Romantic Gondola Ride in Newport Harbor

What’s the next best thing to a romantic gondola ride the canals of Venice? A romantic gondola ride in Newport Harbor of course! This beautiful couple captured all the magic and fun synonymous with Italy right at home in the beautiful bay and canals of Newport Beach, California. Who said the romance of Europe can’t be yours for your engagement?

Photographer:  D. Park Photography // Makeup Artist: e2beauty- hair and makeup team // Event Venue:Gondola Company of Newport Beach // Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Rainy Day + Cupcakes E Session

Braden and Melanie are in a long distance relationship. Braden is finishing his studies in California – Melanie is working in Northern Virginia. Their love is strong – and they are just crazy about each other. But finding just the perfect time for their engagement photos tooks some doing! So when they finally had a date set aside for their engagement session in Carytown, a lovely little part of Richmond, VA, wouldn’t you know it… It rained. Some people would have been disheartened. Not Braden and Melanie. No, these two weren’t even phased by the weather. They went ahead with their engagement session anyway! And when the rain got a little too heavy, they stepped into the famous Carytown Cupcakes for a snack, along with their photographers – Michael and Carina Photography – and they just kept snapping away!

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We had a blast shooting Melanie and Braden’s engagement session…he actually flew in from California just for their e-session! They didn’t let the rain get to them, that’s for sure. They embraced it! And when the rain got too much, we had some fun and delicious cupcakes! Braden and Melanie are a fun couple. They are naturals. The rain was almost a blessing in disguise, it made for some awesome shots! 

 

Photographer: Michael and Carina Photography // Other Location:Downtown Carytown // Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Music Themed Engagement Session

Crystal and Micheal met through Micheal’s band so they wanted to incorporate a music theme into their engagement session. Gabrielle Halle Photography set the scene with an urban backdrop, guitar, speakers, and mic creating a wonderful shoot that not only captured their love of music but most importantly for each other.

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From the Photographer

We started in the historic Strip District of Pittsburgh which is an area of renovated warehouses, old churches, and industrial history. Most of the Strip is now a market district of specialty shops and art galleries, but along the river, the 40th street bridge and old railroads lend a beautiful architectural backdrop. Micheal and Crystal were so natural in front of the camera and quick to laugh and enjoy their time together. We headed to the North Shore afterwards, to shoot against the beautiful Pittsburgh skyline and close out the evening enjoying the lights on the waterfront at sunset.

 

Photographer:  Gabrielle Halle Photography / Location: Downtown Pittsburgh / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Picnic By The Sea by Trigger Happy Images

We just adore unforgettable engagement sessions, and this Noosa love shoot from Trigger Happy Images happens to be downright amazing! Gorgeous couple Tegan and Jordan captured their romance not just with a pretty picnic setting, lounging in the sun, and listening to the strum of a guitar. But they hit the jackpot by including a stroll along the breathtaking headland with the sun setting no less! Luckily for us (and you), the talented folks at Trigger Happy were happy to share…
 
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From the bride-to-be:

 Jordan and I met 19 years ago in ‘Year One’. Despite showing very little interest in me at the time, he managed to make a lasting impression on me as i can clearly remember from my primary school days thinking that i wanted to marry someone like Jordan when i grow up. It wasn’t until i left that particular school and some 11 years after that, that we crossed paths again at church. It was only then that he took an interest and finally asked me out (i’d been waiting for quite some time!).

For our one year anniversary we decided to celebrate by spending the weekend in Noosa. Little did I know that there was soon to be more reason to celebrate! Jordan had organised a picnic by the bay, where he popped the question. We wanted to keep our engagement relaxed and true to us – acoustic tunes over a picnic by the sea, much like the day Jordan proposed. We are counting down the days until we say the ‘I dos’ at the most beautiful property in the Byron Hinterland in the presence of our closest friends and family. We have loved every second of our journey together over the last 2 years, so much in fact we’ve been inspired to create Roost Film Co, a boutique film house specialising in short cinematic films to capture life’s special moments! http://vimeo.com/roostfilmco
 

From the photographers: 

We spent one perfect afternoon with Tegan & Jordan, capturing the love, down at Fingal Headland in Northern NSW. The conditions were perfect: gorgeous people, stunning light, gorgeous location, a picnic, sparklers, party poppers and champagne. We couldn’t ask for better. We ended up spending over 2 hours with these guys and we think the images really show. No one was rushing, we were all just relaxed and having fun!  

