We had so much fun playing in the sand and sea at Crane Beach. There are lots of beaches in our area that we could have chosen, but we thought it’d be special to have our photos done at Crane Beach, which is only a couple of miles from where Shawn’s parents were married. Plus, it’s a gorgeous beach! I made a sweet little bouquet to bring, because I love playing with flowers and it was a great excuse! We decided to go very casual since we were at the beach. We went barefoot and chose outfits that we were comfy in, rather than getting fancied up—who gets fancy at the beach anyway? I found a breezy light pink dress at Revolve Clothing that was perfect. I also found a short white dress with crochet detailing on sale at Nordstrom that I decided to bring as well to switch it up.
We had never been professionally photographed together before, but Rebecca made us feel so comfortable. She snapped some seriously dreamy shots that we’re both so grateful to have. My heart grows bigger every day with love for this guy, I’m truly lucky, and this little slice of pretty is such a sweet reminder of that. Take a peek below at some of our favorites and head over to SMP for the rest!
The conch shell below is the one that Shawn got for me during our first few months of dating. During a college trip for his marine biology class, he found it snorkeling and had a local chef cook up the conch inside to eat. He brought the shell home to me and was the very first ‘gift’ he ever gave me. It was so nice to include that little bit in our photos since it’s so special to us and tells a small part of our story. I highly recommend including those personal touches if you’re planning an engagement session!
As a wedding blogger, most people ask me if planning my wedding is a challenge because I have so much inspiration at my hands on the daily. In fact, it’s quite the opposite and that was a surprise to me. One of the biggest lessons in wedding planning that I’ve learned is to stay true to you as a couple—to give your gut instinct some credit and not to stray from your initial ideas. If you’re planning your wedding on your own (or even if you have an amazing planner—highly suggested if you’re not in the industry and need some guidance!), you’re planning a party, a celebration, and you want it to reflect you in every way possible. So today’s post is a bit about how we are doing that and a few tips if you’re in the process and don’t know where to begin!
The first and most important step (and a tip that I’m so lucky to have learned beforehand) is to pick your top three priorities. Are you foodies looking for a chef who prides on using local, farm fresh ingredients? Are you frequent concert-goers and love live music? Or maybe you’re a fashion hound and a designer dress is a must? Either way, pick your top three must-haves and go from there. Ours were photography, a beautiful, simple venue on the water and loads of pretty flowers. Of course, we want great food, fun music and I want a dress that makes me feel completely gorgeous too… but choosing our top three must-haves (and areas we were willing to splurge on) helped us really figure out how to set the tone for our entire day.
Secondly, take a look at your home, your day-to-day life, etc. What does your typical date night look like? How is your bedroom designed? (or what is your dream bedroom?!) Would you rather spend your money on fresh flowers every week or a new pair of shoes each month? Where is your happy place? Really dig into your life, your loves and pinpoint what means the most to you.
We love the beach and being on the ocean, so a waterfront venue was a must for us. We also wanted our venue to have clean lines, neutral backdrops and mostly white detailing, from the chairs to the walls. The Island House at Belle Mer was the best choice for us and was a venue I’d had my eye on since 2010 when I first came across it online. We also knew that we didn’t want to go crazy with decor, but instead, stick to organic, simple details like gorgeous florals (something I love brightening our house up with every week), graceful calligraphy and island-like touches. Ultimately, choosing a venue that is beautiful on it’s own will allow us to stay simple with the decor.
Photography is also so, so important to us. Well, mostly me to be honest—I blame it on my job! I’m spoiled with pretty photos everyday, so it’s kind of a given. We’ll actually be sharing our engagement photos taken by the lovely Rebecca Yalevery soon!
Once you’ve decided on your top three and have defined your personal style, start to pull together some images, colors, textures and ideas. I promise, it will be so much easier to do this after step one and two! Most importantly, have fun with it. Don’t stress about making sure you have every little detail planned to perfection 10 months before your wedding. Plan as you go and you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the sweet little additions you find along the way.
I’ll be doing a separate post on how we’re staying organized throughout our planning process and how we tackled our vendor list. Happy planning loves!
You guys… I’m so thrilled to announce that Shawn and I are engaged! We planned a last minute, much needed vacation in Florida last month where he proposed to me on a beautiful little beach. It was a complete surprise to me and after 8 years together, I was sure I’d sense the moment it would happen. But my clever, sneaky and romantic fiancé, pulled it off in the most amazing way. It was perfect. Just us, the sun, the sand and the waves (and maybe a piña colada or two).
I decided to take a bit of time off from blogging to spend some time outside of work to enjoy this time and each other. And it has been refreshing in the best way possible. I also took some time to focus on another fun little project I’ve been working on that I can’t wait to share with you all! That’s all you’re getting out of me.
In the meantime, I hope you’ll follow along my wedding planning journey. I work with lots of fabulous vendors daily at Style Me Pretty, so if you’re also recently engaged and have any questions, feel free to get in touch with me. And don’t forget to take a peek at my wedding board on Pinterest for more inspiration!
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