We’re On a Boat!

We decided Summer 2012 that we better start taking some pictures. A friend of mine from high school is incredibly talented with a camera, and was starting her own wedding photography business, so we took her up on her offer to shoot us! Because Lake Grapevine is beautiful and Mr. Manatee’s family has a boat there, we decided it would be a fun and unique place to shoot. I was also inspired by adorable (and lets face it, super fratty) pictures such as these.

Photo credit: Krystyn Hogan


Photo credit: Krystyn Hogan

So, off we went to Grapevine Lake. I had been stressing about what to wear, besides our Sperrys (of course), but my mom came through at the last second and pull the perfect breezy white linen top out of her closet. I got a bit cheesy with an anchor necklace, but it doesn’t show up in any of the pictures. I feel like our pictures were perfectly on theme with our inspiration, and I couldn’t be happier!

Here’s some of our favorites. All photos by Natalie Sales Photography.








My personal favorite of the favorites.

Did you take care to involve an important part of your lives in your engagement shoot?


Miss Manatee

Fort Worth, TX
Wedding Date:
June 2013
The One Where Miss Armadillo Needs Your Advice!!!
One Year: New Marriage, New House, New Baby (to be)
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    Merelymere 476 posts, Helper bee @ 2:08 pm

    Love the pictures! I love that photojournalism has spread to engagement photos also so you can be more “realistic” than standing in front of a photo backdrop.
    We actually had three locations for our pictures– a really pretty park for the “dressy/formal” ones, then the coffeehouse where we “re-met” and the sports bar (sigh- we’re in the South) where Andrew has been cheering on his Falcons since 2005 and I’ve joined since 2011.

  2. msarmadillo Member
    msarmadillo 497 posts, Helper bee @ 2:16 pm

    So cute! Love the boat shoes. You guys are adorable!

  3. buffalo Member
    buffalo 178 posts, Blushing bee @ 2:19 pm

    I LOVE these!! I will say the 2nd one is my favorite! You look so pretty!

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    halolover 247 posts, Helper bee @ 2:37 pm

    Super cute pictures. Is that an ankle bracelet or a tattoo? I bet it was a fun day.

  5. mstreasure Member
    mstreasure 1655 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:01 pm

    I love these! Your friend is incredibly talented.

  6. mspony Member
    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 3:30 pm

    These are so cute! I love that you took them on the boat.

  7. beanstalk Member
    Mrs. Beanstalk 770 posts, Busy bee @ 3:55 pm

    gorgeous photos! I love it when couples make their e pics really personal.

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    jacofblues 1468 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:19 am

    Wow those photos look amazing!

  9. panda Member
    Mrs. Panda 1359 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:53 am

    Those pictures are really really gorgeous!

  10. sunhat Member
    sunhat 1453 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:56 am

    So so cute!

  11. msfox Member
    msfox 1635 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:47 pm

    These are SO FREAKING CUTE. I’m obsessed. But to answer your question – we did 2 engagement shoots (one was a Groupon deal, the other was by a friend), and while the first one was more us picking a random location, the second was done at our local farmer’s market that we used to hit up every weekend (more like once a month now). It’s fun to have those special memories!

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    ookbob 327 posts, Helper bee @ 3:33 pm

    Adorable! My husband and I just did an anniversary shoot on a yacht (in our wedding duds) and it was so much fun!

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