Jill & John’s Vintage Engagement Session In The City & Forest

Vintage Engagement Session at The Durham Hotel & Eno River State Park

Jill and John are an absolutely lovely couple! They graciously shared their vintage engagement session with us after personalizing their stunning Save the Dates from MagnetStreet. They brought their photographer and friend, Arielle Simmons, to two locales in and around Durham, North Carolina to grab a collection of engagement photos we so love!

Jill & John's Vintage Engagement Session In The City & Forest

Two striking Save the Dates
“We have two save the dates, because we couldn’t decide which we liked the best. So different guests got different save the dates. I knew I wanted the one with the white background because it was just a breathtaking shot and perfectly captured us and the experience we had taking photos with Arielle. The other one was very romantic and fun and I loved the natural setting.”

Jill & John's Vintage Engagement Session In The City & Forest

The first shoot location was The Durham Hotel, a very special place for Jill and John. It’s a plush hotel and an iconic building and symbol of the renaissance of downtown Durham—where the couple both live and work. The 1960’s architecture had the couple feeling vintagey, so they donned 1960s clothing, hairstyles, and makeup to get into character!

Jill & John's Vintage Engagement Session In The City & Forest

Jill & John's Vintage Engagement Session In The City & Forest

How did you two meet?
“John walked up to me at Bull City Ciderworks in Durham where I was hanging out with friends and my pup, Rex. My friend Emily, his co-worker, invited me to a happy hour event there for the company they worked for. Coincidentally, he had already signed a lease to move into my building, down the hall from me a few weeks from the day we met. So we become hall-mates right after we started dating.”

Jill & John's Vintage Engagement Session In The City & Forest

Jill & John's Vintage Engagement Session In The City & Forest

Tell us a little about the proposal!
“John and I had gone on a tour of the Biltmore House and we went on a stroll through the Azalea Gardens after the tour. We decided to take a rest and sat in a secluded area on the grass taking in some sun. He was sitting behind me on the grass and I was leaning into him. He pulled the ring out and put it in front of me and simply asked! It felt like I was in a dream. I said yes of course!”

Jill & John's Vintage Engagement Session In The City & Forest

Jill & John's Vintage Engagement Session In The City & Forest

Jill & John's Vintage Engagement Session In The City & Forest

Jill & John's Vintage Engagement Session In The City & Forest

Favorite photo of the day (left)
It’s completely simple in the setting….I added the gold confetti as a graphic element for the save the dates. Arielle Simmons, my childhood friend and engagement photographer, made us feel so relaxed and we were all just having fun and being creative. She captured a genuine moment in this photo and it just feels like us as a couple.”

Jill & John's Vintage Engagement Session In The City & Forest

Jill & John's Vintage Engagement Session In The City & Forest

The second portion of their vintage engagement session brought them to Eno River State Park. Jill is a nature lover and John grew up playing along the river. The river and lush wooded scene provided an ahh-mazing backdrop!

Jill & John's Vintage Engagement Session In The City & Forest

Jill & John's Vintage Engagement Session In The City & Forest

Jill & John's Vintage Engagement Session In The City & Forest

Their wedding style
“That’s a tough one. The venue is a contemporary art museum (The Nasher) but our overall feel is romantic, wintery, and elegant. We will have a mix of red, burgundy, and pale pink flowers along with gold accents like birch branch. The tablecloths are a pale blush satin.”

Jill & John's Vintage Engagement Session In The City & Forest

Jill & John's Vintage Engagement Session In The City & Forest

Jill & John's Vintage Engagement Session In The City & Forest

Jill & John's Vintage Engagement Session In The City & Forest

Jill & John's Vintage Engagement Session In The City & Forest

Photography by Arielle Simmons Photography | Charleston, SC

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Twilight Engagement Session At The Family Cottage

Nov 29 2017

Jess and Tim’s rustic engagement shoot is … well, magical! The charming couple brought their photographer, Nick from Nautical Studios, to the family cottage in Chatsworth, Ontario for a weekend-long photo shoot. The first night, they arrived at 8:00 and started out their relaxing weekend with a twilight engagement session.

Twilight Engagement Session At The Family Cottage

The trio crossed a bit of rugged farmland and came upon a beautifully, dark wooded area. It was here where Nick had just 20 minutes to grab a few photos of Jess and Tim in the mysterious and romantic ambiance of the twilight.

With rustic woods, barren fields, twinkling lake, red barn, and the family cabin as their backdrop—their incredible photos from the weekend are full of texture, tranquil colors (see our inspired color palette below!), romance, and a lot of fun moments. Their mini twilight engagement session is oh-so-lovely, plus we so love the relaxing shots of them cuddling in the canoe!

