engagements

An adorable San Francisco engagement by Anna Marks Photography
by Stephanie

We love when a couple keeps it simple but fun when it comes to their engagement photos — which is why we're over the moon about Stephanie and Eric's adorable San Francisco engagement session, which we're featuring today! Throughout the engagement photos, Stephanie and Eric visit some of their favorite places in San Francisco, starting with their favorite bakery & cafe. The low key setting and atmosphere leaves a lot of room for the couple to really shine — and it's so clear to see how much they love each other!

Read on for more of Stephanie and Eric's adorable engagement by Anna Marks Photography to get inspired for your own photos!

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How cute are they? We can't wait to see what their wedding day holds! Congrats to Stephanie and Eric, and thanks to Anna Marks Photography for sharing!

Intimate at home engagement by Lauren Louise Photography
by Stephanie

We have such a special engagement session to share with you brides and wedding lovers today! The lovely bride is no other than the fabulous Jenny Preston, one of our regular contributors and the genius behind Jenny Does Weddings. This intimate at home engagement session is totally unique and cozy — it's almost like getting a glimpse into the life of Jenny and her now-husband Glen. We can't put into words how fantastic this engagement shoot by Lauren Louise Photography is, so we'll just leave it to Jenny to tell us more!

How did you choose the mood/theme of your engagement photos?Lauren wanted to do something different, and we are best friends — so being in our PJs around her is pretty standard. Plus, we just bought our new home so it seemed like the perfect way to celebrate our love, friendship, and the major life moments we have enjoyed this year.

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What was a special memory about your shoot?Aside from the fact that it was the most personal and low key shoot and Lauren showed up right when we woke up to start snapping pictures- our cat Stella was all about being in on the action. She saw us cuddling in bed, making breakfast and just wanted to hang out with us like she does every morning. Its just this perfect little relaxed snapshot of our daily life, and that is what I find so beautiful about our love.

What advice would you give someone planning their engagement shoot (or wedding!) right now?Do what feels right to you. I stress this constantly with my brides and engaged friends. You may think that so-and-so’s wedding was beautiful, but that doesn’t mean that it is the right thing for you and your fiance. You’ll alleviate a lot of stress and self doubt when you focus on a style and choose elements of your wedding or engagement session that feel right and come naturally to you.

Also, don’t be afraid to ask for help! There are so many incredibly talented people working in the wedding industry who are creative and can tap into exactly what you’re trying to accomplish. Trust the professionals, trust yourself, and you’ll have a whole lot of perfection happening.

Thanks so much for sharing this beautiful engagement, Jenny and Louise! We're honored to have it on Wedding Party, and hope that it's leaving you readers inspired and excited for your own engagement shoots!

Photos by Lauren Louise Photography

A chic black tie engagement by Hanh Nguyen Photography
by Stephanie

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There's something just so chic and utterly romantic about a black tie engagement session. And really, what better occasion is there to get all dressed up than your engagement photos? Today's couple, Damien and Kaitlin, started off their stunning engagement shoot at the San Juan Capistrano Mission with a sweet and casual laid-back style. But the fun really starts when Damien dons a suit and Kaitlin changes into a drop-dead gorgeous black dress. The ruins at the mission just makes the entire experience that much more romantic!

With memorable photos taken by Hanh Nguyen Photography, you really don't want to miss this special day. Keep reading to see more beautiful and chic black tie engagement photos...

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How gorgeous are they? Congrats to Damien and Kaitlin — I know that is one wedding that is going to be simply stunning!

Vendors:

Photography: Hanh Nguyen Photography | Venue: San Juan Capistrano Mission | Kaitlin's dress: ASOS

22 jaw-dropping celebrity engagement rings
by Stephanie

Iggy Azalea just joined the ranks of engaged celebrities sporting serious bling when (now-fiancé) Nick Young proposed earlier this week with a $500,000 yellow diamond ring. Yes, you read that right — her sparkling stunner is a half million dollars. Catch a video of the proposal here!

We decided that with Iggy's jaw-dropping bling, it was high time to take a look back on some of our favorite celebrity engagement rings. From multi-carat icebergs to colored gemstones and tasteful silhouettes, these celeb engagement rings really run the gamut in terms of style, but every single one is simply swoon-worthy. We know who's sporting our favorite sparkly rings... but which ones will you love?

