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Sin City Inspired Engagement Shoot

It’s very rare that we feature engagement shoots on Rock n Roll Bride anymore, there are just too many awesome real weddings to share instead! However when Kelsey and Gavin’s Sin City inspired engagement shoot landed in my inbox, I knew it had to be published. I have a feeling you’re going to LOVE this too!

Their photographer, Pol, told me all about the session. “They’re set to get married on December 9th of this year. They have always a bit of pin up-ish (especially Kelsey) and we wanted to shy from the typical Utah nature/ landscape theme for their engagement shoot. Instead we decided to shoot around Salt lake city to get a sense of the winter urban vibe.”

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Camp Halloween Engagement Shoot: Stranger Things, Friday the 13th & Addam’s Family Values!

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Ash and Nick are both actors who have also had experience in designing, directing and film editing. They knew they wanted to do something funny and creative for their engagement shoot, rather than the standard cheesy hug-each-other-and-smile-in-a-dreamy-field kind of pictures. Massive horror and Halloween fans too, the idea of recreating some of their favourite TV and movie scenes fell into place after that!

“The inspiration actually came from our wedding venue, Camp Puh’Tok“, said Ash. “The moment we set foot in the dining lodge, we both thought ‘OH MY GOD, IT LOOKS JUST LIKE THE KITCHEN FROM WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER!’, and it took off from there.”

“Nick and I came up with the list of films and shows we wanted to pay homage to, and sourced all the costumes and props from friends, online shopping, Halloween stores, and our own wardrobes. My friend Jen is in our wedding party, and also a makeup artist, so she came along to help with each costume change, and our amazing wedding photographer Nessa K worked her magic behind the camera.”

They recreated Wet Hot American Summer…

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An Engagement Shoot in the Nude

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It goes without saying that if you don’t want to see naked bodies then you probably shouldn’t read this post! I think these are completely and utterly beautiful.

Nikki and Mark wanted their engagement shoot to be intimate, sensual and artistic so decided to strip off and use it to connect back to the core of who they both are.

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The shoot took place in Bruce Peninsula national park in Tobermory, Ontario. Photographer Liat explains, “Everything I create is emotionally driven. I strive for something fantastical, something more than simply another aimless photo in what appears to be a visually saturated world. I look for meaning, for authenticity, and magic in everything I do.”

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Weetzie Bat meets Courtney Love meets Debbie Harry: A Hollywood Boulevard Engagement Shoot

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Augusta and Linus are the type of couple I started Rock n Roll Bride for – fearless, bad ass, creative and seriously in love.

“The inspiration for this shoot came from the bride-to-be, Augusta”, explained Los Angeles photographer Jenn Emerling. “She wanted to capture the grit and glamour of Hollywood since she and Linus love the wild, creative energy of the city, and feel so at home there. Since they’re both artists (he’s a musician and she’s a writer) that are big into Rock n Roll – and also self-proclaimed weirdos – they wanted photos that would capture their quirky relationship and the vibrant Hollywood essence.”

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“As far as the fashion goes, Augusta was aiming for a vibe – cute with a punk rock feel, edgy with a touch of sweetness. She says: ‘I’ve always felt like such a mix and mess of styles – I like the juxtaposition of grungy and girly, cutesy and bad ass. These outfits are totally things I’d wear on a day to day basis – giant platform shoes, see through skirts, Hello Kitty pasties, vintage tees.'”

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Wonderful Woodland Engagement Shoot

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When I first saw Jody and Shane’s engagement shoot (the bride shared some shots in the Rock n Roll Bride Facebook group!) I almost let out an involuntary squeak. I’m sorry but how friggin’ gorgeous are this pair!? If you’re considering not bothering with an engagement session, I kinda feel these might start to change your mind a little bit…

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“Our engagement shoot took place at Oxshott Woods, Surrey”, said Jody. “It had a woodland fairytale theme. We wanted our photos to have a unique quality about them and to represent something classic but also with an edge (like us!) We wanted to add something that made the natural backdrop more magical with the coloured smokebombs.”

BRB just dying over how incredible these are…

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On Love and Not Taking it for Granted

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We’re all guilty of taking our partners for granted sometimes. They drive you nuts, you argue, you forget just how special and magical it is to have found someone that you not only adore, but they feel the same way about you.

This all hit home for me last week when I received this email from Lucy.

“Hi Kat

I’ve ummed and ahh-ed about sending this in to you, as you will see it’s not something which you would normally publish.