 

Photographers: Trigger Happy Images / Location: Fingal Headland NSW, Australia

Love at Grand Central Station New York

This is what you get when you chose an amazing and original location such as Grand Central Station for your engagement session. Stunning images that are intimate yet grand, beautifully classic yet refreshingly progressive, and most importantly… totally original. I’m pretty sure you’ll fall in love with this shoot from Storm King Photography as much as I have!

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From the Photographer: Jess and Sean chose to have their engagement session at Grand Central Station on the day following the start of its centennial calibration. A romantic and vintage styled shoot with a primary goal of create a sense of intimacy yet still showcase the grandeur of the terminal. This was achieved by seeking out more private location in addition to the hustle and bustle of the main terminal, including remote corridors, and even an elevator. 

 

 Photographer: Storm King Photography / Location: Grand Central Terminal, New York / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

 

Antique Shop Love Shoot by Janelle Rodriguez Photography

We just adore a good engagement session over this way. It makes us feel all warm and fuzzy when we get to witness a blossoming romance and take a peek into the life of a newly engaged couple. And when it’s a gob-smacking gorgeous couple like these pair, snapped in a charming antique shop in Madison New York, then we’re pretty much dizzy with loved-up excitement. Shot impeccably by the talents of Janelle Rodriguez, we couldn’t resist this darling engagement shoot if we tried! 

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From the photographer: Where do I being with Amanda and Keith? I’ve known these two for awhile now through mutual friends and frequently seeing a band that Keith was in whenever they were local. At the time Amanda was local and Keith was in Brooklyn. Next thing I knew, Keith moved here. Then she moved with Keith to Brooklyn. Every time I saw them they were together. These two were just inseparable. And I’m so proud to say that throughout all this time I witnessed them fall in love and knew they were meant to be. And they are both genuinely kind people that I like to call friends. So what makes better for a photo shoot then already knowing who you’re working with, right? Thanks Amanda and Keith for accepting me and my goofy self! And also thank you for an awesome engagement session around Madison, New York. I had tons of fun baring the heat together, running around antique shops, frolicking through fields, and working with amazing people! 

 

Photographer: Janelle Rodriguez Photography / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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Sail Away With Me

With crystal blue waters and a romantic sailboat as their inspiration, this captivating couple decided on a gorgeous sailing theme for their engagement session. We love everything about this fab shoot – from the nautical details, to their sunset stroll on the beach, to the absolutely STUNNING engagement ring. Add in some gorgeous images by Studio Sequoia, and well, we agree they can ‘sail away with me’ anytime!

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From the photographer: When we got the call from Jackie and Chris saying they wanted to do an over-the-top engagement session on a sailboat, we just about lost out minds with excitement… then we met them and the first thing that flashed through my mind was, “holy moly, they’re GORGEOUS!” And SO IN LOVE!!! From the moment we came upon them readying their sailboat to the very last sip of champagne on the beach, their spark of passion and true intimacy just overwhelmed us. From San Diego Bay to Coronado beach, we’ve fallen head over heels for this couple.

 

 

Photographer: Studio Sequoia / Location: Coronado Ferry Landing, California / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

  

California Heritage Schoolhouse Engagement Shoot by Jonathon David Photographers

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You’re bound to love this little gem of an e session from Jonathon David Photographers. Wendy and Aaron’s oh-so-cute love shoot takes place in a heritage schoolhouse where they got to go back in time and play big kids together. An engagement shoot as adorable as this always gets a big tick in my book. School’s out class!

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Bride-to-be Wendy shares: Aaron and I met rock climbing on Bishop’s Peak in San Luis Obispo. We both love nature, so outdoor engagement photos were an obvious choice. One less obvious thing about us, is the goofy streak Aaron and I have in common. We decided to play off of our silly personalities by doing part of the shoot in a historic one room school house. I am a teacher at an outdoor school, so the idea fit us perfectly. We sure had fun acting like over-sized kids. We added details with the chalk and blackboard, before we headed over to the pond on the school property! Because we love nature and the outdoors so much we decided to take a small boat out on the water. 

