Engagement Photos

During spring break in March, Mr. Gondola and I got out engagement photos taken in Florida. I was so excited to get my engagement photos done and I got a bit obsessed looking at inspiration on Pinterest a few months before we got the engagement photos taken. I thought of getting big yellow helium balloons for props, and and even thought about making Mr. G practice poses in our living room if we decided to do something more casual.


My balloon inspiration / Image via stylemepretty.com / Photography by Hong Photography Studios


Casual engagement photo inspiration / Image via Brooke Bakken Photography

In the end, I nixed the balloon idea and Mr. G refused to practice posing in the living room, as he said he wanted natural photos. (He should really watch about America’s Next Top Model—it’s all about practicing in the mirror.) Mr. G and I decided to take pictures in the ArtsPark at Young Circle in Hollywood, Florida. This park is absolutely gorgeous and has many features such as green lawns, fountains, a bamboo forest, a huge Japanese tree with ceremonial rope, and even a water park. We also decided to get a few pictures of us at an outdoor café near the ArtsPark as we love to go out to eat.


ArtsPark at Young Circle / Image via broward.org

We met up with our photographer, Courtney Ortiz, whom I met through one of my mother’s many connections. As I said before, I love her style. All of her pictures are incredibly vibrant and she really makes colors pop. We had a great time walking around town taking pictures near her studio and Young Circle ArtsPark. It was pretty cloudy that day, but I get a very sunny feeling when I look at the photos.







All photos are courtesy of Courtney Ortiz Photography

During the shoot she often had us hold are foreheads together or have Mr. G whisper something in my ear. Mr. G knew I was pretty nervous, so he spent most of his time whispering jokes in my ear, which made both of us giggle.

Courtney was very fast and efficient, and we finished our session in about an hour. Three weeks later she sent me the online album. For some reason I expected that all of our shots would be amazing, but as I learned in photography, three quarters of 100 shots are keepers. Out of the 120 shots that we took we got about 15 awesome ones and about 50 pretty great ones. I get a smile on my face whenever I see my photos and I’m very excited to use them. We used two for our save the dates and one for my custom mobile phone case from Vistaprint, and we plan on getting a wall canvas from Shutterfly for the living room.

I cannot wait to get our wedding photos done and decorate our apartment with those as well.

How many good shots did you get out of your engagement photos? Were all of them amazing or did you get 10–20 really good ones?


Mrs. Gondola

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    dancingriss 305 posts, Helper bee @ 1:36 pm

    The picture on the blanket with him whispering in your ear makes you look so much like Michelle Obama! Beautiful smile!

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    sinfoniaxid 62 posts, Worker bee @ 7:08 pm

    i had to learn this lesson recently as well. Being the “photographer” out of my friends, I knew that often I could take upwards of 300 pictures at an event and end up decently liking about ….oh maybe 50 or so? For some reason, however, as soon as I handed the reins over to a professional, I forgot that rule and expected every shot to be magic! Well, we have about 20 shots that I love, out of about 140. At first I was upset but then reading this I remembered that that’s how pictures work! (hence why we’ll have two shooters for 10 hours at our wedding, cuz I want to love a LOT of photos!!!)

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    La Jolla Wedding, Guest @ 7:36 pm

    You guys look great! Best of luck.

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    jetsetter 535 posts, Busy bee @ 6:49 am

    Great photos – I LOVE your dress!

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    Mrs. Waterfall 1403 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:40 pm

    cute photos!

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    Mrs. Palm Tree 1122 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:14 pm

    It’s so funny that you mentioned ANTM – when Mr. PT and I were en route to our engagement shoot, he mentioned that he thought we were going to do well since we’ve had so much practice with “smiling with our eyes” thanks to Tyra. 😉

    I love your dress in these photos, lady! It’s gorgeous.

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 6:49 am

    These are so cute, I love the third from the bottom!

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    Samantha, Guest @ 2:23 pm

    @Mrs. Palm Tree: @Mrs. Palm Tree: That is hillarious! I remember the first time I heard Tyra say to Smile with your Eyes. It cracked me up. I don’t think I’ve mastered it. Or even know what it means. ha!

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    gondola 1046 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:21 am

    @dancingriss: Saying I look Michelle Obama is a great compliment. Now if only I could get her arms!
    @SinfoniAXiD: I’m having two photographers too. We will probably get 1,000 shots so there will be at least 100-150 good ones, right?
    @La Jolla Wedding: Thank you!
    @Miss Jet Setter: Thank you, I love the color!
    @Mrs. Waterfall: Thank you!@Mrs. Palm Tree: Mr. PT is a keeper if he can quote Tyra Banks! Haha!
    @Mrs. Pony: Thank you, me too!

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