13 Stellar Silhouette Engagement Photo Ideas

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13 Stellar Silhouette Photo Ideas for your Save the Dates!

Are you a sucker for a great silhouette photo? We are. Luck, lighting and a super creative photographer create the perfect alchemy to harnessing the drama in a beautiful silhouette engagement photo. If you want a few of these dramatic, story-telling shots in your wedding album, talk with your photographer about your desires. Many of them center around sunsets but those clever photographers…they have their ways of manipulating light and setting you apart!

Be inspired by the following stellar silhouettes as your browse image styles for your Photo Save the Dates.

 

1. This adorably-gorgeous silhouette shot was taken at Galveston Island at sunset. This couple is almost kissing–makes for an adorable silhouette!!

silhouette photo of couple at sunset

 

2. This absolutely stunning silhouette was taken at this Lake Tahoe engagement session and is quite dramatic!

silhouette photo of couple on a pier

 

3. Just LOVE the shilhouette shot from this surprise wedding proposal engagement session in Central Park.

silhouette photo of couple in engagement session

 

4. This southern wedding ended with a great silhouette photo of the bride and groom in their getaway car.

silhouette photo of couple in a car kissing

 

5. This cool and classic silhouette styles is from a football-themed e-sesh on the beach!

silhouette photo of couple on beach behind a parasol

 

6. This Chicago e-sesh features a killer nighttime silhouette with Lake Michigan and the city lights in the background.

sihlouetted-couple-on-Lake-Michigan-at-sunset

 

7. So beautiful–this New England winter wedding silhouette photo of the bride and groom features gently falling snow and a bride and groom peeking from behind an umbrella.

sihlouette-of-bride-and-groom-kissing-behind-umbrella in winter wedding

 

8. This romantic engagement session in our Nation’s Capital features a gorgeous sunset shot with Jefferson Memorial in the background.

silhouette photo of couple in Washington-DC-Engagement-Session

 

9. How fun is this twist on a photo silhouette. The tree tree takes all the credit in this intimate, eclectic Texas wedding.

silhouette photo of bride and groom on tree

 

10. This fun and clever silhouette engagement photo was taken at the beach {they shot at 4 locations for their sesh!}

beach sihlouette sunset engagement photo

 

11. This sunset silhouette in the park was taken at springtime in Seattle.

silhouette photo at sunset

 

12. Dramatic skies dominate the look and feel in this Minneapolis engagement session. WOW.

silhouette photos in Minneapolis engagement session

 

13. How can you not fall in love with this darling silhouette engagement photo taken at sunset in Santa Fe, New Mexico!?

Engagement photo at sunset at El Rancho de las Golondrina in Santa Fe, NM

Which is your favorite silhouette photo style idea?

 

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Wedding Etiquette: Questions Answered

Categories Wedding Planning

Have a wedding etiquette question you need answered? Wondering about wondering or when to send … We asked our Facebook fans about the dilemmas they were dealing with and what etiquette questions they had. Here are their questions in a Q&A infographic.

Do you have an etiquette question you want answered? Ask away.

Wedding Etiquette Q and A

 

 

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Good Marriage and Good Health Go Together!

Categories Resources + Wedding Planning

There have been lots of studies regarding the effects of relationships on health–and specifically on married couples. Taken from this NY Times article, one of the first studies was conducted in 1858 by William Farr, a British epidemiologist, who studied the “conjugal condition” {the married, the celibate, and the widowed} people of France. Dr. Farr’s “groundbreaking study showed that the unmarried died from disease in undue proportion to their married counterparts.” Although today’s society has changed quite a bit from 1858, Dr. Farr’s study helped launch an entire discipline devoted to medical stats and the health advantages of being married. More contemporary studies have shown that positive relationships have positive effects.

Poet Robert Browning wrote, “Success in marriage is more than finding the right person: it is being the right person.”
Philosopher Paul Tillich said, “Any deep relationship to another human being requires watchfulness and nourishment.”

So what does a healthy, successful marriage look like? Read below: 10 secrets of a successful marriage.

A good marriage is good for the health. 10 secrets that lead to a successful marriage.

 

10 Secrets On What Makes a Good Marriage

1-5: 10 Secrets of Highly Successful Couples
6-10: Ten Secrets to a Successful Marriage

1. Successful couples enjoy each other.
They like to be together, talk together, do things together.

2. Successful couples seek and offer forgiveness.  
They may not forgive and forget, but they do forgive and let it go.

3. Successful couples are in it for the long haul.
“There are only two options regarding commitment. You’re either in or you’re out. There’s no such thing as life in between.” said professional basketball coach Pat Riley.

4. Successful couples learn and grow together.
“One couple, after being married for 30 years, decided they would both return to university for their master’s degrees in liberal arts.”

5. Successful couples adhere to the 60/40 rule.
Boggs and Miller discovered that “marriage masters” have a high level of selflessness. “Walter” whom they interviewed, told them, “I’ll never forget what my mentor told my wife and me before we got married 42 years ago. He looked at us and said, ‘Most people think marriage is 50/50. It’s not. It’s 60/40. You give 60. You take 40. And that goes for both of you.” It was a principle Walter and his wife adhered to faithfully.

6. The grass is greenest where you water it.
Successful couples have learned to resist the grass is greener myth. They have learned to put their energy into making themselves and their marriage better.

7. You can change your marriage by changing yourself.
Veteran couples have learned that trying to change their spouse is like trying to push a rope – almost impossible. Often, the only person we can change in our marriage is ourselves.