My name is Lucy Pope and my fiance is Daniel Marshall, our wedding was booked for 22nd October this year and we were so excited. Unbelievably, because it feels like so much longer, I met Daniel on 6th June 2015 in a nightclub in Hereford. He always told people that as soon as he saw me he knew he needed to talk to me. Dan had recently moved back to Hereford following a short but intense bout of skin cancer. On Christmas Day last year Daniel proposed.

We had grand plans including a whole bunch of flamingos, multi-coloured balloons, balloons spelling ‘Fuck Yeah Dan & Lucy’ (in a nod to a flaming lips gig we went to last year), our dog (Baxter) dressed as Pikachu, general craziness… Daniel described it as ‘like a rainbow has thrown up everywhere’! We planned to have a humanist ceremony which our friend Rich wrote for us, it was going to be beautiful. I had found an amazing seventies style crochet/lace dress to wear with a leather jacket and boots, we were going to have a tropical flamingo fiesta. We were going to eat burritos, doughnuts and candy floss, and drink whisky and cider surrounded by hundreds of colourful balloons, and the odd comic and Pokemon reference thrown in for good measure.

In short, it was going to be a day of happiness and mentalness perfectly summing us up. Something we had both been looking forward to was submitting to you afterwards, as we were super confident that you would melt at it all and love us (modest I know, haha).”

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“On 24th May Daniel collapsed at home from a stroke, the next few hours are a blur, but we discovered that he had cancer in both his brain and his lungs. Two days later in the earlier hours of 26th May, one week after being given the all clear from cancer, Daniel passed away as I stroked his hair. He was 29.

Dan is my best friend and I love him more than he will ever know. I know it sounds trite but we complete each other and without him I don’t feel whole. We only got one year together, but it was the best year of our lives and I will always be grateful that we got that time, there are so many people in the world that will never get to experience anywhere near what we had.

I am so grateful that we managed to do this engagement session with the Costa Sisters, who’d we’d booked for the wedding.  We decided have the engagement shoot, mostly so that we would have a warm up before the wedding day. It involved eating burgers and breaking into an old ammunition factory near us, it was a lush day.

I really can not stress enough how important that shoot ended up being to me and I’m so thankful, not only that we got it done, but also that we chose Elena and Sofia because they have given me and many other people something so special to hold on to. I know that our story is the extreme and hopefully nothing like this will ever happen to any of you, but if we had settled for a cheaper option then we wouldn’t have these beautiful images and video to hold on to.”

“I know you don’t normally feature that many engagement shoots, particularly ones which in hindsight could be seen as a tad depressing but I figured ‘nothing ventured nothing gained’. The song in the video is Daniel singing and playing the guitar (he was so good, and was just building up his confidence again).”

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Romantic Retro Barbershop Engagement

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Inspired by the romance and the 1930s, Valentina and Jacopo had their engagement shoot in a barbershop on the Adriatic coast!

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“Valentina and Jacopo are Rock n Roll dancers and they own a tattoo shop”, explained photographer, Vanessa Repupilli. “They wanted their pre-wedding shoot to reflect their love of retro and for it to be romantic. Figaro’s, the barbershop, is full of vintage details which really helped me to tell the story.”

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A Utah Mountain Engagement

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Brittany and Dave engagement shoot gives me all of the feels! I very rarely featured pre-wedding sessions, but this one is so awesome I couldn’t help posting them anyway. What a bunch ‘o babes! It also can’t just be me that thinks Brittany looks exactly like Christina Aguilera right?

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“Brittany and Dave are just these super hip and laid back people”, said photographer Amy. “They have an edgy side but wanted a more earthly feel for their images. What better earthy place than on a mountain top in Utah?”

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Miami Motel Engagement Editorial

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Are you having an engagement shoot? If you weren’t planning on one, this awesome session that was sent to me all the way from Miami might just change your mind!

“When the bride contacted me, she said she didn’t want the typical Miami engagement photo session”, photographer Yesi told me. “We both quickly thought about the MIMO district and agreed that mixing Miami with old motels would be the perfect blend for old school glam with some raw indie editorial style photos.”

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“Erika and Piero didn’t want their engagement session to be cliché and they didn’t want the usual poses. Rather they asked me to capture them hanging out and being themselves.”

