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When I was looking for a photographer, I was toying with the idea of taking engagement photos. I didn’t want to pay extra for a simple session, so I was hoping to find a photographer that offered a free engagement session in their package. I felt extremely lucky to find a husband and wife photography team that were young, creative, and had affordable engagement photo rates. They were the second photographers that I had met, and I knew they were going to be just perfect.

Posed portraits aren’t really my fiance’s thing… heck, I don’t even know if they’re my “thing.” Yet, I really wanted some artistic pictures that we could use for our Save the Dates, our website, and just as a cute way to remember this time in our lives. I hired CSE Photography based on their amazing portfolio and their charming personalities. I knew it would be a good match!

Since photography is something that I value, I allotted more of my budget into this category. I have read way too many bridal blog horror stories of those who tried to skimp on pictures and ended up devastated. Since I am not sure if I will be having a videographer at our wedding, I knew that I had to ensure that I would have great pictures.

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All in all, I’m quite glad we are working with these photographers. I think our pictures came out stunning. Their use of color and their creative ideas worked out well. I can’t wait to see what our wedding pictures will consist of!

Did you choose to do engagement pics or not?

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  • @plainmornings

    those are adorable, especially the last one!

    We did engagement photos because we won a simple session at a silent auction. The girl was lovely to work with, though not all the photos turned out. Since we weren't even planning on doing an engagement session unless it came free with our photography package, I'm really pleased with them. It was a fun experience and we got a few really adorable pictures of the two of us.

  • totally adorable photos! i love that last photo…completely iconic and beautiful!

    • savvybride

      i love that last one, too! so adorable!

  • Angie

    We did "engagement" pics, too, but just a mini session with my fiancé's photographer friend (not our actual wedding photographer). She didn't charge us and we really only wanted nice pics, like you, for our save the dates that doubled as our Christmas cards this year, and for framing at our new home and our family's homes. If they hadn't been free, I'm pretty sure we would have skipped on them. And my fiancé himself is a photographer so that's saying something.

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  • Really really cute~! I love your ring x

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