 

Photography: Jonathon David Photographers / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Otter Lake Minnesota Picnic Engagement Session

It goes without saying that we love, love, love weddings here at Love Wed Bliss. But we must confess that when a engagement shoot lands in our laps, which so happens to be styled to perfection, we break out in swooning fit that we would usually reserve for the prettiest of sweet I do’s. So what better way to kick start 2013 than with this swoon-worthy love shoot captured by Katy Hall Photography. The gorgeous Kayla and Josh stole our hearts immediately – with their cool Anthropologie style, picnic engagement session and amazing blue eyes …. so much so, we have no doubt they will run away with your hearts too!

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From Kayla: Josh and I met my first night at college in Winona State at a friend’s house and continued bumping into each other through mutual friends and an organization on campus. We first began hanging out with each other because of our mutual interest in the TV show LOST, watching episodes at his house for a study break (or procrastination). I knew he must really like me when I got Swine Flu that semester and he still hung out with me when I was feeling pretty sick! The proposal – There are some really cool bluffs in Winona and a lookout over the whole town from one called Garvin Heights. Some of my friends brought me up there one night and down a little path lit with candles he was waiting with chocolate covered strawberries and my favorite food – cupcakes! A friend filmed the whole thing. My favorite part of the whole story is that’s where my dad proposed to my mom.

From photographer Katy Hall: I choose Tamarck Reserves for their setting because it offered a beautiful organic feel to the first part of their shoot. Kayla and Josh are very stylish, but very simple and real and I wanted their love and fun spirits to shine through. We then went to Otter Lake to bring their adventurous spirit to the shoot. They love anything that allows them to have fun together and is out of the ordinary. Their big day is July 6, 2013. They are getting married at an amazing venue – the Mayowood Stone Barn. I am already counting the days, because this wedding is going to be the icing on the cake to this session! 

 

Photography: Katy Hall Photography / Dress Store: Anthropologie / Heirlooms & extras: Goodwill Southern California, Hunt and Gather / Tuxedo & Mens Attire: J. Crew / Bakery: Byerly’s / Paper Props: Patina / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Auckland Royal Easter Show Engagement Session by Coralee & Alex

Auckland Engagement Shoot at the CarnivalYou know it’s a sure sign warm weather is around the corner when you see a happy carnival-style engagement session like this one. This cute pair decided to celebrate their engagement with a shoot at the Royal Easter Show in Auckland, where there’s no shortage of colourful backdrops to feast your eyes on! We totally love their fun vibe and relaxed style in front of the camera. In fact, we’re not sure who may have had more fun at this e session – the lovebirds or Coralee & Alex (who snapped all their gorgeous pics). Judging by this, their wedding will be awesome and you’ll never guess what theme they’re going with? …. a carnival wedding theme of course!

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From the photographer: Courtney and Cori are a treat! When Courtney emailed us and suggested we do their engagement session at The Royal Easter Show, we thought it was a freaking awesome idea! After a couple of coffees to fuel up, we hit the show late Easter Monday when the light was low and (hopefully) the crowds had died down a bit (they hadn’t). As an added bonus they reduced the entry fee to $10 (from what used to be a whopping $50…..or something ridiculous like that!).

Courtney and Cori are hands down the cutest, most ridiculously bubbly, friendly, awesome and completely head-over-heels-in-love with each other people,  we’ve ever met. The kind of people that when you meet, you never want to say goodbye to at the end of the shoot, ’cause you just want to go and hang with them some more.

In-between gobbling down candy apples, hot-dogs and candy floss,  we managed a few laps and photographed the playful couple amongst the carnival rides. As the sun dipped behind the Super Loop we enjoyed way too many Lil’ Orbits donuts before we said farewell. But never fear, in true Courts & Cori style, these two will be having……you guessed it…..a CARNIVAL themed wedding next year. As we strolled around the Easter Show, Courtney excitedly pointed out all of the rides they had booked to be at their wedding! Yup, fun-park rides at a wedding! Can’t wait. Courts and Cori, congratulations on your engagement! Quite possibly the cutest couple….EVER.

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Photographers: Coralee & Alex / Event Venue:  Ellerslie Show Grounds Auckland, New Zealand / Submitted via Two Bright Lights