Engagement Shoot

Fantasy Friday ~ A Saucy, Playful Downtown Engagement Shoot

I don't know if you've noticed, but I don't share a tremendous amount of engagement shoots on Bitchless Bride. It's not because I don't like them, I do, and I think they are fun and important, but frankly, they all seem to blend into one another. So, when I see a shoot that resonates with me like this one did, then I feel an overwhelming urge to share it it with you, bridey.

The best part of this shoot? Apparently, Joy and Max are fucking funny. Like, so funny that their photographer, Dana of EarthMark Photography, said that, "Seriously, work should not be allowed to be this fun." OMG... If ONLY all brides (and grooms) were this fun and easy to work with! And after the shoot, they dined at a delishious BBQ joint and spilt a pack of Strongbow Cider. I mean... Enjoy this FAB engagement shoot!

Joy! I'm dying over your FAB blue hair with the hot pink surprises!
I love how they are totally cracking up during the shoot!
Such a romantic shot!
Love the dress and the tats!
What are you whispering into her ear, Max? Joy's totally blushing!!!
Thank you for sharing your frolicsome and lovely engagement shoot with Bitchless Bride!

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Photographer: EarthMark Photography

Fantasy Friday ~ A Sexy & Sentimental Engagement Shoot

Bridey. This engagement shoot is so lovely and loving that I have no words. In fact, I am going to let Amber, the bride, share with you a 'lil something she wrote to Daniel...

"Here I am, standing at the brink of our wedding day and I haven't felt a single fear. I've not worried once that I will ever miss a day of your love. I find comfort in your feet on mine at night, because we prefer to sleep back to back, and on opposite ends of our bed. There comes a time in your life after becoming a parent that sleep is important and our "I'll meet you again in the morning time" turns into an average thing. I know that just because we aren't always physically "open" for touch that we are lacking something. I find myself everytime I lay with you, I know that where I am today is not where I would be without you. You keep me level headed when I am beyond a breaking point and clouded behind stress. You are my hot shower in the evening when I wash away the last bit of my day. You are my comfort, and you are my roots that ground me. I love you, I need you, I appreciate you."

What a beautiful shot..."Meet you again in the morning"... with a smile on my face.OMG! What a GORGEOUS babe!!Um... Sniff sniff... This pic is simply moving...Such a beautiful (and cool) couple and little family!! Thank you for sharring with Bitchless Bride!

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Photographer: JC Guzman Photo

Fantasy Friday ~ A Flashy, Fun, Blue Shoe Wearing, Cherry Red Chevy Rockin' Engagement Shoot

Envy. That's all... I am completely and totally envious. Seriously, I just can't get enough of Leah's hair. Right?? It totally makes me want to go back to my teenage years and rebel (well, a little bit more). The only time I got my hair a teeny, tiny bit this fire engine red was when I dyed it with... KOOL-AID!! Yup. I dyed my hair with fucking Kool-Aid! And it worked! I don't know what's worse; that I dyed my hair with a popular (at the time) tasty bevy or that it fucking worked!! And, according to wikiHow, apparently, I was WAY ahead of my time! (Bridey, if you're interested in trying it, you must use the unsweetened packets vs. the sweetened.... TRUST ME!) Anyway, back to Leah and her fabulous hair and this cool ass shoot!

Between the red hair, the cherry red Chevy, the blue stilettos, the Golden Retriever and the heat between Leah and Matt, I just couldn't help myself. I HAD to share this engagement shoot with you, bridey. Because, if you're interested in having an engagement session, then take a few pointers from Leah and Matt. Shake it up! Change your clothes, bring props (the Chevy does count as a prop, right?) and get into it! Or else why do it? Right? So, doll, have fun scrolling!

I mean... FUCK YEAH!!! I need these shoes!Look at that hair!! OMG!!!Hot!Awwwwwww.... Doggie....

Fantasy Friday ~ A Las Vegas Engagement and Elopement!

Bridey, by this point, you know that I am absolutely obsessed with Las Vegas, so when I saw this FAB Las Vegas engagement shoot and wedding (all within two days) of Britney and Jon; I totally jumped up and down! This is an amazing elopement with some super cool deets and ideas specifically to take care of their guests all while encapsulating the insanely deep connection between Britney and Jon.

