Levels of Awesomeness

Our engagement photos are here! Early!! (Dogs are howling and our wine glasses just shattered—I may need to calm down.) After the shoot, I left wondering what level of awesomeness the photos would be. We had a great location and photographer, but would we screw them up? I was convinced I’d have my eyes closed in a third of them and Mr. P would look painfully uncomfortable. Happy to report that on a scale of 1–10, this one goes to 11!


As much as I’d like to keep the location of our amazing photo shoot a secret, I feel that it’s my bridal obligation to spills the beans so everyone else can visit too! Drumroll, please…

Terrain at Styer’s.

They pulled through for us in a BIG way last minute. And it was FREE! (Nothing is free anymore. Anything this cool, that is.) The awful thunderstorms were a blessing in disguise, forcing us to scrap our outdoor shoot in favor of Terrain, which offered indoor and covered outdoor spots. And the rain kept everyone else home—it was just us and the Terrain folks!

OK, I’ve delayed enough. Our wonderfully cool photographer, Heather Fowler, posted a preview on her blog and was kind enough to supplement those shots with some of our personal favorites!


One of the very first photos. (Insert nervous laughter here.)


Our American Gothic


Laughing because raindrops were plinking us in the head…and my false eyelashes and Mr. P’s jeans. (If you look closely, you can see a splat on his knee.)


There are quite a few of me glancing at him. What?! I had to make sure he was smiling!


Super sweetness. Also, look—sunshine!


My (face) cheeks were starting to ache from so much giggling. (Sitting on Heather’s raincoat to keep our bums dry.)


Cracking ourselves up. What you don’t see is Mr. P pinching my rear to make me laugh so he would laugh.


Going in for the kill.


Heather: OK, let’s do a serious one...as I absolutely explode with laughter when I see him…making THAT face. (This one we framed; I grin every time I see it.)


Muchas smoochas!


Trying not to topple over! (Mr. P says, “Weebles may wobble, but they won’t fall down.”)


And we end with this one of Mr. P pulling me close, just before he tried to dip me.

And just for the continuity nuts, did you notice hair transform from stick straight to wavy? (Thanks, humidity and random raindrops.) We really enjoyed our shoot with Heather. Mr. P is more comfortable with having his picture taken, which was partly why we did this. That and to have some kick-ass pictures at the end of it. To top off the evening, we reserved a table at the BYOB cafe. Pretty much a perfect day.

Will you have an engagement shoot? If you did one, do you now feel more comfortable with your photographer and in front of the camera?

(All images by Heather Fowler and reposted with her permission.)


Mrs. Pain au Chocolat

Wilmington, DE
Wedding Date:
June 2011
Across the Shoreline: Inside This Moment
Self (Inflicted Pain) Calligraphy
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  1. Member
    azure6700 175 posts, Blushing bee @ 9:21 am

    What’s wrong with being sexy?
    ha ha Awesome, nothing better than starting the day with a Tap reference.

    Love that you are smiling in these pictures. You guys look so happy.

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    Gerbera 4481 posts, Honey bee @ 9:24 am

    I <3 that first portrait b&w! So carefree, relaxed and happy!

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    MsJeep23 1376 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:27 am

    I laughed out loud at the “serious face.” That’s so great!
    You know, thousands of people spontaneously combust each year. It’s just not widely reported.

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    mrsbowieii 704 posts, Busy bee @ 9:30 am

    Your pictures are amazing even with the rain splatters… The two of you look so in love.

    We did an engagement shoot a week before our engagement party. The best part… It was absolutely free through an entertainment company (complete with an 8×10 photo).

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    sugarpea 5205 posts, Bee Keeper @ 9:30 am

    I love these (: they’re so relaxed and genuine!

  6. elephant Member
    elephant 6339 posts, Bee Keeper @ 9:36 am

    These pictures look like you guys had so much fun!

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    sloth 3196 posts, Sugar bee @ 9:38 am

    Adorable photos. I loooooooooove Terrain!

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    Denali 296 posts, Helper bee @ 9:49 am

    these totally rock

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    Miss Treble 58 posts, Worker bee @ 10:04 am

    I love the pictures! You two look so in love :-)

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    bRooklynRocks 4048 posts, Honey bee @ 10:13 am

    I echo all the previous posters. These pictures are awesome!

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    missmouse29 2998 posts, Sugar bee @ 10:25 am

    I love the location! You look super giggly, which isn’t a bad thing (makes you look happy:) )

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    Mrs. Hermit Crab 3901 posts, Honey bee @ 10:27 am

    These are gorgeous!!

  13. tartlet Member
    tartlet 3227 posts, Sugar bee @ 11:03 am

    You two are such a good looking couple! Love these!

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    rachaelrobin 2915 posts, Sugar bee @ 1:35 pm

    These are so fun!! I loved having an engagement shoot with our photographer. It made us both so comfortable with him, which was awesome for the day of the wedding!

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    alvina 807 posts, Busy bee @ 4:23 pm

    They look super! And very fun :]

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    starfish 1902 posts, Buzzing bee @ 5:43 pm

    These are so cute!

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    Sunlavender 567 posts, Busy bee @ 6:30 pm

    I really wanted an engagement shoot with the photographer… but since it wasn’t included in our package it would have been an additional fee.

  18. glasses Member
    glasses 2749 posts, Sugar bee @ 5:22 pm

    You guys are so cute! I love the natural sweetness of these!

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    pvaulter718 2116 posts, Buzzing bee @ 2:35 pm

    i <3 the crew at Terrain! I’m so glad you were able to make it work!

  20. husky Member
    husky 1750 posts, Buzzing bee @ 2:07 pm

    These are so great! You two look so happy and in love.

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