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5 Tips for Romantic Engagement Photos

As a recently engaged bride-to-be, one of the first wedding to-do’s on my mind is an e-sesh. Being a wedding blogger, it’s sort of a no brainer! But still, the process can be intimidating. So, how do couples end up with gorgeously effortless engagement photos like these? Having a fab photog like Megan W behind the lens is the first order of business. The other lovely details? Keep reading for Megan’s tips!



From Megan W Photography In my opinion, the most romantic engagement photos are those where the couple look over-the-moon happy and blissfully in love. Translating these emotions into photographs isn’t always an easy task. Let’s face it, we aren’t all models and being in front of the camera can be downright terrifying for some. Over the years, I’ve found a few tips that have been helpful in creating genuine, romantic engagement sessions.

1. Cultivate a relationship. From the first emails to the first cups of coffee,​ ​​finding a connection and ​cultivating an authentic relationship with​ ​​a photographer will make all the difference. Even if you’re meeting for the first time the day of the engagement session, plan to meet ahead of time at​ ​​your home, a favorite coffee shop or bar; somewhere​ ​​you feel​ ​​comfortable and​ at ease.

2. Location. I encourage couples to choose sentimental locations for their engagement session. A quaint restaurant where​ ​you shared​ ​a first date, a quiet corner of a frequented park, or possibly where​ ​​you got engaged. A mix of indoor and outdoor locations will offer interesting moods and lighting to play with. Soft evening light can add tons of romance to the shoot, and with this in mind, I​ ​​recommend start​ing​ your session​ ​​a couple hours before sunset.​​ Save your favorite location for last so​ ​you’re relaxed and comfortable for the best light of the session.​

3. Communication. Collaborating on the styling​ ​and inspiration​ ​of the session​ ​​with your photographer​ ahead of time can make a tremendous difference. I typically suggest that a couple bring several outfits and accessories to the session and we can​ ​​collectively​ pick which works best for each location.

4. Posing. Trust your photographer’s direction as you progress in your shoot. If a certain pose feels awkward, change it up and make it your own. ​Hugs, sweet forehead kisses, and practicing your first dance often yields romantic, authentic interaction with little input needed from the photographer.

5. Props. Props can be a wonderful supplement to an engagement shoot when kept tasteful, minimal, and true to​ ​​your personalities. Keeping props as simple as a favorite quilt or a loose handful of flowers can add visual interest to the session​ ​​and inspiration for the photographer​ without taking away from ​your interaction.

Photography: Megan W Photography

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Winter Wedding at The Bowery Hotel

At the intersection of modern, cozy, and timeless, you will find this ridiculously stunning wedding from Karen Hill Photography. If I may be so bold, it’s New York City at it’s absolute finest, largely in part to that romantic, candle filled reception.


From Karen Hill Photography… I love a winter wedding and The Bowery Hotel’s old world charm has the perfect NYC winter wedding setting with it’s warm brick walls and fireplaces. The bride’s Stella McCartney tea length fringe dress and Valentino shoes set this wedding apart!

Melanie and Greg were married at the Bowery Hotel on December 7, 2013. We did the first look, the family photos and then the ceremony. The Bowery Hotel is a dark venue with warm glowing lights. The ceremony was intimate, short and sweet! The couple’s dinner and dancing was enjoyed by their guests and the cake, by Baked, was amazing! It was a perfect day!

Photography: Karen Hill Photography | Wedding Dress: Stella McCartney | Florist: Rountree Flowers | Cake: Baked | Bride's Shoes: Valentino | Planner: Ang Weddings And Events | Make Up: Lindsey Jones | Hair: Styles On B | Calligraphy: MM Ink | DJ: Play Something Good | Officiant: Rev. Annie Lawrence | Hotel: The Bowery Hotel | Photo Booth: Classic Photo Booth | String Trio: Elan Artists

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Wedding Film in the Field Where They Fell In Love

The couple fell in love in her family’s field. The very field they were married in, and as if that weren’t enough to get the tears flowing, the love they share is one of the most beautiful loves I’ve ever come across. Thank you, thank you, Paperback Films, for capturing it so wonderfully!


From Paperback Films… We kept hearing story after story about how these two knew they were meant for each other. It became the basis for our film; a true account of soul mates. It’s a story of struggle, redemption, perseverance, and family. Faith is ultimately what guided them together. A true calling; a true love story with a happy beginning.

For me, the day was deeply impactful. We were quickly caught up in the day’s events. Jessica and her family had put a lot of planning and labour into this wedding and it showed. With the help of Soiree Event Planning, it looked even more spectacular. Every detail was so delicately thought out and put together. One of our favourite areas on the farm was the ceremony location in a beautiful Manitoba prairie field. A well developed crop with a section flattened in the distance. Bails of hay for seating and a fence made out of crops. It was a field of dreams.

This location was so important for the wedding… this is the land that Jessica’s family has farmed for generations, and the field where Jessica & Ronnie first fell in love. The day begins with all the girls getting ready, a handful of stunning details and their first look of the day. Two locations near the farm were important to these two… a few grain bins close by, the actual spot they fell in love. Memories of their favorite ice cream stop which is now closed.

Perfect weather, comfy bails of hay for the guests to sit on, and officiated by a close family friend.

Photography: Moore Photography | Cinematographer: Paperback Films | Floral Design: Academy Florists | Event Planning: Soiree Planning

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