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{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.


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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!

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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.


{Real Wedding} Chelsea + Michael

This beautiful bride started her planning thinking of her bridesmaids first! Chelsea had a really fun time individually picking out a dress for each of her friends and said it was a blast not only picking out dresses that fit their personalities, but one that was comfortable for the day as well. See more of this gorgeous downtown Sioux Falls wedding below that took place at Icon Lounge + Events.

From the bride…

During the 13 months of our engagement we worked many hours on DIY projects with the help of our family. A few of our favorites were the handmade tassel photo booth backdrop and props, the flower girl dresses (made by my mom), the C&M marquee lights, the floral wreath centerpieces, and the throw pillows we used on the couches at the lounge. The whole day we were surrounded by our favorite people, celebrating in our own special way. We wanted to end the night in a unique way, so we asked guests to find a few friends and send off a Chinese lantern. It was the perfect way to end our day with a night sky full of lights.


Vendor List:

Venue + Catering: Icon Lounge + Events // Photography: Katy Mears Photography // Makeup: Bombshell Beauty // Hair: Belle Ame Salon // Videography: JM Videography // DJ: Nate Schlatter // Florist: Bella Rosa Floral Design // Cake + Desserts: Kayla’s Cakes