Engagement Shoot Photos!


Since we are at about the half way point until our wedding day, wanted to share some great photos from our engagement shoot. In the beginning I was pretty adamant against engagement shoots. I just thought that the majority of them were so cheesy, what with couples holding each other in Prom poses while gazing off into a field. Needless to say, I was pretty set on not doing this.

When we were choosing our photographers however, we noticed that the majority of them included engagement pics as part of the overall package. FH was all about it (he just loves a good deal!), so I begrudgingly agreed. I told him though that we had to make it very clear to our photogs that we would want to be photographed doing things we actually enjoy.

Fast forward to July when we had already chosen the wonderful Samara and Chris of the Montreal-based photography company Sarelle Photos as our photographers. We were gearing up for our second wedding planning trip out to Montreal since we had some vendor meetings lined up, so decided to do our engagement shoot during that trip as well. (Side note: I had also scheduled my hair and makeup trial for the morning of the shoot—this is a great way to see if the work your hair and makeup artist do will hold up the entire day and photograph well.)

We let our photographers know the kinds of things we were passionate about, like biking, music and dancing. Montreal has this awesome bike rental system so that ended up working out perfectly as we used a bike for a portion of our shoot. But the best and biggest addition came from our photographers. After the shoot, we planned on catching a concert at this cool theater—a singer named Citizen Cope was performing there and we’d never seen him live before. Our photographers ended up getting permission from the theater to take some photos of us inside the venue, before the show. We were THRILLED, since as I’ve mentioned music is one of our biggest passions.

I also wanted to integrate the peacock wedding theme into our e-shoot, hence the light teal dress and peacock feather necklace. The cupcakes were leftovers from our tasting with the baker, Les Glaceurs, the day before. So to end, wanted to share some of our favorite photos from the shoot—enjoy!

P.S.—There is indeed a picture (or three) of us in a Prom-like pose gazing off into a field. But it’s totally awesome so don’t judge!











































Were you against engagement photos at first? What made you change your mind?


Mrs. Mongoose

New Haven, CT
Wedding Date:
May 2013
The Engagement Photos Are In!
A Change of Color
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  1. msarmadillo Member
    msarmadillo 497 posts, Helper bee @ 1:12 pm

    I love these photos! The shots of you two all over the city are fabulous–taking Montreal by storm! :)

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    missmorganista 1607 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:12 pm

    Holy crap you guys are so cute. Seriously. Where did you get that dress?!

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    OnceUponATime 1680 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:09 pm

    OMG I la-la-loveee the B&W shot with the stage lights behind you. Stunning :)

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    bat 285 posts, Helper bee @ 2:20 pm

    I love them!! You guys are adorable together! And that cupcake ring shot? swoon.

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    ZoetheMrs 907 posts, Busy bee @ 2:59 pm

    I love these, you guys are so cute together! Also, I think you should do a post about your e-ring because it is STUNNING and I need to see many pics of it 😉

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    lealorali 4827 posts, Honey bee @ 3:27 pm

    I love the skirt flipping up!! (Sounds creepy but it’s so cute!)

  7. msmongoose Member
    msmongoose 264 posts, Helper bee @ 6:44 pm

    @missmorganista: Thank you! I actually got the dress at Macy’s :)

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    jbtimestwo 118 posts, Blushing bee @ 7:23 pm

    Wow! Your pictures are amazing! I also am anti engagement pics, but seeing your pictures makes me want to go for it!

  9. mspony Member
    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 7:58 pm

    These are so cute, you two are adorable and I love how you incorporated things you love!

  10. sword Member
    sword 1029 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:11 pm

    gorgeous photos!

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    jilleeann 409 posts, Helper bee @ 9:11 pm

    I’m not thrilled with the idea, but then, I’ve never been big on having my picture taken. Those are great pics though!

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    Mrs. Bracelet 279 posts, Helper bee @ 3:44 am

    Great pictures!

  13. mswallaby Member
    mswallaby 2070 posts, Buzzing bee @ 6:03 am

    Dear god you too look so happy. Thanks for sharing!! My absolute fave is that second one of you two gazing at each other – I want to enlarge it and hang it on my wall or something, it makes me so happy.

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    msfox 1635 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:54 am

    I’m so happy you ended up doing these.. they are amazing!! I totally love the one with Mr. M riding the bike in the shot with your legs.. it made me giggle, but it a good way! You seriously have some great photos.

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    knadams0723 99 posts, Worker bee @ 8:22 am

    Oh my goodness! These are amazing, so cute! You are beautiful and these have got to be about the most amazing engagement pictures I have ever seen!

  16. mouse Member
    Mrs. Mouse 5761 posts, Bee Keeper @ 1:17 pm

    Beautiful! I love the ones in the theater. So majestic!

  17. mstreasure Member
    mstreasure 1655 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:27 pm

    These are gorgeous! I LOOOOVE the ones in the theatre! Empty theatres are my happy place.

  18. hyena Member
    hyena 2537 posts, Sugar bee @ 9:59 am

    Such fun, beautiful photos!

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    graywolf 725 posts, Busy bee @ 3:44 pm

    you both look great!

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    stephk527 987 posts, Busy bee @ 11:22 am

    I love these photos! They are so stylish and the sky shots are stellar.

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    ladymegbeth 227 posts, Helper bee @ 11:05 am

    OMG, these are SO cute and young and amazing! I love the between the seats shot. And can I just say TRAIN TRACKS?? LOVE IT! 😀

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