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Planning and Styling Your Engagement Session

Every bride wants her engagement photos to pop! While one of our favorite stylists and boutique owner, Cecelia Church of Vocabulary Boutique, has already told you about what to wear to the engagement session , you are likely wondering, “what about the setting, props, and styling?” or “what elements will make my photos just a bit different from the rest?” Below are the must knows about styling your engagement session. It all starts with the perfect photographer that you feel fits your style and aesthetic! One of our favorites, who we also share an office with and who shot the session below is B. Miller Photography!

Here are the top questions to ask yourself to help you create the perfect engagement session.



1.Where is OUR PLACE?




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We will start with location and setting. Where do you feel you spend most of your time as a couple? Is it at your home, your local coffee shop, or the beach? Wherever that special place may be is where you should do your engagement session. This will be the base for creating an environment you feel comfortable in, and that will show in photos!


2. What is YOUR THING?





What do you like doing together? What is the best representation of both of you as a couple? Whether it’s spending time baking or cooking together, long walks with gelato, or sailing, find that special hobby and show it off! When you bring in props or items that reflect your hobbies together, that connection will show through on camera. Let the engagement session be a reflection of you as a couple!


2. What do YOU LOVE?




Pinterest has taken over the wedding world and many brides spend hours upon hours on Pinterest. You can search “engagement session” and you will find a million ideas for your session. The hardest part is to reign in the ideas and do something that you LOVE! It might not be something you do everyday, but it should be something that you do sometimes together. If you don’t go on picnics, don’t create a picnic for your engagement session, if you don’t bake then don’t do a baking engagement session. Do what YOU LOVE and put elements in that you love. If you pick up flowers sometimes at farmers market and LOVE them, then go get some for your engagement session and incorporate them. If you love it and it makes you happy then DO IT! If you just saw a photo that you liked of someone else but it might not be you, don’t do it. Bringing in elements that you like and that are a true representation of you, this will make your engagement session photos SHINE!




Nothing sexier than a man holding your ice cream!


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A Bachelor Shower at The Unique Space


MAN UP! Why do girls get to have all of the fun!?! Why not have an awesome Bachelor Shower for the Groom.

Idea developed by the wonderful Grunion Run, their menswear is top noche! Looking for the perfect outfit for your special day? You need to check out The Grunion Run!
We created the perfect bachelor shower complete with a cigar lounge where the boys could play poker, a lovely bar with signature drinks, donuts & dessert station, and a dining table fit for a king. (… a cool hipster king).

Recently featured on RUFFLED BLOG.



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Stylist/Coordination- Katie @ Couture Events
Menswear- Grunion Run
Venue- The Unique Space
Videographer- Juice Box Media
Photographer- Brian Saculles
Furniture Rentals- Circa Vintage Rentals
Florals/backdrop- Shindig Chic
Signage/stir sticks- Delovley Details
Bar- Whaling Club
Dinnerware- Borrowed Blu
Jewelry/napkin Rings- Bead Relief
Hair/makeup- Jillian Gregory
Models- Sean Westgate, Meyer linter, Trevor Charelston

The Grunion Run Styled Shoot [ ] “Man Shower” from Juice Box Media on Vimeo.

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101 Dalmatian Wedding:: US GRANT

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 It’s a classic love story of boy meets girl

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We instantly fell in love with the idea of a 101 Dalmatians-inspired wedding shoot full of glamour and fun. Our Couture Events styling team re-imagined the story of Pongo and Perdita using a gorgeous black and white palette, vintage decor, and, of course, man’s best friend. To help bring the classic Disney film to life, Couture Events collaborated with the US Grant, Sara France Photography, Rhapsody Rentals and Classic Party Rentals. Isari Flower Studio created elegant monochromatic bouquets and centerpieces — and selected red roses for the perfect pop of color. Dog-shaped cookies added hints of whimsy, while classic gowns and tuxedos reflected the film’s original era.

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  This shoot was created for couples looking to bring a little fun to their classic black and white wedding. We hoped to show how blending unexpected details with a timeless style can create a wedding as unique as the couple themselves. We also loved the idea of turning a children’s story about love and family into a refined wedding style that couples could recreate on their big day. Not to mention, this is a perfect way to incorporate furry family members into the wedding!

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Venue: US Grant

Photography: Sara France 

Coordination & Styling: Couture Events 

Florist: Isari Flower Studio

Rentals: Rhapsody Rentals

Rentals: Classic Rentals

Hair & Makeup: KC Makeup

Cake Stands: Minted and Vintage

Gowns: Here Comes the Bride

Tux: A Better Deal Tuxedo

Escort Cards: Lettered Life

Cake & Desserts: Sweet Cheeks

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