Kiss-Cams Set to Capture!

Have I built it up enough? Are you ready to see how silly we looked in our engagement photos?

Please note: Neither am I fishing for compliments nor am I holding our wonderful photographer responsible for any of the below. Mr. Road Trip and I are absolute goofballs and ridiculously awkward (at least I am), so I’m more shocked when I think I look good in a photo as opposed to the alternative. Still, we had a lot of fun, so I have no regrets for the day—not even the copious amount of duck faces.

We started out our day at Honey Lake Plantation—actually, no, we started our day meeting up in the Publix parking lot because it’s an hour from town to our venue and Kara lives south of town as it is, so we offered to chauffeur her around between locations just to make things easier. The drive time also gave us a chance to break the ice a bit more—never a bad thing.

The photos started in front of the chapel on the property, with me feeling very self-conscious and therefore very giggly.

Photo by Pink Shutterbug Photography

Photo by Pink Shutterbug Photography

But I managed to pull it together for a decent shot after a bit.

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Photo by Pink Shutterbug Photography

Prop #1: the banner comes out to play:

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Photo by Pink Shutterbug Photography

Then we moved over to a bend with a view of one of the lakes. Admittedly, this looked a lot cooler in my head, but it’s still a good shot. And very reminiscent of how we spend most Friday nights—only it’s a sofa instead of a stone bench and the view behind us is our dining room and bar instead of a gorgeous lake. And in the bottom right corner is one of our monkey cameos.

Photo by Pink Shutterbug Photography

Photo by Pink Shutterbug Photography

Time to change our view, we headed off toward the main hall and posed for this artfully tilted shot under an arch. The circular drive behind us is where cocktail hour and the ceremony will be held (the former on this side of the fountain, the latter on the steps). We’ll have to remember to get a shot of us on the day from this vantage point, too. Apparently there’s an art to the toe-kick pose, an art I’ve yet to master (though not for lack of trying). And this is one of the few non-duck-face kissing pictures we managed.

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Photo by Pink Shutterbug Photography

And then the obligatory walking-down-the-road-toward-our-future shot. Teasing aside, I did pull this as one of our inspiration pictures, and I do like the way it turned out.

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Photo by Pink Shutterbug Photography

Kara had this awesome idea to shoot us with the fountain between us and her and I LOVE this shot. Trust the pros, right?

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Photo by Pink Shutterbug Photography

We also did the picture frame pose—frame provided by Kara—and of the dozen or so she sent us this one is my favorite. We really look relaxed and natural in this one.

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Photo by Pink Shutterbug Photography

I’ve decided that pictures of me sitting on the ground without something in front of me are a bad idea. Combine that with kissy-face and I’m generally unimpressed. This one Kara cropped just right and I think the sepia tone makes the duck face less ducky. It might also make a good shot for the back of our save the dates. We shall see.

Photo by Pink Shutterbug Photography

Photo by Pink Shutterbug Photography

Now, after this we tried for some arty shots among the semi-tall grasses behind us, but they must not have looked at all good because none were included in our discs. I’m not super surprised, as we were standing in a hole and I was leaning over at an awkward angle, but we gave it a good go. And then the strap on my shoe broke, so it was good I had several pairs in the trunk as back-up.

It looks like we’re on a bridge, but it’s actually the back stairs up to our reception venue, shot while Kara stood on the same landing on the opposite end. Sneaky photographers for the win. What do you think of our monkey climbing the tree?

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Photo by Pink Shutterbug Photography

Eventually we moved on to Lofty Pursuits—we can only take so much nature, after all. I had a severe slouching problem in a lot of these shots, so our bright red dress amidst neutrals didn’t work out like in my head, but they’re still some cute shots.

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Photo by Pink Shutterbug Photography

Then we got sneaky—smooching behind the soda. One surefire way to avoid duck-face!

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Photo by Pink Shutterbug Photography

Finally, it was off to Secret Headquarters for our last shots of the day. These were, overall, the best shots of the day because I think we were all about the playing and being silly and just letting our hair down.

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Photo by Pink Shutterbug Photography

Photo by Pink Shutterbug Photography

Photo by Pink Shutterbug Photography

It helps that there were toys to play with, too.

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Photo by Pink Shutterbug Photography

Photo by Pink Shutterbug Photography

Photo by Pink Shutterbug Photography

Brian, the store owner, suggested we swap my sapphire for a different sort of ring (Blue Lantern, anyone?)”¦

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Photo by Pink Shutterbug Photography

And we wedged ourselves between the stacks in the graphic novel room for our best approximation of another of our inspiration shots.

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Photo by Pink Shutterbug Photography

We pinned a cool collage on our inspiration board and Kara put one together of our detail shots. I really love those shoes. Oh, and Mr. Road Trip, too, of course!

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Photo by Pink Shutterbug Photography

OK, 19 pictures has GOT to be enough of us, yes? And, yet, I like nice, round numbers, so here’s a 20th just to appease my obsessiveness a bit.

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Photo by Pink Shutterbug Photography

We ended up with 477 shots from our engagement session. Now, a lot of them are different treatments of the same shot, but for someone who wants lots of choices this is an awesome thing. Plus, Kara was all-around awesome in hanging with us for a total of five hours, two of which were spent in the car, when her engagement shoots only last an hour or two on average. The thing that made the difference is that she was just as excited as we were and pretty much up for anything, but she was also great about telling us what to do where and when that I have no doubt we’ll miss anything important on the wedding day.

That is, perhaps, the best reason to have an engagement shoot with your wedding photographer: to make sure everyone’s simpatico and nip any problems in the bud early on. I’m really glad we found Pink Shutterbug Photography and actually looking forward to seeing pictures of myself again in the not-so-distant future!

