My fiancée, AJ and I went to Whidbey (an island off of Seattle, WA) a couple of months ago to do our engagement photos. I had shared on Instagram when I found my dream wedding photographer and promised to show the photos once the digital gallery came in. Having a great photographer was one of the things I knew would be most important to me while planning my wedding.
Even before I had a ring on my finger, I would see engagement photos on Pinterest and online and think about how I would one day want mine to look. It sounds silly but I’ve always loved all things wedding related and figuring out my own has been a very welcomed distraction this year.
But what to wear for engagement photos?
I didn’t feel like I had anything to wear in my closet, so I went a little crazy online shopping in the few weeks leading up to the shoot and l ordered a bunch of different outfit ideas from dresses to flowy shirts – not knowing what I’d feel like wearing. Nothing seemed right when I tried on and I ended up returning everything (eventually). At this time my POTS was uncharacteristically bad and I was back to square one – this is when Emily (my officially asked Maid of Honor) stepped up and picked up a few extra options for me. I felt like I had my very own personal stylist who would FaceTime me options – it was basically the best way to go shopping if you have a chronic condition flareup and can’t make it to a store.
She found me some AMAZING choices but I ended up going with a white semi-off the shoulder sweater that I already owned (cause I’m crazy, indecisive and like options). MY BAD. Even though I didn’t pick one of Em’s buys she still helped me out so much because, in the end,I became confident in my choice and outfit.
Engagement shoot day!
My fiancé and I were warned that there could be a very long wait for the Ferry over to Whidbey Island so we left extra, extra early (10:30 am) for our 6:00 pm shoot.
We figured with the long drive to the ferry and the long wait we would rather get there without rushing and have time to explore the island. Thank goodness we did that because the line was over 2 miles (!) (which took hours – blah) but we were able to grab snacks and enjoy the waterfront view while we waited.
The couple who was getting photographed before us actually missed their ferry so we ended up getting bumped to a 7:00 pm time slot making it a VERY long day for someone with a chronic illness. When everything was said and done we didn’t get home until almost midnight. I relied heavily on staying hydrated (thank you ultima) and keeping my sodium levels up. I was completely exhausted for days afterwards, but it was so worth it.
We had a wonderful time exploring the cute towns around Whidbey and went to an insanely gorgeous national park to take our actual photos. We got the best of both worlds with the ocean on one side of us and the pine trees on the other. I’m so glad we had the chance to go up there and capture such a sweet time in our lives. I love the photos and was really surprised at how well they turned out considering the wind and the length of time between doing my hair and makeup at 9:00 am in the morning at my house and taking the pics at 7:30 pm!