This San Francisco couple did not want a traditional white wedding, so what are a girl and boy to do? Oh yeah! Grab your guests, head to Las Vegas, get married at the Little White Wedding Chapel by an Elvis impersonator and have the time of your life! Right? Right! Bridey, if you feel like Britney, Jon and I are speaking to you through their completely awesome wedding, then just wait until you see the Save the Dates,  pink Cadillac and wedding day(s) itinerary and your decision to elope (to Vegas) will be made! Enjoy!Love this photograph, and I'm completely in LOVE with Britney's shoes!I mean... How fucking FAB is this???WOW! Britney, you are truly beautiful! Love how you're rockin' the bright red lipstick! Totally a girl after my own heart!Holy shit. That's an incredible dress!Awwwwww.....Such a cool pic!Yup! There's an ass behind them. And you know what? I kinda love it!

Fantasy Friday ~ An Engagement Shoot with Some Serious Style

You know those couples that you can just tell you're going to like? Well, Andrea and Travis are certainly one of those couples. They are incredibly cute, and have a sense of humor! Holy shit, what a concept?!! Right? I am so over the stuffy, boring engagement shoots. Those suck. Those are boring. Those are vanilla. Bridey, why not indulge your quirky side and have some fun? Don't let your humdrum, uneventful engagement shoot be a glimpse of how your wedding is going to be! Seriously, bridey, if I received a save-the-date from Andrea and Travis, I would look forward to their wedding. I would automatically think that their wedding would be entertaining somehow based solely on what I see in these fun photos!!

Brooke, of Brooke Taylor Studios said that, "I just had to share this adorably hilarious couple with the world. Andrea and Travis are fun, quirky and so absolutely in love. We created a special styled picnic engagement shoot with all local Seattle products (cheese, sparkling wine, apples, etc). We couldn't have expected to have such a fun time laughing and shooting right as the rain started. The couple decided to push through the rain and I am glad we did because we got a lot of great images of them and they couldn't be happier with the results." I completely agree, Brooke!

Andrea, you look beautiful! Love this pic!! Too cool for school!I'm sorry, but this is too fucking funny!!! OMG! He proposed! LOL!!! BTW... Love how Andrea's foot is in the air!They really are a cute couple!Drop me and your done, Travis!! 

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Photographer:  Brooke Taylor Studios
Floral Designer: Delightful Details
Event Venue: Parson's Gardens

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Fantasy Friday ~ A Downtown Denver, Save the Date Engagement Shoot

I am a sucker for these photographs. Seriously, look at the fabulous dip happening! Right?!! In the middle of the street... OMG! I love the element of danger (I mean, shit... there are cars coming!)... It's fun. It's sexy. And, perhaps it's because I have always wanted to be "dipped" or perhaps it's because Kiri and Michael are definitely the "cool couple", but either way, these engagement pics tell an awesome story and double as pretty kick ass save the dates too!

Bridey, if you are looking for a way to capture your engagement AND need some save the dates, then let Kiri and Michael lead the way. These pics are interesting and tell a story. I find that I am curious to see what happens next. The locations (and the "costume changes") will draw you into the web that is Kiri and Michael and entice you too!

Kiri, you are adorable! I love the look on your face! But, Michael... The way you're looking at Kiri... Hot damn.OMG. Here he goes again!Gotta love the smile kiss!HAHA! This one makes me laugh...So sexy. So cute. 

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Photographer: Narrative Imagery

Fantasy Friday ~ A Cultural, Romantic and Playful Engagement Session All in One

So, bridey, there are like three scenes in this engagement shoot, and I love each and every one of them! It's a cultural, romantic and playful session all wrapped into one. Lately, I've been pretty obsessed with not having a boring engagement shoot, and Namrata and Jason totally succeeded in avoiding the mundane! As you enjoy the pretty pics, I'll let Namrata take it away and tell you about how she and Jason got together.

From the bride: We met on match.com; he sent me a cute message on if I had my pumpkin carved since it was around Halloween. It took a month of messaging back and forth and then I finally meet Jason in person at lemon bar in Atlantic beach.

Namrata, you are completely stunning! Lovin' the scenery...This is a steamy pic!Stunning...

Fantasy Friday ~ An Engagement Shoot that is Sexy, Fun and Fabulous

Bridey, don't you kind of feel like you are encroaching on Abbey and Dan's space somehow by staring at this picture? Good! That's exactly how I WANT you to feel. Actually, I'd be happy if you felt anything when you look at engagement photographs. Because oftentimes they can be a bit lackluster and ordinary. But, these? Well, they are anything but ordinary. They are extraordinary. They are fun. And you know what? Other people (as in anybody who is not the bride and groom) will actually want to look at them. I mean, there are costume changes and scenery changes and mood changes... Seriously, I could go on and on...

