaine Piccoli // Headpiece & Gown Salon: Niely Hoetsch // Makeup & Hairstyling: Sophie Chudzikowski