wedding wednesdays – engagement photos

17 Apr


I’ve been wanting to share more about the wedding planning process on the blog, but I was worried you would start to think this was turning into a wedding blog, because it’s not. But at the same time, planning a wedding has become a big part of my life. Taking the next step with Brian is such a special time in our lives…

It’s romantic, comforting, exciting, fun and of course, some days overwhelming and stressful. On those days I have to remind myself that this is a time in our lives to be thoroughly enjoyed and not to be stressed about.

Most days I stay on course, although sometimes the wedding finds its way into my head even when I try to avoid it. This week alone, I’ve had some truly odd dreams about our upcoming nuptials….

There was the dream where I forgot to book a hair and makeup person and ended up throwing my hair in a disappointing messy bun for the big day. It was like the adult version of the dream where you show up to school without pants or something else very important. Then there was the one were Brian and I said “I do” in a miniature living room while all our guests sat at our feet. I could barely pay attention to the officiant because I kept thinking “who the hell planned this!” Then there was the one where I ate a bunch of greasy cheeseburgers and drank copious amounts of wine the night before and couldn’t fit into my wedding dress the next day, causing me to have an epic meltdown in front of my bridesmaids and make up artist (at least I had makeup in this dream!) Then there was the one where our photographer’s camera flew up into the sky like a balloon on the loose and he was unable to take photos the rest of the day. This one actually made me laugh out loud when I woke up. They are all rather ridiculous, actually.

So considering the wedding is here to stay, I’ve decided to dedicate a post to it once a week.

This week…engagement photos!

Recently we shot our engagement photos with the extremely talented Rachel of One Part Gypsy. I’m aware that we got lucky because it’s not often you get to shoot your engagement photos with a photographer who is also a dear friend of yours and who also happens to love you and your fiancée.

It made the whole experience even more meaningful.

Although the morning of the shoot I was a tad concerned that the day wasn’t going to go as planned. It was overcast and grey, I had no idea what to wear and Brian was being sooooooo (and I say with total love) annoying about the fact he had to put on a dress shirt and shoot engagement photos. He’s always thought they were stupid, staged, silly and just a terrible no good idea. But I got him to agree to do it weeks prior because he knew how much they meant to me. This didn’t make him any easier to deal with the morning of though, and after an hour of listening to him tell me again why he hated engagement photos, I dramatically yelled, “I don’t even care! let’s just cancel them then!” to which he immediately responded by putting down his iron (he was in the middle of ironing his dress shirt ironically) and giving me a huge hug and kiss and telling me he would change his tune. Then he helped me pick out an outfit.

I was feeling much better but that didn’t stop me from texting Rachel, “It’s a shame I don’t like my fiancée more today.” HA.

Once we made it to Malibu Canyon everything changed. The sun was shining, there was a warm breeze sweeping through the mountains, I had found a dress to wear and Brian magically got into the whole experience. He was finally drinking the engagement photo kool-aid!

The result- my favorite photos of us ever. I really couldn’t love them more. Even Brian had to agree he was happy we did it. WINNING! Thank you sweet Rachel for making the photos feel so intimate and special and for putting your heart into it. I am so grateful for you. Thank you also to Ashley of My Girls On Film Studios for my fabulous hair and makeup. I loooooved it. Can’t wait to have you make me feel gorgeous on my big day.
















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29 Responses to “wedding wednesdays – engagement photos”

  1. molly April 17, 2013 at 8:38 am #

    love these photos!! please please please let us know where you got the beautiful necklace in your second to last photo!

    • katemcclafferty April 18, 2013 at 9:52 pm #

      Sadly, I don’t know where to lead you to buy the necklace! It was a gift from a dear friend who knows I love green. I’m sorry! Thank you for you for your sweet words about the pictures:)

  2. hunting for bliss April 17, 2013 at 8:45 am #

    very lovely photos. the b&w and sepia toned ones are my favorite and the light is magical!

