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Destination Engagement Be Inspired To Create Your Own Dream Destination Engagement Shoot

From destination wedding planners Joanna and Sarah: Taking engagement pictures abroad is becoming more popular with couples. We wanted to create this destination wedding shoot as inspiration for those couples. It’s a wonderful experience for the couple, since they not only get to travel to a city of their choice, but also get to capture beautiful […]

Destination Engagement California Couple’s Croatian Engagement Shoot

From Jen, the photographer: Lily and Justin live in California, but adore traveling. They fell in love while exploring the world together, and planned a destination wedding in Croatia for their close family and friends. Guests were given the chance to visit various sights on their wedding “tour” – one of which was the picturesque […]

Featured Gorgeous Looks For Today’s Non-Traditional Bride

From Natalie, the event designer: This shoot was designed to explore the joining of masculine elements with feminine details by pairing soft textures with clean lines. I envisioned an inspiration for the non-tradional bride who wants something a little bold; something a little moody romantic without being overly feminine. We styled our model to offer […]

Featured Romantic Engagement Shoot At The Sea In Vancouver

From the bride, Anne: Chad and I have known each other for a very long time. We grew up together in the Philippines, went to the same schools all the way to university, but we were never more than friends. Chad says he had a crush on me since long ago, but I didn’t find […]

Couples Shoot Vivid Couple Shoot In Morocco

From the photographer: Morocco was one of the most tropical destinations we visited! We arrived a couple of days before the wedding and took a whole day to photograph these two beautiful and fun people. Our style of work is a mixture of documentary and artistic approach where we focus on authentic moments and emotions […]

Couples Shoot Breathtaking Cliffside Couple Shoot In Normandy

Jeanne and Albert are a Parisian couple planning to tie the knot in June 2018. When it came to their engagement session, they had the desire to find a wild location away from the busy streets of Paris for a day. We decided to head to Normandy, which is only a couple of hours drive from Paris. […]

Featured An Engagement Shoot Captures Touching Moments

From Amelia, the photographer: With engagement shoots, it always starts with a radiantly happy couple. From there we establish a mood for the pictures. For Skye & John’s portraits, we wanted a modern updated melange of studio-style imagery and classic outdoor portraits in the wild of Virginia. This was not just for a mix of […]

Destination Wedding Dreamy Destination Wedding in Mallorca

We are obviously living vicariously through Ling and David’s dreamy destination wedding in Mallorca today, and reliving our time there a few years ago. This destination is truly one to daydream about — the island is so much more than just incredibly beautiful. We love that the couple chose to highlight the area in the […]

Fashion How To Choose Your Wedding Shoes From Today’s Fabulous Choices

We love sharing beautiful inspiration with you. We also love sharing practical information about wedding topics to help make your day easier! The best is when a gorgeous shoot is accompanied by great info – such as this beautiful shoot from Bella Belle Shoes. We asked Erina and Veronyca from Bella Belle to share some trend […]

Featured A Beautiful Walk In The Park For An Engagement Shoot

We are so lucky to be able to bring wonderful inspiration to brides all year round through features showcasing beautiful real weddings and stunning styled shoots. Today we are excited to share an engagement shoot from a couple that holds a special place in our hearts. Back in 2011, Niara and Allan were the models for […]

Bridal Shoot A 13th Century Castle Proves A Stunning Backdrop For A Wedding Shoot

From the photographer, Jessica: Fashions fade but style is eternal –  Yves Saint Laurent With anything I style I ask myself, “Will this be timeless, relative and stylish in an eternal sense?” I want to be able to look back at the images and see the love, the connection, and the passion – rather than see […]

Featured Relaxed Engagement Shoot At The Lake

We love when couples decide to have an engagement shoot to capture a great time in their relationship. Making the shoot a reflection of what is special to you both will make it a day you will never forget! The relaxed nature of this shoot shows how easy this can be (of course the great […]

Couples Shoot A Relaxed Couple Shoot In Provence

Couple shoots and engagement shoots are becoming more and more popular. The thing that makes a shoot great is for the couple to feel relaxed with the whole process – and comfortable just being themselves. This results in natural moments that reflect the beauty of the love you feel. Here is a little inspiration for […]

