Our Engagement Photos

I didn’t really want to do engagement photos. I really didn’t. I mean, if you’re not sending Save the Dates, what’s the point?

But (and there’s always a but with wedding stuff, isn’t there?) our wedding photographer Ashley includes them for free and since free is my favorite price, I thought, eh why not?

Then I realized that this was a great opportunity to have photos of our whole family i.e. DOG PHOTOS. So I asked Ashley if Archie could come along. Ashley said “of course!” because she’s a dog lover too.

Plus Archie improves every photo he’s in and immediately becomes the center of attention so it was definitely a good move for us.

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^ If it wasn’t a super cheese ball move, I’d totally send this picture with a note from Archie: MY PARENTS ARE GETTING MARRIED! Love, Archie.

Doesn’t he look so happy? Oh gosh I love him. I LOVE N TOO, obviously.

BRB gotta go love on my pup for a sec.

….10 minutes later….

Philadelphia Engagement Photos

^We love our city. This one is a strong contender for our favorite.

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Philadelphia Engagement Photos

^A little beginning of the session coaching. Archie just wasn’t so sure.

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^Let’s be honest. This one is going to be my Mom’s favorite.

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^Get a room.
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And just in case you think I’m getting too full of myself, here is my absolute favorite photo of N (it’s his real smile!) with my DOUBLE CHIN on full display.

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I’ve been told I could probably ask Ashley to edit it out but that seems a little unfair to my chin, now doesn’t it? It was just trying to get in on a good laugh.

I didn’t think I was going to love these as much as I do. It’s probably because Ashley was so fun and easy to work with (Seriously check her out if no matter where you are located. She loves to travel!) and I feel more prepared about what to expect on our wedding day (just like she said). But now I’m that girl looking at her engagement photos all googly-eyed and trying to keep her inner bridezilla in check. I love it.

If you want to see more photos from our session, pop over to Ashley’s blog. There’s more Archie. I know you want to.

p.s. Now we’re sending Save the Dates. OOPS.

  • Nadine, these are gorgeous! Will you please send a Christmas card with Archie saying exactly that?! I love the cityscapes in the background!!

  • these are seriously so great! you look beautiful. and I think save the dates are a good idea – isn’t it funny how your mind changes!

  • Looks like you had a great time and you both look great, and being a dog lover myself I thrilled you included Archie!

  • You two look like models. Seriously.
    I didn’t want to do them either but since they were included we did them and we ended up having lots of fun and got some cute photos so it was a win-win!

  • Lauren Harrelson

    LOVE these!!

  • Your outfit is amazing!

  • Bridget Clancy

    I love these, but I have to admit the ones with Archie are my faves. 🙂

  • They’re all great! I love the one with the cityscape in the background.

  • You guys are such a gorgeous couple. Serious.

  • Those look like great photos! Isn’t it so awekward to stand in fake kissing stance while someone takes your picutre? I swear we are laughing in most of ours.

  • I love these, you guys look so natural and happy in them!

  • awww i’m so glad you both decided to do this because they are SO cute!

  • Christine at GVK

    I LOVE THESE!!! Gorgeous photos!!!

  • Moe

    you should totally do the cheese ball move you mention for the first picture! that’s so cute! and i really love the pink wall picture!

  • Ashley Errington

    Yay! You two are adorable and I just loved walking around the city with you two! Thanks so much for the kind words! Can’t wait til January because January weddings are THE BEST! 🙂

  • I love the one of N kissing you on the cheek, they all are SO cute!

  • I love these! Please send the one with a note from Archie.

  • These are great. Cheesy or not I say send the one from Archie!!

  • Nikki Frank-Hamilton

    I love every single one! Archie is absolutely adorable, but my faves are the one with N kissing you and the coty scape. Great photos to keep forever.

  • ernie23

    I was glad to get to the end of the post where it seems like you were glad(kinda glad at least I hope?) that you took your free ‘family’ photo session aka engagement pictures. Because if not, I was going to say all these pictures look great and I hope you’re glad you jumped on that free pictures train!! Great pictures again though, love them all. And of course Archie is adorable but you guys already knew that 😉

  • Kait

    They are amazing! You both are glowing with happiness and Archie is just a total ham–love him!

  • These are really great! And taking Archie along was a great idea… what a star!

  • Taylor Grace

    okay now I want engagement photos… these are awesome!!!

  • Totally beautiful engagement photos! I went back and forth on ours but in the end we did them, too and I’m so glad. No we’re not sending out save the dates, I let too much time slip by for those but don’t think everyone won’t still be getting those cute save the date type magnets with our pretty faces all over them as wedding favors 🙂

    I love Archie. He looks like a big ball of fluff and love. Of course I say this as a Golden Retriever mommy myself 🙂

  • Love these photos! The ones with Archie in them are especially great 🙂

  • they’re AMAZING! even the ones without Archie 🙂 we sent Save the Dates but they didn’t have a photo on them – and I’m still glad we did engagement photos with our wedding photographer because that session made us way more comfortable with her on the actual day.

  • Alyssa Loring

    Love your photos! We did them with our dog, too!


  • These are great! I was iffy about engagement photos too, but it would up being a great way to get to know our photographer better before spending pretty much our whole wedding day with him. Also, after the fact, it is nice to have some quality pictures of us together in more everyday clothes – not just the gown and the suit.

  • Love the photos. And I love your skirt!!! Where did you get it?

  • gorgeous!!

  • All gorgeous. Definitely send them to everyone you know. haha My favorite is one where you can’t see y’all’s faces (sorry) and Archie (of course) is in the middle looking up as you’re touching N’s arm. She did a great job!!

  • These are amazing! I think my favorite is the one your mom picked but the turn around kiss is pretty cute too! And now dorking out – where is N’s watch from?

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

  • I read this a when you first posted and meant to comment but somehow didn’t so I came back to visit again because these photos were so beautiful I just had to say something. You two are such a gorgeous couple. I can’t wait to see the next round of photos from the big day!! x

  • Rachel Lynn

    These are gorgeous!! I love them all!

  • Okay, cute! I don’t think you’ll regret having these sweet pictures — I don’t have any wedding photos around my house, but I definitely do have engagement photos. I wish we had pictures with our pup… Also – Where is your skirt from? It’s adorable.

  • Very cute, and thank you from photographers everywhere for not asking your photog to remove the double chin.

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