Brideys! If you are looking for inspiration for your engagement photographs, just look down. Abbey and  Dan nailed this shoot with the help of their talented photographer, Tyler Boye of Tyler Boye Photography! Whatever you do.... Be extraordinary not ordinary.

Like... The cutest pic! I love how Abbey is totally ticklish!Lovin' the how colorful this shoot is!!Wardrobe change in three... two... one...Hot damn.Get ready for some steam...H.O.T. H.O.T H.O.T.Compete with THAT, bridey!!!

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Photographer: Tyler Boye Photography

Fantasy Friday ~ It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's a Superhero Engagement Shoot!

Don't be jealous of Diana and Kyle's shirts (I know, right? I totally am! I need to have that Wonder Woman tank!). Be jealous of this phenomenal engagement shoot! You know what, bridey, fuck that... Don't be jealous, be inspired! Be inspired to do something different. Be inspired to do something colorful and unique as opposed to simply smiling for the camera and planting a few kisses here and there. It doesn't have to be this, but why be boring when there are so many fun places to shoot your engagement photos?

These insanely awesome photographs were taken in front of Kyle Brooks street art in Atlanta. You know I'm a graffiti enthusiast, so when I saw this shoot, I just HAD to share it with you, bridey. Just wait, these two are getting married any day now, and I am hoping that Julie of Jules Photography will be kind enough to submit their COMIC BOOK WEDDING to BB so that I can share that with you too... WOW! You think that was a big enough hint? Anyway, enough outta me... Enjoy these fabulous and fun pics!! 

Between the tat and the shoes... I am OBSESSED!KAPOW!!!! Obvi, I love her hair, but with the KAPOW? I can't... It's just too awesome!Time to kick these off! Um Kyle... What are you whispering into Diana's ear? That girl is blushing!!Diana, I love your dimples! So cute.Costume change.LOVE everything about this shoot!!

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Photographer: Jules Photography

Fantasy Friday ~ Not Your Average Engagement Shoot

Every now and again, I receive an engagement shoot or a wedding submission that so perfectly fits my mood, that I truly do feel like it's fate that it ended up in my pretty little hands. Enter Kacie and Shaun. Their engagement shoot is super unique and edgy, clearly encapsulating who they are, and I gotta say, it is exactly how I am feeling as of late. Plus, I am heading to Vegas in a few days, and let's just say that when I'm in Vegas, my edgy side definitely shows her face! And, I wanted to leave you brideys with a post that will stay with you while I am dabbling in debauchery at the Bellagio, and I feel strongly that this post will do the trick!

Really look at the opening pic... Got me thinking, and I felt like I needed to know more about Kacie and Shaun, so I had Kacie answer a few Qs for me! Pretty fucking fab!

BB: How did you two meet? I was best friends with Shaun's cousin, Candace, growing up and we used to say that we were cousins; now we almost are. It wasn't until Shaun and I were older, 5 years ago maybe (not sure), that we got to know each other. I was working at a local bar that he frequented often, very often, like his name was everyday guy, and the rest is history. I was even almost fired for dating him in the beginning, but that's another story.

BB: Kacie, have you ever shaved Shaun's head before? No, he doesn't let me! I offer all the time, something about him wanting to live is usually the response I get... He was scared, and still sleeps a bit uneasy.

BB: When and where is your wedding? Our wedding is Halloween! The ceremony is being held at the Newburgh Brewery & reception at F.E.A.S.T. at Round Hill in Washingtonville, NY.

BB: Who proposed and how? This is a complicated story, I'm not even sure if most of our friends and family knows the truth... Long story short... Shaun had an 'experience' while quite intoxicated one night, and woke up the next day a new man. I was terrified and had no idea what this new Shaun did with old Shaun. I went to work at Gleason's, a restaurant in Peekskill NY, an he showed up 15 minutes later just to tell me he loved me. Now, I'm really freaking out, I thought he was going to kill himself or something, this behavior was very unlike him. Later that night he showed up at my job again, sitting at the bar, holding my hand, crying, I knew something was up... He said I want to spend the rest of my life with you, will you spend the rest of your life with me, I said I'm In! And that was that. 

BB: How many tattoos do you have between you two? I have 3, but it's really over 30 hours. How many is a trick question. The Dragon piece on my back is now finished, what see you was just the start! Shaun has 8, but well over 60 hours!

BB: What's your favorite kind of beer? 
Shaun's is Guinness. I can't pick just one! But if I had to, La Roja from Jolly Pumpkin brewery.