Featured An Enjoyable “Road Trip” Engagement Session

When it comes time to do your engagement shoot, we thought it might be fun you to hear how this shoot was done. We think it is a great way to capture the true nature of your relationship at this wonderful time in your lives. From the photographer, Jessica: This was my favourite session from […]

Couples Shoot Sunrise Engagement Shoot On Lake Michigan

From the photographer: After a long night shift at the hospital, medical student Colby met up with fellow medical student and fiancé Nathalie at Lake Michigan for a mesmerizing sunrise engagement shoot. As you can imagine, pursuing medical careers keeps the couple busy. With their often conflicting schedules, planning a sunrise shoot in this case […]

Featured Engagement Shoot on Inchydoney Beach, Ireland

Sometimes the beauty in something is the most obvious when you strip it down to its bare minimum. No extras, no gimmicks, and no noise. Just a focus on the movement and emotions of the moment. This was the case with this beautiful engagement inspiration shoot that took place on the shores of Inchydoney Beach […]

Featured A Beautiful Lake Engagement

From the photographer, Jake: Sarah and Dan grew up on lakes. The location of their engagement shoot was a place where their individual hearts lay, as well as a location where their relationship has grown stronger together. This lake is where Sarah would come in the summers to spend time with family and friends doing […]

Featured The Romance Of An Engagement Shoot in Miami

After years of seeing engagement shoots, we have come to the conclusion that whether the backdrop is a stunning location or the couple’s home, the ones that are the best are those where the genuine connection between the couple shines through. The beautiful backdrop of Vizcaya Gardens in Miami, and a nearby public beach, proved […]

Destination Engagement Seaside Engagement Shoot in Normandy

From the photographer Alain: Seeing, hearing and smelling the air of the sea is something indescribable, especially when you haven’t seen it for month. This is where Marion and Nicolas wanted to have their engagement session. I’d suggested the idea to do it in a small fishermen village in Normandy called Étretat. The village is famous […]

Featured Engagement Shoots Should Capture Your Special Connection

From photographer Julie Cate: Charlotte and Matt didn’t want a overly done engagement shoot. They were hoping for an authentic “at home” session. They moved into their new Brooklyn apartment just a month before, and it was a perfect place to capture comfort and love. Since we were shooting in their apartment away from onlookers […]

Featured Couple’s Shoot Captures Intimacy Surrounded By Grandeur

From the photographer Andre Teixeira: When we allow our minds to wander free, we are able to see reality with fresh eyes and receive the impulses that feed our creativity. This is an exercise that we tend to do as often as we can, and today’s inspiration is the end result of how we embrace these […]

Featured California Couple’s Portrait Session in England

What could be more wonderful than deciding to take a romantic trip to a stunning location to capture your love! St. Giles House proved to be a beautiful inspiration for this couple’s shoot and we are so excited they decided to share it with us. From the photographer Louise: Stephanie & Tony traveled from California […]

Featured Rainy Wedding Day in Oregon with Amazing Style

While we’re always fans of weddings filled with beautiful, unique ideas so that we can show them to you, we know that not every couple is concerned about the small touches or has the budget to be able to do everything they wish they could. On this rainy wedding day in Oregon, the aesthetic focus was on the couple’s amazing style, a beautiful stationery suite, and a dainty bridal bouquet — and it’s perfectly fine to leave it at that.

Elopement Woodland Inspired Wedding with Airy, Organic Style

There is so much incredible beauty all around us, so we love seeing a wedding that has been designed to echo the natural beauty surrounding us. Here, the forests inspire a woodland themed wedding.

Featured Beautiful Bridal Portraits in the Desert

One of the most beautiful places on earth is the Utah desert, where vast and immense sand dunes wind in and out of sight. Inspired by the sand and sun, this beautiful bridal portrait session in the desert is not one to miss.

Featured Relaxing Couple’s Session on the Beach

Whether you’re planning your honeymoon, preparing for an engagement session, or just want to celebrate being together, this relaxing couple’s session on the beach has the power to take us away and transport us to Mexico. Read on for more.

