Cute & Creative Engagement Shoot Ideas

Summer is nearly here, and with it comes wedding season. But before your big day, comes your engagement, and with that engagement comes engagement photos. We know it’s not always easy to decide on the right theme and brain-storming can be hard when you’re in the midst of planning one of the biggest events of your life so to help out, we’ve curated some of the most creative and cute ideas out there.

At Home Shoot 

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We love this casual and relaxed (but still romantic!) shoot that was shot by photographer Marissa Maharaj in the couple’s own home. If you want to stay in budget and keep it lowkey then make like Brooke and Tyler, and keep it behind closed doors!

 Train Station Shoot

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This sweet couple did the long-distance thing for over a year, and all the travelling back and forth was the inspiration behind their sweet train station engagement shoot. With fun accessories and even a little dog – these images taken and shared by a guy + a girl photography are inspiring for any couple having a summer wedding!

Zombie Shoot

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This shoot may be one of our favourites! The bride and groom wanted to “survive a zombie attack and then hug because we’re in love!” which led to this super quirky and super creative engagement shoot by Amanda Rynda. Definitely one for any fans of The Walking Dead.

 First Date Shoot

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Love is in the air! This couple staged a sweet “first date” picnic in the woods which was photographed by Blush Wedding Photography. The lace teepee and berry-coloured accessories makes this a perfect shoot.

Lake & Canoe Shoot

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We love the sweet and playful vibe of this engagement session shot by Marissa Maharaj! The couple took to the water in a vintage canoe (complete with flower garlands!) – to show their love for the great outdoors, and each other.

 Whimsical Shoot

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We can’t get enough of these outdoor engagement shoots! This wonderful image is from a session captured by Caroline Tran in sunny California. The couple wanted their engagement photos to have a “whimsical and sunny daydream” vibe and they definitely do. Love!

 

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Why You Shouldn’t Unplug

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“Have An Unplugged Wedding!” articles are popping up everywhere but it’s 2015 so let’s face it – technology is everywhere and if Instagrams user stats are anything to go by, we all love to take photos and share them! Photographers often complain that guests and their smartphones get in the way, but isn’t it possible for both the photographer to get their job done and for guests to enjoy themselves without tech restraint? Your guests are there to celebrate your wedding and live in the moment. In this day and age, living in the moment includes capturing every second with images and video clips. Stop fighting it! Embrace it and be creative with it!

More and more couples are turning to tech to save time and money on their wedding, and by integrating tech into your big day, you can make things so much easier and less stressful. When it comes to the actual big day, hopefully you will no longer be stressed but you will be busy! Between getting ready, the ceremony and greeting guests and generally just being the bride – you can miss out on a lot of moments. Moments that your guests can capture on Twitter and Instagram which you can scroll through later that evening.

So instead of banning technology at your wedding, encourage it. A great way to do this is to create a wedding Twitter hashtag so your guests can get involved and share the moments. You can go the extra mile by creating an ii.do live wedding photo feed – wedding guests can share photos from the day on their Instagram which is then shown on a big screen throughout the day, and afterwards you can get all your favourite photos put into a traditional wedding album with your hashtag on the spine! Just make sure you have wi-fi!

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21 Wedding Playlist Ideas

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Veering away from the Top of the Charts, and even playlists compiled by Spotify – we have created our own wedding playlist with a contemporary feel to give any brides-to-be some ideas for their big day! It’s always a good to keep an open mind when it comes to planning these things, and how many can say they walked down the aisle to an Icelandic post-rock band?

