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You know I love to write about engagement fashion tips, right? Today we’ll cover what is ultra beautiful in images. You see, the camera sometimes takes away (or adds!!) from what we see with our bare eyes. For example makeup. If you’re getting your makeup done for a photo shoot, the artist will add just a hint more. Because the camera eats it all away. The same can happen with your clothing. Some pieces might look gorgeous in real life, but the camera can’t quite grasp it the same way. So here we go.

1. Beautiful, Flowy & Full

When you pick your dress, gravitate to something flowy and full. Especially when we plan your session on the beach and wind is a possibility. You want lovely layers that play with the wind. You want a long Maxi Dress or Skirt that truly hugs and caresses your feminine figure. Soft, luxurious fabrics are best. Like chiffon, silks or soft tulle. For some reason the camera loves this. And you will feel oh so beautiful!

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Engagement Fashion Tips Flowy Long Dresses with Floral Accents at the Beach

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2. The Right Color, My Dear

While I full heartedly believe that you should wear something that makes you feel gorgeous (aka, your favorite color, your favorite cut) I also know that some colors don’t look quite as amazing in print. With my style of photography lighter colors are best. Sweet pastels, earthy neutrals… Pinks, blues, cremes… You also want to consider your wedding colors, especially if you’re going to use the images for Save The Dates or your Invites. Make it cohesive all around. Another point to consider are the seasons. Which brings me to the last tip for today.

3. Seasonally Correct

While you are considering your wedding colors and your location, there’s one last thing to think about. Seasons. If you’re getting married in Spring, sweet pastels are darling. But if you’re planning your wedding in late Summer or Fall, you might want to consider richer colors. Like a gorgeous burgundy or a soft purple. Even though slightly darker, these look phenomenal in images and will really tie together your entire wedding – from engagement to big day.

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Engagement Fashion Tips Long Tulle Skirt

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BONUS: Add A Splash With Flowers

So your outfit is gorgeous, but you might be yearning for a little bit of of a color splash. Noooo problem! Ask your wedding florist for a bouquet and flower crown (or let me know and I’ll gladly share some amazing floral designers with you!) Add long, beautiful ribbons to the bundle and you’re good to go! The beauty of adding floral is – other than the actual beauty of the flowers – that we can add the texture of the blooms for one shot, yet change up your look drastically by leaving out the bouquet for another. Perfect simplicity!

Where To Buy

Here are some of my favorite places that satisfy above tips. Have fun shopping!! Morning Lavender // Alexandra Grecco // Lulu’s

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So here you go! Three plus one tips for choosing the right dress for your engagement session! If you want to know tips for your guy, give this post a thumbs up and I’ll put together some advice for mens fashion!

xoxo, Rahel ♥

A few months ago I was asked to collaborate with an amazing group of wedding pros on this super fun shoot. We styled gorgeous wedding invitations for Minted. SO much fun and such a great learning experience too. It’s hard to believe, but styling invitation suites is actually a really time consuming process. Everything needs to have it’s little perfect spot. The design has to flow and there can’t be too much distraction overall. Super interesting and helpful for the future! Oh, and 100 Layer Cake is featuring the wedding invitations!!! Hop over for the full feature! Enjoy ♥

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Behind the Scene of Minted Invitations.

And yes, I took some behind the scene shots for you! Hope you enjoy a little peek at 4 girls hard at work!

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INVITATIONS Minted | EVENT DESIGN Going Lovely | FLORAL DESIGN Gavita Flora | BLOG FEATURE 100 Layer Cake

xoxo, Rahel ♥

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The other day I got to spend an evening in Carmel Valley with Lushana & Dave. These two love birds were on a California trip, exploring and discovering what I call my backyard. Dave is originally from the UK, but they live in Toronto these days. Well, ‘Torono’ as true Canadians call it – and quite frankly I think of Canada as my third home. After all I lived there for 6 months back in 2009! Anyways, I’m drifting off topic here. So guess what! Lushana and I have so much in common! At the session I found out that she’s a talented wedding photographer herself! Pressure’s on! In August they’ll be celebrating their 4th wedding anniversary!! So happy I got to capture this moment for such a sweet couple. Enjoy ♥

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They’ve been staying in the Carmel Area for about 5 days prior to our photo session. And never saw a real California sunset in this whole time! But with my typical luck we caught the most beautiful, calm sunset. So gorgeous! Such a perfect evening.

xoxo, Rahel ♥

Radonich Ranch Wedding Photographer

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Jillian & Robbie got hitched at one of my favorite outdoor venues in the Santa Cruz/Los Gatos area – Radonich Ranch. The two of them share a deep appreciation for music, which was present throughout the entire day. They handpicked each and every song that was played, from prelude to last dance. Quite the task! Jillian’s gorgeous dress was made of the finest lace and lined with a Cafe Au Lait colored silk. Her rose gold shoes matched perfectly with her grandmother’s jewelry. A close friend conducted the ceremony, which was touching all around. The evening was filled with fun – and a friendly battle of East Coast vs. West Coast! Jillian is originally from New Jersey and her friends and family made sure she wouldn’t forget! Such a perfect day!! Enjoy ♥

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VENUE Radonich Ranch | WEDDING DRESS Allure Bridal at Trudy’s | MAKEUP Ashley Mendes at Blush Hair & Makeup Santa Cruz | HAIR Dani Morris at Edo Salon SF | FLORIST Marky Carr & Verde SF | CAKE CakedUp SF | DESSERTS Gayle’s Bakery | DJ Los Gatos DJ Company | BARTENDER Lindsay of Mission Bowling Club

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Thank You Jillian & Robbie for having us celebrate with you! We wish you an amazing time in Portugal, exploring, eating, sightseeing… Have fun!!

xoxo, Rahel ♥

 

While driving up to the spectacular Holman Ranch in Carmel Valley, it all looked pretty much picture perfect. No kidding. Horses lined the road, the light was softly shining through the historic Oak Trees.. Words can not describe how happy the sight made me feel inside. Holman Ranch, here we come!

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Favorite Holman Ranch Wedding Shot

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And today I’m super excited and honored to see our gorgeous Holman Ranch Editorial Shoot on 100 Layer Cake!! Plus, go check out the Paper Dahlia & Concrete Vase Tutorials!! Both are incredibly easy DIY’s with that perfect WOW effect! It’s all on 100 Layer Cake – Enjoy ♥

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EVENT DESIGN & PLANNING Lux & Jasper | PHOTOGRAPHY Rahel Menig Photography | VENUE Holman Ranch, Carmel Valley CA | FLORAL DESIGN Fionna Floral | RENTALS Lost & Found Vintage Rentals, Fourage, Swagpie, Chic Event Rentals | CAKES Buttercup Cakes & Farmhouse Frostings | LINENS Napa Valley Linen | DRESS Ju.Lee Chic | CALLIGRAPHY & PAPER GOODS Wyldebloom | HAIR & MAKEUP Blush Hair & Makeup of Monterey

And a VERY special thanks to our drop-dead-beautiful models Udi & Michaela! Thanks!!

xoxo, Rahel