justin+jamie :: engaged :: greensboro engagement photographer

Jamie is a woman who knows exactly what she wants when it comes to life, love, and her big day. I was so excited when she contacted me a few months ago to photograph her and Justin's late summer wedding at the Weir-Jordan House in Greensboro because of her bubbly personality and dedication to making sure her wedding day revolves around getting great photographs. We immediately hit it off, and I know that her wedding is going to be a lovely mix of classic and modern style and traditions!

I love it when a bride has her own unique ideas for an engagement session that reflect her and her groom's personalities and tell their story. We started off at one of their favorite places, the Greensboro Grasshoppers baseball stadium. They both love baseball, and they're devoted fans of the New York Mets.

Aren't they just precious?!?

Jamie looked AMAZING, and her killer hair and makeup was done by none other than my personal favorite salon and spa, Chakras.

We wrapped up the session at one of the best Greensboro eateries, Cafe Europa, where Justin and Jamie had their first date...

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closet inspiration :: greensboro engagement photographer

Watching the Academy Awards this past Sunday, I couldn't help but ooh, aah, and ugh over what the celebs were wearing. Angelina sparked enough leg jokes to keep us entertained for the rest of the year, The Help's Octavia Spencer looked stunning in her figure-flattering white gown (and won a much deserved Oscar for her role as Minnie - go on girl), and Emma Stone proved that gingers can look fab in red. In fact, I loved her gown so much, that I've decided to use it as inspiration for today's wardrobe to spice up your engagement photos.

Let's face it... not all to-be-brides are suited for jeans, boots, and blazers. Some of you want NEED more glam in your lives... enter this classy little his+hers frock, which I think would be just lovely for an evening engagement sesh in the city or maybe even in a beautiful hotel lobby.

Red-Carpet Inspired Engagement Look


Red dress, $105
Grey vest
Bridal shoes, $260
H M bracelet, £3.99
Daytrip chain earrings, $9
Banana Republic Soft Wash Textured Stripe Shirt, $60
Gap The Tailored Khaki (Straight Fit), $55
Banana Republic Silk Tattersal Tie, $60
Banana Republic Modern Fedora, $50

Remember to dress for your shape... steer clear of clothing that is too tight or too loose. One reason that I LOVE this red number from Modcloth, one of my favorite online shopping addictions, is that it accentuates the waist, showing off your figure without giving away every curve. Pair it with a great ruffled heel like the one below to elongate the leg and a few statement accessories and you're good to go. Alot of times, we think we'll just put our guy in a button-down shirt and jeans and he's good to go, but don't forget that he looks great with accessories, too! This simple black fedora and plaid tie provide the perfect pop of personality for your man.

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5 reasons you should do an engagement session :: greensboro engagement photographer

I hear people say it all the time, "Why should I do an engagement session? I'm going to have photos taken on my wedding day." Most of my wedding collections do include engagement sessions, and while not a requirement to be married (duh), I do strongly encourage my couples to elect to have engagement photos. Why? Not just because I really like photographing engagement sessions (although I do LOVE taking photos of couples together in the carefree setting an engagement session offers), but because of these five reasons that I've decided make all the difference in creating your ultimate wedding experience:

1. An engagement session allows the two of you to reconnect. Let's be real... in the hustle and bustle of planning a wedding, sometimes it can seem more like a job than planning a celebration of your love. Your conversations revolve around cake tastings, bridesmaids who think they won't look good in that style of dress, floral arrangements, and making sure the caterer provides a vegetarian option for your one friend from college who doesn't eat meat. Romantic? I think not. An engagement session allows you to spend some carefree time together with no wedding worries and lots of hugging, kissing, and hand-holding which is sure to remind you of why you decided to get married in the first place.

reasons to do an engagement session with Christi and Jeremy's Old Salem engagement session in Winston-Salem, NC by Glessner Photography

2. It allows you to get comfortable in front of the camera. Maybe you're a complete natural in front of the camera or maybe you feel that you're not photogenic at all (which isn't true by the way), but either way, it always helps to work with your wedding photographer prior to the big day. You learn how your photographer directs or guides you and how to react to those directions. Much like dating, you get to know each other and the relationship between you, the camera, and the photographer only becomes more relaxed from here on.

reasons to do an engagement session with Brittany and Jeff's Belmont University engagement session in Nashville, TN by Glessner Photography

3. It allows your photographer to get to know you as a couple. Some couples are more affectionate, while others are more reserved, and you and your fiance each have different personalities that help to define who you are. Maybe you laugh very easily or maybe you need a little coaxing to reveal a true smile. There's no right or wrong, but knowing these things beforehand in a more relaxed setting and open timeframe guarantees beautiful photos when it comes time for your wedding. Consider it insurance for the big day.

reasons to do an engagement session with Tonika and Tony's downtown engagement session in Greensboro, NC by Glessner Photography

4. Who doesn't need more photos? Maybe the last time you had professional pictures made were senior portraits (that was me before Josh and I had our engagement photos made), and you've likely never had professional photos made as a couple. This is a chance to provide more decor for your home, photos to display at your wedding, great gifts for your family, and a photo for that newspaper announcement that your mom will insist on having in your hometown paper. Engagement photos are also great for save-the-dates, your personalized wedding website, and you can even have them made into a custom guestbook for your wedding day. Make your engagement session special by selecting a location that's special to you - where you first met, your first date, a favorite park - so that the photos will hold even more sentimental value and you'll be thrilled to show them off.

reasons to do an engagement session with Kristin and Read's Dragon Park engagement session in Nashville, TN by Glessner Photography

5. We have FUN! We try out different locations, photograph you in all your favorite outfits (an engagement sesh is also a great excuse for a shopping spree, btw), you (and Josh) laugh at my lame attempts at making you laugh, and we may even top it off with a coffee or dinner together afterwards. I promise it's a great time!


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