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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Memorial Day Sale at MagnetStreet!

Categories Wedding Stationery

Enjoy the long weekend as well as Memorial Day sale at MagnetStreet! Get 20% off any Wedding Stationery.

Expires 5/27/14

Memorial Day Savings from MagnetStreet 20% off with code: WEMEM20

In remembrance…
To our men and women in service–both past and present–we thank you!!

 

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10 Fun! Engagement Session Theme Ideas

Categories Inspiration

Need help choosing a location or theme for your engagement session? Add that something extra to your save the date with a unique photo that represents your engagement session. Check out these

10 {Fun} Engagement Session Theme Ideas:

1. GO RETRO

Get dolled up in the clothing of your favorite era and have a retro-themed engagement session. Use props from the time period to enhance the look and feel you’re going for. This 50′s retro shoot features an adorable couple in a malt shop {a 1950′s hotspot!}. Impeccably styled, this sesh is so cute, colorful and fun! {Browse Vintage Save the Dates}

Retro theme engagement photos (10 e-sesh theme ideas)

 

2. GO DOWNTOWN

Give guests a vibe of where you live with a city engagement session. That’s what Chicagoans, Emily and Joe did… They went downtown for an awesome photo shoot amid the skyscrapers and cool neighborhoods of Chicago. From hanging out at the doughnut shop to riding the L train, these two were on the move! {Browse city skyline Save the Dates}

Chicago engagement photos (10 e-sesh theme ideas)

 

3. HAVE A CHALK WAR

Get crazy with color and have a chalk color war! Elizabeth and Caleb had a totally relaxed engagement shoot getting messy with chalk. Their photographer wanted to capture the essence of this couple–vibrant, forgiving, fun and happy. Oh, and I’d venture to add playful to that list! {Browse Unique Save the Dates}

chalk color war engagement photos (10 e-sesh theme ideas)

 

4. GO PLAY IN THE SNOW

Joe and Rachel’s snowy sesh in winter is just plain gorgeous! Don’t under estimate a winter engagement session. The muted colors of the background allow your colors to stand out. Plus, who doesn’t love snowball fights? {Browse Season Save the Dates}

rustic winter engagement photos (10 e-sesh theme ideas)

 

5. GO TO MULTIPLE LOCATIONS 

Chrissy and Josh went from a yogurt shop to the zoo … to playing guitar on the beach … to finally ending their engagement session in the city for a night on the town. Fun, varied and telling of their personalities, we get a great feel for who Chrissy and Josh are–perfect for sharing your love story and lifestyle with family and friends. {Browse Beach Save the Dates

engagement photos taken at multiple locations- yogurt shop, zoo, beach, downtown (10 e-sesh theme ideas)

 

6. EXPLORE THE LOCAL BEAUTY

Jonathan and Victoria’s whimsical love shoot at one of Alabama’s gorgeous botanical gardens is a perfect reason to have a park engagement session. What’s in your backyard? {Here’s an article on national & state park wedding ideas}

botanical gardens engagement photos (10 e-sesh theme ideas)

 

7. GO TO AN AMUSEMENT PARK

Let the kids in you come out to play! Jessica and Barron went to a local carnival near closing time and ended of having the park to themselves. They have this vintage vibe and you could plainly see how much fun they had playing games and going on rides. {Browse Vintage Save the Dates}

vintage carnival theme engagement photos (10 e-sesh theme ideas)

 

8. GO ON A PICNIC

Tisha and Larry had a flight-themed picnic engagement session. They met by chance at an airport and incorporated their first encounter into their love sesh! So clever. {Browse Hobbies and Interest Save the Dates}

flight and picnic themed engagement photos (10 e-sesh theme ideas)

 

9. SHOWCASE YOUR SERVICE

Amanda and Theo had a really fun e-sesh that combined two themes in one: military and props. These two are clearly in love with each other–and service to their country. We love the push-up shots. So cute! {Browse Military and Service Save the Dates}

military engagement photos with props (10 e-sesh theme ideas)

 

10. FOOTBALL THEME 

Love football? Have a football themed engagment session. Get everyone in the spirit–for the team and for you! Lori and Thomas returned to their Alma Mater–where they started their engagement session with a tour of the Neyland Stadium. Browse Sports Save the Dates}

UT football themed engagement photos (10 e-sesh theme ideas)

 

What’s your favorite theme?

 

 

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Lush English Garden Outdoor Wedding

Categories Real Weddings + Wedding Stationery

We are thrilled to feature Ben and Robin’s colorful California wedding today. Ben and Robin were married this past February at Twin Oaks Garden Estates–a gorgeous historic venue surrounded by a giant forest and lush English gardens. One of our fave focal points is the arbor walkway and its canopy of twinkling lights…wow! These gorgeous grounds are the perfect backdrop for Robin and Ben–our playful, joyful bride and groom whose “unofficial” wedding theme was colorful. Julio Fonyat of Fonyat Photography did an amazing job of capturing the beauty of the grounds and the essence of this captivating couple. Enjoy as our lovely bride shares wedding advice and moments from their big day.

