Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Engagement photos

I'm excited to share photos from our engagement shoot. When researching wedding photographers, we looked for someone who could lend our photos a bit of a vintage quality, but without losing the sharpness or detail of the images. We knew we'd found our match in Anthony of Photolux Studios when I arrived with inspiration photos, culled from various places long since forgotten, and he revealed one of them was his own shot.

Our vision was for classic romance with a throwback European vibe. I borrowed a dress from a friend, and another friend's mom made a 2-layer tulle underskirt to give it a hint of poof. I was a little nervous doing my own nails using a drugstore kit. However, they turned out beautifully and lasted well over a week. I may do it again for the wedding and save on the manicurist fee. I also did my own makeup, but went to Sarah at Salon Bliss for a French roll updo. B wore a classic black suit and white shirt. Later, we both changed into more casual clothes for a few shots, but the dressier ones were by far our favourites. 

The photos were taken at Tabaret Hall on the University of Ottawa campus. We loved its soaring monolithic columns, modelled after the Capitol Building in Washington, and the ivy-covered stone walls. The wrought-iron gate around the side of the building was a bonus discovery. For B, the setting had added meaning, as the university is where he started his life in Ottawa and these photos represent the beginning of the rest.


{We used this one for our save-the-dates}

On me 
Dress - White House Black Market (borrowed)
Slingback pumps - Guess via Winners
Bracelet - Hand-me-down
Hair clip and earrings - Claire's
Nails - Kiss Custom Fit French manicure kit

Top - BCBG via outlets
Jeans - Forever 21
Ballet flats - Vince Camuto via outlets

On him
Suit - DKNY via outlets
Dress Shirt - Banana Republic
Shoes - Brown's

T-shirt - RW & Co.
Jeans - Banana Republic
Shoes - Call it Spring


  1. your photos turned out beautifully :) the one you chose for your save the date is perfect, such a great shot of your too. excellent wardrobe choices, the clothes really make the black and white shot (I'ma assuming there are more) really stand out. I think that's my fave of the batch.

    congrats on getting engages AND finding a photographer you like!

  2. Kat these are stunning and so beautiful!!!!! You and your fiancée look like models right out of a magazine. Thank you so much for sharing. It really made my day to see how happy you two look!

  3. oh my freaking audrey hepburn! kat you totally look like her in these shots. they are timeless and classic. such a gorgeous couple. i'm so happy for you. :D

  4. Absolutely beautiful!!! These are amazing! You two are so photogenic :) and I love your outfit in the first shots!!

  5. ya'll are a GORGEOUS couple, Kat! I LOVE all the photos, from the setting, the outfits, and your guys' gorgeous faces! <3

  6. You two are such a lovely couple. I love every single photo and the black and white ones look so artsy. Love your hair like this, it looks very Audrey Hepburn.


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