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Borderland State Park Fall Engagement | Val + Rick

Tis the season for engagement sessions, and today, I’m delighted to share a sneak peek from Val and Rick’s cozy Borderland State Park fall engagement photos. Read more about their story and enjoy a few favorites from their engagement session.

The fall season in New England is one of the most popular times of year for engagement sessions. Beautiful yellows, burnt oranges, and reds with greens added in here and there are simply stunning.

Rain, rain go away should have been the subject line of the last emails that I sent their way as we had to reschedule their session a few times. With sunshine in view and anticipated excitement the week of their session, I thought the wind would hold us back. Thankfully, it wasn’t as windy as expected and the moments between them were magical.

Their story begins in a conference room. Yes, a conference room. In a conference room is where they first met. That makes me smile.

Rick was part of an interview team, and guess who he got to interview.

As time passed, they would later become friends and remained friends for more than two years before they started dating.

Their very first date was on Block Island, and although they had a great time, they never got a chance to get back. Block Island is a gorgeous Rhode Island destination that requires some planning and a ferry to get there:)

Well, this summer, after three years since that first date, they took a trip back to Block Island to spend some time together. Val had no idea what was happening when Rick proposed and asked her to marry him. With shock and excitement, they would spend the next hour making phone calls to their family.

Doesn’t that make you smile?!

I smiled a lot at their engagement session because they are incredibly sweet and fun to be around.

They love cheering for two of Boston’s favorite sports teams, going to concerts, and I got a front row seat to the fun that they have together as a couple.

Val and Rick, you two are the sweetest and I am so excited for you!! I look forward to photographing all of the fun and beautiful moments on your wedding day next October!! Yay!! PS…I will always think of you when eating cheesecake! xo, Shawon

Here are a few favorites from their Borderland State Park fall engagement photos.

Borderland StatePark Fall Engagement Photos

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Deer Island Engagement Session | Alex & Matt

Although rain is headed our way, I think that Alex and Matt’s Deer Island engagement session photos will put a dose of sunshine in your day. Read more about their story, some of the things they love, and enjoy a few favorites from their engagement session.

Alex and Matt met almost six years ago. Matt became friends with one of Alex’s friends and they did everything together as a group with their friends and simply as friends. Movies, dinners, fun nights out, you name it, with their group of friends.

Their friendship would later blossom into a beautiful relationship that you will see in every single frame of their engagement session.

When I first chatted with them over the phone, I could literally see them both smiling with every sentence.

That’s exactly how they were together for their engagement session. Smiling together the entire time.

This August, at the onset of a week visiting at The Cape, Matt was adamant that they go for a walk on the beach their first night there. That night, Alex said yes to more adventures with Matt as he asked her to marry him.

The timing could not have been more perfect as their family joined them the next day and were all able to celebrate with them.

They love paddle boarding, tennis, their dogs Teddy and Bear and their cat Izabel. A new love might also be their engagement session location at Deer Island.

I think I said it at least 20 times or more, and I’m saying it again, Deer Island is amazingly beautiful. I love that while Boston is a big bustling city, it also has quiet hidden places tucked away to enjoy beautiful moments.

Deer Island is one of those places and it’s located in Winthrop, MA just outside the city and is part of the Boston Harbor Islands. There are walking trails, a view of harbor and skyline from several vantage points.

Because the sun was still high in the sky when we arrived, I scouted a location wedged between a few trees that had the most amazing glow. We hung out there for a bit before walking one of the main paths that allowed me to create some beautiful silhouettes and we had plenty of time for dancing in between.

Alex and Matt, I had the best time with you two and I can’t wait for your wedding next year! I still want to know what playlist you kept singing at every opportunity to dance, and I will always smile whenever I hear or see creme brulee!

Here are a few favorites from their Deer Island engagement photos!

Deer Island Engagement Session

Deer Island engagement photos photographed by Shawon Davis. To see more click here: https://bit.ly/2JzSMz0Deer Island engagement photos photographed by Shawon Davis. To see more click here: https://bit.ly/2JzSMz0Deer Island engagement photos photographed by Shawon Davis. To see more click here: https://bit.ly/2JzSMz0Deer Island engagement photos photographed by Shawon Davis. To see more click here: https://bit.ly/2JzSMz0Deer Island engagement photos photographed by Shawon Davis. To see more click here: https://bit.ly/2JzSMz0Deer Island engagement photos photographed by Shawon Davis. To see more click here: https://bit.ly/2JzSMz0Deer Island engagement photos photographed by Shawon Davis. To see more click here: https://bit.ly/2JzSMz0Deer Island engagement photos photographed by Shawon Davis. To see more click here: https://bit.ly/2JzSMz0Deer Island engagement photos photographed by Shawon Davis. To see more click here: https://bit.ly/2JzSMz0Deer Island engagement photos photographed by Shawon Davis. To see more click here: https://bit.ly/2JzSMz0

Deer Island engagement photos photographed by Shawon Davis. To see more click here: https://bit.ly/2JzSMz0

Deer Island engagement photos photographed by Shawon Davis. To see more click here: https://bit.ly/2JzSMz0

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What to Wear for Engagement Photos

It’s time for another Wedding Wednesday post and I think this is a good one because it’s fall engagement season and what to wear for engagement photos is a hot topic.

