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Lianne and Nick’s urban engagement shoot all over the streets of Hoboken has us super inspired. First—we obviously need to discuss THAT SKIRT! It’s got our vote as the single best wardrobe choice in the history of engagement sessions. Seriously though, the adorable couple’s fab style choices paired with Emily Delamater Photography‘s varied and architecturally-inspired location selections, the shoot is basically flawless. You’re going to love it!

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We wanted what we wore for our engagement session to not only reflect our personal style but also compliment the Hoboken/NYC backdrop. I knew right off the bat that I didn’t want to wear a white dress. I’ll wear one of those for the wedding. About a month before the session I found this fabulous bright red midi skirt at Zara. It was a fun pop of color in a classic silhouette and would photograph really well. We didn’t want to look too formal or stuffy (not our style) so I paired the skirt with a simple black and white striped tee (H&M). The shell pink heels (Banana Republic) were an impulse addition to my outfit. I loved the soft feminine contrast to the bright red. And everyone’s legs look better in a stiletto.

Nick kindly went classic neutral. Nothing was going to compete with that red skirt. His pants and navy suit jacket are J Crew. His shoes are Cole Haan. His white button down is Banana Republic.


Although you can’t beat Manhattan as a photoshoot backdrop, we really wanted to do our engagement session in Hoboken. Just across the Hudson, Hoboken has been our home for the past 5 years. It’s where we met, fell in love, moved in together and got engaged. Our whole life is here. So it was really special to run all over town taking photos. We started down by the river, had fun in the train station and uptown in front of all the beautiful brownstones.


We ended the day going back to the bar where we first met to take the last few photos.The bar has recently been renovated into a much more polished version of its former dive bar self. But we took a picture at a table where we were standing when we first met. Super cheesy, but we’re really cheesy.


We were introduced through a mutual friend in January 2012. Nick reached out under the guise of being new to town and looking to meet people in Hoboken. I thought he was really cute and didn’t look like a serial killer so we made plans to meet up at a local dive bar on Mardi Gras. We both brought friends, of course, in case it didn’t work out. There was a fish bowl (or two), crawfish, and a great 80’s cover band. We hit it off and he asked me on a real first date for later that week. We went ice skating in Rockefeller Center; something neither of us had ever done before, or since actually. It was super cheesy and magical. We’ve been together ever since.


Fast forward three years…We’d talked seriously about getting engaged. Nick made a big deal about planning a special surprise to celebrate our dating anniversary, something we’d never made a big deal about. I thought I smelled a proposal, but didn’t want to bet on anything. As a complete Type-A, Nick thought of everything. Two friends of mine asked if I wanted to have a girls night Friday, which very specifically included manicures. I woke up Saturday to a delicious breakfast in bed. We went to the Met, my favorite museum, where Nick had arranged a private tour. (All of the pieces on the tour were even themed, around love and marriage of course). At that point I thought if this day wasn’t leading to a proposal he was an idiot. When we got back to our apartment, there were flowers and candles. And then there was a beautiful ring. I don’t remember exactly what he said other than the really important question, but it was a moment I’ll never forget.

There was hugging and lots of crying on my end. I called my parents in NH and my sister in LA to tell them the news. Then Nick dragged me out the door to make the dinner reservations he’d made at a restaurant in Hoboken. The final surprise was when we walked into the restaurant I was shocked to see that my parents weren’t actually in NH and my sister wasn’t home in LA, they were all there with Nick’s family and our best friends who’d all come to celebrate with us. More crying on my end. It was so special to share that day with the people who love us most. We’ll never forget it!

We’re planning a Labor Day Weekend wedding in my hometown of Bedford, NH.

Photography: Emily Delamater Photography // Red Skirt: Zara // Striped T shirt – H&M // Shell Pink Heels: Banana Rebublic // Nick’s Pants and Suit Jacket: J Crew // Nick’s Shoes: Cole Haan


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We are super excited to bring you this ethereal boudoir inspiration shoot from the wonderful Tamara Gruner Photography. We’re loving the incredible florals by Siloh Floral and gorgeous lingerie from Veronica Sheaffer Intimates and the historic location at Cherokee Ranch & Castle. The effect is elegant and beautiful and the perfect boudoir inspiration for any classic bride. Enjoy!

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“She is free in her wildness, she is a wanderess, a drop of free water. She knows nothing of borders and cares nothing for rules or customs. ‘Time’ for her isn’t something to fight against. Her life flows clean, with passion, like fresh water.” – A quote by Roman Payne from The Wanderess.


From the photographer: There is something enchanting and mesmerizing about the natural beauty of a woman. Femininity is freedom, strength, grace, passion, and depth. That’s exactly the type of richness I wanted to capture through this color palette. Deep and saturated tones of black, charcoal, and plum coupled with the soft and light peach, cream, and lavender express the complexity of everything that is feminine. A beauty of a woman is something that is profound and that should be celebrated. I love how these images are able to express both the gentleness and lightness of a woman’s features and curves mixed with the depth and richness of her soul.


Photography: Tamara Gruner Photography // Lingerie: Veronica Sheaffer Intimates // Floral Design & Styling: Siloh Floral // Venue: Cherokee Ranch & Castle  // Scans: Richard Photo Lab // Shoes: Manolo Blahnik // Calligraphy: Designsgirl // Ring: Swarovski // Ring Box: The Mrs Box // Silk & Ribbon: Silk and Willow // Headpieces: Irene Lily // White Gemstone: Pottery Barn // Hair & Makeup: Liz Wegrzyn // Model Agency: Wilhelmina Denver // Female Model: Sarah C.


