THIS BRIDE SHARES THE HILARIOUS STORY BEHIND HER DREAMY ENGAGEMENT PHOTOS
We have all seen those beautiful engagement shoots – the loved up couple pictured frolicking in beautiful sun drenched fields or on the tops of mountains overlooking breathtaking views but have you wondered just how much work goes into getting those postcard perfect images?
Today’s bride-to-be shares her hilarious account of all she had to go through to get her dream engagement photos and we will leave you to decide whether you think this type of engagement shoot is for you, although I have to say I think Michelle & Sean’s photo’s were totally worth it.
“First of all, my partner, Sean, has a phobia of heights but he was such a good sport throughout the shoot!” Began Michelle.
“Second of all, this shoot is very close to our hearts because all the items were picked with careful attention to the details. The flower crowns were handmade by me, and the dress was custom made by a famous Indonesian designer named Cynthia Tan. She took extra care to make sure every inch fit me perfectly and accentuated my body.”
“I have always dreamed about wearing long dresses and looking like a princess that came out of a fairy tale. The problem is, nobody told me that those picture perfect moments came with a price…
1. I love meadow and valley pictures. I love nature. But I totally forgot that nature can be kind of dirty. We chose to hold our engagement session in Yosemite Park, but to get to our particular meadow, meant we had to go on a one-mile hike. The road was incredibly hilly and I had to stop a couple of times to catch my breath.
Whilst trying to take those meadow, fairy tale – like pictures I had to walk in wet and mushy soil (new sneakers needed please.. donations accepted). Never mind thinking about heels, I was thankful that I was even able to stand at all while walking on unstable tree logs!
Oh, and have I mentioned the outrageous amount of flies and mosquitoes? I must remember to take my bug repellent next time. Thankfully they looked like they were fairy dust in the pictures. You would never think that they’re actually bugs!
2. There are NO BATHROOMS. Girls, listen to me. If you’re planning to shoot in the middle of nowhere and you happen to have a tiny bladder like I do, do NOT drink beforehand. I think being dehydrated for a couple of hours is much better than having to make nature your bathroom. You probably don’t want more details on this point, but if you do… inquire within. Ask me in person 😉
3. The number of details you have to think about.. I needed to color coordinate my outfits with Sean, I needed to think about whether my dress contrasted well with Yosemite in the background. The most important thing is of course remembering to bring all of those little things with you.. heels, sneakers, sandals, different styles of mens shoes, bow ties, ties, dresses.. it’s like bringing a whole house with you! Be prepared to bring a large backpack with you if you’re planning to shoot in remote areas that are not accessible by car.
4. Bring bed sheets. To change. I asked Sean to bring two bed sheets for me, and my friends created a rectangular curtain for me to change in. I think that was the best idea that I have ever came up with in my life. Changing in the forest was really changing, I probably couldn’t care less if anyone saw me naked, I just wanted to get into my dress!
5. If you’re aiming for the sunset.. make sure to check the sunset time first. If you live in the US, the sunset goes down later in the day in the summer, and earlier in the day in the winter. Keep in mind the season you’re shooting in. This sounds incredibly obvious, but trust me, it’s not obvious anymore when you have a gazillion other things to think about.
6. Bring LOTS of food with you. We stayed in Yosemite until after sunset, and it took us about 1.5 hours to go back down the mountain. By the time we got to the foot of the mountain all restaurants were closed and we survived on chips from the vending machine. I think I lost a couple pounds that day from starving myself.
7. Bring flashlights when shooting in forests. Yes, forests do get dark at night. Whoops, totally forgot about that. Thank God for iPhone flashlights!! (Do make sure you have juice in your phone as well.. otherwise, even your iphone can’t save you)
Regardless, we had TONS of fun, and I would definitely do it all over again in a heartbeat.. but maybe with a little more preparation.”
“Thankfully I brought such good companions during that trip – My photographer is such a positive soul and she really knew how to lighten up the air every time I started stressing out. Sean was also such a good support system, he never complained about anything and assisted me in any way he could. Bryan and Fonda, our dear friends, were also so willing to carry things for us while we took shots (from flower buckets to huge bed sheets, you mention it! LOL). Not to mention, we had absolutely BEAUTIFUL weather during the shoot.. picture perfect blue skies and white clouds.”
Remember to laugh things off and have fun! Good memories sometimes come with a price.”