Miss Bighorn Sheep, Sydney, NSW, AustraliaAge and Occupation: 25, Postgraduate Student & Aspiring WriterFiance's Age and Occupation: 30, IT ConsultantEngagement Date: April 11, 2012Wedding Date: February 2014Venue: The Hunter Valley Gardens & Tamburlaine Organic WinesAbout Me: I’m a geeky, nerdy, and occasionally dorky girl who was born and raised in a fairly traditional Chinese family in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. The only crafty bone in my body pertains to digital art, though I’ll give something a good crack if I can! I met my fabulous fiancé online, and after we decided to meet up and catch a movie by the awesome Christopher Nolan, we’ve been together since! We love Disney, superheroes, reading, coffee, high-fives, and anything pertaining to Joss Whedon (him more than I, haha!). Our favourite kind of date is one where we’re re-watching episodes of our favourite TV shows (we’ve done Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Battlestar Galactica, and Firefly, and are just moving on to Supernatural), or movie-marathon’ing until the wee hours in the morning (LOTR, I’m looking at you!). We enjoy playing board games and video games together, and can get pretty competitive! We’ve described our upcoming nuptials as the “Co-op Campaign of a Lifetime” and we’re super, super, super excited for it! We’ll be getting married among beautiful vineyards in the Hunter Valley, beautiful wine country a two-hour drive from Sydney, celebrating with 140 of our nearest and dearest. Our wedding will be a hodgepodge of traditional elements and geek-chic goodness!
On the outset of the wedding, I wanted to make an Xbox Achievement sign. For those non-gamers who are interested, this is basically a sign that pops up when you’ve achieved a certain something while playing on the Xbox (for example, completing a mission/level). Mrs. Toadstool had the right idea:
Mrs. Airplane, Plymouth, MichiganAge and Occupation: 26, Fundraising Project CoordinatorFiance's Age and Occupation: 27, Food & Beverage ManagerEngagement Date: March 31, 2012Wedding Date: September 2013Venue: Fox Hills Golf Club & Banquet CenterAbout Me: I'm a true Michigander (born and raised) and a die-hard Wolverine. I am the definition of a multi-tasker and like to believe I am also a perfectionist, but my horrible short-term memory likes to prove otherwise. I'm an English major and a pretty punny girl, so get ready for some really horrible plays on words! When I'm not consumed with wedding planning, I enjoy copious amounts of television and an equally unhealthy addiction to bacon.
I am not a crafty person (I’m much too obsessed with details for the minor flaws of personal crafts), but there was one part of our engagement shoot that necessitated a DIY project, mostly because I wasn’t about to shell out the cash to buy the product online.
I’ve always loved the use of signs in save-the-date photos. The chalkboard is one that is really popular right now…
Mrs. Toadstool, Obregon, MexicoAge and Occupation: 23, Research AssistantFiance's Age and Occupation: 25, Sales ManagerEngagement Date: October 1, 2011Wedding Date: December 2012Venue: Hacienda los AgavesAbout Me: I’m a born and bred Mexican girl with a severe coffee addiction, an obsession for books and an aversion for exercise. I like to plan things, so this wedding’s my dream project---I just need to remind myself from time to time that I’m the bride and not just the planner. I recently realized brown’s my favorite color as I was trying to incorporate it in every aspect of our wedding and I'm dreaming of an autumn vibe since we don’t have that around here. I’m marrying my best friend and partner in crime on the day of our nine-year anniversary! He’s an awesome, smart, fun guy who is patient, and crazy enough to spend the rest of his life with me. We’re planning our not-so-dreamy dream wedding in December in a non-traditional way and making it our own.
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.
Mrs. Blue Whale, College Park, MDAge and Occupation: 27, Graduate StudentFiance's Age and Occupation: 33, Graduate StudentEngagement Date: March 10, 2012Wedding Date: May 2013Venue: Southern Tree Plantation in Blairsville, GAAbout Me: I love bright colors, glitter, sugar, cheese, tiny animals, talking in silly accents, dancing, and all things music. I love to plan things, but when it comes time to execute the plans, I tend to panic. My friends tell me that I remind them of a mix between a cartoon character and a Disney Princess. Mr. Blue Whale and I are Southerners at heart, but we’ve been transplanted to the East Coast for school. We both love barbecues, star-gazing, bonfires, music, making up nonsense words, and generally being silly. Our wedding will be a fun-filled destination wedding in the Blue Ridge Mountains. It will most certainly feature bright colors, '80s music, and glitter.
I just posted about the events surrounding our engagement photos. And I thought it would surely be at least a couple of weeks before we got our photos back. But lo and behold, I opened my e-mail yesterday to find a link to our photos!!!
We won’t get our disc for a little while, but I copied and pasted from our photographer’s blog so you can see some of my favorites! A few days before the photoshoot, I e-mailed Brenda and told her what kind of photos we were hoping for. Basically, I said we liked “candid-looking” photos, we weren’t afraid of some PDA, and we weren’t opposed to getting on the ground (in fact, I really wanted to take some photos on the ground). I also sent her my engagement photos Pinterest board so she could see the types of photos I liked. Beyond that, I trusted her to take good pictures. And I think she totally delivered.
