SimplyMe: Our Engagement Photos!

Hello everyone!
I AM SO RIDICULOUSLY SORE RIGHT NOW. I have been trying to complete the workouts Blogilates releases and today I completed the “Love Handle Hysteria” workout and let me tell you all how much I hate weights. Anyways, I am so glad that I finally have a day off where I can relax and FINISH A POST. Well, if you haven’t read the title already…OUR ENGAGEMENT PHOTOS HAVE OFFICIALLY ARRIVED! We got the full amount a couple days ago and I have been sharing them with everyone! They were everything I hoped for and more…plus, it’s mine and Anthony’s first photo shoot together.

imageSo, I wanted to use this post to kind of give you all a detailed look at our engagement photo experience and give a very special thanks to those involved. So, the day started off with me working out so that I can fit into the dress above. I then took a trip around the corner to get my hair done by Jennifer Cheek! She did a wonderful job curling my hair because typically…my hair doesn’t hold curls. Afterwards, I came home and relaxed and looked through some of the items I got from the Bridal Showcase.
image-1Once Anthony came over and we finally got situated and everything together for the photo shoot, we drove down to Downtown Fredericksburg…specifically, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades Vintage Boutique. Now, I had called the store days in advance to ask permission for us to have part of our photo shoot in their store. They were very happy to say yes and I think some of the best pictures were while we were shooting there. So, we go in to take a look around and Anthony had some vintage video games and consoles to sell. I fell in love with every piece of vintage clothing and shoes they offered in my size and it took a lot to make sure I didn’t buy them too. After a little while, Anthony and I decide to take a walk before the Matt and Kathy from MathyShootsPeople come. When we came back, we began the photo shoot!
image-2We had a great time shooting in the store. I think some of our best pictures were taken here! We had some ultimately geeky moments and lots and lots of laughter. Matt and Kathy made us feel so comfortable since this was mine and Anthony’s very first photo shoot together. Honestly, I think Matt and Kathy are as close to a future us personality wise than most people we know. They were awesome to work with and definitely caught some truly awesome moments!
image-3After our shoot in the store, we stepped out to capture the unique green and purple store front. Wanna know something funny? We actually asked the store owner to photo bomb! AND HE DID. It was great. I am so thankful to Horseshoes and Hand Grenades for giving us free range in their store and making sure we were comfortable and free of interruptions! After our store shoot, we went for a walk around downtown looking for really vintage and unique backdrops for some photos and we came across a few wooden doors and graffitied walls. We then found an old barn looking building where we took individual shots and some pretty shots laying down.
image-4We then proceeded to a local river to take a few more shots laying down and then we took some awesome street shots and a silhouette shot that I completely adore (and will definitely use for our wedding). After we finished our last shots, we headed up back to the original street we met up on and…Anthony made an Instagram video. Haha! I’m serious, but we also talked about how awesome social networking was and how thankful we were for their overall awesomeness and when the photos would be done and so on. I think this was one of the best experiences of my life and I will never forget it…especially with the photos! I actually compiled a slideshow for the blog!!

Just in case you don’t read YouTube descriptions, the music is actually a tribute to how Anthony proposed! If you didn’t see the original post where I announced our engagement, Anthony proposed during “Natural Anthem” at The Postal Service concert! So I used my favorite song and the original song he proposed to.

Well, there’s our engagement photos! I hope you all enjoyed them and I promise a beauty post is coming up!! I would like to give a special thanks to Matt and Kathy from MathyShootsPeople.Com! As well as to the awesome owners and staff at Horseshoes & Hand Grenades! You all made this day extra special! Anyways, it’s about to be 10 o’clock and I have to wake up at 5am!! So bed time for me!! I hope you all have a wonderful week and remember to stay safe! If you’re on Instagram, I’m doing the 30 Days of Thanksgiving Challenge! What are you thankful for? Follow me @TaylorRae319!
Thanks for Reading~! ❤
With Love,
Taylor Rae


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