On Engagement Pictures

Hello again, hive! It’s been over a month since my last post. Things have been busy in the Toadstool household—we’ve had a lot in our hands between driving back home for the holidays, visiting family and settling into a new life together.

But I am back now, with engagement pictures!

We got our e-pics a week after our wedding day. The reason? We took them a mere month before the big day. The way our photographer works is that he gives us the chance to see the raw files, we pick the ones we like, he edits them and gets back to us with prints and hi-res digitals. It is his way of making sure we love the pics we get—and it’s great, but I took my time (procrastinated) to go see the files, so we had to add those days to our waiting time.

The (fairly short) wait was worth it because we have these babies: (Photos by Alberto Alcorta Photography)


We had the shoot in November. I scheduled my make up trial for that day and my sister woke up at 6:00am on her day off school to curl my hair (bless her for not burning my neck with the curling iron).

By noon we were at Alamos, a small colonial town that’s just an hour and a half away from our hometown.



We were lucky to have a fantastic cloudy day (not very common around here), so the lighting was ideal. Alberto knows the small town very well and he often shoots there, so he’s familiar with cute scenes you wouldn’t necessarily notice as a tourist.


Alberto calls this shoot “ice breaker,” because it’s his chance to get to know the couple and learn how to work with them so they’ll feel more comfortable with him on the wedding day, and that definitely helped on the big day.

Even though Mr. Toadstool looked at Alberto’s work before we hired him, I was still a bit on the edge. I picked this photographer and I wanted Mr. Toadstool to love his work, you know? So I was extremely pleased that, when looking at the raw files, Mr. Toadstool expressed that Alberto is worth every cent. Score!


I know a lot of couples have a wedding related reason to take engagement pictures (save the dates, wedding websites, invitations, etc.), but we didn’t. However, I really wanted these photos. Mr. Toadstool is not very good with pictures and we don’t have many “good” pictures of the two of us. And although we’ll have tons of wedding pictures, I wanted a few nice pictures of us that looked more “everyday” and not just wedding pictures. This seemed like the perfect time to do it.

What are/were your reasons to have or not have an engagement shoot?


Mrs. Toadstool

Obregon, Mexico
Wedding Date:
December 2012
Flower Power
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  1. buffalo Member
    buffalo 178 posts, Blushing bee @ 2:55 pm

    They turned out AWESOME!

  2. sword Member
    sword 1029 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:03 pm

    i love your e-pics girl! You look so gorgeous!

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    megaleg 27 posts, Newbee @ 3:11 pm

    Wow! The locations is awesome! Love them all

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    MrsPadlock2B 488 posts, Helper bee @ 3:15 pm

    That is the exact same reason I want an engagement shoot to have nice pics of my and FI that arnt all wedding photos around our house

  5. mslyre Member
    mslyre 512 posts, Busy bee @ 3:21 pm

    You look gorgeous, Mrs T.!!! :)

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    missmorganista 1607 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:34 pm

    We just took our photos last week.. not enough time for Save the Dates or anything. They are more for us than anything. :) Love your pictures!

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    lealorali 4827 posts, Honey bee @ 3:47 pm

    Love the architecture. SO different from the concrete jungles you see in the US.
    Miss Toadstool, how is your English so perfect?!

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    superduperbrit 2466 posts, Buzzing bee @ 3:59 pm

    Those are AMAZING pictures. I hope you framed them all. Seriously, I wouldn’t be able to choose, lol. They are awesome!

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    kbiceling 298 posts, Helper bee @ 4:22 pm

    These are so great!! You look so happy! :)

  10. mstoadstool Member
    mstoadstool 2485 posts, Buzzing bee @ 4:32 pm

    @lealorali: Raw truth? 40% school, 40% music, tv and internet, 20% a semester in Canada. Oh and a little help from MsWord, Mrs. Mouse and Pengy for spell check 😉

  11. mssquirrel Member
    mssquirrel 276 posts, Helper bee @ 5:53 pm

    These are wonderful. You look amazing. My favorite is the ring shot where you two are hugging!

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 6:28 pm

    These are gorgeous!

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    bridesmomma 476 posts, Helper bee @ 7:06 pm

    LOVE them!!! Thank you for sharing :-)

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    fivedogsrule 303 posts, Helper bee @ 7:11 pm

    Love the pictures, thank you for sharing.

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    kimy 1164 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:38 pm

    Pictures to treasure for always..x

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    gotsolt 25 posts, Newbee @ 1:25 am

    These are gorgeous!You look gorgeous

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    lealorali 4827 posts, Honey bee @ 4:24 am

    @Mrs. Toadstool: Impressive! You really are very good. I know English is tough to learn!

  18. msfox Member
    msfox 1635 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:13 am

    These are gorgeous, you guys are too cute! And I totally agree – it’s nice to have some really good “everyday” photos!!

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    mswallaby 2070 posts, Buzzing bee @ 7:59 am


  20. sunhat Member
    sunhat 1453 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:03 am

    Love these! The one of the two of you sitting is just perfect.

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    macru 12 posts, Newbee @ 8:03 pm


  22. msmongoose Member
    msmongoose 264 posts, Helper bee @ 1:38 pm

    Such sweet photos, you guys look great!!

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    dancingriss 305 posts, Helper bee @ 3:50 pm

    The first pic is to die for!

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