Featured A Less is More Approach to Planning a Beautiful Wedding

Take a less is more approach to planning your wedding, and focus on the moments and the memories.

Destination Engagement Outdoor Engagement Session in Iceland

From a little off-roading and exploring the beauty that the Iceland landscape offers, to a secret dive in an outdoor pool together, this engagement session captures the couple as they are: comfortable, happy, and simple.

Featured Documentary Wedding Photography by Carey MacArthur

We have the distinct pleasure of being able to see how couples around the world plan and celebrate their weddings. We see what they prioritize, what traditions they keep or throw out, how they involve their family and friends. Of course, we also see a lot of photography and know how emotional of a decision […]

Featured Organic Autumn Elopement Inspiration

There’s something about an elopement in autumn that seems to elevate those feelings of romance and intimacy.

Featured The Best Place to Find Wedding Inspiration Ideas

Our favorite features of the all-new Once Wed are the gorgeous ways we can showcase amazing imagery from wedding pros. Our new slideshows and hero galleries are simple to use on your mobile device and give you access to plenty of wedding inspiration with larger, beautiful images.

Featured Couple’s Lifestyle Photo Session in Nepal

This couple travels the world together, climbing mountains most of us could only dream of. But it is the story of the moments of their rest and waking that their photographers wanted to tell.

Featured See How Erich McVey Shoots and Directs A Real Couple

Guiding and directing a couple during an engagement shoot or on their wedding day can be one of the more challenging aspects of wedding photography. While some couples may take to being in front of the camera quite comfortably, others will prefer a little more coaching. Erich McVey says the trick to natural, authentic images […]

Featured Stylish Oregon Coast Engagement Session from Erich McVey

We’ll never tire of featuring wedding and engagement sessions that showcase the beauty of the outdoors, and this Oregon coast engagement session from Erich McVey is a new favorite. With the couple’s stylish, yet simple, choices in fashion and incredible natural backgrounds, this photo session couldn’t be prettier. The way that Erich captured the misty […]

Featured Mid-Century Inspired Engagement Photos in Miami

How many times have we all heard the phrase, “location, location, location?” When planning their engagement photos with photographer Ozzy Garcia, Alex and Johanna knew that they both a mid-century and botanical setting, so they chose The Standard Hotel in South Beach, Miami Beach. The location definitely doesn’t disappoint, and it’s amazing how well a […]

Featured Authentic Engagement Photos at Home

Gina and Jislain’s engagement session and story is the perfect example of why a comfortable, natural environment (in this case, the couple’s home) can be the best location for engagement photos. Julie of Julie Cate Photography tells us more: “Initially when I chatted with Gina and Jislain, my mind was overflowing with ideas for a […]

Featured Destination Engagement Photography in Spain

Today’s sweet couple share a beautiful story: as family friends, the pair have known each other their entire lives. So when it came to planning their wedding, they envisioned a celebration that would bring together their loved ones from around the world. Read on for more about their engagement session in Spain. We’ll be sharing […]

Featured Destination Wedding & Engagement Photography in Scotland

Katie and Mark recently traveled to Scotland for their destination wedding, pausing a few days earlier for their engagement session with Laura Gordon Photography. The resulting photo gallery is an astonishing collection of beauty, showcasing the Scottish highlands in all their glory, leaving us with a serious case of wanderlust. Read on for more from […]

Featured Cherishing Your Engagement

The engagement period is often a hard space in a relationship, filled with plans, hellos, and goodbyes, and it is also a deeply meaningful space. The sweet tension and romance that lives in the “not yet” is something that is not often savored. This is what Type A Society and photographer Exquisitrie by Kelly Sauer wanted to […]

Featured Colorful Coastal Engagement Session in Italy

Based on this amazing set of engagement photos from the Amalfi Coast in Italy, we have a new rule: everyone must travel to Italy at least once in their life. Sounds like a dream, right? For Aston and Victoria, at least, this dream destination was the perfect choice for their engagement session with Darin Images. […]

