8 Uses for Your Engagement Photos

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Booking an engagement session is also a great way for you to work with the photographer who will be shooting your wedding, it’s like getting a test run of what to expect on your big day. But, what exactly can you do with all those fabulous images? Here are 8 ways you can put your engagement photos to use.

How to Use Your Engagement Photos

1. Save the Dates

One of the most popular reasons to have engagement photos done is to use them for save the date cards. You can get really creative with different props to let people know when your big day is approaching.

2. Invitations

If you are skipping the save the date card and just sending our invitations you can use your engagement photos for that as well. There are many different components to a wedding invitation from the actual invitations, RSVP, menu cards, directions and hotel accommodations lists to the stamps, envelopes, and address labels. There are many places you can use your professional engagement pictures to give your wedding invitations a more personal touch.

3. Guest Book

Creating a customized guest book is a great way to display your engagement photos. You can keep your guest book simple with just an image on the cover with blank pages for guests to sign or you can make it a little more personal. Some couples have included a few pages in the sign in book that lets their guests know how they met, fell in love and end up saying ‘I Do”.

4. Photos for Your Home

There is no better way to start the new life you will be sharing than decorating your new home with your photos. Having your engagement images hanging on the walls in frames around your home is the perfect way to remember the special bond you two share.

5. Displaying at Your Wedding

There are many ways you can use your engagement photos to decorate your reception venue. You can have large prints made to line the walls of your venue or have a few framed and allow your guest to sign it.

6. Photo Montage for Reception or Rehearsal Dinner

Having a sideshow playing as your guests enter the reception area or even to show at your rehearsal dinner is a great way to get your guest talking and adds a little sentimental value. Why wouldn’t you include a few of your engagement photos in it?

7. Party Favor/Gift for Guests

Key chains, postcards, and t-shirts even can all be made with your image on them. You’ll want your guests to take home something special to remember your wedding day by. Even if getting a coffee mug isn’t something you think your guests would appreciate, you can still have little escort cards personalized with your engagement photo.

8. Social Media Images

The best way to use your engagement photos is to have them as your profile pictures on your social media accounts. What better way to not only show off your stunning images but to also let everyone know you two will be tying the knot!

A Country Wedding At Sand Ridge Barn | Mr and Mrs Smith

Sand Ridge Barn Wedding

Hannah and Dustin’s country wedding at Sand Ridge Barn in Lake, MS was absolute perfection! I have enjoyed getting to know this joyful couple throughout their engagement season. Their engagement session at the Town of Livingston was beautiful and I was so excited to see some of the images from our session displayed at the reception! Hannah and Dustin are so full of JOY and you can just see their love for one another.

Every detail of the day, from the beautiful barn to the stunning florals, was simple perfection! Bethany of Oak Experience wowed us all with her beautiful designs and her team pulled off the event flawlessly! Hannah’s laughter and Dustin’s smile were the perfect accents to the day! The Name of Jesus was exalted throughout the ceremony as these two became one.

Hannah and Dustin, I have prayed for you and your marriage as I have edited these images. The verse the Holy Spirit has given me for you is from 1 Timothy 1:5 which says, “For we reach the goal of fulfilling all the commandments when we love others deeply with a pure heart, a clean conscience, and sincere faith.” The Lord has put the two of you together for a Kingdom purpose. Allow the love He has placed within you to grow and overflow to others He puts in your path. Your love and joy is contagious and will draw many into the Kingdom of God!

I loved capturing every moment of Hannah and Dustin becoming Mr & Mrs Smith at their country wedding at Sand Ridge Barn!

Vendor Team

Venue: Sand Ridge Barn

Bride’s Gown: Lace Bridal Boutique

Bride’s Shoes: Canty Boots

Bride’s Veil: Azazie

Groom/Groomsmen/Ringbearer: Joyce’s Etc.

Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Azazie

Flowergirl: Etsy

Event Coordinator: Bethany at Oak Experience

Florist: Oak Experience

Invitations: @etsy and @shutterfly

Caterer: Oak Experience

Cake: Oak Experience

DJ: Richie Sebren

Hair & Makeup: Madison Bilello

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Jessica + Wade | A Town of Livingston Engagement Session

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I loved my time with Jessica + Nathan at their Town of Livingston Engagement Session last week! Jessica and I had only met via FaceTime over the summer for her bridal consult, and I was so excited to meet this couple in person! Jessica + Wade also brought along their beautiful fur baby Echo to join in the fun!

How They Met

When asked how they met, Jessica shared with me that she and Wade were high school sweethearts. “The first time I saw Wade it was the day of a big grade-wide exam. I wasn’t interested at first, but my friend took one look at him and told me, “you’re going to date him”. I told her she was crazy. Just a few short months later, after switching classes to avoid an unwanted teacher, I found myself sitting in front of this boy in my new US History class. A couple days later, I received a Facebook Message (so retro) asking about homework ~that we totally didn’t have yet because school had just started~.”

“He proceeded to ask me out three different times before my mom persuaded me to “give the boy a chance”. For our first date, we got dinner and went to a movie. He picked me up, dropped me off, and introduced himself to my parents. Who would have know that 7 years later, we would be where we are now!”

How He Proposed

I especially love their engagement story. “Christmas Day 2017 we were at his mother’s house with her whole side of the family. His mother has a tradition where she spends several months collecting the “perfect” ornament for each person that will be attending that year. She unwraps all of them, writes the year on the bottom, and decorates her tree with them. After gifts have been exchanged, everyone takes turns (oldest to youngest) to go up to the tree and try to guess which ornament is theirs for this year. I was the youngest person there that year and so I went last.”

“I went up to the tree, circled it a few times, and was a little confused because my ornament was usually a Mississippi State ornament but there weren’t any on the tree. After a little prompting, I went back around to the back of the tree and found my ornament. It was an ornament shaped like an engagement ring box popped open just like a proposal. I thought, surely this isn’t mine, but I took it off the tree and walked back around to see Wade in front of his family down on one knee with another box in his hand. I barely uttered a yes to his question before jumping into his arms and putting my real ring on my finger. He knew that Christmas holds a really special place in my heart but this was for sure was the best Christmas ever.”

Prayer

Jessica + Wade, as I have edited the images below I have prayed for you and your relationship. The word that keeps coming to my mind as I pray is HOLY. The Lord desires for your marriage to be a beautiful example of the passionate and holy love that Jesus has for His bride, and that the bride has for Him! He has such amazing plans for the two of you, walking in unity, to advance the Kingdom of Heaven!

Jessica + Wade, I hope you enjoy my favorite images from you Town of Livingston Engagement Session!

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Outdoor Engagement Session at Livingston

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Ashley + Kirk’s Outdoor Engagement Session at the Town of Livingston was such a joy to capture! It was a joyful session full of laughter and perfect golden light!

I first met Ashley last year when she responded to our ad on Care.com looking for a babysitter for Isaac and Pippa. We interviewed several, but Ashley was the person we chose to watch out little ones three days a week so I could work. Isaac, Pippa and I all fell in love with her and are so thankful for the time she spent loving our precious little ones!

Ashley + Kirk met at Ole Miss and have moved to Jackson for Kirk to attend The University of Mississippi Medical School. They are planning a January destination wedding in Turks and Caicos!

Ashley + Kirk, I have prayed for you both as I edited your session and the word the Holy Spirit keeps giving me is JOY! I am praying abundant JOY over you both as you enjoy your engagement and wedding planning season. I am praying for a JOY FILLED wedding and honeymoon in the islands! The Lord has such good plans for you both, and I pray He will draw you deeper into His heart as you seek Him for each step of your journey together.

Below are a few of my favorite images from Ashely + Kirk’s engagement session.