Nicki Reed's flower-shaped diamond ring

Ashlee Simpson's custom-designed vintage ruby ring

Elizabeth Hurley's sapphire stunner

Katherine McPhee's classic round diamond engagment ring

Penelope Cruz's vintage-inspired sapphire ring

Halle Berry's unique emerald engagement ring

Carrie Underwood's yellow diamond

 Photo by  Glamour

Photo by Glamour

Blake Lively's much-loved oval diamond & rose gold ring

 Photo by  Harpers Bazaar

Heidi Klum's GIANT yellow diamond

Princess Kate's classic sapphire heirloom ring

A personal favorite: Olivia Wilde's diamond and emerald stunner

Scarlett Johansson's vintage art-deco engagement ring

Christina Aguilera's vintage diamond beauty

Is Nicki engaged? This giant yellow diamond ring seems to say yes...

A classic cushion-cut diamond is always a good idea

Jaime Lynn Spears' diamond is SO sparkly

Ashley Tisdale's double halo ring is ginormous

Love Kelly Osbourne's simple and elegant round diamond ring

Lauren Conrad's classic solitaire is timeless

Kim K's GIANT diamond ring is giant in North West's hand!

Lady Gaga's heart shaped diamond is certainly one-of-a-kind!

Well, I'm pretty much obsessed with Olivia Wilde and Blake Lively's engagement rings... but really, who isn't?! Don't forget to Pin your favorite engagement ring, and big congrats to Iggy Azalea and Nick Young!

An elegant San Francisco engagement by Majesta Patterson
by Stephanie

One of the most memorable parts of the wedding planning process is taking your engagement photos — you'll spend a few special hours giggling with your future spouse, get to know your photographer and get some amazing photos out of it to boot! It goes without saying that Bryan and Amy, the couple from today's shoot, had a simply gorgeous, elegant San Francisco engagement session with Majesta Patterson.

With the rustic, rolling hills of California as the backdrop, this is one engagement shoot you won't want to miss. Plus, how cute is Amy's white tulle skirt? Read on for more!

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How cute are they? Majesta Patterson did such an amazing job capturing Bryan and Amy's special engagement — we're sure their wedding day is going to be completely beautiful! Congrats to the happy couple...

A romantic beach engagement by Dawn Alexandra Photography
by Stephanie

Simple, romantic and beachy — those are just a few of the many words you could choose from to describe Mackenzie and Joey's beautiful and romantic beach engagement in Laguna Beach. These two seem completely 100% head over heels in love — I mean, how many adorable pictures can one session have with forehead kisses? (Answer: never enough!) Mackenzie looks like the picture perfect image of a boho bride-to-be, and Joey can't keep his eyes off of her!

Captured beautifully by Dawn Alexandra Photography, I know that all brides looking for engagement photo poses and inspiration should check out Mackenzie and Joey's romantic beach engagement!

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How stinkin' cute are they?! And that golden hour light doesn't hurt to make their photos even more gorgeous...

Congrats to Joey and Mackenzie, and thanks to Dawn Alexandra Photography for sharing!

A boho golden hour anniversary shoot by Emily Magers Photography
by Stephanie

Gorgeous boho golden hour anniversary photos for a gorgeous couple!
Gorgeous boho golden hour anniversary photos for a gorgeous couple!

While engagements and weddings are fun, there's a part of a marriage that we don't get the chance to share with our readers too much — the wedding anniversary and actual married life of a couple! Well, today we're changing that with this romantic and boho golden hour anniversary shoot by Emily Magers. The happy husband and wife, Dan and Kandis, met the photographer while on a hike in Maui — and the three have been friends ever since!

We especially love Kandis' sweet boho style, which meshes perfectly with the warm and sunny California landscape around the couple. And just wait until the sun sets and you get to see some of that beautiful magic hour light in action — it really elevates this beautiful anniversary shoot to a whole new level. Read on for more beautiful anniversary inspiration!

