Category Archives: Engagement

Avoiding Pre-Wedding Fights (Don’t Worry, It Happens)

Perfect wedding venue? Check.
Gorgeous wedding dress? Check.
Constant bickering with your betrothed? Double check.

What? Fighting? That’s not on your pre-wedding checklist! Yet, unfortunately, having a few
squabbles with your partner usually comes with the territory of planning your wedding, and it’s nothing to be ashamed of. To prevent your fights from becoming fully-fledged feuds that make you think ‘let’s just call the whole thing off and elope’ there are some tactics that come into play.
If your stress levels have reached an all-time high, keep calm, collected and read on. Here’s how to keep the peace and ensure your wedding is fantastically fight-free.

Set aside time for wedding talk

I’ve seen it a thousand times: someone who uses every excuse under the sun to bring up the
wedding – and it drives their partner absolutely crazy. It’s natural to be fully invested in creating your ideal wedding, but a line has to be drawn somewhere. It shouldn’t consume your entire life to the point that you’re so sick of your wedding months before it’s even happened.

The feeling that your partner is not invested in your wedding can also lead to a serious
disagreement. To avoid this, set aside time for the two of you to discuss it. Set a reminder on your phone, get cozy on the couch and communicate everything wedding-related that’s on your mind. No in-laws or best friends allowed! This sacred time is for the two of you to feel totally comfortable to express your expectations, dreams and concerns for your big day.

Don’t sweat the small stuff

It’s no secret that planning a wedding is a big project. From the venue to the bridesmaid dresses to the date of the wedding, there are big decisions that need to be made. Then there are also the smaller decisions like the colour of the napkins or the tiny flowers you want as part of your hairstyle.

The sheer number of decisions you have to make is enough to make anyone go crazy – especially if these decisions are to be shared with your partner. To keep the peace (and your sanity) don’t place a huge focus on the tiny details. I can tell you now, none of your guests are going to notice if the colour of your tablecloths is ivory or eggshell.

Think win-win

One of you wants a traditional low-key, low-cost wedding with close family and friends. The other wants an extravagant Game of Thrones wedding with everyone from your gym instructor to your second cousin twice removed in attendance. Although you’re going to try your best to avoid fighting with your fiancé, disagreeing on something is bound to happen. When it does, it’s how the two of you react to the argument that sets the tone for your wedding day (and the rest of your lives together).

When you and your partner have a squabble, it’s important to think win-win; how can you both benefit from the optimal solution? Don’t try to achieve a personal victory of getting your own way – remember, you’re in this together. If you’re at a stalemate then this is where the art of compromisation and knowing when to pick your battles comes in!

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Change the Date: When Forced to Postpone their Wedding, This Couple Chose to see the Funny Side!

Like many of you reading this, Denver-based photographer Ashley and her fiance Jonathan have been forced to postpone their wedding due to the COVID-19 pandemic. When it came to telling their friends and family about their change of date, they decided to do a silly photo shoot with – what else? – bottles of Corona beer!

Ashley told us, “My fiancé and I had to postpone our wedding but we had to find humour where we can. These are our new ‘Save the New Date’ photos…When a wedding gets postponed, a Corona gets a lime!”

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A Cosplay Star Wars Revenge of the Sith Engagement Shoot

Molly and Christopher’s engagement shoot is just about PERFECT for today’s post, what with it being International Star Wars day and all.

The couple made the costumes themselves! “We are both huge geeks who go to a lot of conventions”, she said,” so it was easy for us to find pieces we already owned to channel some Sith realness.”

“Chris and I were both HUGE Star Wars fans before we met one another and our love was forged in the fires of our space opera fandom! We met right before the Force Awakens came out (and haven’t seen a Star Wars film in theatres without each other since), the first gift he ever got me was a robotic BB-8, we run an inter-sectional Star Wars Club together (it’s called the Star Wars Dumpster Fire). He also proposed to me with a fan made Star Wars video – perhaps the only proposal video in history where my husband-to-be makes out with my fictional husband (Kylo Ren). So CLEARLY Star Wars is a HUGE through line in our relationship. We wanted to honour that by making our own real life fanfic with our engagement photos!”

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Super Cute Clifftop Engagement Shoot in Brighton

Ahead of their big wedding day in China featuring a traditional tea ceremony, Anna and Alex decided to have some engagement pictures taken in Brighton with Manon Pauffin. The suuuuuuper cute results are below!

“In China, it is popular to do a pre-wedding shoot to show your photos at the wedding because on the big day it’s often too busy to have photos of just the two of us,” Anna explains. “For us, this shoot was like a wedding present to ourselves to capture the sweet moment of our love story forever, and it gave us a chance to enjoy some time together and just be who we are.”

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A Ghanaian Prince Marries his Italian Princess

Engagement shoots don’t get any better than this. Taking place in Italy, where the couple live, it just screams love, happiness and damn good style. Isn’t that what being a Rock n Roll bride is all about!?

Griffith, from one of the noble families of the GA tribe of Accra, Ghana, met Ilaria in Rome through a mutual friend. Three years later he asked her to marry him. They wanted to celebrate their engagement with some beautiful, fun and colourful photographs taken in their own flat in Italy. They also shot down by the beach, as they both love the sea.

Ilaria’s GORGEOUS pink gown was handmade for her and all of Griffith’s accessories came from Ghana. Ilaria’s engagement ring was handmade by a little independant jewellers in Ghana as well.

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Laidback & Silly Engagement Shoot on a Beach in Florida

Lindsey and Kyle’s engagement shoot is on a whole next level of CUTE. Kat first saw this in the Rock n Roll Bride Facebook group (which you can join hereand fell in love with them and their approach to wedding planning, as exemplified by this tropical-inspired photo shoot.

Although they’d originally had a mini shoot right after their engagement, Lindsey and Kyle chose to redo them to stay true to who they were as a couple. Lindsey explains: “I was inspired by seeing another photo shoot that a couple had done a flamingo theme. As our wedding was having a tropical theme it was perfect. It didn’t quite work out with what we were aiming for – apparently it’s very hard to find lawn flamingos in Florida in the summer (who knew?) – so we just decided to keep shooting. We were going out of town the next day for a tattoo convention in New Mexico, so we just went out to the beach, to have fun and to make it work!”

Their shoot was located on St Pete Beach, Florida, at the public access beach, with V Simpson Photography – and we have to say, they’re naturals in front of the camera. “Nothing was staged, and that’s how I think we got the best out of it,” Lindsey explains. Special mention should go to Kyle, too, who rocks the camera amazingly – what a groom!

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