We took photos with Coco, not long after we had gotten engaged. And then, we found our professional photographer. Because I knew how important is to be familiar with your photographer before the wedding day, and because it was included in our package, E and I did another set of engagement photos with Sara.
Since we already had pictures in more casual wear, we decided to take the opportunity to dress it up. E really wanted to wear a suit the first time around, so he was glad when I asked him to don one for this photo shoot. On a January afternoon threatened with rain, we trekked over to Pasadena to take photos on the Arroyo Bridge.
All photos by Sara Allen of onelove photography
This umbrella was a last minute prop that I picked up at Nordstrom Rack at Sara’s suggestion. We didn’t end up needing it for rain, but I love how it looked in our photos, and it is a decent umbrella, as well!
We took a few more, a couple of which made it into our Thank You cards, and then moved on to Pasadena City Hall. I wanted us to have pictures in Bengali clothing, so I thought we would be nice pops of color in that cream space. I wore a red and orange salwar khameez, and E wore the blue panjabi I got in Bangladesh for him.
I’m really glad we went ahead with another set of photos, not only because I am a narcissist, but because it really helped E and me get comfortable with having our pictures taken. As in our first session, it first felt a little awkward, and then got more comfortable. It also allowed us to feel out how Sara worked and how we worked with her. I would recommend having a practice or engagement session with your wedding photographer. It really helped us on the day of our wedding, when our emotions were already on overdrive. I can’t wait to share both of our photographers’ great work with you!
Did you have multiple engagement sessions? Did you incorporate some of your culture into them? How about a cute umbrella?