From the couple...
As a wedding planner in Washington, D.C., I (Sarah) have seen all types of weddings & engagement sessions from my couples. In celebrating our engagement and planning our own wedding, my fiancee, Nicole, and I are focused on what is most important to us. I love personal touches that will speak to the couple, their families & friends.
We are very lucky to know a ton of very talented wedding professionals, including photographers. Our engagement photographer, Sarah Stuart Walters, happens to also be one of our best friends. We loved the idea of working with her and her business partner (and girlfriend) Heather Mae for our engagement shoot because not only do they know us personally, but they understand the dynamic of a same-sex couple. I understand that not everyone has a professional photographer as a BFF but I definitely recommend couples meet (or Skype) with their photographers before their session so that everyone can feel more comfortable with each other.
Nicole & I knew we wanted to take some photos with our dogs, Miles & Lola. We decided that these would be best to take in our home where the dogs would feel comfortable (and where we wouldn't be chasing them or find them distracted).
We also knew that something important to Nicole (and super attractive to Sarah) is Nicole's Bonneville Triumph Motorcycle. We loved the idea of incorporating this "prop" into our photos, but weren't exactly sure how to make that vision come to life. We chose an area down the street from our house and lucked out with gorgeous weather. Sarah & Heather were great at directing us and making us feel comfortable in front of the camera.
We finished the shoot in Georgetown, D.C., where we live & where I work. I wore a gorgeous bridal jumpsuit from BHLDN (that was my 2nd choice wedding outfit).
Our wedding will be next year in Positano, Italy with 35 of our best friends and immediate families.