Twilight Engagement Session At The Family Cottage

Twilight Engagement Session At The Family Cottage

Twilight Engagement Session At The Family Cottage

Twilight Engagement Session At The Family Cottage

Twilight Engagement Session At The Family Cottage

Twilight Engagement Session At The Family Cottage

Twilight Engagement Session At The Family Cottage

Twilight Engagement Session At The Family Cottage

Twilight Engagement Session At The Family Cottage

Twilight Engagement Session At The Family Cottage

Twilight Engagement Session At The Family Cottage

Twilight Engagement Session At The Family Cottage

Twilight Engagement Session At The Family Cottage

Photography by Nautical Studios//via Two Bright Lights

TWILIGHT COLOR PALETTE
Calm and dreamy, this color combo evokes the magic and soft light of the approaching twilight hours. Sandy neutrals and teal blues combine to create perfect harmony, while keeping the palette sophisticated and romantic. A neutral gentle palette like this does an ahh-mazing job at highlighting spring’s bright green grasses and budding flowers … but more importantly the gorgeous couple. Rustic, classic, or traditional—it’s a breath of fresh air!

Twilight Engagement Session At The Family Cottage

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A Simply Ravishing Liriodendron Mansion Wedding

We are smitten with all the ravishing details of Kristina and Michael’s Liriodendron Mansion wedding day in Bel Air, Maryland! Lovely boxwood and flower gardens, a shaded portico, and opulent architecture of the historical mansion made for a stunning backdrop. And with beautifully bright coral peonies, garden roses, and other vibrant blooms added in … their Liriodendron Mansion wedding day was magnificent!

A Simply Ravishing Liriodendron Mansion Wedding

They went with flowing navy dresses for the bridesmaids and charcoal grey suits for the groomsmen. And Kristina’s wedding dress leaves us speechless! A light beige with a lacey overlay… definitely will make you swoon.

A Simply Ravishing Liriodendron Mansion Wedding

Kristina and Michael ordered their invitations from MagnetStreet and shared their stunning wedding day with us. Their love is certainly glowing … and you’ll glow with delight as you take in all the deets captured by Marlayna Photography of their Liriodendron Mansion wedding day!

A Simply Ravishing Liriodendron Mansion Wedding

A Simply Ravishing Liriodendron Mansion Wedding

Grand Soiree wedding invitation from MagnetStreet
“Throughout the planning process, my goal was to create our dream wedding while staying completely in our budget. I originally chose MagnetStreet because the pricing was fair and affordable … but was completely impressed with the quality of the save the dates and invitations that I chose. The invitations I chose were navy, simple and so, so elegant. I really feel they reflected the venue and color scheme I was going for!”

A Simply Ravishing Liriodendron Mansion Wedding

Finding the dress
“Finding my wedding dress was one of the best parts of planning the wedding. I went to several places to look at dresses and had a range of experiences at the bridal salons. The dress I chose was not only because I absolutely loved it … but also because the experience I had when looking. One of the reasons I looked at so many dresses was because I wanted to wait to pick THE dress until my mom was in town. My mom lives on a sailboat and travels around the world so I knew I would not pick THE dress until my mom was with me. My mom encouraged me to take my time and try on as many dresses as I wanted  … and I’m so glad I did.”

A Simply Ravishing Liriodendron Mansion Wedding

“I found my dream wedding dress at Wren Bridal in Annapolis, MD. My sister and I actually found the salon when I saw a picture of their salon on Baltimore Bride’s Instagram page. It looked so beautiful, that I knew I had to go look. Erica helped me find my dress. From the minute we walked into the salon, we loved it. We had the shop completely to ourselves. I appreciated so much how Erica {at Wren Bridal} was when I tried on my dress. I never felt pressured. I honestly felt like she was just a friend helping me find my dress. Even though she gave me the option to come back, I knew it was the dress. ” 

A Simply Ravishing Liriodendron Mansion Wedding

A Simply Ravishing Liriodendron Mansion Wedding

A Simply Ravishing Liriodendron Mansion Wedding

A Simply Ravishing Liriodendron Mansion Wedding

A Simply Ravishing Liriodendron Mansion Wedding

A Simply Ravishing Liriodendron Mansion Wedding

A Simply Ravishing Liriodendron Mansion Wedding

A Simply Ravishing Liriodendron Mansion Wedding

The first look
“My husband and I decided to do a first look for several reasons: time constraints with pictures; I had a gift I wanted him to see before the wedding; and I wasn’t sure if I would make it down the aisle without ugly crying if we didn’t see each other first. We both had so many emotions on the wedding day, and I think it was a perfect way to collect ourselves before I walked down the aisle and we said our vows.”