Erika wore an amazing and colourful dress by For Love and Lemons and Piero donned a colourful shirt which was found at the Salvation Army thrift store. “This shoot is not your typical ‘stare into each other’s eyes’ engagement session”, Yesi concluded. “In fact, we strayed away from ‘poses’ as much as we could. We wanted it to have more of an editorial feel. This shoot tells a love story in a different unexpected way. We hope it inspires Rock n Roll brides to take a risk and have fun with their engagement shoot, to not settle for the usual.”

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Love and Laughs

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If you’re as obsessed with YouTubers as I am, you’ll already know who Helen Anderson is. Blogger, Vlogger, musician, Instagram celebrity… She has a fantastic channel which I’m not ashamed to admit I stalk on an almost daily basis! So when she announced that her boyfriend Matthew had proposed while they were on a trip to DisneyWorld, I was instantly excited to see their upcoming wedding.

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So you can imagine my elation when their engagement shoot landed in my inbox last week! Now, I’ll admit, I don’t often feature engagement sessions, but well, I had to make an exception for this one didn’t I!?

“The idea behind our engagement shoot was love and laughs”, said Helen. “We just wanted something fairly simple but very much about me and Matthew having fun. I wore a sparkly dress from ASOS and we shot in our fine city of Norwich! It’s where we both grew up (and fell in love with each other) and I just wanted the shoot to be close to home and to reflect both of us.”

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How To Get The Most Awesome Engagement Photos

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As wedding season winds down for yet another year, we’re going into a time where, traditionally, most people get engaged. From now until Valentine’s Day expect to be inundated with friends announcing their upcoming nuptials. It’s all very exciting! If you’ve just got engaged, firstly CONGRATULATIONS, I’m so thrilled that you’ve found this blog! Have you started to think about your engagement shoot yet? Do you even know what an engagement shoot is!?

While certainly not compulsory, an engagement shoot is a great thing to do while you’re planning your wedding. Not only does it give you the chance to practice in front of the camera, they’re a great way to get to know your photographer and for your photographer to get to know you. Having a relative stranger at your wedding can be a bit daunting, but if you shoot with them beforehand you’ll not only be able to figure out whether you get along, but you’ll also get to see how they photograph you before the wedding. If you don’t love the photos you get back from your engagement shoot, it is perfectly acceptable to cancel the wedding booking and find someone else. Of course I hope this doesn’t happen for you, but it’s better to know that now rather than get your actual wedding pictures back and not like them!

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So how do you make sure you get the very best out of your engagement shoot?

1. Wear something that makes you feel fabulous

This is the perfect excuse to buy something new, or pull that dress you love but never have the chance to wear out of the back of your wardrobe! If you’re more of a jeans and tee-shirt kinda gal, it’s OK too, but I always think engagement shoots look so much more fun when the couple go to town on what they’re wearing!

Think about how your outfits work together too. While you don’t have to go completely ‘matchy-matchy’ (unless you want to!) the photos will turn out much better if your outfits compliment each other. If you were wearing a ball gown and he was in a tracksuit it might looks a bit weird! Think about colours, patterns and styling, and just wear outfits that look great together.

This is also the perfect chance to have your hair and make up trial for your wedding. You’ll feel really good having your hair and make up done, but it’s also a really great way to test how it will photograph on the wedding day.

2. Have an idea of theme or location and communicate it to your photographer

It’s always better to have some kind of idea about where you’d like to shoot or how you’d like the photos to turn out rather than winging it on the day and hoping for the best. After all, a photographer can only shoot what’s in front of them!

If you’re stumped, a good way to start is to think of somewhere meaningful to you as a couple. Maybe the bar you first met in, the area where you had your first date, or the place they proposed!? A variety of backdrops will always result in more interesting pictures so think of places that offer more than just plain brick walls.

Think seasonally too. If your shoot is taking place in autumn, why not take advantage of the changing leaves and shoot in a woodland? If it’s winter why not wrap up warm and take pictures in the snow?

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Fairy Tale Engagement Shoot

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Do you believe in fairies? Then you’re going to utterly adore Kirsty and George’s engagement shoot. Who says fairy tales can’t be Rock n Roll?!

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“The shoot was based on the idea of stories opening a whole new world and that being in love is a fairy tale”, said photographer Andreea of VeVi Photography. “Since Kirsty absolutely loves fairy tales and their wedding is going to be Disney themed, we wanted to create a dreamy fantasy environment for their engagement shoot too, just like they were in their own fairy story!”

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