Guest Post | Preparing For An Engagement Session

Hello everyone! I am excited to have my amazing photographer friend sharing her thoughts with you all today, on how to prepare for an engagement session. With no further ado, welcome Laura (aka Laura Hernandez Photography)!


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How exciting!!! You have scheduled your engagement session, then it hits you… What do I do now? What do I wear? What should I bring? Where should we go? Trust me… we’ve all been in that same boat. This is all new to you and there is SO much more to planning a wedding than you ever imagined. I always encourage my clients to put some special thought into their session, but once the day comes, it’s all about being relaxed and having fun. I absolutely LOVE engagement sessions because it gives me time, as a photographer, to really get to know my clients before the big day. That way, when I arrive to your wedding, I’m not just a hired hand, I’m a friend.

Here are some helpful tips to help you be prepared for your engagement session. Nothing mandatory, just helpful suggestions.


I tell my clients to have a total of 3 outfits. It’s best to arrive wearing outfit 1 (unless it will wrinkle), and bring the other 2 to change into. I enjoy helping couples pick out their clothing, so if you’re debating between outfits, let’s chat before the session or bring the extras with you. It’s always better to have more, especially accessories!

My photography focuses on light, so wearing colors that reflect the sun, well, are highly recommended. This means neutral tones, light, or airy colors. Great examples are blush, gold, yellow, and pastels. Black and navy tones absorbs light and can be less flattering.

Below are a few examples of great clothing options:

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Props always add a nice element to your portraits. I recommend a small banner (either a simple word such as “Love” or a Save-the-Date), a quilt, or small bouquet of flowers. If you want to go all-out, I love when clients bring vintage furniture such as a chair, bed, or small love seat. These all look amazing in the middle of a field. If you want more of a styled session, I have A LOT of ideas so let’s talk!



SettingI typically shoot in open fields, forests, dirt roads, and natural settings. It’s often described as a rustic style or outdoorsy editorial.

Time I prefer to shoot in the late afternoon until sunset. It’s what you will hear photographers refer to as “The Golden Hour” and it is just magical.


Things that are good to bring that aren’t always thought of is a jacket (evenings can get chilly, especially here near the coast), walking shoes (some of my locations require a little hike to get to and walking in heels isn’t always comfy), bottled water, and makeup for touchups.

The most important thing to remember is relax and have fun. I’m there to guide you through every step so don’t worry about posing, I got your back, and will make sure you look fabulous.

Ready to schedule your amazing session? Click “Contact”  in the upper left corner or email me at, and let’s get you scheduled!!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Hello lovelies. Apologies for the lack of posting last week, things are starting to get busy with the holidays upon us! I am heading off to Orange County for loads of family time (Yay!) so I will leave you with a fall inspiration board to enjoy. If I had had a fall wedding…

T1Cake: Lane Dittoe Tables/Lights: Branco Prata Programs: James Rubio Curtain: Lauren + Abby Photography Dress: Paper Antler, via SMP

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving dear ones!!


Your Soundtrack | Kim (Vintage DIY wedding + Pop/Country/Oldies Playlist)

Your Soundtrack = My response to brides asking for music help. If you would like help with music for your wedding day, contact me! I’d love to do what I can.

Today’s soundtrack is for Kim. Here’s what Kim had to say: “I LOVE your site!! I am getting married in may. It’s an outdoor DIY, vintage wedding. My dress is tea length and lace, very 1950s. We are decorating with tea cups, lace, pearls, oil lamps, old books, paper flowers, etc. I need help with music. I’ve asked my niece to emcee for me, but I need a playlist. Can you help? I want a mix of oldies, country, pop, dance rock along with a few of the cliche dance numbers for the kids (cha cha slide, YMCA, etc. and Cupid shuffle is a MUST! Our flower girl who is 14 months now LOVES that song.) any help you can provide would so greatly appreciated. Thank you!

T1Birdcage: Erich Mcvey Book: Stephen Pappas Dress: Paula O’Hara Teacups: Lara Hotz Pearls: Raya Carlisle

Happy to help Kim! Hope you enjoy the playlist.:)As usual it’s probably more music than you’ll need but… it gives you something to work with. Best wishes!


