2 THINGS I LIKE TO SEE IN ENGAGEMENT SHOOTS | Plus, Prop Love! Form of: Giant Steroidal Balloons. Instead of Your Booty, Make That E-Session POP! Also, Bamica.

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Happy late Thursday afternoon, ladies and germs!  Here listen, I just noticed something weird about myself that I wanted to bounce off of you.  Half the time I write LOL, I have a blank expression on my face.  There is no ‘L’ going on.  No ‘OL’ going on, either.  So yeah I just realized that.

Am I alone in this?  Is that, like, weird, of me?  It’s ok, I can take it.  I have strong emotional muscles (lol that’s a lie.  P.S. – I didn’t laugh out loud when I wrote that ‘lol’ WHAT IS HAPPENING TO ME).

Before we get into it today – THREE things: our killer Engagement Shoot Giveaway courtesy of Cameron Leung Photography?  Look out for news on THAT tomorrrow, darlings. ;)  And we’ve got another fantabulous giveaway that’s going to implode your mind coming real soon-like.  I’m already getting excited for you.  That’s so weird.   Someone needs to change these rules because I’m gonna need to be able to enter these contests in the future.  I’m gonna leave that in the Suggestions box.  Third thing is, we’re reviewing your incredible and PLENTIFUL Knotty Bloggista emails, 24/7.  We’ve already accepted one of y’all on board, and we couldn’t be more excited to reach out to gads more.  Soon, pretty people!  It’s honestly the best feeling ever knowing so many crazy good writers and stylistas are going to be slamming their thoughts down right here on TKB.  Utter AMAZEBALLSNESS.

Ok, ANYWHOSIT… Bamification implemented at bottom, and it’s a pretty salacious one today, my buddies and my friends.  Spoiler Alert: Bambino’s nekked in it.  Haha, no but seriously, it’s disturbing.  Please, consider it a cry for help.  But yeah, I have much more important things to address today.  ONWARDS!

Did you know that the Earth is almost COMPLETELY OUT of Helium?  Like, no more Helium could be our world, MAJORFAST.  OMIGOD.  Crazy, eh?  Well, not really, but that’s mainly because I personally have no idea what the purpose of Helium is in our modern world.  Well, outside of making everyone in my life sound like they just got punched in the balls, and providing the air-guts of my balloon animals that end up looking like peoples’ unmentionables every time anyway so it’d probably be a good idea to stop making them.  See, lack-of-Helium is ALREADY improving my life and the lives of those around me.  OH, and of course, another thing it does quite well is make e-shoots 1000% more awesomeified than we ever thought possible before we introduced GIGANTORballoons into e-shoots.

A-like a-so:

Emma of Honey Honey Photography is the brains behind this fantastic submission we have here today.  Here’s what she shared with me about this astoundingly adorable couple:

This couple is the cutest ever, besides your dog, of course.

Goes without saying.  Alright, you may go on, Emma.

On to it, he proposed at DISNEYLAND!

Omgod that’s SO AWESOME, Emma!  Aye yiy yiy, sorry, sorry.  Go on, tell us more.  I won’t interrupt anymore, promise.  So, you were saying?  About Disneyland?

He had a caricature portrait do the proposing and then it was love ever after! How adorable! They’re a fun and quirky couple so the posing was inspired by a lot of korean romantic comedy dramas (we had korean pop music playing in the background) and all the balloons came in because I just wanted to have a couple-look-like-they’re-flying-away-together photo, teehee. Their wedding will be next year at the beautiful Nixon Library in California and it’ll be peach filled! So exciting! Hope they decide on having caricature artists there, too!

Now, let’s bring this fun we’re having into the bedroom… where it belongs…

(… Ew.  I’m creepy.)

↓ What chemistry looks like ↓

↓ What love looks like ↓

↓ What the Andy Warhol effect looks like ↓

Pssst… it’s also what comfort looks like.

Anyway, so as I was saying, Helium isn’t a renewing resource, and we’re gonna lose the last of it soon.  Stephen Colbert discussed this last night on The Colbert Report so naturally I took it as fact.  And it obviously saddened me immensely because now I’m going to feel bad about using it.  For anything.  Because I mean, HOW KILLER is this shoot?  Those balloons are RULING MY FACE.  I don’t wanna say bye bye to them!  Oh what to do.  What to do!  By the way, we had three balloon-related submissions, just this WEEK alone.  Wedding and engagement.  But this one?  It just floats my boat in an oh-so-special way, and I’m pretty certain that, other than the fact that Emma Rolos of Honey Honey Photography is the cat’s meow (puppy’s roofff?), she’s managed not only to capture some fantastic shots worthy of publication, but she’s also captured something a bit more elusive…

To put it in the words of The Bachelorette‘s Contestant Number Ben (Groban A), it’s… “That whole ‘I love you’ thing.” She’s captured their love.  In pictures.  I am immensely thrilled when this happens.  You have NO. IDEA.  It’s not every day!

Also, she’s hilarious because she tweeted me this the other day:

@honeyhoneyloove: @theknottybride I want to eat your dog. It’s the cutest thing EVER. And no, this is not an Asian racist joke because I’m Asian. <3

She doesn’t even have to snort Helium to make me laugh.  Thanks, Emma, for the pretties!