Let’s face it, you want to look beautiful, feel good, and confidently show up beautiful and smashing for your engagement session photos. Yes?! Of course, you do, and I want you to look and feel amazing as well.

Here are a few tips to consider as you think about what to wear for engagement photos.

What to Wear for Engagement Photos

First things first, let’s start with the ladies. I recommend starting with the ladies first because once you figure out what you’re wearing, selecting a complementary look for the guys is easy peasy.

Tip #1: You can choose one look that you love, or you can add a second look to mix things up a bit. Consider a casual outfit and a more dressy outfit. Bonus, because you’re all dressed up, head out for a nice dinner after your photos.

Tip #2: No need to be matchy-matchy. Complementary looks are best!

Tip #3: Shop your closet first! Yes, go take a look in your closet and pull out your favorites. You know the favorites that you’d wear on repeat for date nights.

Tip #4: Okay, so you’ve worn your favorite on repeat too many times and you want something different. I get it! I suggest heading to your favorite anchor store or stores. Your anchor store is the store where you could walk in with your eyes closed and pick out your favorite color and size and you know it’s gonna look good on you. Choose outfits that fit you well.

Tip #5: If shopping your closet and taking a trip to your favorite store doesn’t help because who can find something when they need to. That only happens when you don’t need to buy anything. Right?! There are some great places online to consider, and a few of my brides have chosen Rent the Runway and Lulus! I can also say that I’ve had great experiences with Rent the Runway!

Tip #6: Give your outfit a trial run one-two weeks before your shoot to ensure that you love what you’ll be wearing.

Tip #7: Don’t forget about your hair and makeup. Professional hair and makeup will look great for the camera, and you’ll feel even more amazing after having pampered yourself.

Okay, there you have it! Those are my tips for what to wear for your engagement photos.

I hope that you enjoyed this edition of Wedding Wednesday and find these tips helpful as you get ready for your engagement shoot.

Want to know about my experience with Rent the Runway, check out this post. It was one of my best days ever!

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10 Questions to Create Your Wedding Day Timeline

Happy Wednesday! After sharing why having a wedding day timeline is important with you last week, today I thought I’d share the 10 questions to create your wedding day timeline that your photographer should ask you to begin planning a stress-free wedding day.

Having a wedding day timeline is important, and asking the right questions to prepare that timeline is even more important.

Every wedding day is different for various reasons. One couple might have a small intimate backyard wedding, another might not have a wedding party, and another couple might have a 200 plus person guest list. After having photographed 100 weddings, I have experienced all of these scenarios and many, many more.

Today, I’m sharing 10 Questions to Create Your Wedding Day Timeline, but there are many more questions to ask.

Knowing the right questions to ask each couple based on the needs for their wedding day is essential.

Because every couple’s day is different, I have a list of about 30 Questions that I ask to help prepare their wedding day timeline.

Today, I’m sharing my top 10 Questions to ask to help prepare your wedding day timeline.

10 Questions to Create Your Wedding Day Timeline

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  1. What are the adresses for getting ready, the ceremony and reception?
  2. Would you like to have a first look?
  3. What is the size of your wedding party? How many bridesmaids? How many groomsmen?
  4. Flower girl and ringbearer? Names and ages? *naps and snacks are REAL and as your photographer, knowing the ages of the littles in the wedding party is helpful.
  5. What time is the ceremony, and how long will it be?
  6. Is it a religious ceremony? As your photographer, I want to be prepared to anticipate moments and what will happen.
  7. Do you need any special permits for additional photo locations? *Boston Public Gardens
  8. Are there any professional games or big runs/walks happening on your wedding day? *Boston *Foxboro
  9. What family photos would you like? Names of all family members for photos? Do you have someone who can make sure if everyone is present for family photos? (especially for large groups)
  10. What time does your reception start? I want to get you there on time and would love to have you join some of your cocktail hour!

Bonus: As a wedding photographer, one thing that you will want to know is sunset time.

Those are 10 Questions to Create Your Wedding Day Timeline, but there are many more questions to ask!

Want more, grab my complete list of 30 Questions to Create Your Wedding Day Timeline:

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I thought I would be a history teacher. That was my dream. I got married, became a mom, homeschooled my kids for 10 years, and realized memories were slipping away from me too quickly. I picked up a camera and started documenting my loved ones like crazy. I watched my life change-these photos were a gift to others. They grew our family roots deeper. I ended up making history myself.

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