I completely forgot to mention where we are. We ended up choosing the Southeastern Railway Museum in Duluth, GA. It turned out to be incredible. If you’re looking for a cool location in the Atlanta area, check it out. You can get inside all of these old train cars and buses. It’s AWESOME. And now, on to the rest of the pictures!
Mr. Whale liked that we basically got to snuggle the whole time. (Who am I kidding? I loved it too.)
Miss Panda, Boston, MAAge and Occupation: 26, Graduate StudentFiance's Age and Occupation: 23, Graduate StudentEngagement Date: June 27, 2011Wedding Date: June 2013About Me: I love window shopping, cute animals, crafting, baking, and most forms of procrastination. I tend to be overly meticulous with choices to a point of complete and total indecision. Mr. PBear and I met and live in the amazing city of Boston. We are big nerds who love trying new foods, playing video games, and cuddling with our adorable hamster. After 5 years together, we are planning an intimate, DIY-heavy, vintage garden themed, nonreligious wedding in the city where we fell in love.
I know absolutely nothing about makeup or doing my hair. It’s hard to justify getting dressed up daily when you spend 90% of your life in the lab full of crazy chemicals and safety is a higher priority than being cute. It’s not that I’ve never tried, but honestly, I get completely lost trying to understand how to make myself prettier, not worse with makeup. I feel like one of those awkward preteens who never grew out of their awkward phase.
Seriously, I didn’t even do makeup or anything with my hair for our engagement pictures.
I don’t have any pictures back yet, but here’s a sneak preview for you taken right before we left for our shoot.
Thus, it was never really a question that I would book someone to do my hair and makeup for me. Since I know nothing about this subject, I spent my time searching through the boards and the internet to find someone that would be great at asian makeup and hair in the Boston area. Over and over, one name came up. Who? I completely lucked out that I got the opportunity to book TEAL-Studio to do both my hair and makeup. TEAL-Studio is a new venture for Lypor* who did Mrs. Toucan’s hair and makeup over four years ago.
Mrs. Crepe, Queens, NY/Nashville, TNAge and Occupation: 28, Jewelry DesignerFiance's Age and Occupation: 28, Animation DirectorEngagement Date: September 28, 2010Wedding Date: May 2011Venue: A church in downtown NashvilleAbout Me: I'm a native New Yorker who has always been a DIY kind of girl and loves tackling creative projects while getting the most out of a dollar. I'm marrying my college sweetheart and we love frequenting antique stores, exploring together, and playing with kittens. We're planning a fun, "us" wedding in his hometown---with as many handmade touches as we can pack into a day!
Unlike most couples, our engagement shoot was more of an afterthought. It was also a bit tricky on the practical front, since I was in New York and Mr. Crepe was in Nashville. Our wonderful photographers had gifted us a couple hours of shooting as a signing incentive—a note to all the wedding photogs out there, this is a great idea, especially for your clients who aren’t planning on getting an engagement package. It’s a wonderful way for everyone to get comfortable with each other. We weren’t planning on doing this since it wasn’t in the budget for us and we couldn’t see what we’d do with the photos since we had already sent out our save the dates. But I am definitely happy that we ended up doing it since I LOVE our photos!
Originally, we wanted to use those hours to shoot our rehearsal dinner because it would have been a great way to capture our family and friends who were involved in the wedding. In retrospect, I’m glad that didn’t work out. We had been setting up our reception area all day and since there wasn’t enough time to get a shower in there, we showed up exhausted and sweaty at the dinner.
There were also quite a few key players who weren’t able to make it to the rehearsal dinner so we decided to use it on an engagement shoot after all.
We ended up finally scheduling something for the week before our wedding and I’m so glad we did because I was NERVOUS. Read more…
Mrs. Sunrise, MinneapolisAge and Occupation: 27, Client Relations LiaisonFiance's Age and Occupation: 29, Senior Technical Support AnalystEngagement Date: December 26, 2008Wedding Date: July 2010Venue: The Oaks banquet room at Eagan Community CenterAbout Me: I am a crafty and optimistic, laid back girly-girl who fell in love with a video game-playin', hip hop-lovin', Lego-buildin', computer-techie nerd. I get easily distracted by shiny objects (oohhh pretty..) and I have more shoes than I can count (but I still need more). I love to shake my booty to Lady Gaga’s music but she frightens the hell outta me. Mr. Sunrise and I could not be any more different, but you know what they say… opposites attract! We met over 9 years ago while working for a local grocery store. It was love at first “Clean-up in Aisle 5!” We are both Chicago-born and raised, but recently relocated to Minnesota for his career. I will always remain a Windy City gal through and through, but I cannot deny my love for the Land of 10,000 Lakes.
Immediately after we booked our photographer, I started searching for some cool locations in the Twin Cities where we could shoot. Unfortunately for me, I had no clue where to start because we were still fairly new to the area. My awesome photographer couldn’t really help in this department either because she was flying in from California. I was pretty much on my own. So I asked my best friend, Google, to help me locate some sweet photo spots. I visited different gardens and parks. I stalked the blogs of local photographers. And then one day it hit me like a ton of bricks. I live in a pretty cool apartment complex! Instead of traveling to different locations, why not just shoot here??! And so we did.
There’s this little waterfall behind the management office that we often visit because it’s practically in our backyard. The pond is inhabited by many fish, including koi. We have also seen a few turtles in there.