And now, in today’s installment of A Day in the Life of Bambino McPup…

You guys, Bams totally tried to molest my face and chest region today.  And I have proof, since I figured you guys would all side with him (AS USUAL. sheesh):

Note: I decided this was going to work out best as a silent film installment… even though it’s in pictures.  Because the words I was assigning to Bam’s character were just way too… they were… well they were just – just not… not ‘right.’   They were pretty disturbing.  I’m a little worried about me, knowing the skit scripts I can think up at this point in the game.  So yeah, silent film is the way to go.

I dunno, something goin’ on in this little noggin’ of mine, today.  Somethin’ FISHAAYYY...

No, but seriously, he DID totally feel me up today.  Weirdness.

And then he got all serious-face on me.  That was creepers.

That’s right… a highly disturbing Bam post FOR THE WIN!

I like balloons.

OK, so this engagement shoot.  How much do you love it?!!!  Actually, I’m assuming you guys’ll like it, of course.  Which I shouldn’t do.  First rule of Avoid Making An Ass of U And ME Club is Not To Assume Things.  Jeeesh, I keep forgetting that.  We get taught that in grade school.  But yeah, environmental issues aside, SERIOUSLY HOW GREAT IS THIS.  I can’t get enough of these big fat steroidal balloons all flyin’ in my face!  So fun!  Isn’t it fab what they bring to a shoot?

Also, and of infinite more importance, you guys all know I’m totes in love with love.  Right?  Ok, obvs.  #DUH.  #Winning.  But seriously folks, I think the most important element when it comes to photos of oneselves (that’s not a word, is it.  hmm) is that your immense, unwavering, uncontrollable megalove shines the eff THROUGH those pictures you get back.  And this shoot?  HELLLLOOOOOOOOO, LOVE.  Your shining face is upon us.

… your thoughts?  On any of it, as per usual.  You can call me one-screw-loose, too, if you want.  Because after that Bam montage?  … I totally would.

And by the way, if you didn’t pick up on it yet, the two things I dig for engagement shoots are 1) luftballons (99, preferably, if you can manage) and 2) your stinkin’ LOVE.  Kbye!

xoxo!  – Alison

Photography: Honey Honey Photography / Submitted via: Two Bright Lights / Favors and Gifts: Shop lulu / Reception Venue: Groom to be’s home town / Dress Store: Yes Style

Label(s): Color, Red, {Engagement}

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  1. Loe on July 28, 2011

    Hahah! OH MY GOD Allison, you crack me up. I love it.

    Also, seriously. dig. balloons! My boss told me that we were running out of helium and I was like NO WAY. But…its true. Le sigh. I love her shoes as well. I can only hope that my e-sesh will be anywhere near this cute.

    (also holy balls, forgot to finish my entry for that e-sesh. bummerface! oh well. logistics for getting there might be less than straightforward).

  2. Loe on July 28, 2011

    also omgsorryispeltalisonwrong. its one of those thursdays.

  3. Lena on July 28, 2011

    Lady, where are your clothes?!? Bambino’s only feelin’ you up because you’re running around half nekkid, too. But yeah, that’s a pretty serious grope-face.

    Now I understand that you don’t LOL when you type “LOL”, but is it odd that I often do? It’s like a Pavlovian response. Will I get fruit snacks or tacos or booze for that?

    But best of all, this MAGICAL E-SHOOT! Leaping with balloons? Snuggling with balloons? Kissing…with BALLOONS?!?! It’s just so good. And I love e-shoots in a couple’s bed-they’re my all time favorite.

    Well, after Bambs, naturally.

  4. Alicia @CharityWedding on July 28, 2011

    You bring up an incredibly important topic and no I am not talking about running out of helium. WTF?! By the way, how is that even possible. But the LOL thing. Using it or seeing it used drives me insane because I know 99.9% of people using it are not laughing out loud. And people are majorly talking advantage of it in an awkward way as if LOL is the new exclamation point.

    That shoot is amazing. I love the balloons but what I really love is that at the end they are wearing pajamas. Not like cute sexy ones, but like ultra-comfy pjs. Love that.

  5. Alison on July 28, 2011

    Loe – Haa! I’m so glad, truly. You make me crack up, too :) Also, omgthatssosweetofyou! xoxo!

    Lena – omigoodness you are RIGHT. (!!!) It’s my skimpy sense of style that’s luring him! Thank you, my darling, for setting me on the straight and narrow. I need to stop tempting him, and then he’ll stop coming onto me. Wait. This is starting to sound more ‘bigger societal issue’ than I set out for it sound like right now. ABORT.

    Alicia – YES! Alicia, so money what you just wrote. I can honestly say I haven’t seen this fantastic a shoot that involved THE COMFY PJ FACTOR in EVER! So good. I want a comfy pj shoot right now… but if we’re gonna be really true to form, we’re gonna have to go with nightie and NUDITY. I’ll leave the figuring out who’s who to you. ;)

  6. claire on July 28, 2011

    baloons are my JAM.