    • redvelvetandwhiskey April 17, 2013 at 10:36 am #

      Wonderful pics! My fiancé and I are shooting our pics this weekend. These are great inspiration

      • katemcclafferty April 18, 2013 at 9:55 pm #

        Thanks! Can’t wait to see yours! 🙂

    • katemcclafferty April 18, 2013 at 9:53 pm #

      wasn’t the light just insane! We got lucky!

  3. Maria April 17, 2013 at 8:51 am #


  4. Loni Found Herself April 17, 2013 at 9:01 am #

    Kate, these are absolutely gorgeous. Rachel did a fantastic job.

  5. Erin Haslag (@WELLinLA) April 17, 2013 at 9:08 am #

    Love the photos. You and Brian look so happy and in love. Rachel is so good at capturing the emotion and spirit of photos (more photos, Rachel!!).

    • katemcclafferty April 18, 2013 at 9:56 pm #

      Isn’t she? It’s such a talent! I am so happy with them:)

  6. cravesadventure April 17, 2013 at 9:42 am #

    Loving Your Engagement Captures:) It is a big part of your life and I love reading about the engagement, the planning process, your love for each other, etc. Have a Great Day!

  7. the usual bliss April 17, 2013 at 11:23 am #

    I remember the crazy wedding dreams!
    The photos are stunning- what magical light you had that day!

  8. di @ life of di. April 17, 2013 at 12:19 pm #

    Such wonderful photos. You two look great together!! Thanks for sharing!

  9. rachel April 17, 2013 at 12:27 pm #

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE YOU GUYS. And these photos 🙂 Beautiful people make for beautiful pics!!! So. Much. Fun. xoxoxoxo

  10. Katie Devine April 17, 2013 at 12:46 pm #

    LOVE LOVE LOVE these photos and you. It’s so inspiring reading about your beautiful, exciting and very real love story. Keep sharing! 🙂

  11. Sia Aristidou April 17, 2013 at 2:49 pm #

    Beautiful engagement photos! Best of luck with your wedding plans. May it be everything you have ever dreamed of (or not at all – lol).

    • katemcclafferty April 18, 2013 at 10:06 pm #

      hahahah! Right? Let’s hope they big day turns out nothing like I dreamed! Thanks for your lovely words about the photos:)

  12. righteousbruin9 April 17, 2013 at 3:58 pm #

    This is a beautiful album. I wish you a splendid wedding and a long and happy marriage.

  13. amelie88 April 17, 2013 at 6:32 pm #

    These are some of the best engagement photos I have ever seen. Generally I feel that these types of shoots come off as really cheesy and gimmicky. However you two just seem to be having a grand old time wandering around and not too many of the pictures seem posed. You may hate me for saying this–but these pictures are reminiscent of Twilight (the meadow scenes in the books) but in a good way–no sparkly vampires or twitchy emo teenage girls (ie Kristen Stewart).

    • katemcclafferty April 18, 2013 at 10:07 pm #

      I don’t hate you at all for saying that! Although I’ve never seen them movie so I’m going to have to take your word on it! Thank you for your lovely words about the pictures. Your comment put a smile on my face:) xo

  14. barbarapotter April 17, 2013 at 7:55 pm #

    Kate they are all so absolutely beautiful and so full of love. What a precious group of photos to hand down to the generations to come.

  15. Cassy April 18, 2013 at 5:47 am #

    You two look absolutely perfect together! I love these so much!

  16. Danielle April 20, 2013 at 8:58 am #

    Absolutely magical! These photos perfectly capture the gorgeous love you share 🙂

  17. JenPastiloff April 22, 2013 at 5:11 pm #

    Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous, such beautiful love!!

  18. barbarapotter April 24, 2013 at 8:08 pm #

    I would have never thought of doing something like this. It is such a good idea. I am going to pass this on to a friend who may be getting engaged.


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