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Town of Livingston Engagement Session

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Lindsey + Payton’s Town of Livingston engagement session was such a dream! Perfect light, beautiful setting, and a beautiful couple styled perfectly!

Have you ever met someone and though to yourself “these are people I want to hang out with”? You just feel at ease and at peace with them. That is exactly how I felt about Lindsey + Payton! We talked about world travel, good food, and how to make a homemade air conditioner. It was also fun to discover that I graduated from high school with Payton’s older sister! I just love those moments when histories cross paths and the world suddenly seems smaller.

Lindsey + Payton, I have prayed for you as I edited these beautiful images. As I prayed for you, Holy Spirit gave me a picture of a gentle stream of cool clear water. I have a sense of refreshing peace. I am praying for the Holy Spirit to fill each of you to overflowing with His refreshing peace so that you can overflow to those around you.

I am so excited to work with Bethany from Oak Experience on Lindsey + Payton’s May 2020 wedding at their home and land in Pelahatchie, MS! I know it will be a beautiful day full of joy and laughter! Below are my favorite images from their beautiful Town of Livingston engagement session.

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Emily + Cameron | Engagement

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I love engagement sessions, and this Vicksburg, MS engagement session with Emily + Cameron did not disappoint!

I picked Emily up at 5:00 and drove to meet up with Cameron at her family’s cabin outside of Vicksburg. I just loved getting to know Emily and her heart for Jesus on our car ride! We talked about church, ministry, worship, and her plans for including Jesus as the most important guest on her wedding day! I also loved hearing more about her love story and Cameron’s relentless pursuit of Emily’s heart!

How They Met

Emily + Cameron met during high school through their church youth group. He pursued, and love blossomed. High school graduation did not deter these two, and their love has continued to grow despite the long distance with Cameron at Ole Miss.

Proposal Story

On the four year anniversary of when they started dating, Cameron took Emily out on a date. After their dinner, he took her to the swinging bridge in Byram to talk. This is something they did often, so she didn’t suspect anything. As they were walking across the bridge, Cameron got down on one knee and asked Emily to spend forever with him! Emily immediately said yes, knowing without a doubt that this is the man Jesus created just for her!

Emily + Cameron, I have prayed for you as I edited the images from your engagement session. As I prayed, the word FAITHFUL kept coming to my mind. I sense the Lord saying, “Well done! Thank you for being faithful to Me, even in your dating and engagement relationship.” He took me to the verse from Matthew 25:21 where it says, “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’” I feel that with you marriage He is bringing you into a season of deep happiness and joy!

Emily + Cameron, I enjoyed my time with you on your Vicksburg, MS engagement session. I am looking forward to celebrating with you on your wedding day in May!

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Hannah + Dustin | Engagement Session at The Town of Livingston

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I had the best time last week with Hannah + Dustin capturing their engagement session at The Town of Livingston and getting to know them both better! Engagement sessions are such a fun, relaxed time to not only capture beautiful images, but to build a friendship with my clients. My heart is to be a trusted friend and not just another vendor when I arrive on their wedding day!

Hannah and Dustin’s love story begins at a tailgate party on campus at Mississippi State University. Love blossomed and as Dustin’s graduation approached he invited Hannah to join him for a photo session to commemorate his coming graduation. They returned to the spot where they met and were posing for a picture when he got down on one knee and asked Hannah to spend forever with him!

Hannah and Dustin, I have prayed for you as I edited the images from our time together. As I have prayed the word JOY keeps coming to my mind. The Lord took me to Psalm 18:2 which says “The LORD is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. he is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety.” I pray that the JOY of the LORD will fill you both, and that He will truly be your rock, fortress, shield and strength! He is worth of your all! He is the solid foundation upon which to build your marriage and future! He is faithful and trustworthy! I am also praying for every detail for your wedding to come together perfectly, and for the day to go smoothly. I am so excited and can’t wait to see you again in October!

