Diary of a Charlotte Bride | The Engagement Session Part 1 | The Ivy Place Engagement Photographer

When thinking about getting engaged, one of the first things that ran through my mind were the engagement pictures!

Being a southern sorority girl with an obsession with Pinterest decorating ideas, taking a frame worthy pic has always been high on my priority list! So having the perfect engagement session was a must! I even went so far as to go against my ever so trustworthy engagement timeline in my wedding planning binder and book my photographer 18 months out!

And man did we luck out finding Mrs. Melissa Lynn Hunt!

A good photographer has a way of making you feel really comfortable in front of the camera; she kept us laughing the whole time!

And lets face it; the process can be kind of awkward! I like to think it came pretty natural for Adam and I, but you can’t help but be afraid you’ll end up on one of those awkward photo websites that people go to for a good laugh, so I was determined to make sure that wasn’t going to happen!

First, I talked to Melissa over the phone, making sure our personalities were similar and she understood my vision for my engagement and wedding pictures. Once we quickly realized we were pretty much the same person, I started pinning picture ideas on Pinterest. Pinterest is a great resource to use as a communication tool between you and your vendors. You can create boards and share them with the major players in your wedding planning to make sure they see all your ideas!

A few weeks later, Melissa and I met and talked about locations. There’s so many great places around Charlotte that provide gorgeous backdrops! I was looking into the Laboratory Mill in Lincolnton, Fisher Farms in Davidson, and the Ivy Place in Lancaster, which is the one we decided to go with. I knew I wanted to play up the fall season and the Ivy Place seemed like the best location for that with the gorgeous trees, rustic barns and open fields. The only downside to some of these places is you do have to pay to be able to take pictures there, which was a complete surprise to me, but honestly the Ivy Place was $75.00 and worth every single penny! So don’t let those fees scare you off!

Once the photographer and location was nailed down I started shopping for the perfect outfits! Adam and I both chose two and changed halfway through. One look was more dressy, which we started with and then changed into our second look which was more causal and laid back - perfect for sitting in the fields and letting loose a little more. I chose to wear soft colors, I felt like it brought a romantic feel into the very rustic fall theme we were going for and it was the perfect touch!

Now finally, to use props or to not use props? I was worried incorporating props would run the risk of moving into that “cheesy engagement picture” territory, but I found too many cute ideas to not do it, and I think it worked out really well! We brought, blankets to wrap up in, a chalkboard for the perfect save the date picture, big initials, a Christmas banner in attempt to get a good Christmas card, some silly photo booth props, and a bottle of wine, because that always makes for more fun right?! And the best prop of all, the dog, who you will most definitely meet in a later post! If your pooch is as much part of your family as ours is, then you can’t leave him or her out!

 So finally… Here is Part 1 of our engagement session!!! We’re so excited to have these to look back on during the many years to come!

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The Ivy Place Engagement Photographer

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