A Simply Ravishing Liriodendron Mansion Wedding

A Simply Ravishing Liriodendron Mansion Wedding

How they met
“We started dating the summer before I entered 9th grade and him 11th grade. We worked together during that summer at a local cafe. For our first date, we walked out to the Turkey Point Lighthouse in the Elk Neck State Park. The view is breathtaking at the top of the cliff overlooking the Chesapeake Bay. After 9 years together he asked me to go for a hike on one of the warmest days in December 2015. After hiking to the top with two of our best friends, I turned around to find him on one knee. I was completely shocked.”

A Simply Ravishing Liriodendron Mansion Wedding

A Simply Ravishing Liriodendron Mansion Wedding

A Simply Ravishing Liriodendron Mansion Wedding

Kristina’s favorite photo of the day … as her father passed her over to Michael. *cue the tears

A Simply Ravishing Liriodendron Mansion Wedding

A Simply Ravishing Liriodendron Mansion Wedding

A Simply Ravishing Liriodendron Mansion Wedding

“Everything went perfectly for our wedding. We didn’t have a single hiccup or issue. I think this was largely due to our amazing catering company, Dean and Brown, which went above and beyond and provided the most amazing service to us and our wedding guests.”

A Simply Ravishing Liriodendron Mansion Wedding

A Simply Ravishing Liriodendron Mansion Wedding

A Simply Ravishing Liriodendron Mansion Wedding

A Simply Ravishing Liriodendron Mansion Wedding

A Simply Ravishing Liriodendron Mansion Wedding

A Simply Ravishing Liriodendron Mansion Wedding

A Simply Ravishing Liriodendron Mansion Wedding

A Simply Ravishing Liriodendron Mansion Wedding

A Simply Ravishing Liriodendron Mansion Wedding

A Simply Ravishing Liriodendron Mansion Wedding

A Simply Ravishing Liriodendron Mansion Wedding

A Simply Ravishing Liriodendron Mansion Wedding

A Simply Ravishing Liriodendron Mansion Wedding

A Simply Ravishing Liriodendron Mansion Wedding

A Simply Ravishing Liriodendron Mansion Wedding

Advice to couples planning their wedding …
“Stay true to what you want. If you are planning on keeping everything within a specific budget, you can absolutely achieve this. You’ll have to do your research but use your resources. Friends who are already married are great, because they can give you advice on their experiences and will give you honest feedback on their vendors. Talking to a friend is how I found my wedding photographer and I love her! She was the best decision we made for our wedding!”


Kristina & Michael’s wedding day vendors did an amazing job!
Photography: Marlayna Photography | Flowers: Blush Floral Designs | Catering: Dean & Brown Catering | Bridal gown: Wren Bridal | Venue: Liriodendron Mansion

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Romantic Horsetooth Reservoir Engagement Session

Nov 17 2017

Carlee and Kyle have been together for seven years, and recently tied the knot! Their super-gorgeous Horsetooth Reservoir engagement session was simply stunning. {The Horsetooth Reservoir is near Fort Collins, Colorado … and is one of the state’s most scenic locations!}

Romantic Horsetooth Reservoir Engagement Session

They’ve had so many great memories in the area, so their photographer suggested they hit up a brewery for some of their favorite beer, then head to the reservoir for stunning shots. Their dog, Marley, made lots of cameos throughout their Horsetooth Reservoir engagement session. We love it!

Romantic Horsetooth Reservoir Engagement Session

The 65-degree day in the middle of winter was a welcome treat, but they were hit with big winds {which I think made for pretty windblown romantic pics}. Enjoy their relaxed and rustic engagement shoot … plus grab a bit of Spring 2018 color inspiration with our Abloom color palette!

Romantic Horsetooth Reservoir Engagement Session

Romantic Horsetooth Reservoir Engagement Session

Romantic Horsetooth Reservoir Engagement Session

Romantic Horsetooth Reservoir Engagement Session

Romantic Horsetooth Reservoir Engagement Session

Romantic Horsetooth Reservoir Engagement Session

Romantic Horsetooth Reservoir Engagement Session

Romantic Horsetooth Reservoir Engagement Session

Romantic Horsetooth Reservoir Engagement Session

Romantic Horsetooth Reservoir Engagement Session

Romantic Horsetooth Reservoir Engagement Session

Romantic Horsetooth Reservoir Engagement Session

Romantic Horsetooth Reservoir Engagement Session

Romantic Horsetooth Reservoir Engagement Session

Romantic Horsetooth Reservoir Engagement Session

Romantic Horsetooth Reservoir Engagement Session

Photography by KB Digital Designs//via Two Bright Lights

Pretty jewel tones like plumeria and rich peach make for a fiery and fun palette after the long winter! These saturated hues carry depth while meshing together to create an inviting and warm atmosphere. Adding in a pretty neutral like sugar keeps it harmoniously sweet. Bold and dynamic, this palette offers just the right amount of drama and romance to desert, city, or boho wedding days alike!

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