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Anna Leigh + Houston | Engagement

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I had the best time getting to know Anna Leigh + Houston at their recent engagement session! My favorite story from our time together was how Houston presented Anna Leigh with a Bible with her soon-to-be new married name on it when he proposed to her.

I am so excited to capture their beautiful wedding in October and can’t wait to spend more time with this precious couple!

Anna Leigh + Houston, I have prayed for you as I edited these images, and it is no coincidence that the Lord keeps taking me back to Ecclesiastes 4:12 where He says, “a chord of three strands is not easily broken.” The Lord is weaving you two together. He is the third chord. And when you are united with Him and one another, no weapon formed against you shall prosper.

Mr and Mrs Bernardini | Timeless First Baptist Jackson Wedding

First Baptist Jackson WeddingMary Marie and Matt’s timeless First Baptist Jackson wedding was an absolute joy to capture! With Mary Marie’s timeless style and so many family heirlooms incorporated throughout the day, I feel I could have edited the whole wedding in black and white and you would think it was straight from a 1950’s classic film! But then you would miss out on seeing her beautiful blush and coral florals. And you just can’t miss out of the beautiful color of the florals!

We chose the Mississippi State Capitol building as the location for Mary Marie and Matt’s engagement session, and I love how their sunset husband and wife portraits are in the same location! These images will pair perfectly on the walls of their new home!

This timeless First Baptist Jackson wedding was FILLED with family heirlooms! This the same church Mary Marie’s parents were married in. The wedding gowns of the mother and grandmother-of-the-bride were beautifully displayed at the reception and the bride wore the same earrings her mother wore on her wedding day. Every detail was elegant and simply perfect.

As I watched the day progress, the love this church family has for Mary Marie and her family was evident. The staff of the church met every need. Countless members came together to make Mary Marie’s dream wedding come true!

It has been such an honor to get to know Mary Marie and Matt throughout their engagement season. I have prayed for you as I have edited these images and I keep hearing the word JOY! The JOY of the LORD is your strength! The JOY of the LORD will carry you through every trial that comes your way!

I had the honor of working with a dream team of vendors listed below:

Venue: First Baptist Church Jackson, MS

Florals/Caterer: Fresh Cut Catering and Floral

Cake: Cakes by Iris

Invitations/Programs: J W Creative Studio

Bridal Gown: Low’s Bridal

Hair/Makeup: Jamie Bobbitt

Videographer: Britton Lee Films

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Things to Consider When Selecting a Wedding Venue

Finding the right wedding venue takes a lot of time and research and can often be one of the hardest parts of planning a wedding. You need to make sure that your venue ticks all the right boxes before you make a final decision.

Your venue will influence your budget as well as the atmosphere on the day so before you sign on the dotted line, below are three important things to consider before you decide on your wedding venue.

Venue size.

Look at how many people you’re planning to invite to your wedding versus the number of people the venue can comfortably cater for. A crowded reception can be quite uncomfortable and if a venue is too large, it can affect the atmosphere and the overall look and feel. Put an initial guest list together before you start venue shopping so that you can make a better decision.

What about the drinks?

If alcohol and drinks are a big part of your wedding so it’s important to find out whether you can bring your own alcohol and what the costs are or if the venue will supply the drinks. Since you will also need a licensed bartender to serve alcohol, find out whether the venue can assist with this so that you can factor those costs into your final budget.

Preferred vendors.

You’re going to be working with several different vendors in the time leading up to and on your wedding day. Many venues require you to use their vendors so find out about this before you make a booking. If they do work with specific vendors, make sure that you’re happy with their experience, style, personality, and pricing. When a venue works with preferred vendors, it does mean they’re confident in their experience and ability to delivery but it’s more important for you to choose vendors that fit in with your budget and overall preferences.

There are many different factors to consider when choosing the perfect wedding venue but make sure that it’s a space that speaks to your personalities and style as a couple.