Today’s real engagement comes to us from Washington D.C. wedding photographer, Jenna Walcott Photography! This is gorgeous engagement session– the lighting is so beautiful, don’t you agree? Here’s what Jenna had to say about the shoot:
The most amazing thing about photographing this couple wasn’t the adorably romantic story they told about how they met in D.C., how they learned that they both worked on The Hill and shared the same passion for politics.
It wasn’t that they live on one of the most desirable streets in Washington – a charming and enchanting short walk from the Capitol. It wasn’t the rich history or tasty tidbits they told about each corner of the city and the buildings & monuments we toured during the session. It wasn’t even their insanely precious dog, Finn McCool (named after the bar where they met) that joined us toward the end.
See more of this engagement session after the jump…
“Since you work at a wedding startup, does that mean that you’re going to get married soon?”
Welcome, readers, to my life. When I decided to join Tracy full-time in a co-founder/CTO role at WeddingLovely, the decision had certain implications. My friends and family, of course, thought that Luis and I would be getting engaged soon. I would kindly smile and laugh when they would mention this to me, and say something along the lines of “we’ll see.”
But we are getting ahead of ourselves.
Our First Date
Our story starts back on Saturday, August 22, 2009 in Palo Alto, CA (and like all stories of this type, of course, it was a beautiful, warm, sunny California day). Luis and I had our first date planned to get wine at a local wine tasting room, but found the streets shut down and sleepy in preparation for an arts festival happening the next day. We awkwardly wandered around downtown Palo Alto together while trying to figure out what to do, each trying to be polite and flexible given that we barely knew each other. As it happens, we ended up at a small, well-known wine bar a few blocks away (this is northern California you know!). When the waiter came to take our drink order we asked if he had any recommendations. He said: “Describe to me what kind of wine you like.” I’m not at all reserved about this so I gave a description and asked him to please bring me a “robust, intense red wine, maybe something from Italy.” The waiter then turned and asked Luis what kind of wine he liked and Luis responded simply with: “I want the exact opposite of what she just said.”
At the time, I thought to myself something like: “Hum, I don’t think this is going very well.”
Seated and awaiting our wine, cheeses, and other whatnots, our conversation started as unmemorably as most. You know, “tell me more about what you do,” that sort of thing. When it came to our careers, we had almost nothing in common. I was at IBM Research, where I had started after finishing graduate school in computer science. Luis studied economics and then worked as an investment banker in New York City. He then spent time in London getting his MA in Philosophy. Since that little test passed, as far as he could tell, he decided that Philosophy was worth pursuing. So he gave up banking when he was offered a spot to earn his PhD in Philosophy from Stanford. I, on the other hand, promptly left graduate school with my MS and never wanted to return to academia again.
To sum up, our initial conversation didn’t seem to leave us with much to build on. But of course, things got a little better. We ended up walking around downtown, joking and bantering while admiring the street art that had already been prepared for the next day’s festival. There were all kinds of beautiful drawings in chalk on the street that we got to see before the festival even began. And so it turns out, things ended better than they had begun. To be quite honest though, despite the fact that we had a nice time and he was very polite, well-spoken and exotically attractive (Mexican and Asian heritage with striking green eyes!), I didn’t think Luis would ever call me again. I might have called him, but ultimately I just kind of figured that he wasn’t that into me.
I was wrong.
See how their relationship turned into something more after the jump…
Lightbox Photography submitted this shoot at Cedar Hill State Park to us and I just knew I had to share it with you. So how friggin cute is this couple? Brian and Danielle have definitely mastered the art of “Eskimo kisses!” And the bike in the shoot? They built it together, pretty special isn’t it?
You’re gonna want to see more of their photos after the jump..
This engagement shoot from Meg Courtney Photography is so romantic that I can hardly even stand it. This couple is CLEARLY in love and it couldn’t have been captured any better. Who says you need to get all dolled up for an engagement shoot, I love that this couple let loose and went for a dip!
From the photographer:
Tara and Mike wanted a fun, unique and romantic engagement session, so this is the concept we came up with. I shot this session in late fall in the Okanagan Valley, Vernon, BC Canada and their passion and intimacy couldn’t have been more perfect for this dreamy engagement session!
Liza at Juniper Spring Photography shared a great e-session with us! I just love how relaxed and goofy this couple is with one another. Thanks for sharing it with us, Liza!
This photo session was amazing. We had planned to have it on the beach at Laguna Beach, but when we got there we were surprised by a solid wall of fog. As it turned out, fog is beautiful for pictures, so I was thrilled. The couple, Eric and Sharon, have a shared love of all things nerdy – video games and costumes and things like that. They were so natural and silly in front of the camera, and their hats added to the whimsy of the shoot.
This shoot from Kaylee Eylander Photography makes me want to do my engagement photos all over again. The scenery and the lighting are swoon-worthy – and it sure doesn’t hurt that the couple is absolutely adorable. I have a feeling that this shoot will become a part of many inspiration boards!
This session was shot on a perfect fall day in Seattle on Lake Washington. These two are both super creative…he’s a photographer and she’s a writer! Such a great couple! We got on a rowboat, hung out on the dock, jumped on some bikes and had a blast.
Today’s real engagement shoot comes from the Windy City, where WASIO photography captured the very much in love couple of Julie and Caleb. The photo settings range from tulip fields to Chicago landmarks, and are a great mix of posed and candid, color and black and white.
Eye-candy Thursday! Today we have a beautiful engagement shoot by Rogue Art Photography. Their description:
He’s in a band. She loves music. He’s a vinyl junkie. She’s in love with Elvis. Bridgett and Ryan’s shoot was great. . Bridgett’s love of all things Elvis was awesome and fit perfectly with Ryan’s love of all things vinyl. It was hot, but we busted out the guitars, mics, record players and vinyl’s and had an amazing time.
I love this engagement shoot — whimsical, full of detail shots, and you can just feel the love! From Modern Lightbox Fine Art & Lifestyle Photography:
Song and Masa were visiting family in California and thus decided to have their engagement done in the City of Angeles. Song is currently finishing her graduate degree in Atlanta, GA (hence the peach) and Masa is teaching in Florida (hence the oranges). We travelled everywhere around Downtown Los Angeles: Union Station, the CoffeeBar, The Last Bookstore, Cornfield Park and finished off in Little Tokyo. Although Song and Masa are living apart… for now, they are slowly inching their way towards each other!