Wedding Style: Rustic & Playful
Wedding Colors: Royal Blue & Yellow
Ceremony & Reception: Twin Oaks Garden Estates, San Marcos, CA

photo Save the Date and Thank You Card

Photographer: Julio Fonyat, Fonyat Photography
Save the Dates & Thank You Cards: MagnetStreet Weddings

adorable bridea and groom

Highlights from the day…
Oh man! Everything! Lol…really though, it was just a fantastic, wonderful day. Some highlights would probably be getting the entire wedding to join us in for our first dance, an epic conga line, and a precarious chair-lifted kiss.

getting ready

garden wedding signs

blue wedding shoes

Tell us about your dress, shoes …
The dress turned out beautifully, a trumpet gown with a simple front and an elegant chiffon flowy back. Though, it was almost a bit of a disaster, since my original tailor cut a bit too much off here and there and we didn’t get it to actually fit until about three days before the wedding! You gotta take it all in turn. I ended up putting straps on for the ceremony to ensure I wouldn’t pop out, but it was great because I sort of felt like I had two dresses! I went with a birdcage veil–which I absolutely loved, as well. My shoes were bright blue.

bride holding colorful wedding bouquet

Is there advice you’re glad you took?
Absolutely. Hire experts and then trust them. They do this for a living, you don’t know more than they do. Your opinion matters, of course, but if they say that something isn’t a good idea, then you’re probably best off skipping it. Also, the first look can be a wonderful experience–a few private minutes with your loved one before the chaos of the day begins.

first look wedding photo

first look wedding photos

first look wedding photo in a garden

California real wedding party

Is there advice you wished you’d taken?
Don’t buy dresses online to save money. Seriously–nothing like ordering rush bridesmaid dresses because no online dresses fit.

What advice would you like to give?
Choose what you want your wedding to feel like, not to look like. The best thing we did in our wedding was to include our guests in special ways: having friends and family share quotes during the ceremony, having them all give their blessing before our vows (with a big “We Will!”) and turning our first dance from a slow romantic one to a crazy one with all our favorite people on the dance floor. If you’re having a wonderful time and show it, everyone else is going to follow suit.

wedding ceremony flowers

father walking daughter down the aisle

walking down the aisle

father and daughter at the altar

bride and groom reciting wedding vows

wedding party at the altar

bride and groom at the altar

plugged in wedding ceremony

What was the best part of the whole wedding day?
The overwhelming, and even surprising, outpouring of love and support. I did not realize how tangible it would all be in the moment, and how alive the night would make me feel with my new husband. So ultimately, the best part of the whole wedding day (besides, you know, getting married to my favorite person in the world) was all the people who came out to share it with us.

outdoor wedding ceremony

chalkboard wedding sign

tall floral wedding centerpiece

reception table decor

white wedding cake with cascading flowersfirst wedding dance

first dance

wedding reception dancing

chair on the dancefloorwedding reception speeches

black and white wedding photo

outdoor wedding photos

tree canopy of lights

bride and groom under canopy of lights

Congratulations Ben and Robin–thanks so much for sharing your day with us! It was truly magical. 

 

Wedding Pro Shout Out

Julio Fonyat, Fonyat Photography. The BEST EVER. www.fonyatweddings.com
I was extremely impressed with Julio’s work. He is an incredible value for what you get, and was practically invisible the day of the wedding. Even guests remarked how they barely noticed the photographers (he had an assistant) the entire night. I couldn’t be happier with my wedding photos.

Jerri Disney, Florist
I was super impressed with our florist as well, and couldn’t believe the gorgeous job she did. I literally had a total of one meeting with Jerri and she had everything she needed to run with for the wedding. Of course there were a handful of phone calls and emails, but I had never seen any samples/etc before the day of. But she totally delivered - she did incredibly beautiful work, especially since my husband and I decided to keep our floral budget low. She did a lot with a little.

DJ Mark Huntzinger
This guy IS weddings. He’s done…I think…1100 weddings? He knows exactly when to make a joke, play a good song…just naturally good at reading the crowd and adapting. He did a fantastic job at keeping the party going all night (seriously, the dance floor was never empty) and was extremely easy to work with. Very reasonable price, and he helped us plan our timeline from beginning to end, with suggestions on what he has seen work and what has not. Without Mark, the wedding would not have run nearly as smoothly. He was essentially our wedding coordinator for the night.

MagnetStreet Weddings
I was pretty impressed with MagnetStreet (plus the save the dates box ended up being our wedding storage box all year!) – what attracted me was the prices. Weddings are expensive enough these days! The customization process was super easy, and I LOVED being able to order one to test {Just One® Program}. We ended up ordering singles of about half a dozen designs we created (yeah, I know, so decisive), which ultimately helped us choose our final one. It is fun having all those on our fridge right now, though.

I was about to go for the super cheap for Thank you Cards as well, but Magnet Street had much nicer designs, and also really reasonable prices. We definitely liked the idea of having the front be an entire picture, and liked the overlay of the Thank You on the one that we chose. It was obvious enough to see, but didn’t over shadow the picture.

We chose a fairly generic save the date, but chose colors that we had in our wedding that made it look a bit more fun. We did the same with the thank you cards–loved the full front pictures, and was able to customize the Thank You on front to a color that fit well with the picture.

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