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{Real Engagement} Kim + Chad

With snow on the ground, it’s nice to look back at pumpkins and all things fall. This adorable engagement session by B. Photography makes us want to bust out more plaid and snuggle. Kim and Chad give look back on their day, along with giving their advice on engagement shoots.

How did you prepare for your engagement session?

We looked through sample engagement pictures and found different styles we liked, and we tried to get a variety of shots that we felt portrayed our personalities. We had outfits laid out beforehand so we knew what each of us would wear together. Our photographer did an amazing job capturing our love and joy; she is amazing and we couldn’t be more excited about the outcome!

What process did you go through to pick out your outfits and why did you choose the certain pieces?

We went shopping as a couple to make sure we both felt comfortable with what we picked out. We wanted some simple pieces, but also ones that would fit in with our location, and added some color. We’re both naturally drawn to more neutral shades, so we tried to still respect that while adding a pop of color to brighten up some of the photos. We tried to incorporate some plaid into each outfit, to give us just a bit of that ‘country’ feel without being overbearing.


What was the day like for both of you?  

The day itself was normal. We both worked all day and then came back to our homes and got ready for our pictures, which we were both really excited about! The engagement session was so much fun!  We were just laughing and having a blast with each other, and it helped we were at a location that we’re so comfortable at. To be honest, we kind of forgot we were getting our pictures taken at some points throughout the shoot. We laughed later on thinking about some of the crazy faces our photographer, Bethany, probably got on camera.

Any tips for those who are going to have their engagement session? 

Have fun with it! Be yourselves! Do some research beforehand so your photographer can have an idea of what style of pictures you’re looking to get from your shoot.

imgzzzzzzzzzzzzIMG_0091What is your theme/colors and where will your wedding be?

Our theme for our wedding is along a rustic/elegance line. We both like a little bit of the country feel, but we want our day to feel elegant and special! Our colors are navy, taupe, and orange, with gold accents. Our ceremony is at Strawbale Winery, with our reception at the Convention Center.

What is your favorite part about each other?

Kim: I love Chad’s patience. He is the most patient man in the world and he can always make me laugh. It’s hard to be mad at him when sometimes I can’t even look at him without cracking a smile.

Chad: I love Kim’s personality and how well she loves others. She loves to laugh, have fun, and she loves to be weird with me – and, of course, how beautiful she is. She is just the perfect person for me.

What has helped with the planning process?

Friends and family! A lot of our friends are already married, so getting insight and input from them has been really helpful in terms of where to place emphasis during the early stages of planning, what to splurge on, and what to maybe forego. Our families have also been so helpful. They both have reached out multiple times asking what they can do and how they can help. Utilize all the willing resources.

What are most excited for in regards to your wedding day?

Kim: When the day is done, I’m just most excited to be Chad’s wife. I mean, that’s what it’s all about when it comes down to it. I’m excited for our friends and family to all be in one location celebrating with Chad and I. Everybody we love in one place? How awesome is that! Outside of that, I’m excited to turn the Convention Center into our own personal dream reception. Taking a blank, big empty room and having the freedom to do what you want with it is super exciting for a creative brain like mine!

Chad: I am most excited to be surrounded by people that love us and people that made us who we are. I can’t wait to celebrate Kim and I becoming one, and to see our families grow.

{Real Engagement} Aubrey + Israel

From the clothing to the coffee to the way they look at each other, when we saw Aubrey and Israel’s engagement shoot we couldn’t wait to share it with readers. See more of the session taken by Michael Liedtke Photography below, along with engagement shoot tips from the bride-to-be.

How did you prepare for your engagement session? 

I had a close friend do my hair and makeup for the session, and Israel just got a hair cut. We didn’t come with any specific photo ideas, just locations.

What process did you go through to pick out your outfits and why did you choose the certain pieces?

I wanted our outfits to coordinate without necessarily matching. For example, I was in a white dress for my favorite part of the shoot and Israel wore a teal short sleeve button town shirt. It made the white really stand out and the teal complemented his eyes.


Aubrey&Israel_Engagement_036Aubrey&Israel_Engagement_042Aubrey&Israel_Engagement_025 What was the day like for both of you?

It was perfect. The weather was beautiful. It was nice to just spend a couple hours together without having to worry about anything else. Mike was great! He just let us be us so we were super comfortable. We hardly even noticed he was there (no offense, Mike).

Any tips for those who are going to have their engagement session?

Just relax! I don’t like being in photos so I was more stressed about this shoot than normal, which was not necessary. And most importantly, have fun. Being engaged is such a special time in a relationship, a time you won’t get again. So do everything you can to enjoy it!

Aubrey&Israel_Engagement_044Aubrey&Israel_Engagement_051aubreybahAubrey&Israel_Engagement_097Aubrey&Israel_Engagement_075Aubrey&Israel_Engagement_070Aubrey&Israel_Engagement_100Aubrey&Israel_Engagement_085aubreydoubleWhat is your theme/colors and where will your wedding be?

Our wedding and reception are at the Hilton Garden Inn Sioux Falls Downtown. Since it’s a late fall/wintery wedding, our colors are plum purple and gold.

What is your favorite part about each other?

We never get tired of each other and we are always laughing. Israel is always thinking of me before anyone else, so his thoughtfulness speaks volumes about his character.

What has helped with the planning process?

Not having to rush. We are also getting married in low wedding season so booking the venue and other aspects has been super easy! We aren’t competing with a lot of other couples, so that’s been awesome.

What are most excited for in regards to your wedding day?

We are most looking forward to seeing all of our family and friends at one time. We are having donuts for dessert instead of cake, so we are pretty excited for that as well.