Gorgeous boho golden hour photos for a gorgeous couple!
Gorgeous boho golden hour photos for a gorgeous couple!
Gorgeous boho anniversary photos for a gorgeous couple!
Gorgeous boho anniversary photos for a gorgeous couple!
romantic boho wheat field anniversary shoot by emily magers
romantic boho wheat field anniversary shoot by emily magers
Gorgeous boho golden hour photos for a gorgeous couple!
Gorgeous boho golden hour photos for a gorgeous couple!
Gorgeous golden hour anniversary photos for a gorgeous couple!
Gorgeous golden hour anniversary photos for a gorgeous couple!
Gorgeous golden hour anniversary photos for a gorgeous couple!
Gorgeous golden hour anniversary photos for a gorgeous couple!
Gorgeous anniversary photos for a gorgeous couple!
Gorgeous anniversary photos for a gorgeous couple!
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romantic boho wheat field anniversary by emily magers 1
Gorgeous boho golden hour anniversary photos for a gorgeous couple!
Gorgeous boho golden hour anniversary photos for a gorgeous couple!
Nothing wrong with a little confetti for your photo shoot!
Nothing wrong with a little confetti for your photo shoot!
Confetti for a photo shoot — always a good idea
Confetti for a photo shoot — always a good idea
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Cute stylish anniversary photo shoot
Gorgeous boho golden hour anniversary photos for a gorgeous couple!
Gorgeous boho golden hour anniversary photos for a gorgeous couple!
Fun outdoor adventure anniversary shoot
Fun outdoor adventure anniversary shoot
Fun outdoor anniversary shoot
Fun outdoor anniversary shoot
Gorgeous boho anniversary photos for a gorgeous couple!
Gorgeous boho anniversary photos for a gorgeous couple!
Golden hour anniversary photos for a gorgeous couple!
Golden hour anniversary photos for a gorgeous couple!
romantic boho wheat field anniversary by emily magers
romantic boho wheat field anniversary by emily magers
Boho golden hour anniversary photos for a gorgeous couple!
Boho golden hour anniversary photos for a gorgeous couple!
G hour anniversary photos for a gorgeous couple!
G hour anniversary photos for a gorgeous couple!
romantic boho wheat field anniversary by emily magers
romantic boho wheat field anniversary by emily magers
Beautiful boho anniversary shoot at golden hour. This is lovely!
Beautiful boho anniversary shoot at golden hour. This is lovely!
Beautiful boho anniversary shoot at golden hour. This is lovely!
Beautiful boho anniversary shoot at golden hour. This is lovely!
Beautiful boho anniversary shoot at golden hour. This is lovely!
Beautiful boho anniversary shoot at golden hour. This is lovely!
Beautiful boho anniversary shoot at golden hour. This is lovely!
Beautiful boho anniversary shoot at golden hour. This is lovely!
Beautiful boho anniversary shoot at golden hour. This is lovely!
Beautiful boho anniversary shoot at golden hour. This is lovely!
Beautiful boho anniversary shoot at golden hour. This is lovely!
Beautiful boho anniversary shoot at golden hour. This is lovely!
Beautiful boho anniversary shoot at golden hour. This is lovely!
Beautiful boho anniversary shoot at golden hour. This is lovely!
Beautiful boho anniversary shoot at golden hour. This is lovely!
Beautiful boho anniversary shoot at golden hour. This is lovely!

How adorable are they? I know one thing — Kandis and Dan are going to have some beautiful anniversary photos to look back on throughout their years together. Thanks to Emily Magers for sharing this special session.

Are you brides planning on doing anniversary shoots? Let us know what you think of this awesome idea in the comments!

A timeless city hall engagement by Manya Keseloff
by Stephanie

Timeless formal engagement photography
Timeless formal engagement photography

Sometimes with your engagement photos, you want something classic, timeless and beautiful to remember this special time in your life by. Well today's couple, Anthony and Lynn, nailed it with their engagement in Pasadena! With the backdrop of the beautiful Pasadena City Hall, they dressed up for some timeless city hall engagement photos that they're sure to remember for a lifetime. Lynn looked lovely in her lace dress and gorgeous silver high heels, and Anthony was perfectly dapper in a suit.

Captured effortlessly by Manya Keseloff Photography, this is one engagement you need to see for some serious classic inspiration. More after the jump!

Timeless engagement photography
Timeless engagement photography
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beautiful city hall engagement photo
Timeless engagement photography
Timeless engagement photography
Love this Pasadena city hall engagement!
Love this Pasadena city hall engagement!
Sunset engagement photography
Sunset engagement photography
Timeless formal engagement photography
Timeless formal engagement photography
Timeless engagement photography
Timeless engagement photography
Timeless formal city hall engagement photography
Timeless formal city hall engagement photography

How cute are they? Thanks to Manya Photography for sharing, and congrats to Anthony and Lynn!