Feist – 1234
The Beatles – All You Need Is Love
Thompson Square – Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not
Etta James – At Last
Jake Owen – Barefoot Blue Jean Night
Jack Johnson – Better Together
Rascal Flatts – Bless The Broken Road
Fun. – Carry On
Dustin Lynch – Cowboys and Angels
Maroon 5 – Daylight
Stevie Wonder – For Once In My Life
Joe Nichols – Gimmie That Girl
Blake Shelton – God Gave Me You
The Beach Boys – God Only Knows
Phillip Phillips – Gone, Gone, Gone
Kip Moore – Hey Pretty Girl
The Lumineers – Ho Hey
Blake Shelton – Honey Bee
James Taylor – How Sweet It Is
Colbie Caillat – I Do
Lady Antebellum – I Run To You
Mumford & Sons – I Will Wait
Jason Mraz – I Won’t Give Up
Ella Fitzgerald – Isn’t It Romantic?
Lady Antebellum – Just a Kiss
Billy Joel – Just The Way You Are
Keith Urban – Kiss a Girl
Gloriana – [Kissed You] Good Night
Nat King Cole – L-O-V-E
Billy Currington – Let Me Down Easy
Of Monsters And Men – Little Talks
Matt White – Love
Lee Brice – Love Like Crazy
Maroon 5 – Love Somebody
Adele – Make You Feel My Love
Train – Marry Me
Taylor Swift – Ours
Plain White T’s – Rhythm Of Love
Brad Paisley – She’s Everything
Fun. – Some Nights
Van Morrison – Someone Like You
Sugarland – Stuck Like Glue
Otis Redding – That’s How Strong My Love Is
Frank Sinatra – The Best Is Yet To Come
Ingrid Michaelson – The Way I Am
The Temptations – The Way You Do The Things You Do
Coldplay – Til Kingdom Come
The Righteous Brothers – Unchained Melody
Hunter Hayes – Wanted
Zac Brown Band – Whatever It Is
Eric Clapton – Wonderful Tonight
Josh Turner – Would You Go With Me
Lifehouse – You And Me
James Morrison – You Make It Real


Prince – 1999
Jackson 5 – ABC
Christina Aguilera – Ain’t No Other Man
Michael Jackson – Billy Jean
Black Eyed Peas – Boom Boom Pow
La Roux – Bulletproof
Katy Perry feat. Snoop Dogg – California Gurls
Madonna – Celebration
Flo Rida Feat. David Guetta – Club Can’t Handle Me
Beyonce – Crazy in Love
Cupid – Cupid Shuffle
Abba – Dancing Queen
Usher – DJ Got Us Fallin’ in Love
The Contours – Do You Love Me
Michael Jackson – Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough
Journey – Don’t Stop Believin’
Rihanna – Don’t Stop The Music
Katy Perry – Firework
Kenny Loggins – Footloose
Chris Brown – Forever
The Spencer Davis Group – Gimme Some Lovin’
Jerry Lee Lewis – Great Balls Of Fire
OutKast – Hey Ya!
Madonna – Holiday
Black Eyed Peas – I Gotta Feeling
Jackson 5 – I Want You Back
Lady Gaga – Just Dance
Donna Summer – Last Dance
Madonna – Like A Prayer
Bon Jovi – Livin’ On A Prayer
The B-52’s – Love Shack
Maroon 5 – Moves Like Jagger
Sam Morrison Band – Old Time Rock N’ Roll
Rihanna – Only Girl (In The World)
LMFAO – Party Rock Anthem
Def Leppard – Pour Some Sugar On Me
Michael Franti & Spearhead – Say Hey (I Love You)
The Isley Brothers – Shout (Parts 1 and 2)
Beyoncé – Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)
Lynyrd Skynyrd – Sweet Home Alabama
Katy Perry – Teenage Dream
The Beatles – Twist And Shout
Sister Sledge – We Are Family
Rihanna – We Found Love
Village People – Y.M.C.A
Usher – Yeah!
Bon Jovi – You Give Love A Bad Name
AD/CD – You Shook Me All Night Long


Rebecca - November 18, 2013 - 1:42 am

I was wondering if you could help me with my music for the big day. I’m so overwhelmed with all the fabbo songs on your blog that I don’t know where to start. My fiancé and I are getting married overlooking the beach (Burleigh Heads, Australia) and we just want everyone to have a really good fun time. We’re a little older (34 & 39) and we can’t wait to be married. I just need help creating the soundtrack to the begs day of my life. Any suggestions would be very welcome!

Vintage Inspiration » Soundtrack To I Do - March 14, 2014 - 10:21 pm

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Top 40 | October

Welcome to the October edition of Top 40 songs for your wedding!

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Unfortunately the October top 40 charts did not have a whole lot to offer us in the way of wedding music. The first week brought us Pretty Brown Eyes, by Cody Simpson, but I’m just not going to recommend it because it’s every kind of annoying. It also brought us Bruno Mars’ Gorilla, but it’s not super wedding-ish since it’s quite dirty and borderline misogynistic. A far cry from Just The Way You Are.

The second week didn’t get much better. I usually recommend all JT songs, since they just make you want to shake it. TKO is no exception, but it’s also about cheating and breaking up, so… not a top contender. Miss Movin’ on by Fifth Harmony is another song about breaking up. Maybe people just don’t release love songs in the fall? I can’t say. And of course, Miley Cyrus came in like a Wrecking Ball, in all her strange, sad, naked glory. Oh, Miley.

Britney Spears did come out with one danceable one that week… which begins our very short list of October favorites.

1. Work, Work – Britney Spears 

You can dance to it. That’s pretty much it.

2. Alone Together – Fall Out Boy

It has one of those tempos that’s not quite mellow enough for dinner and not fast enough for dancing, but it is a love song. The first one.

3. Marry Me – Jason Derulo

A pretty sweet song, actually. Very appropriate. This would be a great recessional songs for R&B/pop/hip-hop fans.

And week 4 had no new songs. Interesting month.

Didn’t want to leave you totally high and dry, so here’s a musical gem for you. It still has that somber feeling that seems appropriate for fall, while being hauntingly beautiful and containing wedding vows for lyrics. So there you go.