8. Happiness is not the most important thing.
Everyone wants to be happy, but happiness will come and go. Successful couples learn to intentionally do things that will bring happiness back when life pulls it away.

9. Couples discover the value in just showing up.
When things get tough and couples don’t know what to do, they need to hang in there and be there for their spouse. Time has a way of helping couples work things out by providing opportunities to reduce stress and overcome challenges.

10. Love is a verb, not just a feeling.
Everyday life wears away the “feel good side of marriage.” Feelings, like happiness, will fluctuate. But, real love is based on a couple’s vows of commitment: “For better or for worse” – when it feels good and when it doesn’t.

 

Sources

Parachin, Victor M. “10 Secrets of Highly Successful Couples.” for YourTango.com via The Huffington Post. August 12, 2013.
Temple, Mitch. “Ten Secrets to a Successful Marriage.Focus on the Family. 2009.
Parker-Pope, Tara. “Is Marriage Good for Your Health?The NY Times. April 18, 2010
Emling, Shelley. “A Happy Marriage Leads to Better Health, Study FindsThe Huffington Post. February 20, 2013.
Harris, Siobhan. “Marriage–it really is good for you!WebMD feature. March 13, 2014.

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Gorgeous Mountain Engagement Shoot

Categories Photography + Real Weddings

Kimberly and Nate’s mountain engagement shoot along the Blue Ridge Parkway near Blowing Rock, North Carolina is jaw-dropping gorgeous. It’s obvious that Kimberly and Nate love the outdoors and certainly each other–they seem so happy and natural in this mountainous setting! Thanks Fletcher & Fletcher Photography for this vibrant love shoot in the hills!

Like Nate and Kimberly–do you have a ton of gorgeous engagement photos? And if you’re trying to narrow down your choices to use on your save the date–here are 4 areas of consideration.

On Choosing Your Save the Date Photos

4 Areas to Consider:

1. Getting Engaged
What kind of immediate connection do you want to make with your photo? From scenery to self, there are many ways to engage your guests with your photo{s}. Here, Nate and Kimberly are up close, in the center of the photo, and looking straight at us–they have our full attention. Looking comfortable in their position, their beautiful smiles draw us to themselves in a very nice, inviting way. If they were looking away from the camera, or if there was more scenery showing, we’d have a different feeling altogether.

Ask yourselves: How do we want to engage our guests? Through scenery, ourselves, surroundings, etc.

North Carolina mountain engagement session by Fletcher and Fletcher Photography

 

2. Sharing your Flair
As you look through your engagement photos, pick out the ones that seem to do the best job at communicating who you are as a couple–your unique style and personality.  In this photo, Nate and Kimberly are still the focus, but we’re drawn in to the gorgeous surroundings, too. The focus is still on them but in a bigger, broader way. Kimberly and Nate are sharing their flair for the great outdoors. Choose the photos that best represent your style and your personality.

Ask yourselves: Which photos best showcase our life and personality as a couple?

North Carolina mountain engagement photos

 

3. Depicting the Details!
From body language to the tiny surrounding elements, the smallest of details can have a big impact. Details tell another part of the story. For instance, look at the way Kimberly has her hand on Nate’s leg. It’s an affectionate gesture and we can’t help but notice its sweetness. Small gestures, body language, eye contact all communicate different things.

Ask yourselves: What details do we want to communicate?

North Carolina engagement session

Detail Ideas for Personalizing a Multi-Photo Save the Date:

When you’re in the background
With Nate and Kimberly in the background, we’re paying attention to the overall look and feel of the session and the rustic area.

When you’re in the foreground
With Nate and Kimberly in the foreground, we’re noticing them more … their expressive posture, Kimberly’s cowboy boots, whimsical wildflowers… It’s a fun and romantic moment–and we’re drawn in!

Blue Ridge Parkway NC  engagement photos

 

4. Getting the Bigger Picture
Maybe you don’t want all the attention on you. Maybe you want to tell a bigger story or give a bigger picture with your photo! What state of feeling do you want your guests to be swept away with … excitement, romance, drama, travel? Drum up those emotions with a beautiful, panoramic photo of the locale, venue, landscape, etc.

Ask yourselves: What kind of emotion do we want our guests to feel?

Blue Ridge Parkway NC  engagement photos

 

4. What’s the Focus?
Perhaps at this point, you simply want your guests to remember your wedding date! Your wedding date should be the focus. Here, Nate and Kimberly aren’t looking at us in this shot. Sure, they’re cute and all, but our attention is being pulled to that adorable DIY save the date banner–and their wedding date.

DIY save the date banner

Cute. Romantic. Fun. And still–the focus is on their wedding date.

Save the Date banner by Fletcher and Fletcher Photography

 

So, which comes first … the design or the photo?
It depends. Sometimes you just know–especially after you’ve thought through the considerations of how you want to engage your guests, the most important details,  where you want the focus to be, and what kind of emotion you want your guests to feel when they receive your Save the Date. Whichever you fall in love with first–your photo or your save the date design, no worries! Every design at MagnetStreet is totally customizable. You can adjust the colors and fonts to really get the exact look and feel you’re going for anyways!

Tell us, which consideration is most important to you?

Browse One Photo Save the Dates.
Browse Multi-photo Save the Dates.

NC mountain engagement photos

Blue Ridge Parkway NC engagement photos

Congratulations Nate and Kimberly!

credits

Photographer:  Fletcher & Fletcher Photography
Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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