Featured Dreamy Pastel Engagement Session

The engagement period is such a special and fleeting time. It is full of joy, anticipation, and romance. We love how this session by Jemma Keech captures the beauty of the engagement season and the sincere connection of the couple. Read more from the bride below:  “I have always wanted to shoot our engagement session […]

Featured Italian Engagement Session Inspiration

While we love seeing couples suit up for their engagement sessions, sometimes, a formal look just doesn’t suit their personal taste. We love the way this simple, at-home engagement inspiration session in Italy is shot and styled: Nastia Vesna Photography wanted to create a simple story for her workshop to celebrate the lovers: sincere, kind, full of […]

Featured Intimate Kitchen Engagement Session

We believe that continuing education and craft development should be something of utmost concern to your wedding vendors, and this is just one of the reasons why we’re honored to showcase a series of images this week from a recent workshop for photographers. Read on for more, and be sure to come back each day […]

Featured Simple Engagement Session Ideas

There has been a desire in recent years to over-plan engagement sessions, when all a couple really needs is a beautiful location, a talented photographer, and to feel comfortable enough to be themselves in front of the camera. We love how simple Emily and Tyler’s engagement photos are; read on for more from the bride: […]

Featured Mountain Engagement Session

We love when couples seek creative ways to showcase their personalities in their wedding or engagement photos, aside from the typical props. Amy and Trevor share a special fondness for the wildness and nature, so what would be better than an elegant engagement session in the mountains? Amy’s simple dress is the perfect choice to […]

Featured Elegant Barcelona Destination Castle Wedding II

When the day finally arrived, I felt like I was floating softly through the best dream that had ever been had: from arriving with my father to the castle to the glimmering farewell of petals and sea of candles at our exit. During the aperitivo, we sipped cava, ate freshly cut jamon and innovative Spanish […]

Featured Studio Engagement Session Inspiration

From Ginny Au: Last year Erich was gracious enough to allow me to try a different approach with a boudoir shoot. Before the shoot took place, I provided the couple with a storyline and together we blocked the movements and then I left the couple to find their own rhythm.  In groups of 5 and 6 the […]

Featured Carefree and Playful Engagement Photos

While we love an elegant, well-styled engagement session, what we love the most about Hannah and Anthony’s sweet engagement photos from the Erich McVey photography workshop is the carefree, playful nature that is so evident from a simple scroll through the images. Their chemistry is amazing–don’t you want to take a stroll along the beach with […]

Featured Simple Outdoor Engagement Session

We always love to see couples celebrate their engagements with beautiful portraits that show their natural personalities. Rebeca and Josh’s photos from Lauren Balingit and Kelly Lenard is no exception. Read on for more from the couple! Looking for more simple photo sessions? Here is one of our favorite maternity sessions, and a beautiful beach […]

Featured Black Tie Engagement Session

We love seeing a couple dressed to the nines for their engagement photos. Coupled with film photography, an elegant, black tie feel elevates your session from the standard, and doesn’t Carmela’s Adrianna Papell dress bring just the perfect amount of glitz without feeling stuffy and overdone? Read on for more from the photographer and the […]

Featured Simple California Engagement Photography

It’s the time of year when many couples are practicing for their wedding photos with an engagement session. This is such wonderful time for you to connect with your photographer, get to know each other, and become calm in front of the camera, while at the same time having portraits taken that will serve as […]

Featured Summer Engagement Session at the Lake

There’s something about the lazy feel of summer days at the lake that makes it the perfect scene to fall in love. In Holden and Ryan’s case, they chose this time to celebrate their love with a fun, carefree afternoon taking engagement photos. It’s so easy to imagine: the refreshing waves, the calm motion of […]

Featured Laidback California Engagement Session

When engagement photos are styled in such a way that they could hang on the walls of your home forever and not go out of style, or make you cringe about the trends displayed in them, you know you did them right. Monica and Darren’s Big Sur engagement session completely fits the bill. The couple […]

