Bees, we talked to a lot of photographers. Pittsburgh is a pretty awesome city, filled with tons of great photo options. In fact, most of the pictures in my last post were taken by Pennsylvania photographers! And I preeeetty much contacted all of them, and then some. Here’s how the Dreamcatchers caught our dream photographer. (I’m sorry, I had to. :P)
Step one: Google the crap out of them. Find their portfolio, reviews, blogs, and any other info on the web. If you like what you see, proceed to step two.
Step two: Send an email asking for pricing. We set our budget to (what we thought was) a fairly high number, so if their packages started over our budget we moved along.
Step three: If I still liked them after reviewing their portfolio yet again, we met face to face.
Mr. Prince Charming is not a fan of being photographed.
One afternoon he said, “I would love to have photos of us on the walls in the house someday soon.” I ran with that statement and scheduled our engagement photos. He was entirely exasperated with the process, but loves that we have quality photos of our mugs to hang wherever, whenever.
Much to his dismay, I even planned outfits.
We hired one of my favorite people who happens to be quite adept with a camera, Tina of Selah Vida Photography. Tina has been photographing me for the last seven years, at least. Nearly all of my most cherished photos were captured by her lens.
For instance, the time that we had a family food fight…
Like so many other couples before us, photography was a huge priority for the Dreamcatchers. We want to remember every single moment of the day I know will move too fast. We’re going to be looking at these pictures for the rest of our lives, so we wanted to make sure we were making an investment in them. Plus…I could probably look at pretty wedding photos all day and not get tired of it. Seriously. What’s not to love? The gorgeous gowns, the pretty colors, stylish details, happy faces, wheeee!
The problem I ran into was narrowing down exactly how I wanted our photos to look. How’s a bride supposed to narrow it down when they’re all so gorgeous? Let me be perfectly clear—I by no means have any experience with professional photography. My nonexistent talent extends no further than my iPhone. These are just a few “styles” that I noticed come up multiple times as I was hunting for our photographer and thought were worth sharing!
Although pear and marquise diamonds are not the most popular cuts from the hive, there are some gorgeous and well loved engagement ring submissions from you guys in this category. Keep reading to see beautiful real engagement ring inspiration in these unique styles.
For those playing catch-up, we launched a set of ring surveys, starting with 15 different styles of engagement rings (you can find them here and at the bottom of this post, as well as on the Boards as a stickied post). All you do is fill out the survey corresponding to your ring style (round diamond, Moissanite, sapphire, etc.), Mrs. Mouse will email you to ask for a photo of your ring, and then once at least 10 people with that style of ring have filled out the survey, it will become a post here on the blog!
The posts will continuously be updated to reflect new ring submissions, and eventually we hope they will be an amazing repository of REAL engagement rings to inspire bees for years to come.
Note: If you’ve filled out the survey but haven’t yet submitted a photo, it’s not too late to be included in this post! Simply email your photo along with your Weddingbee username and ring style category to mouse (at) weddingbee (dot) com, and we’ll add it to the post!
alamana‘s pear solitaire diamond ring in white gold with small bezeled side stones
Why did you or your FI choose this ring? At first I thought I wanted something square, or square-ish…a cushion or maybe an asscher or a princess cut. But when I tried rings on, I fell in love with pears because they looked good on my hand. They face-up large for the weight, too! Then I started the online search for the perfect pear diamond in my price range, and eventually I found it!
Where did you purchase your ring? diamond from Enchanted Diamonds, set in a Coast Diamond setting by Quest Jewelers in Virginia