BLOGGER

Mrs. Road Trip

Location:
Tallahassee
Wedding Date:
November 2013
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    campfire 1045 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:23 pm

    Looking good, Miss Road Trip!

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    FutureMrs.Sunshine 98 posts, Worker bee @ 2:48 pm

    Looks good!

    May I ask why the monkey is in your engagement photos?

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    roadtrip 803 posts, Busy bee @ 3:55 pm

    @Miss Campfire: Thanks!

    @FutureMrs.Sunshine: I have a thing for monkeys (mentioned in a couple of my previous posts) and Mr. Road Trip indulges my fascination with them. Including them in the pictures was just a fun thing to do.

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    sarahcool 224 posts, Helper bee @ 4:09 pm

    I love these pictures! You guys are adorable and look fantastic. Love the comic book store ones!

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    Mrs. Mouse 5113 posts, Bee Keeper @ 4:50 pm

    I adore the malt shop shots! And the comic book store! So cute. I’m glad you guys got to do these–you’ll be so happy in a few years that you have them to look back on.

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 5:47 pm

    These are so adorable, they really seem to capture your personalities!

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    sword 1029 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:11 pm

    Great photos! I love the one on the street and with the fountain. Also, random aside, you have gorgeous skin Miss Road Trip!

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    wyogirl 38 posts, Newbee @ 7:18 pm

    Love the comic book store photos (actually, all are wonderful)! My fiancé is a gamer (warhammer 40k) and he would go nuts to do photos in a comic/game store! In fact, he’s asked if we can put warhammer on our registry! Love the pics, beautiful colors!

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    texasaggiemom 595 posts, Busy bee @ 7:23 pm

    For a woman who claims to be awkward in photos, you sure look great! I love all of these, but my faves are the closeup with ring, the one by the fountain, both soda photos, and the one where you’re peeking over the comics. You obviously love each other and laugh with each other a lot! Can’t wait to see your wedding pics. Hope they are equally “awkward”…ummm, whatever.

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    dancingriss 305 posts, Helper bee @ 8:07 pm

    Pinot Evil sounds awesome! I am officially on the lookout :). To avoid the duck face just keep your lips soft as you press your faces together. Don’t purse like an actual kiss. Works every time!

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    adventurer 209 posts, Helper bee @ 8:08 pm

    I love these photos! I think you both look fabulous, and as is the holy grail of weddings . . . . they are so YOU! :) (“it has to be us!”) And I say that not even knowing you aside from your blog posts!
    Great, great images – and I’m soooo impressed at the value of your photographer – she has great talent!

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    triciag 438 posts, Helper bee @ 6:42 am

    Super fun photos, super cute monkey and super sassy pink toed shoes! You guys look great :)

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    mswaterfall 1403 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:51 am

    I love the maltshop pictures!

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    js, Guest @ 8:09 am

    I love the monkeys! So cute. Who the heck doesn’t like monkeys?! I also love your shoe choices! I like the malt shop pics, too, and the face you’re making in the one at the comic book store where Mr. Road trip is hitting you with the hammer thing. That face has a lot of sassy attitude! You look very in-love in the one on the steps, too. I think these turned out great! On the actual day of our wedding, in the pics before the wedding, I could NOT smile or I would start to bawl! So I am painfully not trying to cry in most of them. Practice is good :-)

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    priyathescientist 1514 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:31 pm

    These are so lovely … The fountain shot has got to be my fave

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    roadtrip 803 posts, Busy bee @ 10:18 am

    @sarahcool: They are definitely my favorites, too.

    @Mrs. Mouse: It’s certainly nice to have some good photos of us together, something we’re bad about getting people to take at other events.

    @Mrs. Pony: We were very happy the way they turned out.

    @Mrs. Sword: Unfortunately I can’t take credit for the skin–that’s a couple of layers of Clinique giving that effect! But I’m glad to know it works!

    @WyoGirl: Wee (Mr. RT, especially) spends a fair amount of time at our LCS so the owner was very cool about our request to come in and shoot there. Just ask your local shop if they’d mind!

    @TexasAggieMom: Trust me, I’m still a little shocked at how well these turned out–Just goes to show how relaxed we were able to be with our photographer (bodes well for the wedding day) and each other. And yes, our default emotion when together is laughter :)

    @dancingriss: We get ours at CostPlus/World Market. And I’ve noticed the same thing now that I’m studying kiss-pics for technique ;-)

    @Adventurer: Thank you! Yes, we lucked out with Kara at PSB!

    @TriciaG: @Miss Waterfall: Thank you!

    @js: We were hamming it up at the comics shop, big time! Awww, I’m sorry you had so much emotion to fight through on your pre-ceremony pictures.

    @priyathescientist: Definitely a winner. I’m so glad Kara suggested it.

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    cosmo_gmr 946 posts, Busy bee @ 12:12 pm

    I love your pics, you seem like such a fun couple to be around. Love the monkey on the tree!
    My favorites are the one on the road, the fountain and the collage because I loved your pink shoes XD

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    Joanie, Guest @ 1:11 pm

    So so cute. I *hate* getting my photo taken but you made it look so easy. Thanks for posting.

    PS: LOVE your blue dress w the yellow sash!

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    funnelcake 1171 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:08 am

    Oh I think the comic book ones are my favourite! But I really like the fountain shot too.

    Also loving those hot pink tipped heels of yours! Beautiful. :)

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    roadtrip 803 posts, Busy bee @ 11:16 am

    @cosmo_gmr: We certainly try to be!

    @Joanie: I was never a big fan and still prefer to be behind the lens rather than in front of, but having the Mr there to play off of and being really comfortable with our photographer definitely helps.

    @funnelcake: I think the comic shop ones are the most true to our everyday selves, so I’m glad we got to do them.

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