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Engagement sessions are so fun! They are a great way for a couple to express themselves and play with a theme (or not!) and just be themselves. They are also the perfect way for a couple to get to know their photographer (and vice versa) before the wedding day. Truly, this makes the wedding day photography so much more of a breeze when your photographer knows your personalities and how you work together – especially in front of the camera.

For all of you photographers out there, I would also like to use this session as a case study for you. I receive many, many, many submissions for e-sessions. Truthfully, I reject quite a few of them based on the fact that they are filled with photos of an adorable couple smiling and being affectionate. Wait, whoa, what?? Isn’t that what an engagement session is all about??? Well, yes… and no when it comes to getting things onto blogs and such. Let me explain!

Yes, the engagement session IS all about the couple. That is the main goal. They want photos of themselves in love. Ones that they can use for save the dates, Facebook profiles and to show their grandchildren some day. Yes, yes and more yes. That is absolutely perfect. BUT when it comes to submitting to a blog, photo after photo of smiling couple after smiling couple gets – wait for it (gasp!) – mundane. Ah, there I said it! When I am looking at your photos, it is just like combing through a wedding submission in the fact that it’s all in the details. So, for the couple (which is WAY more important than what I am looking for), smiling, kisses and hugs are what the photos should be all about.

Ok, hit the *pause* button. That may sound super stressful to think about along with planning outfits, hair, makeup, location, date, time and all else that goes into a fun engagement session. I have two great solutions for you and both involve the photographer teaming up and doing a little (or a lotta) bit of planning with the couple.

One is to just immerse yourself in your surroundings. Going downtown for an e-session? Grab coffee and take photos of the cup, her ring as she holds the cup and the couple walking downtown past shops (or even window shopping) as they hold their coffee. Take photos of little things… her shoes, their hands holding each other, and the doorknob (if interesting) of the location you are hitting up. Just check out the surroundings and see what is naturally in the area to add to the overall feel of the session.

Another idea is to team up with an expert, which is what Alina of Alina Thomas Photography did. The setting that was created by Amy of I Do Events is so impeccable… and crafty! I adore the things made out of maps. The flags are too cute, and the flowers made out of maps are so sweet. Not to mention the plethora of luggage. This duo created a lovely setting for Will and Kaitlin to have their session. And YES, their session includes hugs and kisses (behind a map, love it!). I’m also a complete sucker for globes. There is just SO much to love about this session!

So, without further due, I want you to immerse yourself in this beautiful, fun engagement session full of yes ideas, but most importantly, love. Enjoy!

Decor by I Do Events as seen on Hill City Bride
Travel Decor by I Do Events as seen on Hill City Bride
Travel Details by I Do Events as seen on Hill City Bride
Travel Engagement Session by Alina Thomas Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Map Flowers by I Do Events as seen on Hill City Bride
Travel Accessories by I Do Events as seen on Hill City Bride
Session Decor by I Do Events as seen on Hill City Bride
Travel Engagement Alina Thomas Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Engagement Ring by Alina Thomas Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Engagement Session  by Alina Thomas Photography as seen on Hill City Bride Blog
Engagment by Alina Thomas Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
E-session by Alina Thomas Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Map Kisses by Alina Thomas Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Engaged Couple by Alina Thomas Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Groom with Globe by Alina Thomas Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Alina Thomas Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
E-session by Alina Thomas Photography as seen on Hill City Bride Blog

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  • Christen - Great theme. I love the clock and other items. I love your clothes. Really great photos.

  • Punta Cana Photographer - Awesome theme, love all these antiques wow!

  • Allison - Wow! Absolutely gorgeous photography. Great website.

  • Arica - Wow, you really went all out with the props here! Way to give it your all and not hold anything back. This is adorable. So well done!!

  • Jete Devisser - Wow, these are adorable!! Love all the details and thought that went into this session! Super unique!

  • Tosha - Wow, beautiful! Love your website too!

  • Ray Urner - Those photos and details are money. Love them.

  • Devon - What a great session! I love the pics!

  • Jamie Bodo Photography - These details are SPECTACULAR!!!!! LOVE!

  • Rebecca Anne - Wow what an amazing shoot! So many great detail shots. Love the map one too!

  • Andrea D. - So many adorable details! And that map shot is adorable :)

  • laura - Love the set for this amazing shoot…very creative!!

  • Melissa - This session rocks! I love the theme!

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  • Nicole Wagner - Love is in the air is amazing!!!

  • Jennifer - Agreed, Nicole! Be sure to vote for your favorites!! :)

  • Kathy Lucas - Love is in the Air Makes Dreams Realities!

  • Bonnie Myers - Love is in the air is the best!!!

  • Shay Brown - She’s perfection in a photographed form :) she tells story with photographs and not many photographers have that gift. She’s one of a kind and I haven’t even met her yet but hope to work with her soon :)

  • Debbie Stokes - Nicole is an excellent photographer to capture those special moments. You won’t remember half of the wedding until you look at the pictures. :)

  • Sandi Mayo - I don’t really know about most of the categories, but I do know that Megan Vaughan is an awesome photographer and does some really creative shots!! I hope she wins!!

Roanoke is such a lovely city. On a Saturday (or even a weekday!) I enjoy perusing the farmer’s market, visiting the shops and savoring foods at locally owned eateries. It has such a hometown atmosphere, and I have a feeling that is why Adam and Maria decided to celebrate their anniversary with a photo session in downtown Roanoke. The locations are varied, but the results from Andrea Pesce Photography are stunning. Enjoy this Roanoke anniversary session today!

