CANDY-COATED LOVE SHOOT | Why not match your fashion, decor and surroundings to your “couple personality?” I say DO IT | by Simply Bloom Photography

Real Housewives of New Jersey attacked my eyes again last night.  Please, someone teach me how to resist, without canceling our Bravo feed entirely.

In other news, you guys are gonna get *real quick* why I love this engagement shoot.  It should be rather apparent by the third or so picture in.  And if you don’t get it real quick, well, then you probably don’t know me all that well, which hurts.  Why you gon’ do me like that, yo?  If you’re the one-to-three people who don’t know why I love this shoot, well I’m just gonna sit here and wait for you to catch the reason, as that will be your punishment for not knowing me.

(It’s the dogs.  The dogs are why I love it.)

(Well, it’s also the fact that our friends Vania and Christine of Simply Bloom were behind the camera.  So, two reasons.)

(Actually three.  This shoot is COLORTASTIC and me likey things that can be described as such.)

(Well, four.   It’s four.  I like everything.  Can “everything” be categorized as “four?”  I’m doing it – I’m calling it four.)

Moving.  On.

Engagement shoots aren’t just about getting pictures taken.  They’re about capturing the *you* that the two of you are, as a couple, right now, during what is very likely a uniquely exciting, emotional and joyous time in both of your lives.  You’re getting married!  YOU!  YOU’RE GETTING MARRIED!  I know, it’s awesome!  And wouldn’t you like to capture the couple that the two of you are right now, by making your engagement shoot represent/reflect you in some way?

I believe in that concept.  And today’s shoot, given to us by the ladies of Simply Bloom Photography, is a prime example of how to execute it.

Before we get into it, here are some words from Vania and Christine on just how perfect this setting was for Jenn and Cody:

Amusement parks are said to have been around since the 1500′s, and to this day they are still just as colorful, fun, and current.  There is something timeless about these multicolored , quirky places; something that inevitably lightens one’s heart. Can you smell the bright candied apples & sugary cotton candy? Jenn & Cody chose this particular location for their D.C. engagement shoot which allowed them to have a backdrop as bright and as fun as they are. This setting painted Jenn & Cody as the protagonists in their own love story book. The golden haired princess hopelessly in love with her dapper hero, in a world all their own…

Quick tip: I highly recommend carving your initials or something like this…

… into something like that ↑.  Or, into your lovey dovey vacation hotel room which we did last year shhh I didn’t say that.  P.S. – we’re staying in the same room this year.  Yes, it’s an awesome feeling for some reason.

Ok, so if you haven’t guessed it alread- ok I know EVERYONE guessed it, this is dumb. :)  So, on that note, I’m mixing it up a little today, puppy-wise.  I know y’all love PuppyPants’ punim, but I seriously couldn’t resist a dose of THIS, via Stockholm Streetstyle:

AAAAAHHHHHH.  I know, so cute.  Here’s the main reason why I like it; I identify with it, wholeheartedly.  Bambino’s got a rogue leg; it goes everywhere save for safely tucked beneath him.  Here’s a taste:

So it’s refreshing to know he’s like so totally not alone in this! ;)  He also tends to have *a lot* more energy immediately after he poops… but that… umm… that makes a lot of sense to me.

Back on track… one last bit of cuteness before we start chatting about all of this…

Anywho, what do you think of today’s shoot?  Do you dig the idea of creating an engagement shoot around who you are as a couple?

xoxo!  – Alison

Photography: Simply Bloom Photography



The moment for which you’ve all been waiting so patiently… the winner of our Tessa Kim accessory giveaway is:


(Her comment: April 20, 2011 – “I love the Rhinestone and beaded twist dress sash/headband. My dress has antique style lace and beading and just got a pair of shoes with some vintage sparkle to them. This would complete the day and add to the magic.”)

Congrats, Miss Jenna!  You’re one lucky lady!

And just for personal, totally selfish kicks, here’s one of my absolute favorite comments from this giveaway.  (See?  I really do read every single thing you all say to me, and I for reals love you all for it, like crazy.)

On April 15, 2011, Kathryn, you said “I adore the Blue flora birdcage veil headpiece. I will be wearing light blue (traditional Irish color) and this will be perfect with my dress. As this is not my first wedding, I still want to look beautiful and have many, but not all, of the amenities of a (first time) bride. This beautiful headpiece will be my version of a veil, without hiding my face or hair.

Thank you Knotty Bride for sending me updates on Facebook. I get to see more ideas and inspiration than I ever would have imagined from just ‘liking’ you.”

Kathryn, wherever you are, I heart you and that’s truly the kind of thing that makes my entire day.  Congratulations on your impending nuptials! :)  Also, best of luck in our other giveaways, since I totally just mentioned you but you didn’t win anything.  Sorry…?  But seriously thanks so much for the kind words.  They really mean a lot.

