Engagement Shoots – Why they are Important

Engagement Shoots – Why they are Important

On Easter Sunday (end of April) Euan & I were lucky enough to have the most amazing engagement shoot with our photographer, Emma (Freckle Photography). We lucked out with the weather (heatwave weekend!) and had soo much fun laughing, smiling, and chatting.

I’m going to share a few of our preview images soon, but I wanted to first talk a bit about engagement shoots and why they are important.

Engagement Shoots

Also know as pre-wedding shoots, depending on how close to your wedding you have it! Firstly, what are engagement shoots? Well, they’re basically a photoshoot with your wedding photographer which takes place during your engagement period. Not much to it really!

Some photographers will offer engagement/pre-wedding shoots as part of their photography package, and others will offer them for an additional price. Either way, I highly recommend.

Why are they important?

I’ve always thought engagement shoots were incredibly important. Seeing the difference between couples on their wedding day who have previously had a photoshoot with their photographer and those who haven’t solidified it in my mind a long time ago. But, having never had one myself I didn’t want to be too vocal about how important they are until I had experienced it for myself.

But, now I have! So why are they important? Time for some bullet points I think…

  • You get to meet your photographer properly. You’re going to be getting quite up close and personal in front of your photographer, so you want to feel comfortable around them. And the best way for you all to get to know each other is to go out and have some pics taken!
  • It’s good practice. When do you ever stand in front of a camera for 30 minutes solidly, kissing & cuddling your other half? It’s an alien concept, and is surprisingly difficult. Even the most confident of people will feel a tad shy when there’s someone telling them to have a smooch with a camera pointed in their face.
  • Your photographer gets a chance to photograph you. Obvious, right? What I mean is during engagement shoots, photographers can figure out your most flattering sides & angles, work out where best to stand you both in relation to each other, and all the other clever photography tricks. I have zero photography experience (can you tell?) but in any walk of life, things are almost always easier second time around. And if you have an engagement shoot, your wedding day won’t be the first time your photographer has photographed you.
  • Photos will probably take up less time on your wedding day. This is tied pretty closely to you both being more comfortable in front of a camera paired with your photographer knowing you through their lens. Since you’ve ‘been there done that’ you won’t need to spend quite as long faffing around trying to get the perfect pic.

There are many other benefits to having engagement shoots, the photos for example! Your engagement period is one of the most special times in your life, so why not have some killer pics to remember it by? And also, why not?! Go for it! We had the most amazing evening having our engagement shoot, and that in itself was pretty special. Let alone the amazing pics Emma took!

Planning Update

Keep your eyes peeled for some preview images on the blog over the next few days… And in the meantime, why don’t you catch up with my planning update blog post series?

Rewritten Bridesmaid Dress Photoshoot

Rewritten Bridesmaid Dress Photoshoot

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Rewritten Mykonos bridesmaid dress in Chianti – Modelled by bridesmaid Ruby

A few months ago I came across Rewritten, makers of gorgeous bridesmaid dresses, and was utterly thrilled when Fran responded to my collaboration enquiry saying they would happily gift me a bridesmaid dress for review. I was even more thrilled when the dress arrived and was – of course – incredible.

The original plan was to wear the dress myself and get my obliging fiancé to take some pics. But, it quickly dawned on me that – yes – I have a fiancé, and I also have bridesmaids. Duh! So onto the bridesmaid group chat I popped, and with two of my bridesmaids living near London, it was Ruby (the only local bridesmaid) who was nominated.

Rewritten Bridesmaid Photoshoot – Who was involved?

Having one of my actual bridesmaids model the dress definitely gave a very authentic feel to the shoot. And whilst we’re trying to keep things authentic, where better place to have the photoshoot than outside the barn we’re having our wedding reception in?

Thanks to Ruby’s genius suggestion, our fabulous beauty blogger friend, Evie, was our designated photoshoot makeup artist. And I even persuaded my brother (and usher at our wedding), Selwin, to put on a suit and model alongside Ruby.

The Photoshoot Itself – Behind the Scenes

The brilliantly talented Evie was on the makeup, and we had a fantastic morning laughing at everything & nothing whilst Ruby got dolled-up.

Luckily, it was one of the slightly warmer days in December as we ventured out to the barn. For those of you who have been following my Instagram stories, you’ll know that inside the barn isn’t quite, photo ready, shall we say? Anyway, we stuck to the exterior…

The Dress – Rewritten Mykonos dress in Chianti

Now for the important stuff! What was the Rewritten Bridesmaid Mykonos dress actually like? Personally, I loved it. There is just enough fabric to give it a substantial feel (and eliminate any danger of a see-through skirt), but without it feeling too heavy and hard to wear. The shape is incredibly flattering (especially on gorgeous Ruby), created by small details such as the delicate pleating at the front and the seams falling in just the right place across the chest. The sleeves finish the dress off, taking a simplistic design and turning it into a fashion masterpiece. I also love the Chianti colour – definitely a colour & style that can be worn again.

And what did our model think? Ruby definitely approved. She said the dress was very nice and the material was soft. Ruby normally wears a UK size 10, and the dress (size XS) fit her perfectly across her torso, with the chest area being slightly tight. With a pair of heels the length was good, and I think we can all agree she looked bloomin’ marvellous!

Thank-Yous and Links

A HUGE thank you to the team at Rewritten, especially Fran, for gifting this stunning dress and giving me free-rein to give my honest opinion.

Thank-yous also to Ruby & Selwin for being willing & stunning models, and Evie for doing a superb job on Ruby’s makeup.

I have made a little behind-the-scenes Youtube video of the shoot, which you can find here.

Rewritten Website
Rewritten Instagram – @wearerewritten
The Mykonos bridesmaid dress in Chianti
Evie’s Blog
Evie’s Instagram – @whateviedid
Ruby’s Instagram – @rubyroojane
Selwin’s Instagram – @sellwin
My Instagram – @lilabailey_weddings
The Venue – Tuell Farm Cottages
The Venue Instagram – @tuellfarmcottages
And finally, my previous post!