Downtown Roanoke Andrea Pesce as seen on Hill City Bride
Roanoke VA Andrea Pesce as seen on Hill City Bride
Couple in Love Andrea Pesce as seen on Hill City Bride
Roanoke Anniversary Andrea Pesce as seen on Hill City Bride
Historic Market Andrea Pesce as seen on Hill City Bride
Anniversary in Roanoke by Andrea Pesce as seen on Hill City Bride
Love in Roanoke by Andrea Pesce as seen on Hill City Bride
Roanoke Couple by Andrea Pesce as seen on Hill City Bride
Details by Andrea Pesce as seen on Hill City Bride
Anniversary Shoot by Andrea Pesce as seen on Hill City Bride
Anniversary by Andrea Pesce as seen on Hill City Bride
Roanoke Virginia by Andrea Pesce as seen on Hill City Bride
Roanoke by Andrea Pesce as seen on Hill City Bride
Couple Andrea Pesce as seen on Hill City Bride
Married Couple by Andrea Pesce as seen on Hill City Bride

  • Andrea - Love those two! Thank you for the feature Jennifer!!!

  • Aaron - This is gorgeous Andrea!! :)

There’s just something about a white, winter wedding. The crisp colors, the strategic use of white and the cleanness of it all just is so lovely. And if a couple gets snow… it’s a bonus! I just love everything about Sean and Alicia’s day… especially the flowers and the home-like venue they chose for their intimate affair. The stone walls, mantels and snow covered outdoors added to much to this lovely day.

This couple actually chose New Year’s Eve to have their celebration, which is perfect! Many people are looking for a reason to get dressed up, go out and have a great time on New Year’s, and a wedding is the perfect opportunity to do so! So, grab a warm drink, and get ready for Matthew Douglas Photography to transport you to a white, winter wedding.

White Winter Wedding as seen on Hill City Bride

Winter Wedding by Matthew Douglas as seen on Hill City Bride
Bridal Bouquet by Matthew Douglas as seen on Hill City Bride
Wedding Venue by Matthew Douglas as seen on Hill City Bride
Simple Winter Decor by Matthew Douglas as seen on Hill City Bride
Winter Bride by Matthew Douglas as seen on Hill City Bride
Ceremony by Matthew Douglas as seen on Hill City Bride
Wedding Ceremony by Matthew Douglas as seen on Hill City Bride
Winter Bridal Party by Matthew Douglas as seen on Hill City Bride
Bride and Groom by Matthew Douglas as seen on Hill City Bride
Snow Couple by Matthew Douglas as seen on Hill City Bride
Winter Wedding Couple by Matthew Douglas as seen on Hill City Bride
Place Cards by Matthew Douglas as seen on Hill City Bride
Wedding Reception by Matthew Douglas as seen on Hill City Bride
Wedding Favor by Matthew Douglas as seen on Hill City Bride
Wedding Cake by Matthew Douglas as seen on Hill City Bride
Live Artist by Matthew Douglas as seen on Hill City Bride
First Dance by Matthew Douglas as seen on Hill City Bride
Happy New Year by Matthew Douglas as seen on Hill City Bride
New Year

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Virginia Waterside Wedding by Laura Matthews Photography as seen on Hill City Bride

A Virginia waterside wedding sounds so romantic, doesn’t it? Roy and Adell’s day was just that! From a lovely setting to being surrounded by loved ones and friends, their day is filled with details and a sense of family.

The color palette of aqua with coral is just so happy. The coordinating invitations are perfect, and the anchor is a sweet touch. The sentiment “tie the knot” is perfect for a wedding with a subtle nautical theme. One of my favorite parts is the garland that the groom is wearing… how unique! It’s such a fun twist on the traditional boutonniere. Flower crowns also adorned the heads of the bridesmaids.

This Chesapeake Bay waterside wedding was photographed by Laura of Laura Matthews Photography. Here is what she had to say about Adell and Roy’s wedding…

Adell and Roy brought together their family and friends in an intimate, riverside wedding at The Tides Inn on the Chesapeake Bay. Lovers of the sea and fine wine, this couple’s beautiful celebration focused on what mattered most; their love and bringing together their new family of four children. They didn’t let the rainstorms impede their celebration and luckily, the clouds eased up just in time for their waterfront ceremony.

Sounds so lovely, and you can sense the love for their children in their day. Enjoy!

Accessories by Laura Matthews Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Wedding Gown by Laura Matthews Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Wedding Rings by Laura Matthews Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Wedding Invitation by Laura Matthews Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Getting Ready by Laura Matthews Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Groom by Laura Matthews Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Bridesmaids by Laura Matthews Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Bridal Look by Laura Matthews Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Ceremony by Laura Matthews Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Marina by Laura Matthews Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Bride by Laura Matthews Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Wedding by Laura Matthews Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Wedding Day by Laura Matthews Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Family by Laura Matthews Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Family on Dock by Laura Matthews Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Marina Wedding by Laura Matthews Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Newlyweds by Laura Matthews Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Lawn Games by Laura Matthews Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Friends by Laura Matthews Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Flowers by Laura Matthews Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Cupcakes by Laura Matthews Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Wine by Laura Matthews Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Water by Laura Matthews Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Bride and Groom by Laura Matthews Photography as seen on Hill City Bride

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