Engagement

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We loved spending time with this stunning couple during a weekend getaway in Stowe, Vermont, leading up to their sweet Connecticut wedding celebration. This was quite possibly the coldest day of the year, but Christine and Brendan didn’t seem to mind cozying up together for a few quick pictures!

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Buffy Dekmar is an editorial film photographer, based in Burlington, Vermont, specializing in heartfelt portraiture of people in love. Available for engagement photo sessions in northern Vermont, as well as classic wedding photography in all of New England and beyond. Please get in touch for more details!

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There are only so many ways that I can relay the message that I love taking pictures in Charleston (without seeming obsessive). When Frances and Hans asked if I would be up for a little trip to help create their Charleston engagement photos, the answer was a swift yes. (If you’ve read my blog before, then you probably already know how I feel about taking planning engagement pictures around a romantic getaway. I love it because it feels more like photographing an event than just taking portraits: real memories, real moments. Most of the photos I have of myself were taken while on vacation.) And there is no better place for a romantic sunset stroll than Charleston’s cobblestone paths, lined with rainbow homes and wrought iron benches.

So instead of belaboring the points that I: 1) love Charleston and 2) believe engagement photos should tell a story, I will provide the photos and share words from someone else.

“Charleston has a landscape that encourages intimacy and partisanship. I have heard it said that an inoculation to the sights and smells of the Carolina lowcountry is an almost irreversible antidote to the charms of other landscapes…You can even forsake the lowcountry, renounce it for other climates, but you can never completely escape the sensuous, semitropical pull of Charleston and her marshes.” – Pat Conroy, The Lords of Discipline

So there you have it, and it’s true. Frances and Hans, thanks for inviting me to tag along on your weekend getaway! I can’t wait to celebrate at your Serenbe wedding next month! xo

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One of my very favorite things in life is an adventure with my husband. Some of our most cherished memories involve crazy travel situations and spontaneous, out-of-the-ordinary outings. There is something exciting about seeing a new place for the first time as a couple; it seems that our bond grows deeper and stronger with each shared experience. That’s one of the many reasons why I love marriage… So while my family photography is all about finding beauty in the present and preserving the ordinary, familiar moments, I like for my engagement sessions to be as adventurous as possible! That is why I especially love when my couples invite me on a trip to take their engagement photos. Something about new and exciting places matches perfectly the excitement of beginning a new life as husband and wife.

I was honored that Josh and Claire invited me on their fall getaway to Arizona! We explored Sedona at sunset and then watched the sunrise at Pinnacle Peak the next day. This couple is so sweet and genuinely in love. They are full of laugher and eskimo kisses, and their eyes really do sparkle when they look at each other. They’re seriously an inspiration and I can’t wait until their wedding in the spring!

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Outfit Ideas for Men

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What should a guy wear to an enagement photo session? Well it depends on his build, personality, and style, of course. However, there are a few guiding principles that almost always apply.

1 – Ensure proper fit. Trying on clothing items well in advance of the day of the shoot will help him look and feel his best during the photo shoot.

2 – Use layers and accessories to add interest. Without upstaging the bride-to-be, let’s add subtle style and rich texture with leather shoes and belt, a vest, or a jacket and tie. A small bit of pattern is okay as long as it doesnt compete with the environment and the other elements of the surrounding. (And again, don’t steal the focus from the lady.)

3 – Take extra care to be well-groomed, well-hydrated, and happy. Eat and drink (water), shave (or trim), floss, brush, apply hair product and maybe even a tiny bit of tinted moisterizer on your face if needed. Your fiancee has put a lot of effort into the way these photos will turn out. Let’s look clean and healthy.

4 – Have fun! The purpose of engagement photos is to show love and personality. It’s more of an exciting activity than a chore. Do your part to look dapper, and then make an event out of it and take her out on a date afterwards. Then when the photos come in, you’ll remember what a fun day it was!

 

Special Thanks to our good buddy Matt Weaver of Andover Trask, one of the most stylish guys we know, for helping us show off these three distinct engagement looks for guys. Be sure to visit our featured engagement sessions to see how some of our recent grooms-to-be have interpreted these style tips!

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A beautiful winter wonderland engagement session.

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Duncan and Tyler are such a fantastic couple. We are so excited to have had the opportunity to photograph them at Big Sky, Montana, this winter and we are looking forward to their Christmas wedding later this year.

Engagement sessions are the perfect time for a couple to get to know their photographers, which is important because the photographer is the one of the only wedding vendors who will be by the couple’s side throughout their wedding day. The entire wedding photography experience is smooth and enjoyable when the couple is comfortable with their photographers; the bride and groom can relax, trust us to get the job done, and focus on fully enjoying one of the most outstanding days of their lives. For this reason and several others, engagement sessions are a big part of what we do. Chris and I especially love it when a couple allows us to incorporate something meaningful into their engagement photo session because it makes the set of images that much more special and helps us to connect with them on a personal level… What better time and place for an engagement session than on a winter getaway in the mountains! Fun!

Thank you for stopping by my blog! Be sure to click “leave a note” below to leave some love for Duncan and Tyler! Aslo feel free to click “prev” at the bottom of the page if you would like to see previous blog posts. xo!

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2 Responses to duncan & tyler

  1. Shirley Thrower

    Congratulations Duncan and Tyler! The pictures are absolutely gorgeous

  2. Denise Monteith (NeNe)

    Duncan is my niece, on my husband’s side. I’ve been with her since she was born and I love her dearly. Looking forward to her wedding day and having Tyler join our family. He’s a precious young man. I pray God will richly bless them in their new life as they become one.

    Love you both!

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