BB: Are you going to have a signature drink at your wedding? Since we are doing a 1920's Speakeasy theme we're going to stick to the classics, a Bee's Knee's or a variation on a Manhattan.

I really love this shoot! Thank you for sharing with BB!!!

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Photographer: Lilypad Photo Studio

Fantasy Friday ~ A Divinely Sexy & Seriously Funny Engagement Shoot

When I think about an engagement shoot, it's rare that I think of them as "sexy" or "funny". Usually, I think about them as "boring" or "cheesy". Sorry, but it's true. I mean how many ways can a couple smile at the camera or look longingly at each other? Right? But, when I received Chelsea and Darian's shoot from the super talented Creatrix Photography, I was excited to show you, brideys, that an engagement shoot can be fun and sexy all at the same time.

It doesn't hurt that Chelsea and Darian are a great looking couple, but more than that, it's clear that they are completely captivated by one another. Sparks are flying all over the place with these two! And yet, they are laughing their way through the shoot. They are having a ball and it shows! 

Brideys, this is the way to do it! Have fun with it! Get into the moment! Lose yourselves! Trust me, based on these photographs, Chelsea and Darian will look back at their engagement session as more than just a photo shoot, but more like a fantastic memory.

Sexy. Funny. Sexy.Clearly funny! I wonder what she was laughing at!!Anybody else thinking Top Gun right now?

Fantasy Friday ~ I Love a Good Time Warp! An Amazing 1920-30s Inspired Engagement Shoot

I’m a little obsessed with time travel. Like… I think I get it from my dad, who is a touch crazy like me (oops! I def have that backwards; obviously I get that from him, right?), but no matter what, we’ve both been somewhat drawn to what life was like in other decades. I think that’s why I love Nicole and Jonathan so much. Their engagement shoot was inspired by the 1920s-1930s, and apparently their wedding had a 1940-50s vibe to it (don’t worry, something tells me that you will see it showcased on BB). Seriously, how fucking cool is that? I mean, love the idea of being swept into another era, even if it is just for a few hours at a fabulous wedding.

The other thing I absolutely adore about this engagement shoot? Nicole and Jonathan clearly had fun. Just look at these photographs! They are having a ball! They look fantastic, and when they look back on their engagement shoot, they will actually remember it. It won’t just be some day that blends into all of the others, like, “Oh look, here we are together smiling in front of this tree.” Or, “Look at us kissing in front of this statue.” BORING!!!! They will remember their experience at Idlewild, a park that dates back to the 1900s. See? History IS fun! Who the fuck knew!

Bridey, I’ve said it a million times… Your engagement shoot should be something that means something to you two as a couple. Put some thought into it… Don’t just phone it in and do whatever. Take advantage of the opportunity to shine. Ahem… Okay, that’s enough preaching. Just enjoy these kickass photographs!

Suddenly, I have the urge to go to a carnival!

OMG... Nicole! You are so adorable!! So cute!

Bam! Bam! Bam!

Super Stylish Sunday ~ A Cinematastic & Stylish Engagement Shoot!

As you may know, based on how often I feature his incredible photographs, I absolutely LOVE Hilary Cam. In fact, I might actually be IN LOVE with Hilary Cam!! I mean... his work is not only fabulous, and fabulously creative, but each artistic submission makes me feel like I'm actually there... like I'm actually in the room and watching it all go down. Hard to do, brideys

Here is a bit about his latest masterpiece from the kick ass gentleman himself: "The curtains opened on this love story 9 years ago. A romance set in a cinema between two of its operators may sound like a promising opening for a French Art House film but this is the start to Jessica & Craig’s relationship. Both worked at the local theatre and in between screenings and orders popcorn a romance blossomed.

Our shoot takes place at Craig’s old workplace, the pristine Art Deco Roseville Theatre, originally built in the early 1900s and renovated in 1938. Thank you so much for the owners for access to this historical theatre and thank you to the friendly projectionist, Sam, who tirelessly and happily helped out late at night."

Seriously? I love the couch, and the loveliness of this photograph.

Fantasy Friday ~ A "Trashy" Engagement Shoot

I couldn't resist. I just had to share an engagement shoot that was not only super distinct and off the cuff, but so cool and so fun that I wish I could have been there. Well, maybe not rolling around on the bed with the bride and groom, but definitely in the vicinity!

