Our photo of the day is this romantic photo of bride and groom sharing a moment alone on a deserted beach. The photo captured by Carolyn Scott Photography is from Suzi and Jason’s recent real wedding featured on Emmaline Bride. Your wedding day’s going to be great but it’s also going to go by quickly. Remember to make your own special moments. You’ll never forget them…
Surfing the day before your wedding… awesome! This surfing engagement session of Nicole and Michael was a terrific idea. On a secluded beach in Puerto Rico with surfboards in hand, Nicole and Michael hit the waves for some excellent photos. Their photographer, Eric from Eric Boneske Photography, liked the idea of capturing a surfing session and let the fun begin. Find out more from the bride and see the surf session after the click…
Surfing Engagement Session
The bride Nicole tells us, “When we first got engaged and started talking about the wedding, we immediately agreed that the most important thing was to find an awesome, adventurous photographer. We both love surfing and have spent many mornings and evenings out in the water, but we don’t have any pictures (because that would require someone to stay on the beach).”
“We already have tons of photos of us dressed up and looking nice, so we didn’t need bridal portraits or traditional engagement pictures…we were really hoping we could find someone to come out in the water with us and get some action shots. When we first met Eric and told him our idea, the look on his face said it all… he was so stoked! He even added to the original idea, saying we should document the whole process–from checking the surf to waxing the boards–so it would look like he just happened to catch us on a normal morning.”
Since we were getting married in Rincon, Puerto Rico, we planned the session for the day before the wedding (the surf there is a little more predictable than in our hometown). Eric brought an underwater casing and fins and we all got up at 5am for our “dawn patrol” session. We had a blast…the morning light was perfect, there were some good sets coming in, and we were the only people as far as the eye could see.”
“The pictures look so natural because Eric blended in seamlessly and just caught us being “us.” My favorite picture is the black and white photo of just the two of us looking so tiny in the middle of the ocean…it is definitely going to be blown up and hung on the mantel. We are also going to blow up some of the pictures of the waves to hang in the new house as some very interesting conversation pieces!”
“The pictures turned out amazing…I love the way Eric caught the soft light and the gorgeous colors exactly as I remember them. Of course, Michael was ecstatic when he saw the action shots–Eric’s underwater camera allowed him to get some great angles from inside the waves.”
“Afterwards, we got coffee and stopped by our favorite bench in Rincon–it is painted with the road sign for 413 and says “Road to Happiness,” which we thought was appropriate!”
This Baton Rouge engagement session was fun and full of personality! Meet Erica and Clay, soon-to-be bride and groom. Erica’s a student at LSU and Clay is in the Air Force. They teamed up with Carolynn from Carolynn Seibert Photography for a delightful and compelling engagement shoot. Carolynn tells us, “Fun, honest, strong, quirky and nerdy are the words they used to describe their relationship- after hearing that I just couldn’t wait to spend time with them. We got creative with this shoot…”
Baton Rouge Engagement Session
“We started in downtown Baton Rouge at several painted walls that are a part of the Baton Rouge Wall Project, and then drove to a wide open field (and fused their love for Disney into a few shots) and finished at a romantic spot by the LSU Lakes with a canoe and picnic. I immediately noticed how deeply Clay cares for Erica, he is tender, protective and supportive of her. And it was evident how much Erica trusts Clay, believes the best in him and loves laughing with him. This is an amazing couple!”
OK, so if you not only thought this couple was cute, but enjoyed their engagement session, then head over to Carolynn Seibert Photography! She can capture your engagement photos, wedding, and much more! You can also see her business listing in the Emmaline Bride Bridal Book.
All images courtesy of Carolynn Seibert Photography. All Rights Reserved.
So, what makes a great engagement session? A lovely couple, great light, and a skilled photographer. But what’s most important and inspiring is the couple’s story. Jess and Tim have just that: an awe-inspiring love story that makes a great engagement session!
Jess and Tim met just a few years ago while attending college in California. Jess had a crush… on this cute guy named Tim. Tim had a crush… on this pretty girl named Jess. But as fate would have it Tim moved away to South Carolina, where he was stationed with the Air Force while Jess studied hard to finish up law school in California. Little did each other now that one day that college crush would reunite them, they’d enter into a long distance relationship, and with the perfect moment, Tim proposed.
The Engagement Session: While Tim was flying from South Carolina to meet up with Jess, their engagement photographer Samantha, from Samantha Melanson Photography was headed out from Boston to photograph them. Samantha tells us, “So the weekend that we did their engagement session was really special for them because it was the first time that they had seen each other in months. They were especially ecstatic because the next day would be the day they would get married and would be able to start their new lives together in the same state, finally!” With anticipation and excitement they went with Samantha to the local Fullerton Arboretum in Fullerton, CA.
Jess and Tim Exclaim,”Our engagement session with Samantha was a wonderful experience for the both of us! Since we lived on opposite ends of the country before we were married, we had only two full days together before the ceremony and needed to squeeze in the engagement session the day before the wedding. Despite this time-crunched schedule, we had about two hours to ourselves early Friday afternoon just before the rehearsal dinner, so we asked Samantha to meet us and snap some photos in that small window of time. We went to the Fullerton Arboretum for the engagement session and, while at the gardens, Samantha quickly created a relaxed atmosphere.”
“Having never been to the area herself, it was amazing to watch Samantha gather in her surroundings and build a mental image of what shots would look best. Throughout the entire time, Samantha reminded us to just be ourselves, have fun, and love each other. That was an easy request for us to follow! Even during the few moments that began to feel unnerving (it’s not always easy to have your picture taken when enjoying a loving moment with your soon-to-be spouse), Samantha intuitively knew when to give us our space and when to offer gentle direction with fun ideas for different pictures. We were both so comfortable with Samantha as our photographer that we she might as well have been one of our lifelong friends taking pictures of us! When we look back at the pictures we have from the engagement session, we both remember how much fun the day was. Samantha captured not just amazing pictures of the gardens, but she captured the emotions the two of us experienced that day.
With the pictures we have, we can now look back and remember the true joy and excitement both of us felt the day before our wedding like it was yesterday. Having Samantha fly across country and spend the weekend with us was easily one of the highlights of our marriage. She was (and is) an amazing photographer both during the photo sessions and in the product she produces. Not only did we end up with priceless photos of one of the biggest events in our lives, but we left feeling as though we’d gained another member of our family!”
So what does make a great engagement session? A lovely couple, great light, skilled photographer, and most of all an inspiring story!