Category — Photo Shoots
This Wednesday is a wonderful one, as I get to bring you the stunning engagement photos of Leslie Dievendorf and his fiance, Fronnie Lewis! Their photos demonstrate a level of romance little seen these days.
The couple met at church in Burbank, California; Fronnie said Leslie was hard to miss, as he was “tall, handsome, and distinguished looking.” Leslie was impressed with Fronnie’s dedication to the church’s gardening efforts, and after all, who could resist that wonderfully warm smile? Well, it seemed that he couldn’t. Leslie and Fronnie grew closer as they started volunteering at the church’s outreach breakfast on Saturday mornings in the latter part of 2011.
Leslie is a landscape architect, and Fronnie is currently the publisher and editor of a news-based website for Burbank. They both hoped to find someone with similar values and as you can see from the love that radiates from their photos, it was well worth the wait.
I would describe the venue for their engagement photo shoot as “Old Hollywood” meets tropical paradise. Undoubtedly, the Robinson Gardens in Beverly Hills was the perfect setting to capture this couple’s magical love for each other.
I’ll leave you with Leslie’s description of his proposal to Fronnie:
“I was at Fronnie’s apartment one evening in November of 2012. We had been talking the whole time, but then she sat down at the dining room table opposite me. I had been seeing her for about a year and thought this was a good time to pop the question. So I got down on both knees. I looked into her beautiful face and asked: “Will you marry me?” Happily, she said yes. The rest is history.”
The beautiful photography is courtesy of Emily and Justin, at Chaffin Cade Photography.
If your loved one has recently put a ring on it, and you’re getting ready to send out save the dates.. well, you know its time to get serious about engagement photos.
What now, you ask? Time to get busy researching. Nobody wants to end up on Buzzfeed’s list of 20 worst engagement photos. Choose a photographer carefully and think about your theme- do you want to be funny, vintage, relaxed, surreal, or uber-romantic? Look at their style and blog closely, so you’ll know what to expect. Next steps are deciding where to take your photos and what to wear; having a stellar location will set the bar high (and so will some new shoes!)
Now comes the fun part- choosing props! Flowers are obviously a big theme, but boats, balloons, wine, scrabble letters, instruments, pets and ice cream can be fun too.
As the time gets closer to the actual date, you’ll want to be looking pretty and fresh, so book that hair appointment, paint those nails, and splurge for a spray tan if you so desire.
One overlooked tip is brushing up on your posing techniques, posture, and expression before the big day. If you are nervous around cameras, watch some YouTube tutorials. The experts say to keep your back straight, relax your shoulders and bend slightly at the waist. Doing the “Princess Diaries” foot pop always makes for the cutest old school romance. If you start becoming stiff, just give your fiancé a big hug and shake out the jitters.
In order to nail that perfect kissing shot, photographers say to keep giving each other little kisses, rather than full on snogging. Don’t pucker your lips, and keep it light! In closing, the best advice is to be yourself, and have fun with it. The most flattering photos happen when you forget you’re even being photographed.
First of all, Aline is a gem. I can only assume her fiance, Brian, is just as wonderful and it’s plain to see that this is highly probable because of these amazingly cute and genuine photos by J Wiley Photography. They are so adorable, all I can hear is Colbie Caillat’s Brighter Than The Sun playing in the background. I definitely think Jen is a strong force in the photography world and I can not wait to see more from her! To see more from Aline and Brian’s shoot, check out Jen’s blog!
Now I know Aline just picked up her gorgeous dress and I’ll keep all the details a secret till we get to view those wedding pictures. So stay tuned, because I PROMISE, the dress is a stunner!
Not too long ago, before it got cold and the holidays carried us away into the new year, I had the absolute pleasure to be a part of the newest accessory collection from SIBO Designs. Veils, sashes, hair pieces, fascinators, you name it and it’s gorgeous! I had so much fun at the shoot with the photographer Caroline Tran, and Wilmarose from Lovely Jubilee who’s styling of the shoot was perfect in every way. Theresa Huang and her lovely ladies were magicians with all the different hairstyles to fit each and every hair piece. And what’s even better, is that I was able to wear some of our Lovely gowns from the designers Sarah Seven and Ivy & Aster! Each dress took on a personality of it’s own, and very much the Lovely aesthetic.
See more of SIBO accessories here! Sheila Bobeldijk definitely has a knack for style and creativity!!
Thank you again to the magnificent Caroline Tran who captures beauty in every shot, (bet you even if I tripped in those 6in. high heels, she’d make it look graceful!) Thank you to Wilmarose, who’s a doll and a wonderful stylist that I highly recommend, and lastly, Theresa Huang and her girls are nothing short of amazing!
Today, we are bringing you something very LOVELY! Sarah Seven’s “Blushing” gown is beautiful on our Lovely bride, Becky, for her and her honey’s engagement shoot. See all the gorgeousness here with Jose Villa. And check out a little more inspiration below to go with Blushing! More inspiring blush gowns here!