Contests CLOSED! Win Wedding Photography: Jen Sosa Photography

UPDATE! The winners have been chosen! Engagement shoot: Elizabeth Lin and Steven in LA Wedding: Lauren Sykes in Charleston Specializing in working with natural light and capturing important moments, Jennifer Sosa Photography is definitely someone you should know about. Why? You’ll love the artistic way that she blends modern love stories with a vintage feel. She documents your […]

Vendor Newsletter Erich McVey + Making the Most of your Shoots

We’re so excited to share a few tips from photographer Erich McVey today! And don’t forget to enter to win a seat to one of his 2015 photography workshops! Update! The winner is Ashley Paige Photography from San Francisco, CA!  From Erich: Amazing images rarely happen by accident. This is one of the most important […]

Featured Win an Engagement Session from JBM Weddings

Are you part of a quirky couple looking for the perfect photographers to shoot your engagement or wedding? We’ve found the right fit for you! JBM Weddings is a photography collective based in San Francisco and Brooklyn that specialize in photographing your wedding day in a photojournalistic style so that you can look back on […]

Featured Breathtaking Engagement on The Cliffs of Moher

Sometimes we receive submission that leave us in awe…this absolutely breathtaking engagement session on the Cliffs of Moher did just that. The landscapes made the perfect canvas for Sara Donaldson to capture this exquisite couple. Keep reading for more on her inspiration. From Sara Donaldson: The Cliffs of Moher are like something out of a […]

Contests Win an Engagement Session #oncewedgiveaway

This year at Once Wed, we’ve decided to celebrate love and Valentine’s day with a HUGE giveaway on our Instagram. We’re so excited to offer a lucky couple the chance to win a couples photography or engagement session with destination wedding photographer Heather Payne! Simply by posting a picture of you and your love, adding […]

Featured Casual Beach Engagement

After so many years, it’s great to see original engagement sessions where the couple can truly work with their photographer to infuse parts of their personality into the shoot. We adore what Jessee Leake did for this couple, and how fun their engagement session turned out. We hope you’ll take some ideas from them and […]

Featured Most Repinned Engagement Rings

Who doesn’t love to look at beautiful engagement rings? When you get engaged, one of the first questions you’ll receive is “Can I see the ring?” Even those of us who aren’t engaged stare at pictures of engagement rings, and pin them like crazy! Which is why we’re excited to share our top 5 most re-pinned […]

Featured Elegant California Beach Engagement

We simply adore this lovely engagement session from MK Sadler! You can sense the love between Drew and Sarah, and their story is even more adorable than this shoot. More from the Couple: Drew and Sarah met at the University of Southern California almost eight years ago when she was eighteen and he was twenty. […]

Featured Light-Filled New York City Engagement

This engagement session almost brought us to tears. Honestly, Eric Kelley seems to have somehow captured the love between these two in the most intimate and revealing way. Every frame speaks to their affection for one another, and we couldn’t love it any more. Here’s more from the bride: Josh and I met at the […]

Featured Tulle Skirts from Alexandra Grecco

We recently got to work closely with Alexandra Grecco on the Erich McVey workshop, and we’re so excited that she’s about to launch a Bridal line! We’ll have some stunning images of her new gowns next week, so check back in a few days. In the meantime, we wanted to share some of her other designs, like these […]

Featured Spring Cherry Blossom Couples Session

Sometimes couples are so in love that they just can’t wait to get married! That was the case with this adorable bride, Janelle, and her sweet husband. She and Ryan had a whirlwind romance and engagement, which didn’t leave them much time to plan a traditional engagement session. After they were married for a few […]

Featured Natural Spring Engagement Session Part 1

We wholeheartedly believe that simplicity is sometimes best- and engagement sessions are the perfect time to take advantage of this principle. We always love seeing engagement sessions that are a true representation of the love between the couple. You and your fiance will only be engaged once, so take some time to spend together and capture those […]

Featured Natural Spring Engagement Session Part 2

They may have been rained out on the first day of their engagement session, but they lucked out on their second shoot. How stunning is this couple, and once again, we love the simplicity of this natural engagement session. Don’t you just love all of the delicate details of spring that Kristen integrated into this […]

