Wedding Wednesday: Engagement Pictures Extravaganza

One of the only wedding projects that I can successfully plan and execute out here in California was the engagement pictures.

While we are getting married back at home, it was important for us to have a little touch of California in our wedding. We have started a life out here, adopted a dog here, were engaged here - and it seemed only right that we gave it a little of the recognition it deserved.

I did a few hours of research (mainly using the suggested vendors from theknot.com) and finally settled on hiring the adorable Jordana from Hazelnut Photography. We liked her work for so many reasons, but all of her pictures picked up on lots of natural light, didn't include too many kitschy props, and she was in our budget. She had a great spot in mind for what we were looking for and took us to El Matador Beach in Malibu, California on one windy, Saturday afternoon.

I had spent weeks picking out my outfits, trying to brighten my teeth, and making all of the necessary beauty appointments. It gave me a glimpse of how crazy I'm likely to be when my actual wedding gets closer, but the anticipation of the whole event was so fun.

When Saturday got here, I took a long run in the morning to clear my nerves, and had a few mimosa's while we got ready so that I didn't feel like an enormous dweeb during the photoshoot.

It took me about 15 minutes to loosen up with a camera in front of my face, but Jordana was patient and kind - and two and a half hours later, she had collected enough pictures and we were on a merry way.

I haven't gotten the disk of the 800 pictures that she took just yet, but I thought you may enjoy seeing a sneak preview of some of the goods.

Diane Von Furstenberg dress, Tory Burch Shoes, Tiffany Co. & David Yurman jewels

Banana Republic wrap sweater, Gap tee, Paige Jeans, Tory Burch sandals, David Yurman jewels

Pretty fancy, huh?!

*This blog was featured on blog.theknot.com as well


  1. LOVE THEM!!! I found taking engagement pictures to be a million times more awkward than the photos at the actual wedding. When you are a bride you are in the zone, a million things are going on- and they just sort of capture everything. Whereas the engagement "photo shoot" was SO MUCH PRESSURE! Yours turned out great though. I especially love the black and white shot where Joel is kissing your forehead. That is frame worthy!

  2. Beautiful photos! You and Joel look great. Love your fashion choices!

  3. Love them Tess! You look gorgeous! And I laughed at the windblown pic of your pup - too funny!

  4. I love how California they are! Beautiful!

  5. Gorgeous photos! The last three are my favorites. All frameworthy though!

  6. I die I die I die. You two are SO gorgeous. I literally have butterflies looking at these photos.

    See also: need to get a life.

  7. Beautiful pictures! The one of Joel kissing your forehead is my favourite, though they're ALL adorable.

  8. I am so behind in the blogworld..and in life..but I just am catching up with you and you two are so ridiculously cute! they make my heart so happy! Muahhhhh xoxo

  9. these are all great...i especially love that last one! would look great as a canvas print!