Shaker Village Summer Engagement Photos

Photo by Kevin and Anna

This entry is from our Expert Guest series where wedding and honeymoon professionals share their best tips on creating memories that last a lifetime.

An engagement session is absolutely a must with your photographer before your wedding. This can be one of the most important things you do before your special day. It is important to create a friendship with your photographer so that you can be comfortable with them on your wedding day. Your photographer can’t wait to capture the genuine love between you and tell your love story for generations to come. Here are the top 4 reasons why engagement sessions are truly invaluable.

September Engagement-Session at Shaker Village

Photo by Kevin and Anna

Why Plan An Engagement Session With Your Photographer

Helps You To Get To Know Your Photographer

You will spend more time on your wedding day with your photographer than anyone else. That being said getting along with your photographer and trusting them on your wedding day is of the utmost importance. Your photographer wants more than anything for you to trust their ideas and value their vision for their day. They want you to enjoy every minute of their wedding and not feel stressed or overwhelmed. A photographer’s goal is for you to be able to let go and let them take care of you on your wedding day. Engagement sessions always help to solidify that trust and help bring everything together.

Kevin and Anna Photography at Red River Gorge

Photo by Kevin and Anna

Gets Rid Of Your Photo Jitters

Your photographer understands just how nerve-racking it is to get your pictures taken. Being nervous is normal, and that is the main reasons why you should do engagement sessions. Why not get rid of your photo nerves months before your wedding in a laid back and fun environment?  Grooms have shown up to their engagement session not very excited about “getting their pictures taken.” They leave not only rocking their session but saying that they had a fantastic time. It’s a photographer’s goal to have so much fun that they are laughing uncontrollably with you. Your photographer loves bringing out the love and emotion between you as a couple and having a blast in the process.

Photo by Kevin and Anna

Photo by Kevin and Anna

You Will Know What To Expect On Your Wedding Day

It’s not uncommon for people to be nervous when they show up for their engagement session. It is so awesome to see couple’s transformation later when they show up for their wedding with confidence and excitement about their photos. Not only will you already be comfortable with the photographer’s poses ,but you will know firsthand just how easy and fun they are. This will help your wedding day be more stress-free and allow you to take in every little moment. Your wedding day moves so fast, and the last thing you want to be worrying about is how you look in your photos.

Golden Hour Engagement-Photos at-the Arboretum

Photo by Kevin and Anna

Memories To Cherish For A Lifetime

They say a picture is worth a thousand words and it will be for your children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and on and on. During your engagement photos, you are sealing memories in time to be enjoyed not just by you but by all of your friends and family. I don’t know about you, but when a photograph is seen that was taken years ago, you can still feel all of the emotions and relive that time in your life. Pictures are priceless so make sure you are setup for success on your wedding day by doing an engagement session. Trust us, you will not be disappointed.

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Kevin and Anna Photography

Photo by Kevin and Anna

Bio: Kevin and Anna Photography are a husband and wife wedding photography team based in Lexington, Kentucky. They have been in business together for over 5 years and specialize in weddings and engagements. Their passion for photography first started out of a desire to capture the beauty of nature and the outdoors. Together they capture special once-in-a-lifetime moments for couples with adventurous hearts and who are madly in love. Check out their website to see why couple love them!

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Welcome to Hawai

Photo by Chelsea Higgins

This entry is from our Expert Guest series where wedding and honeymoon professionals share their best tips on creating memories that last a lifetime.

So you’ve decided you want to Honeymoon in Hawaii!  Fantastic! The Hawaiian Islands are filled with nature’s most beautiful hidden gems and are vast with culture and history. There are literally hundreds, if not thousands, of tours and activities you could do while honeymooning on the islands.  So, where do you start?

What to Do on Your Honeymoon in the Hawaiian Islands

First, you should probably decide on which island(s) you’ll be visiting!  To help you narrow it down, we’ve compiled a short & sweet list to hopefully help you with your decision.

Escape & Explore

If your goal is to adventure into total seclusion, you might consider one of the less inhabited islands like Kauai, population 65k (2008 census). Kauai – commonly referred to as the Garden Isle for its breathtaking beauty. Golf at the St. Regis Princeville, enjoy the view of the coast from the comfort of your kayak, or hike the majestic Nepali Coast (or view it from a helicopter ride). Just be sure to set aside a couple of days if your goal is to visit the secluded Kalalau beach.

Escape & Relax

Maybe taking off on a two-day hike isn’t quite up your alley.  For those looking for peace, quiet, and maybe an outdoor massage overlooking a waterfall, check out the Fairmont Orchid on the Kohala coast on the Big Island.  Or experience one of three of Hawaii’s most critically acclaimed restaurants at the Four Seasons in Maui, before dipping off to one of the country’s most top- rated spas.

Experience the culture while you escape

Oahu is probably the most popular choice of vacation for many tourists, and for good reason!  On Oahu, you can eat THE best pineapple ice cream on the planet at the Dole Plantation, attend an authentic Luau at The Polynesian Cultural Center (make sure you try the Kalua pork!), tour the sunken USS Arizona at Pearl Harbor, and so, so much more. There are more resorts and hotels, more attractions, more tours, as well as incredible nightlife in downtown Waikiki. A short drive away you can snorkel the reef at Hanama Bay, swim with dolphins at Sea Life Park, enjoy quiet beaches on the North Shore (my favorite spot is in the Bellows/ Waimanalo area), or peruse the charming town of Haleiwa.

For an even more comprehensive list as well as tips on being a responsible, eco-friendly tourist, please visit and support https://www.hawaiiecotourism.org/

Hawaii eco tourism will send you a personalized report for your trip based on the island, time of year you’re visiting, and the type activities you wish you do while you’re there!  It’s an amazing tool and will help guide you to being a helpful (rather than harmful) tourist of Hawaii.  Mahalo!

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Chelsea Higgins, wedding photographer

Bio: Chelsea Higgins is a destination wedding and elopement photographer based in Janesville, IA. She met her husband while living on the island of Oahu, eloped, and later moved to the Midwest to be closer to family. She photographed her first wedding in 2012 – and has been evolving and growing both her business and artistry ever since! Her style focuses on organic moments and film-inspired editing techniques. When she is not photographing down-to-earth couples, she can be found chasing her littles around the park, writing witty captions for the bogus stuff that comes out of their tiny mouths, working in the spa, updating her Netflix queue, or traveling to and from Iowa / Colorado to hang with her family.

For more information, check out her website.

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