To every single one of you: I love all of your comments, nice or antagonistic, thought-provoking or lovey dovey, they never go unappreciated.  You have no idea how much I love bringing you guys the inspo on the daily, and then hearing your feedback, regardless of what you have to say.  It’s like, my favorite part.  I really love you guys, and I hope each and every one of you out there wins something super fancy and wonderful on TKB one day!  If that’s even possible.  I’ll certainly strive for it. :)

P.S. – Can’t wait to announce our letterpress giveaway winner.  Promise I won’t make you wait too long. :)

P.P.S. – Did someone say ANOTHER SARAH SEVEN GIVEAWAY?  For real?  YES.  Sarah liked how the other one went so much, that she decided we should hold another one.  Because hey, why not, right.  No, I know, I can’t believe it either.

xoxo as always!  – Alison

Label(s): "DEAR TKB..." Advice Column, Color, Mr. McPuppyPants, Red, {Engagement}

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  1. Claire on May 17, 2011

    BAHHHH THOSE PUPS. omg, so cute.

  2. Amanda F on May 17, 2011

    GORGEOUS photos!
    I wish there were locations like that around me! Maybe I haven’t looked hard enough ;)

    Thanks for sharing!!!

  3. Lauren Elise on May 17, 2011

    Rogue leg? Hilarious! I wonder if it’s a breed trait. This engagement shoot is really fun and clearly very “them.” Also it’s Simply Bloom so duh it’s gorgeous :)

  4. Sarah on May 17, 2011

    So cute! I’m curious though, where is this in DC? I don’t recognize it and want to go there. Now.

  5. Alison on May 17, 2011

    Amanda F – Believe it or not, there are super cool locations practically everywhere… the key is to scope out your area, and look with new eyes :) Good luck!

    Lauren – Must be. I seem to see it all the time now! And yup, DUH. Nailed it. ;)

    Sarah – It’s Glen Echo amusement park, in Glen Echo, MD. At least that’s what google said. But I trust google like a brother… who doesn’t speak to me except through typed content.

  6. Koru Kate on May 17, 2011

    I love the photos of the couple in the park with their pups- so sweet & fun! I wish we’d had our dog for our engagement shoot but we didn’t adopt him for another few months. But I digress. This engagement shoot is adorable & the location is beyond fun!!

  7. lizzie on May 17, 2011

    oh. my. god. they are adorable.

  8. Lena on May 17, 2011

    You’re killing with a whole post of red lips and 50s ephemera and carnivals and snuggling and Frenchies and love. Dammit, how does a girl go back to getting anything done after something like this?

  9. Alison on May 17, 2011

    Kate – well, like I always (actually never, but whatever) say… there’s always room for another sesh, with your new addition ;)

    Lizzie – i. know. right.

    Lena – Omg when you put all those words together like that, I get all caught up and start smiling like an idiot w/o realizing it and I hope my neighbors aren’t peeking in right now the way I mentioned they ALWAYS ARE yesterday.

  10. Aleah + Nick on May 17, 2011

    Um. Wow. This is so stylish and timeless. I like it. No, I love it! Add a cute little puppy and it’s perfection! {A}

  11. Alicia@CharityWedding on May 17, 2011

    Amazing session. And I think I need those shoes of hers. I am a fan of any shoot that involves pups.

  12. Emma on May 17, 2011

    The colors in this shoot are so bold and lively. I love that they did this in an amusement park! Such cool scenery to work with!

  13. Elizabeth on May 17, 2011

    I really can’t get enough of your doggies. At this point I want to get a puppy just so he can be our ring bearer. I’m not even kidding.

  14. I absolutely love the idea of tailoring your e-sesh to match you as a couple! That’s the best thing you could do. I’m a fan of tailoring your whole wedding to YOU. You’re paying for it so do what you want! :) Git it!

  15. J (SparklyLove) on May 17, 2011

    Loving: The green dress with the yellow flower, the cowboy boots, the overload of puppies in this post!

    Ps. In the Stockholm Streetstyle picture, is that chick Alexandria from ANTM? (The one who got kicked off last week.) If not, that girl has a twin I think.

  16. Jenna on May 17, 2011

    I am ridiculously excited about this! Thank you so much Alison!

  17. Brancoprata on May 17, 2011

    Dear Lord… this is so, so perfect!! Simply Bloom did it again!!

  18. Madison on May 17, 2011

    i love the rogue leg! maybe the new pose i should adapt for photos? dreamy shoot, love it!

  19. Laura on May 17, 2011

    Aww Nerd Love!

  20. Keri on May 18, 2011

    Love this engagement shoot! I just wantched RHONJ too and as a NJ resident, I am embarrassed :) But still addicted nonetheless…

  21. Gloria @ I Do Venues on May 18, 2011

    Just shared this on twitter- Love the styling and love the idea of capturing the personalities of the couple- sometimes I find that couples are more relaxed for the engagement shoot and can really have blast- thanks for capturing this-

  22. Great shoot! It’s so fun when a couple is willing to invest a bit of time into a shoot with personality! Change outfits, use props, go to a cool location – awesome! Where were these engagements sessions when I got married??

  23. Corinna on May 19, 2011

    Her shoes, his socks, her headband, his suspenders, her dress, their awesomeness = love. They look like an entertaining couple and I’m sure their wedding will rock out.

  24. Chris on May 19, 2011

    Fantastic location. Love her shoes and the dogs are super cute

  25. Stacy on May 24, 2011

    Simply Bloom did their wedding too! I came across it this week. Just beyond gorgeous and styled to the littlest detail, just like the above session!


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