  7. Elle on July 28, 2011

    I love the engagement photos!! Except… I don’t like guys in shorts and button ups – I know a strange idiosyncrasy. But the truth is it reminds me of Pee Wee Herman… and then I think of XXX movie theaters… and then I get creeped out.

    OTHER than that – I love it!

    And sweet sweet Bambino… He has the most adorable face and as much as I wanted to side with you so you felt the love… I can’t help but wish there was a pooch clawing his way up to smooch me!!! :)

  8. Elsie on July 28, 2011

    I like balloons, too. :)

    This e-session is absolutely perfect. The photographer captured such beauty between them, the “private moment” moments that you don’t usually get on film! So great. And the couple is so cute. They look so in love :D

  9. Alison on July 28, 2011

    Claire – Hells yeah. :)

    Elle – LOL, Elle, LOL. And I’m actually laughing while writing those two. So your in the other 50% of my LOLs. Cheers to that! ;)

    Elsie – So true, Elsie! Those private moments between a couple are so special and rarely seen. How amazing it is to capture it and be able to look at your love from outside of it. I’m gonna cry. Jeeez I’m so emo. What great work Emma did with this.

  10. Amma // Beyond Beyond on July 29, 2011

    Love the shoot, I have a big thing for balloons I adore them, and of course I love seeing that little pup. Too cute!

  11. Alison on July 29, 2011

    Amma – I adore you. I saw your tweet this morning and of course checked out what you wrote about lil ol’ me. OH. MY. BEJEEZUS, AMMA!!!!!!!! You are the freaking kindest and sweetest and I’m so touched by what you wrote! Stop doing that, aright? STOP. STOP IT. Are you *trying* to make me cry a stream of touched tears? You must be. You must. You’re the wonderfullest. And yes, I’m hoping wonderballs catches on, too. One new “[fill in the prefix]BALLS” slang introduction at a time. Slow and steady wins the slang race, I always say. ;P

  12. BR on July 29, 2011

    Adorable shoot. The balloon liftoff shots are really rad and her shoes are out of this world. Love it!

    Bambino is adorbs as usual. I think he’s just living up to his name and starting his rein as a lady killer.

  13. Heee – you always write such a good blog post I don’t know where to start. Bambino then… awwwwwwwwwww!

    And then – LOL. I don’t laugh out loud as I type it, that would be sinister and weird. I do often – nay mostly – sit grinning inanely at my laptop. The wedding blogs I read make me happy, what can I say!

    The shoot………. fab. Great to see something with such strong images, a fun theme, they look amazing (bow tie = so cool). Balloons rock.


  14. Sarah H. on July 29, 2011

    Just so you know, this is exactly how I want my engagement shoot to go. Totally carefree and full of love. This is suuuuuch a great shoot and great inspiration, just another reason why I love the crap out of this blog. Now feels like a good time to say thank you (i’m a creeper like your pup, this is my first comment ever..) for inspiring me every day, really. I love love love reading this blog!

    I do actually have one complaint though… I’m having a really hard time figuring out how -NOT- to use every single one of my favorite ideas IN MY WEDDING, all at once. So as you can tell, I have a hard, long road ahead of me. ;D

  15. rachel thomas on July 29, 2011

    my comment has nothing to do with this post BUT i just saw this and thought of youuuuu. http://pinterest.com/pin/85002727/

  16. Emma on July 29, 2011

    OH EM GEEEEE, THANK YOU FOR THE FEATURE!!! I’m spazzing in my chair right now and my cat is meowing “are you okay ems?” yes. i am totally fantacular (fantastic + spectacular). By the way, you’ve probably seen this a million times already but this reminded me of bambino, ah, to die for O_O http://youtu.be/X0-Sv6YnxEc

  17. Mimi Tilton on July 29, 2011

    So I’m sweating or as we Texan women say, glistening. My nerves are shot. I’m horrificlly affraiddds of balloons – - -shiver- – - Mai haytes dems. *rubbing face obsesivly* Blech… now rocking back and forth inside my cubicle.

    I can understand that others enjoy the orbs of death. I get it. It’s me…it’s totally me.

    In the realm of Did You Know – Hugh Jackman has a Frenchy named Dali? He’s all over People Mag’s pets – made me think of you and da Bambers-imnotaperv-Pants. :)

  18. Mimi Tilton on July 29, 2011

    could my spelling BE more 3rd grade?

  19. Once Upon Your Day -- Julia on July 29, 2011

    OMG, such a great shoot! I love that balloons are making a comback, but am no saddened that they may not float for very much longer :(

  20. Fun Fun Fun!!!!! Brilliant x love it x

  21. Alessandra Perez-Rubio on August 1, 2011

    Baloons!! It reminds me of a more whimsical time, how this is a couple that has fun and doesn’t take anything too seriously. Someone once told me to never lose your childish innocence, and this is a perfect example. It shows fun and elegance all rolled into one romantic photo!

    Alessandra from Idojour.com

  22. Erykah Hussey on August 4, 2011

    gorgeous photos! please tell me where she GOT her RED SHOES!!!!! PLEASE!!! :}


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