Beauty and the Beast Wedding Theme

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Jennifer and Jonathan had a fairytale ending to their story that began 16 years ago. Beauty and the Beast fans, their wedding reflected this theme–from the table settings, center pieces, candles, cake topper and cake knife. Jennifer the beauty and Jonathan, the handsome prince.

Beauty & the Beast themed wedding

Beauty and the Beast wedding theme

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Beauty and the Beat wedding decor

Beauty and the Beast wedding cake

After a beautiful and touching ceremony,  we took the bridal party to nearby Beverly Gardens Park for some couple and group portraits. Jonathan especially wanted to recreate an image from a famous Japanese anime called ONE PEACE.  It is an image that symbolizes and reflects all of their friendship.

ONE PEACE Japanese anime

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Full Kimono Portrait Session
Before the wedding they had a portrait session in full Kimono at the Japanese Garden at Japanese American Cultural & Community Center right in the center of Little Tokyo downtown.

Traditional Japanese Wedding Attire

In case you missed this blog post, here is another sweet Beauty and the Beast-inspired engagement shoot.

Photographer:  Allen Taylor Photography

Hair Stylist:Du Japan Hair Club

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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Vintage Travel-Themed Engagement Photos

Categories Real Weddings

A travel theme is so hot right now and we just love the look and feel of Paige and Bryan’s vintage travel-themed engagement photos. With their edgy mid-century appeal, these shots are gorgeous, soft and totally romantic! Here’s what their sweet photographer Lauren Alisse had to say about the shoot and the couple, “Paige and Bryan are two adorable people that share a love for vintage ANYTHING, Motocross, and each other. They wanted to play around during their engagement shoot so we came up with a retro, traveling couple theme and I think it came together perfectly. We traveled all over San Diego for this shoot, stopping everywhere from the famous Balboa Park to hidden parks off the side of the road. It was so much fun because these two are so incredibly in love! My heart just melts every time I hang out with these rad people!”

What’s your favorite theme for engagement photos?

Vintage country engagement photos by Lauren Alisse Photography

Vintage country engagement photos by Lauren Alisse Photography

vintage travel theme engagement photos by Lauren Alisse Photography

vintage travel theme engagement photos by Lauren Alisse Photography

Vintage country engagement photos by Lauren Alisse Photography

Vintage country engagement photos by Lauren Alisse Photography

Vintage country engagement photos by Lauren Alisse Photography

Vintage country engagement photos by Lauren Alisse Photography

Vintage country engagement photos by Lauren Alisse Photography

vintage travel themed engagement photos by Lauren Alisse Photography

vintage travel theme engagement photos by Lauren Alisse Photography

Photographer:  Lauren Alisse Photography
Submitted via Two Bright Lights

A vintage theme is timeless! MagnetStreet Weddings offers a lovely collection of vintage-themed Save the Dates. Browse today.

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Military Engagement Session with Props

Categories Real Weddings + Wedding Planning

Today marks our third and final in a series of couples using props in their engagement photos. We’re fans! From story telling to hobby sharing, using props gives your session focus, offers a sweet respite from awkward posing and simply adds visual interest to the photo shoot. Here are 5 reasons in favor of using props.

Head over Heels in Love. Today’s military-themed engagement shoot was captured by Blue Mason Photography at The Factory of Franklin, in Franklin, TN. Amanda and Theo clearly had a blast shooting photos and using all kinds of props–military and otherwise. Adorable through and through–Amanda and Theo were also kind enough to share some of their love story with us too. Enjoy!

Military engagement photos + props by Blue Mason Photography

ON THEO from Amanda

“After months of hearing amazing things about Theodore during my junior year of college when I finally met him, let’s just say it was not love at first sight! For lots of reasons (especially because I had just gotten out of a serious relationship), he just didn’t seem like “my type.”

I have never been more wrong.

From the moment he asked me out for our first date, I was hooked. From his quirky sense of humor, never ending patience, and endless love, three years later I am still head over heels in love with my soon-to-be husband! We have overcome many obstacles and military life resulting in a long distance relationship, but we both agree these trials have strengthened our love more than we could have ever imagined! Counting down the days until I become Mrs. Spanoudis!”

Military engagement photos + props by Blue Mason Photography

Military-themed engagement photos by Blue Mason Photography

Military style engagement session with props: Blue Mason Photography

ON AMANDA from Theo

“When I first met Amanda, I was at a low point in my life.  I will not bore you with the details, but suffice it to say I had no clear direction–I was simply going through the motions. The night that she first came over to my house, I found her so intriguing.  She was unlike any girl I had ever met. She was genuine, opinionated, obviously fun loving, and most of all gorgeous. From that initial interaction with her, I knew I had to have her. The only problem was, unbeknownst to me at the time, she had none of the same feelings. My Spanoudis charm must have won over though because she agreed to a date with me. The more I learned about Amanda, the more inspired I became. She was so confident, goal oriented and responsible. I knew that if I was going to keep her in my life, I had to become so much more than I was. I had to become a man that was deserving of her. She became my motivation and my direction. She gave me goals again. I knew I needed to do something bigger than myself, something that challenged me, which led me on the path I am on today in pursuing my Green Beret. I fully believe that I would not be where I am today without the inspiration, love and support Amanda has provided me. I love Amanda for all that she is and I will happily and whole-heartedly, be giving every part of me for the rest of my life to repay what she has given to me.”

Military engagement photos

Military engagement photos + props by Blue Mason Photography

Military engagement photos + props by Blue Mason Photography

Military-themed engagement photos by Blue Mason Photography

Congratulations Amanda and Theo! Thanks so much for sharing your day, love story and of course, your service to the country!!

Photographer:  Blue Mason Photography
Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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Engagement Photo Idea: Props

Categories Photography + Real Weddings

Meet Kayla and Jacob. Today, we’re kicking off our series of 3 engagement sessions featuring props! What’s a prop? Anything that lends support. So, as far as engagement photography goes, props can be anything from physical items that you hold in your hand or wear on your body, to even a building, tree, or babbling brook … anything really.

5 REASONS WHY USING PROPS IN YOUR ENGAGEMENT PHOTOS IS A GREAT IDEA:

1. Props help to show off your personality, flair, hobby and unique wedding style.
2. Props add visually interesting elements to your photos.
3. Props bring a level of drama and storytelling to your e-session.
4. Props can be used to introduce your wedding theme on a multi-photo Save the Date postcard or magnet.
5. Using props encourages spontaneity–avoiding awkward or unauthentic posing. Plus, it’s just plain fun!

Among the first words Kayla spoke to her photographer were “I’ve got a 23 piece vintage camera collection I plan on using for decor at the wedding.” So what did Kayla and Becca from B. Jones Photography do? They collaborated on concept, outfits, and props for this sweet session that hints at their upcoming wedding. Enjoy!

Engagement photo props-by B. Jones Photography

Vintage engagement shoot by B. Jones Photography

Engagement photo props-by B. Jones Photography

Engagement photo props-by B. Jones Photography

Engagement photo props-by B. Jones Photography

Engagement photo props-by B. Jones Photography

Engagement photo props-by B. Jones Photography

Vintage engagement shoot by B. Jones Photography

Vintage engagement shoot by B. Jones Photography

Vintage engagement shoot by B. Jones Photography

engagement photography using vintage props

Vintage engagement shoot by B. Jones Photography

Want props to be part of your engagement photography?

Start an Engagement Photo Ideas board on Pinterest and start pinning ideas now! See you tomorrow when we feature our 2nd engagement session and MORE PROP IDEAS.

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Much thanks to Becca for sharing this darling session with us!

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