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3 Top Reasons Why you Need an Engagement Session

 

One of my closest friends got engaged the other day and I couldn’t be happier for any two people in the world. Ellie’s parents threw them an impromptu engagement party right after Josh proposed. When I walked into the front door, Ellie was the first person I saw. I ran up to her, squealed, hugged and then of course looked at the ring. As I was holding up her hand in awe, all these amazing engagement photo ideas came whirling through my head. “We have to schedule your engagement session for late April” I said, still holding her hand up and admiring the ring. “Actually, Josh and I don’t really see the point in an engagement session, we’ll just get photos at our wedding. I am so glad you are here! You will have to help me plan the wedding.” And with that, she moved on to the next squealing friend and I stood there for at least a minute thinking about all the reasons why every couple should have an engagement session no matter what… and here is why.

1. Your Journey - No two relationships are the same. No matter how long you have been together. If you and your SO have been dating for months, years or even decades, it’s your story and your journey that brought you to this moment. To this commitment. It is the two of you who worked hard to build the foundation of your relationship. It is the two of you who decided to communicate and compromise when you weren’t seeing eye to eye. It was the two of you who overcame obstacles together, who leaned on each other through the good times and the bad and who put love and care into your connection that it has became way more than just a relationship. It has become a life together. A future together. You and your SO are partners in crime and let me tell ya, that is no easy feat.

2. Celebrating your love - You are in love. You are in pre-wedding bliss, well kind of. These months, or years, depending on who you are, are full of this long check list. You need to fit all of these things in. There is the engagement party, venue tours, cake testing, yards and yards of tulle, the list seems to go on and on. You are stressed out because you don’t know if you should go with tulips or roses for your bouquet. Your mom, god bless her heart, is calling you with a million little wedding decisions every day and at this point, it feels like the wedding will never get here and you just want to be married already! Well, don’t worry, your wedding day will all come together. The bridesmaids will miraculously all love the same dress, you will pick out the perfect center pieces and all the little details will come together. So do yourself a favor, take some time and plan for a plan-less afternoon. Schedule your engagement session;It will let you and your SO take time away from the crazy wedding planning, the constant phone calls and the endless pinning on Pinterest. It let’s you take a step back from all the madness and just be yourselves.3. Creativity/ Casual - Your wedding day will be planned out to the tee. There will be a timeline. There will be a specific location. There will be a certain way to dress, and there will be many, many people waiting to congratulate you. On the other hand, your engagement session has no rules (well, let’s at least keep it legal guys). You can wear whatever you want, you can go wherever you want and there will be a much more lenient timeline. If you and your BAE love tacos, we can take a walk to your favorite Taco Stand. If you love birds walked around Rittenhouse Square Park on your first date, let’s go there. If you and the SO play chess in your free time, bring a chess board! Engagement sessions are all about who you are as a couple and you deserve to document your relationship in a fun, casual, this-is-us-kinda-way. 

It is never a bad idea to take some time away from your busy lives; away from work, future mother-in-laws and from your crazy long to-do lists to have some quality time with your one and only. This is the person who is promising to be by your side, promising to embark on the beautiful journey of life with you and promising to put you on the top of their priority list now and for forever.

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