Songs To Walk Down The Aisle To…

“Stardust” by Nat King Cole

“La Vie en Rose” by Andrea Bocelli

“Hoppípolla” by Sigur Rós

“At Last” by Etta James

“Hallelujah” by Jeff Buckley

“It’s Your Day” by Yiruma

Songs To Have Your First Dance To…

“All Of Me” by John Legend

“These Arms of Mine” by Otis Redding

“The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra

“Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran

“Mi Vida” by Manu Chao

“A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri

“You And I” by John Legend

Songs To Play At The Wedding Reception…

“Marry You” by Bruno Mars

“I Won” by Future ft. Kanye West

“Young and Beautiful” by Lana Del Ray

“Hold On, We’re Going Home” by Drake

“Love On Top” by Beyonce

“Drunk In Love” by Beyoncé ft. Jay-Z 

“Lights On” by FKA Twigs 

“Together”  by The XX

What will you include in your wedding playlist? Will you have a DJ or use Spotify? Let us know in the comments below! 

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Plan A Whirlwind Wedding

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Planning a wedding can be stressful at the best of times – but what if you were to squeeze months and months of work in to just a few weeks? First of all, don’t stress. All you need is free time and the ability to make fast and informed decisions. Below, we’ve listed some whirlwind planning suggestions and some important things to bear in mind…

Create A Timeline

One of the most important tasks to complete is getting together a timeline of all of the tasks you need to achieve in the run up to your wedding and setting some deadlines against them. Even with over a year to plan a wedding, time can just fly by so any whirlwind wedding should always start with this.

Keep A (VERY) Open Mind

One of the biggest obstacles for a whirlwind wedding is availability. Be prepared that your first choice of venue, or photographer, may not be available, so you may have to compromise. Discuss this with your partner, and consider what are the most important priorities for you both, and make decisions based on this.

Don’t Stress About Your Dress

Surprisingly, a short timeframe is not a big problem when looking for your dream dress. You can get a custom-made gown in under three months but it comes with a big price tag. A more affordable option would be to check out designer sample sales, vintage stores or ready-to-wear bridal shops.

Find An Easy Venue 

If time is really pushed, you want to try and find a venue, which doesn’t require huge amounts of creative work before you start. Try thinking sensibly when looking at the venue about how easy it will be to work within the space depending on your timescales.

Don’t Be Afraid To Get Techy

Forget hiring a DJ and don’t even think of sticking your iPod in the dock and hitting shuffle – use Spotify which lets you curate your own wedding playlist. For memory-making entertainment, try an ii.do live wedding photo feed. Wedding guests can share photos from the day on their Instagram which is then shown on a big screen throughout the day, and afterwards you can get all your favourite photos put into a traditional wedding album with your hashtag on the spine! Just make sure you have wi-fi!

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5 Ways To Throw The Best Wedding Reception!

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5 fun ideas to keep your guests happy and entertained, and ultimately have the best wedding reception EVER!

Keep Your Ceremony Brief

Don’t get us wrong, your friends and family are present at your big day to see you get married but you should try to keep the actual proceedings (not including entrances and exits) around 20 minutes so you won’t lose anyone’s attention and small children won’t start making noise.

Use A Hashtag

Have you thought of having all the photos your guests take with their phones playing on a large screen for the whole day? Try an ii.do live wedding photo feed to really surprise your guests, and keep all of their photos in one place under one hashtag. Plus – you can get all of your favourite photos put into a traditional wedding album with your hashtag on the spine! Why have one photographer when you can have 100?

Greet Each Guest

If you are having a big celebration, it can be hard to get around to all your guests but consider how important it is to you and your partner that you both personally greet each and every guest at your wedding. Once the celebration is underway do your best to spend time with each person — whether that means chatting over a cocktail, visiting their table at dinner, letting loose on the dance floor or even just thanking them for attending.

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Serve Late-Night Snacks

When the party is winding down, a great way to give all your guests an energy boost is to bring late-night snack trays to the dance floor! Sweet milkshakes, cookies, and even pizza are just a few of the tastiest midnight munchies trending right now.

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Make a Memorable Exit

No one wants your wedding night to end, but since it has to, go out on a high note. Do a fun and festive farewell, like a firework show, sparkler exit, or confetti send-off! Your guests will love it, and it will make for some amazing photos.

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