Vivian and Chris’ engagement shoot is like cotton candy in the desert. Sposto Photography‘s signature fine-art style captures the lighthearted mood of the couple as well as the gorgeous scenery. We’re also loving the wardrobe—Vivian’s pink frocks were on point. Note to all brides: petal pink photographs beautifully in the desert. We know you’re going to love these shots!

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We met about 10 years ago while working retail part-time during college. We both weren’t interested at first, but then a couple years later, after getting to know each other more, something sparked! Six years later, Chris had planned a day of errands for the both of us to do. I love surprises, or more like the idea of surprises. I always tell Chris that he’ll never be able to surprise me, mainly because I always ruin them by being overly curious. I’ve always joked with him that I’ll know when the day comes. Little did I know, that ordinary Saturday would be one of the best days of my life. We came back to a yard beautifully lit and decorated with fairy lights (my favorite!). As soon as we turned the corner of the yard, there was a table with flowers and candles. Right then and there, my eyes were filled with tears of excitement. Shocked from the surprise, he held my hands and said something I honestly can’t remember as I was overwhelmed with emotion, but I am very sure they were sweet and thoughtful. The next thing I know, he’s down on one knee, presenting me the most beautiful ring I’ve ever seen. We fell in love and now we cannot wait to spend the rest of our lives together.

Photography: Sposto Photography


Newly engaged Ashley and Steven are both from Italian families, so what better way to celebrate than with an Italian themed engagement party? Perfectly set against a backdrop of gorgeous cypress trees in the groom’s parent’s backyard, the party featured relaxed decor and florals by MINT Design, handmade olive oils, lots of wine and family style tables. We’re totally inspired by all the sweet and simple details (lovely inspiration for a laid-back wedding too!) and, of course, the beautiful photos by Mariel Hannah.

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Steven and I got engaged the day before our 3 year anniversary. He proposed at the winery where we went on our first unofficial date, Baileyana. I was taken completely by surprise even though he almost blew it by texting me pictures of my ring about a week prior. He made up a story when I asked about it and I believed it. Lucky for him, I’m gullible.


We were so excited to celebrate with our family and friends. Both of us being Italian and with wine being a big part of our dating and engagement lives, it was only natural for our engagement party to be Italian themed. Our party was held in Steven’s parents back yard against the tall cypress trees.


We picked a neutral color scheme of creams, golds, and natural greenery. We set up little vignettes around the yard to keep the eye flowing calmly and peacefully with elements such as a wine table, appetizer table (complete with homemade infused olive oils) and photo wall.


Surrounded by our families and close friends (about 60 people) we enjoyed the night and celebrated our love!

Photography by: Mariel Hannah // Decor and Florals by: Lotta Rodriguez, MINT Design  // Invitations by: Matinae Design // Ashley’s Outfit: Morning Lavender  // Ring: Wickersham Jewelers // Rentals: Walker Lewis Rents


Gen and Michael’s love story began when they became boyfriend and girlfriend at age eleven. The (very) young love didn’t last long and they parted ways to different middles schools and high schools. Michael, however, knew Gen was soulmate material and hung on to hope, as well as the red toy Ferraris that Gen gave him for Christmas in fifth grade. They crossed paths again after high school and the rest is history. From an early age, the couple has photographed well together (read down for an adorable tidbit on a grade-school pic found just days before their wedding) and their engagement shoot from the fantastic Brandon Scott Photography captured their blooming marital bliss perfectly. What better way to celebrate the official coming of spring than with this gorgeous engagement session.

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The engagement:
Whenever the discussion of an engagement came up, I always said that I appreciated the more casual and relaxed proposals. For some reason, the whole idea of Michael getting down on one knee seemed so formal and not fitting to our relationship. We had always wanted to travel to Europe in the fall and the first fall after I finished school was when we decided to take a trip to Paris at the end of November. We had both just moved to Toronto, and had hectic work and traveling schedules so we decided to seize the opportunity for a short trip, just the two of us. We landed in Paris and made our way to the hotel. Our room wasn’t ready yet when we arrived and we were encouraged by the concierge to walk around the neighborhood while we waited. Our excursion didn’t last very long; Michael wanted desperately to head back to the hotel. I only later found out that Michael had the ring in his backpack, and my mom’s numerous emails before take-off about pick-pocketers had turned him into a paranoid traveler and made him flinch every time anyone would come within two feet of him. Our first day turned out to be beautiful and “uneventful.” The next morning, I woke up to get ready to catch our train to Versailles but quickly got pulled back into bed to find a box on my pillow. After having been together for 7 years, Michael asked me to marry him. We spent the next four days exploring the city and kept the secret from our friends and family until we got home. It was really nice to have had time to share and fully process that special moment just the two of us before mayhem began with all the phone calls and messages once we landed back in Montreal.


How we met:
We were both 9 years old when Michael transferred to my elementary school. He asked me to be his girlfriend in Grade 5. Unfortunately, our relationship came to an end in Grade 6 when we attended rival summer schools and eventually different high schools. With the help of some mutual friends, our paths crossed once again at 18. Little did I know that when Michael was younger, he used to wish that we would end up together – so much so, that after all these years, he kept the yellow and red toy Ferraris that I had gotten him for Christmas in Grade 5. A couple of months before the wedding, Michael’s mom unexpectedly found an old class picture and it just so happened that we were sitting next to each other. The photograph just solidified what we already knew – that it is in each other that we have had the privilege of finding our soul mate and closest, truest friend. We have known each other for over 15 years and officially had been together 8 years and 41 days on the day that we got married. We have shared countless memories, life lessons, trips, and inside jokes. We are so grateful for all the years that preceded our wedding day and look forward to every year after.


Photography: Brandon Scott Photography // Flowers and Crown: Botany Flowers