{#2} WARM & COZY CAMPFIRE E-SHOOT | Brittany + Travis | Makin’ s’mores by the sun-kissed sea…

Voting ended yesterday for our wedding photography giveaway and…


We’re announcing the giveaway winner on Monday of next week, so stay tuned!!!  We’re FREAKING. OUT.

Now, before we address this supremely romantic shoot, we’d like to share a few pretty spectacular things, if we do say so ourselves:

1. We’ve got some seriously awesome free printables and giveaways coming, as soon as next week, people.  V-Day printables (both a freebie and a ridiculously awesome giveaway, all in one!), wedding printables (omigod wait until you SEEEEEE THEEEESSSEEE), guest post awesomeness (invitations, floral picks, etc.) and, of course, MORE STELLAR BIG-TICKET GIVEAWAYS!  It’s almost too much.  Maybe we should scale back the free stuff?

On second thought… nahhh.  :)

2. We’ve got wedding submissions coming out of our ears – which happens to be the way we like it here.  Cleans the ears.  But also, if the submissions we’ve received so far this year are any indication of what 2011 holds for your regular diet of TKB real weddings, then you are in for the wedding inspiration year of your life, honeys.  Buckle up – it’s gonna be a very pleasant, colorful and romantic, vintage, DIY ride.  If that makes any sense, and it doesn’t really but you get it.

3. We’re so glad to be hearing from our vendors that they’re booking jobs with you guys!  We’re deeply in love with our vendors, so it’s such a thrill to hear such wonderful feedback about how much you love them, too.  They’re truly among the best in the business, and we’re excited to continue to bring more and more industry excellence to the guide.  High kick, woot!

Ok, SO!

Today’s engagement session just happens to be the perfect shoot to feature on a chilly day like today.  When it arrived in my inbox, I knew I’d be keeping it for a day just like this one.  You see, you don’t know it, but I’m presently freezing my buns off, with only a wee space heater inefficiently heating my space.  In my dreams, I’d be sitting a few feet away from a nice, warm fire, which would – in this dream – be approximately ten yards away from a calm, sun-glistening body of water, all the while, heating marshmallows and making s’mores with my honeybunny…

A-like a-so:

Here are some words from Derren & Lisa Raser, the talented duo responsible for this romantic winter shoot:

Brittany and Travis shared with us early on that they had a really fun and creative vision for their engagement session, which you’ll see in the photos.  They first wanted something outdoors that would reflect the beauty of the changing season, and also somewhere where they could could build a campfire.

We ended up meeting at a small, and beautiful lake in the Shawnee National Forest in Southern Illinois, called Devil’s Kitchen.  After kindling a fire, Brittany and Travis pulled out all the fixings for fresh s’mores, including hand-whittled roasting sticks, and a vintage marshmallow tin, filled with (what else?) fluffy white marshmallows :-).

They made our job really fun, and easy, as they spent the afternoon playing, enjoying each other, and munching on their campfire sweets.

Photography: The Rasers

Ohhh how I love this e-shoot.  It just makes me feel all warm and cozy inside… hence the title.  My titles reflect my feeeeeelings.  (I’m a little emo.)

Happy weekend, friendlies!  See you bright and early next week when we announce the winner of our photography giveaway, and MUCH MORE. :)

xoxo!  – Alison

Label(s): {Engagement}

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  1. laurel on January 14, 2011

    I love this engagement session

  2. Talia on January 14, 2011

    Aren’t they just the cutest! Great job, love seeing things happening in e-shoots, instead of just the couple (even though that can look lovely too). I just love props, and the couple is adorables!

  3. Annie @ Marry You Me on January 14, 2011

    omg omg, this seriously may be my favorite post of yours! I love everything about this and it makes me want to do a similar camping shoot with the hubby. :) I love when couples showcase their interests + personalities. So fun and sweet.

  4. Diana on January 14, 2011

    I love this. And I can’t wait to find out who won the contest! I have a feeling it’s either Candace/Rich or Kristina/Drew because I just kept seeing votes for those two couples every time I checked the contest – may the most deserving couple win!

  5. Emma Lynn on January 14, 2011

    This is so stinking precious. They seem truly in love, and like they have a lot of fun together. I’d love to do a shoot like this!

  6. Lauren Elise on January 14, 2011

    These pictures are adorable! They really highlight the couple’s love…and the deliciousness of the s’mores. I want s’mores now!

  7. Sarah {EventsbySE} on January 14, 2011

    Ridiculously cute! Craving some s’more action!:)

  8. Patrick Rogers on January 14, 2011

    I love it! I got married in October, and after the reception, many of the guests gathered around bonfire behind the manor house for some s’mores!! YUM!!
    It’s hard to get all the shots you want, but I think it would have been great to have some shots after the sun went down… some glow on their faces, etc.
    But I love the one of them on the blanket!

  9. Jenny @ Hank + Hunt on January 14, 2011

    This is so cozy…what a fabulous idea!

  10. Lena on January 14, 2011

    So. In. Love. This shoot is absolutely darling, and I love the styling!

    Also, cannot WAIT to see all the weddings you’ve got coming-horray for 2011!

  11. Brancoprata on January 14, 2011

    Ohhhhh how i LOVE this!!!!! AMazing photography and such a sweet, SWEET session. What a perfect way to end the week ;))))

  12. lizzie @ love your way on January 14, 2011

    such a charming and adorable engagement session…so warm and sweet. :)

  13. Kate/MagnoliaRouge on January 15, 2011

    Can’t tell you just how much I LOVE this… and I want to do some serious damage to a packet of marshmallows right about now!!

  14. Margaret Ivory on January 15, 2011

    S’mores…what a wonderful engagement photo shoot.

  15. Paul Reams | Reams Photo on January 16, 2011

    It’s so much fun to photograph a couple that has a cool idea for their engagement session. Also, any couple that brings snacks-especially marshmallow based snacks.
    Love the e-session idea!

  16. Alicia @CharityWedding on January 17, 2011

    MMM I love marshmallows. Especially burnt ones. Or melted into rice krispies ones. How did I miss this! Love it.

  17. Matthew DeLuca on February 5, 2011

    Amazing engagement session and great looking couple. Content is king and I really love how you captured their personalities in the moment. The last shot is my favorite and the fill light is very natural looking with a nice rim and perfect composition.


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