A retro VW bug and the Golden Gate Bridge are all the props needed for this fun San Francisco engagement session from D.Lillian Photography. This couple had recently moved from across the country and wanted their engagement session to reflect their new life here in San Francisco. They borrowed a neighbor’s vintage VW and captured some pictures right in their own neighborhood. And of course, a San Fran shoot wouldn’t be complete without that iconic bridge in the backdrop.
Relaxed and charming are the words of the day with this sweet Pennsylvania DIY wedding from Brianna Wilbur. This couple are book lovers so they incorporated cute handmade book themed details into their day. I love the library card escort station! They picked books that had special meaning to them for each of the tables along with a little story on each card.
The two most important things to us while planning our wedding were 1, making it a day that our families and friends would enjoy and feel comfortable and 2, making it a day that truly fit us and fit our style. We focused on creating a relaxed and fun atmosphere and adding personal touches to both the ceremony and the reception that highlighted some of our favorite things to do together- ride our bikes and read.
The ceremony was held at First Presbyterian Church of Moorestown, where Dan has been the youth director for the past two years. We were especially excited to be married there because it allowed us to invite all of the kids Dan has worked with and their families. We actually ended up having about 100 kids and their families come! Seeing a church full of people supporting us is something neither of us will ever forget.
We borrowed old books from our families and friends to use as centerpieces, turned our place cards into library cards featuring books that have special stories or meaning to both of us, and fixed up a tandem bike to display at the ceremony (which unfortunately never actually made it to the church but that’s a whole other story haha). Something I really loved about the planning process was how involved Dan was with everything- he designed the place cards and programs, and even chose our wedding colors! It truly was a wedding that featured both of us.
Photography | Brianna Wilbur Photography | Ceremony Location | First Presbyterian Church of Moorestown | Reception Venue | Knowlton Mansion | Caterer | Conroy Catering Company | Flowers | First Presbyterian Church of Moorestown Flower Guild | Gown | Watters from Bridal Garden | Bridesmaid Dresses | Bill Levkoff | DJ | Synergetic Sounds and Lighting
If you’ve got a case of the Mondays, this super cute proposal from Sara Lynn Photographic is sure to cheer you up! This sweet groom planned a big surprise proposal and engagement party for his bride to be at Red Rocks Amphitheatre where they met 5 years ago.
We had been planning this day for about 2 months. I had met Sara at Red Rocks leading up to the big day to go over location, what clothes I would be wearing so she could spot me, sunlight, and direction. The planning helped calm my nerves a bit because we had mapped out to almost the minute where I needed to be. We even had a back up location depending on sunlight.
About a week before it was the worst kept secret in the world. Almost all our family and friends knew that this wouldn’t be a normal red rocks workout but everyone did an amazing JOB of keeping it from Becca.
I think I drove about 40 mph on 470 on the way there because I did not want to mess up our time line. Once we arrived I could barely speak. Becca was asking why we parked where we did and why I needed to run with a backpack on, to which I didn’t have the greatest responses. Once I saw Sara I knew it was on. We started jogging around the stands but my heart was racing for other reasons. I wasn’t sure which place to propose because it was a little overcast and I couldn’t remember which location she wanted.
I decided to go to the top where we originally had planned. Becca was confused why I had to take a break in the middle of the stands as I was fumbling through my camelback looking for the ring. Right as she looked away I grabbed her by the hand and got down on one knee.
She looked a bit confused at first but once people started cheering and I began the little speech I had prepared she realized what was going on. I was so glad Sara was able to capture such an important moment for Becca and I.
I introduced her to Sara afterwards and we began taking pictures around Red Rocks. Becca had no idea there was another surprise waiting.
After Sara left I stalled as best I could by pretending I left my water bottle and tying my SHOES really slow. As we walked down to the bottom of the hill I tried to stay on her left side so she would not see the tent passed my head. I will never forget the sound of all our friends and family cheering for us as we walked down the hill. This was one of the happiest moments of my life and I was so happy to be able to give this memory to my future wife.
Photography | Sara Lynn Photographic | Location | Red Rocks Amphitheatre | Planner | Rachel Austin Events | Rentals | All well Rents | Florist | Bella Lu Floral | Bakery | Aspen Charm Cakes and Pastries