From the photographer, Jessica Olivero: Nikki and Michael are getting married in next year in New Jersey, and they wanted an engagement session that went against the grain as well as fit who they are as a couple. Michael is a DJ + both he + Nicki are total music junkies. We rented a low key hotel room + "trashed" it with bottles, records, clothes + lots of other rad things.

I LOVE how raw this session feels....like the morning after a crazy party.

I love all of the "trash" in this shoot!!! Every time I see a cool engagement shoot like this one, I wish I could rewind, grab a cool photog friend and the hus and get snappin'!

The BEST album cover ever!

Super Stylish Sunday ~ Little Italy Engagement Shoot

Don't get me wrong, I love the wild and crazy engagement shoots. Painting each other, hunting each other and even rolling around in the snow with bottles of spray paint are fantastic, but if you're not into the craziness, a traditional engagement shoot is just fine. However, if your passion for each other bleeds through... Well, that's just fucking splendid. Take Louanne and Joe for instance. It's clear to me that they have electricity just by looking at these cool ass photographs. Right? 

Louanne is a super stylish and creative hairstylist and makeup artist. Joe is a witty and sarcastic middle school english teacher (awwww...). I'd say their personalities balance each other out perfectly. 

From the Iliana, the photographer: "For their engagement session, Louanne and Joe wanted to go somewhere vibrant and fun. We decided to shoot in Little Italy in Downtown San Diego because there's so much color and energy there. We had fun exploring the area and snapping some great photos. At one point it did start to rain, so we ducked into a nearby bar-- Bottlecraft-- which is one of all of our favorites. Those ended up being some of my favorite photos! And in the end, the sun began to shine, giving us just enough time for a few more photos, with the sunshine glistening off the wet surfaces!"

This one really speaks to me. If I were them, this photograph would totally be hanging over my fireplace for the world to see..

Super Stylish Sunday ~ Color Me Mine

Happy Easter! I purposely decided not to do anything Easter related because by the end of the holiday, you're gonna be totally Eastered out, totally sick of candy (well, maybe...), eggs, ham and even Easter eye candy! So, I thought I'd give you straight eye candy instead... And what I am showing you today is super stylish and such a bloody fantastic idea for engagement shoot, that I just about fell over when I saw the pictures!

If you look on my about page, you'll see that I love to photograph graffiti, so in my humble opinion, this engagement shoot not only encompasses a colorfully phenomenal backdrop for a photo shoot, but then... THEY PAINT EACH OTHER! Holy shit! Right? I mean, obviously I'm guessing that the dress the bride is wearing in the photographs isn't her actual wedding dress, but perhaps it's similar or perhaps it's completely different. But, who cares!! It's fabulous! I mean, imagine these pics hanging in your home? So not traditional... so not expected... and SO not boring! 

Brideys, if you're looking for a fun way to play during your engagement shoot, this is it! Go ahead... try something outside of your norm. Get comfortable being uncomfortable! The pictures are completely worth it!

So... they started off all lovey dovey with beautiful black and white photographs in front of a lovely backdrop. Holding hands, a lovely snuggle and then....

BAM! Oh... What do we have here? Some cans of paint? How awesome is that!?

Look at their faces! Through their smiles I can see the desire. Ewww... Not THAT kind of desire

Super Stylish Sunday ~ Pick Up Truck Engagement Shoot

I gotta say... I really LOVE Super Stylish Sunday. I love it because anything goes. And today? Well, it's no different. Although, I must admit... I was going to go a whole different route for the post today, but when I saw this in my inbox, I felt like I NEEDED to share it. Immediately. Because for some of you, today's post is simply a cool couple who chose a pretty fantastic way to photograph their engagement session, but for me it's much, much more.

I hate to say it, but usually? I get so damn bored with the majority of engagement photographs I see. And while the couple may be pretty to look at, dressed perfectly and completely in love, the photographs tell me absolutely nothing about who they are. They are empty somehow. But these? Well, they tell a story, and outside of how "pretty" the couple is (and they are pretty!), you get a feel for what they like, and who they are, versus how long they can gaze into each other's eyes for the sake of a picture. 

Seriously? What an incredible way for two lovebirds to spend an afternoon together? A gourmet picnic in the park on the back of their teal 1950s pickup truck?! It doesn't get much better than root beer, apples, French cheeses, bread, nuts, and some caramel popcorn. Right? Oh, and you know what? Let's snap some photographs and call it their engagement shoot! LOVE IT! I love the energy, I love the spirit, and I totally love how their photographer was able to truly encapsulate who these two people are as a couple.

I cannot get over the whimsical look in her eyes! So stunning...