Panda Engagement Pictures

Last post, I talked about some of the inspirational pictures that I had for our winter engagement shoot. Well, what did we end up doing? I must admit we kind of took the lazy (and way smarter) route and just let our wonderful photographers pick a location. Our photographers, Kim and Tom, chose a beautiful historical mansion nearby where we had a whole range of different backdrops and I just let them work their magic!

I must admit, I took the lazy way out in terms of preparing for this shoot. I picked a dress that I had in my closet for many years, while PBear’s jacket was stolen from my dad’s closet. Any coordination was purely coincidental. I didn’t change out the accessories I usually wear, and I definitely didn’t wear makeup. I know it’ll be a big change from our look on the big day, but I’m so happy to have some pictures of us looking casual.

All images via All-Star Photos


When we went out to our photo shoot on a “warm” 45 degree day a couple days after Christmas, we really didn’t have any idea what to expect or what to do. I think it really did give us a good idea of what to expect, come wedding day, and I’m so glad we got this opportunity! It took a while for us to loosen up, but those are the pictures that I like the best. I had been anxiously waiting to see the pictures. But boy were they worth the wait!

I am so thrilled with how the pictures turned out. I love how so many of the pictures really feel like us.

Okay, enough talking, more pictures. It was so hard to narrow down the pictures, but here are just a couple of my favorites. Many, many pictures of us trying not to look cold ahead:




I wish I could remember the joke that PBear had made. It was one of the dumbest jokes of all time, and yet I could not stop laughing.
It is insanely hard to walk on railroad tracks in heels.
I am apparently so short, that even in heels and standing on train tracks, I am barely PBear’s height.
I love this picture because it looks like PBear is trying to eat my brains. Om nom nom.
Obligatory ring shot.

Of course the big question now is which ones do I get printed? How do you narrow it down? How did your engagement shoot go?


Mrs. Panda

Boston, MA
Wedding Date:
June 2013
Booking the Photographer
Talking About Money Is So Awkward
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  1. bracelet Member
    bracelet 278 posts, Helper bee @ 10:23 am

    You guys look like you’re having so much fun!

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    bracelet 278 posts, Helper bee @ 10:24 am

    P.S: Over a year after our engagement shoot (and 4 months + after wedding)… and I still haven’t printed out any engagement photos! (But I did use them for our save the dates… so that should count, right?)

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    pinkwaterlily 35 posts, Newbee @ 12:38 pm

    Ooh, the black and white one looks very artsy and definitely print-worthy!

  4. mspony Member
    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 1:08 pm

    These are all so good, but I love the black and white one best!

  5. bluewhale Member
    bluewhale 638 posts, Busy bee @ 1:39 pm

    I reeeeally like the black and white one where he’s picking you up. Mr. Whale and I tried this move a few times, but we totally botched it :)

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    clairebear000 309 posts, Helper bee @ 2:03 pm

    Love the black and white, and the one where you are looking at each other on the train tracks! Cute :)

  7. beanstalk Member
    Mrs. Beanstalk 770 posts, Busy bee @ 2:58 pm

    these came out so good!! I especially like the ones where he is lifting you up in a sweet embrace! I’m with bracelet… I haven’t printed any of our e-pics yet either!! We’ve gifted our family several framed images, but none of our are displayed yet. I think I will change that very soon!

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    mslemur 616 posts, Busy bee @ 3:17 pm

    Awh cute! I am pretty proud of myself that I managed to pics printed within a few days for Christmas presents for family members… but I’ve been meaning to print some others for at work/school and haven’t gotten around to it!

  9. camel Member
    camel 703 posts, Busy bee @ 4:42 pm

    Aww you guys are so cute together! Love the photos!

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    dancingriss 305 posts, Helper bee @ 4:53 pm

    I typically will order 1 or 2 4x6s of every print from photo albums (or in our case a small photo box to take on deployment), then I pick out my favorites to print specifically in 5×7 or 8×10 frames. Really think about printing all of them! It’s so cheap to do so anyway on snapfish and all of those

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    Mrs. Panda 1359 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:30 pm

    @Mrs. Bracelet: it was a lot of fun! I feel so vain admitting that…
    @Mrs. Bracelet: @Mrs. Beanstalk: @Miss Lemur: if no one actually prints them out, what are we supposed to *do* with these pictures?
    @clairebear000: @Mrs. Pony: @pinkwaterlily: I too am a big fan of the black and white one, but is it weird to use a picture of us smooching? I always feel so weird looking at other people’s kissing pictures…
    @dancingriss: I’ll definitely look into snapfish!

  12. mstoadstool Member
    mstoadstool 2485 posts, Buzzing bee @ 6:43 pm

    I love the ones when he is lifting you, they look fun and natural.

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    DBS5127 220 posts, Helper bee @ 9:08 pm

    The black and white one is amazing! Plus, it’s not in-your-face kissiness, so I don’t think it’d be weird to have up.

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    mslemur 616 posts, Busy bee @ 5:54 am

    @Miss Panda: I used them in our invitations, printed them for our parents/grandparents (they loved them), and use them on Facebook/IG/Twitter/every social media site out there (that’s like a given). But really, we only paid $100 for the photo shoot, so even just using them only in the invitations and gifts for our family was enough for me to feel like I had gotten our money’s worth. I did print four and put them in a frame that will go in our apartment someday.

  15. mswallaby Member
    mswallaby 2069 posts, Buzzing bee @ 6:57 am

    Soo cute!! I love the ones of him picking you up!

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    Gina Basin, Guest @ 12:45 pm

    Love the pick up photo.

  17. graywolf Member
    graywolf 725 posts, Busy bee @ 5:40 pm

    these are great! you picked an awesome outfit. i love the picking up ones!

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