Featured Khanh Hogland Wedding Photography

We were instantly in love when we first came across Khanh Hogland’s film photography. We adore the crisp, bright, colorful, yet soft quality of her photos, and we immediately wanted to see more. We are so happy to have Oklahoma based fine art film photographer Khanh Hogland Photography as a new sponsor here on Once […]

Featured Prairie Engagement Shoot

How gorgeous is this engagement shoot set in the prairie fields of Flagstaff, AZ from Austin Gros? The couple’s wardrobe choice of neutrals and the bride’s natural makeup complement the gorgeous setting perfectly. Photographer: Austin Gros | Hair & Makeup: Amanda Gros 

Featured NYC Engagement Session

Two years ago, Billy asked me to marry him on a beautiful sunny day underneath a tree during our small picnic in Governors Island. I was blown away when he surprised me by ‘re-proposing’ with a beautiful new engagement ring during our engagement shoot.He had been talking to KT, our fabulous photographer, to plan this surprise. How […]

Featured Farm Fresh Engagement

This lovely engagement shoot is brought to you from the beautiful Serenbe. Can’t you just feel the clean air and fresh breeze? There is something so refreshing about stripping away the daily distractions of life and just finding an excuse to celebrate a new chapter of life. That’s one main reason we love engagement photos– […]

Featured Whimsical Ranch Engagement

What could be better than a whimsical engagement session among the lavender fields of San Ysidro Ranch? As the bride says, “Having seen those gorgeous lavender fields time and time again, I knew I wanted to shoot there. It did not disappoint. San Ysidro Ranch has to be one of the most beautiful places on […]

Wedding Ideas Blog Happy Weekend

I’ll leave you for the weekend with this super cute engagement shoot from Nancy Neil. I had the biggest smile on my face while looking through these photos and couldn’t resist putting them up on the blog. Her dress alone is swoon worthy. This adorable couple recently got married on New Years and I can’t wait […]

Wedding Ideas Blog Love is in the Air…

Good morning! I’m still playing catch up from being in Nashville last week which means I’m running a bit behind on returning emails and coding posts for this week. Thank goodness I had this sweet and simple engagement shoot from Nancy Neil waiting in the wings though just for a day like this. The gorgeous […]

Wedding Ideas Blog A Desert Engagement

Kirsten Ellis of Beaux Arts Photographie recently sent in the sweet engagement session of Justen & Andrea and I couldn’t resist sharing some images on Once Wed. Brett and I actually met when I was 17 and by the time I was 19 we were engaged, so whenever I see a young couple in love […]

Wedding Ideas Blog A San Francisco Engagement

I love receiving submissions from couples who read Once Wed, so when Kimia recently sent in her engagement session I couldn’t resist sharing some images here with you. As an artist/filmmaker, Kimia knew the second she got engaged that finding the right photographer was going to be a big part of the planning. The moment […]

News Blog Santa Barbara Engagement Shoot Giveaway

Warm wishes from over here at Once Wed this morning. Can you believe that it’s almost December?? To start this week, I’ve got an exciting giveaway from Nancy Neil photography for one lucky engaged couple. Nancy is graciously offering Once Wed readers the chance to win a free engagement session and a one nights stay […]

Wedding Ideas Blog An Engagement Session at Serenbe

We’re so excited to get to show you the first set of images from our workshop we did back in June. After a day in the “classroom” (a comfy living room) we set out in the late afternoon for Jose to demonstrate how he shoots an engagement session. Fun fact: Emily found our adorable couple […]

Real Weddings Blog A Magical Engagement by Beaux Arts Photographie

Don’t forget to check back tomorrow to see more of this adorable couple and their lovely wedding! Photography by Beaux Arts Photographie

Wedding Ideas Blog Summertime in Australia

Photography by Jemma Keech

Real Weddings Blog Tuscan Engagement Session by Jose Villa

How sweet is this engagement session of Lindsay and Ryan in Tuscany by Jose Villa? Their chic style complements the stunning scenery perfectly. Doesn’t this just make you want to book a flight to Italy tomorrow? Photography: Jose Villa