As Rebecca and her fiancee are planning their garden wedding for June, they decided to stick with the garden theme when selecting the venue for their engagement photos. The Japanese Garden at Cal State University Long Beach (Rebecca’s alma mater) was the perfect location. It is close to home, has gorgeous views, and has sentimental value. This exciting experience is one that should not be taken lightly. It is a really great chance for a couple to bond over the awkwardness of being photographed and a great opportunity to get to know your wedding photographer at the same time.
The day of your engagement photos is the perfect time to have your hair and make-up trials for your wedding day. This way you will have beautiful hair and make-up for your engagement photos as well. Rebecca chose an adorable local hair salon close to home and her wedding venue. Miguel at Di Marco Hair Salon did a fantastic job preparing her for her photos.

Our cousin, Taryn (seen also in our post Back to the 80’s) was at the house ready to complete Rebecca’s glamorous look. She will also be there on the big day (not just as a guest), but with brushes and false lashes in hand prepared to make the Bride up.

It is also fun to get a new dress for the occassion. Try something bright in color to make yourself stand out against your surroundings. Rebecca got this jewel toned cocktail dress from Macy’s.

The couple looked great walking around the Japanese Garden thanks to Miguel and Taryn. They look forward to framing some of the photos they took and hanging them in their home. Engagement photos are also great to use as part of your wedding decor, save the date cards (as seen on our post Save the Date), and guest book pages. Creativity is key. Lauren and Scott used their engagement photos as a slideshow on their hotel lobby announcement boards the night of their wedding. Whatever you choose to do with your engagement photos, enjoy the experience and remember to smile.
Engagement photographs taken by Allen at Ambrosia Event Services.

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