Engagement Photos

Sarah Brandon-011-L

We finally got our engagement photos back from our photographer, Anita Martin!

They were taken at Wente Vineyards which made for such a nice setting.

Sarah Brandon-021-XL

Of course we had to bring a bottle of wine to enjoy during the shoot. However, we forgot the corkscrew so Brandon had to run all the way back to the car {almost a half mile!} to get it. Then after he came back and caught his breath, he started struggling to get the wine open and was doing this funny straddle because his slacks were so tight.

Sarah Brandon-016-L

I couldn’t help but laugh at him. Slacks probably weren’t the most comfortable option for a faux picnic but at least he looked handsome.

We also brought some sentimental things with us including a few pictures of my grandparents.

Sarah Brandon-012-L

They were married for fifty-three years and the day we had the pictures done was actually the fifth anniversary of my grandfather’s passing. We look up to them in so many ways: as husband and wife, parents, and grandparents; they have held our entire family together over the years.

It’s our goal to have a lasting and successful marriage like theirs.

Sarah Brandon

After taking pictures at Wente, we drove to Concannon for the second set. The sun was just starting to set behind the hills which made for a beautiful glow in the background.

Sarah Brandon-032-XLrsz_brandon_&_sarah__-_

Sarah Brandon-042-XL

Sarah Brandon-047-XL

Sarah Brandon-051-XL

Sarah Brandon-058-XL

That last one might be my favorite.

I wish there were more of the both of us facing the camera but I think she was trying to capture us in a more natural way, without posing. I plan on printing out a few to put around the house and was thinking of getting one blown up to hang over our mantle as well. That way we can stare at ourselves every day. What do you think?

That’s sarcasm, by the way. On a separate but related note, if you’re looking for a good hair and makeup tutorial for photo shoots, I found Maskcara’s post to be very helpful. I followed her hair tutorial and loved the way the waves came out. If you have longer hair then I highly recommend giving it a try!

As far as wedding planning goes, we already found a venue and set a date so next on the list is finding a dress. I have an idea of exactly what I want, I just have to find it…at the right price, eeesh.

Alright, I’m wrapping it up now. I hope your weekend is full of fun and relaxing moments!

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

{ 64 comments… add one }

  • hillary | nutrition nut on the run October 24, 2013, 8:55 pm

    Stunning! You two make a beautiful couple. I especially like the shots from the second location. Can’t wait to hear more about the wedding plans :)

    Reply
    • hillary | nutrition nut on the run October 24, 2013, 8:58 pm

      P.S. You have gorgeous hair — is it your natural color?

      Reply
      • Sarah October 27, 2013, 4:21 pm

        Thank you! :) It is mostly my natural color but I have some highlights in there too. I go to a guy in SF. If you are looking for someone, he is awesome but I know it would be a long drive for you.

  • Tara October 24, 2013, 9:21 pm

    Wow I’m commenting these from my phone and I never do that. Sarah I love these pictures, you guys look amazing and I love the vineyard idea. Not much more to say besides the fact that I’m excited to hear everything about your wedding. Xx
    Tara recently posted…Avocado Cream SauceMy Profile

    Reply
    • Sarah October 27, 2013, 4:21 pm

      Thank you for commenting from your phone Tara! I feel so special. :)

      Reply
  • Anne October 25, 2013, 1:33 am

    You two look sooo beautiful in those pictures Sarah! They’re stunning.
    I love the background.
    I think I like the second location and those pictures a little better because they seem more natural and less arranged to me if that makes any sense.
    Hope you get everything you want for the wedding but I guess it will be unforgettable nevertheless :).

    Reply
    • Sarah October 27, 2013, 4:23 pm

      Thanks Anne! :) Yeah, the second location felt more natural since we didn’t bring any props or anything and the lighting was less harsh. Looking back, I think we should have done the whole thing there!

      Reply
  • Christine @ Gotta Eat Green October 25, 2013, 2:45 am

    Sarah!! I love all of them! So beautiful. Seriously, the colours/lighting/everything looks beautiful. I find our photographers did a good job, but they didn’t have much variety when it came to ‘posing’ us. We had natural pictures but little guidance as to what we were supposed to be doing. Great outfit choices btw! Brandon did a great job picking his out! And you look stunning as always!
    Christine @ Gotta Eat Green recently posted…Healthy Spooky Almond Joy Bites [vegan and gluten free]My Profile

    Reply
  • Amy @ The Little Honey Bee October 25, 2013, 3:21 am

    Absolutely gorgeous pictures!! You and Brandon look sooo happy and flawless. The last one is definitely my favorite too :) hope you have a wonderful weekend!
    Amy @ The Little Honey Bee recently posted…Green Monstah Pancakes {vegan, gluten free}My Profile

    Reply
  • Elise @ 9toFit.com October 25, 2013, 3:25 am

    I think they came out great! But I bet when it’s my engagement photos I’ll be super picky too! lol But I LOVE your hair!
    Elise @ 9toFit.com recently posted…Feature Friday: Operation Skinny JeansMy Profile

    Reply
  • Wendy @ All Kinds of Miles October 25, 2013, 3:31 am

    These pictures are STUNNING! You and your fiance are seriously photogenic!
    Wendy @ All Kinds of Miles recently posted…WeekendingMy Profile

    Reply
  • kelly @ hidden fruits and veggies October 25, 2013, 4:10 am

    Beautiful pictures! That’s too funny about the corkscrew — when that happened to us before, my boyfriend just used a pocket knife to force the cork INTO the bottle, not the classiest move and made a HUGE mess.
    kelly @ hidden fruits and veggies recently posted…Pumpkin Spice Latte Oatmeal (Slow Cooker)My Profile

    Reply
    • Sarah October 27, 2013, 4:24 pm

      Bahaha! That’s hilarious! Silly boys. :)

      Reply
  • Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat October 25, 2013, 4:31 am

    What gorgeous pictures! You two make a beautiful couple and you are so photogenic! Love your red dress by the way!
    Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat recently posted…Sweet Potatoes RuleMy Profile

    Reply
  • Becky @ Olives n Wine October 25, 2013, 4:41 am

    Your photos are gorgeous girl, I don’t know where you see this contrast thing! And what a beautiful setting… I love them all! So when’s the date??! <3
    Becky @ Olives n Wine recently posted…Wake up and love yourself!My Profile

    Reply
  • Meghan @ fitnesscrEATures October 25, 2013, 5:05 am

    Oh my wow gee golly gosh holy heck!
    These are stunning!
    And I see what you’re saying about the contrast, but to an untrained photographer such as myself, I think they are perfection. You, however, are a photographer so I can see how you can look at these pictures in a different light (did you like that pun?).
    What a trooper for running back to the car to get the opener! I would have looked a mess after that.
    Also: how do you get your hair to look like that? It looks gorgeous and effortless but beautiful all at once. :) Oh em geeeee your dress is going to be amazing, I can already see it. :)
    Meghan @ fitnesscrEATures recently posted…They’re NEWWWWW!My Profile

    Reply
    • Sarah October 27, 2013, 4:38 pm

      I don’t consider myself a photographer but I thought something looked off in some of them. It’s probably all in my head though.

      I curled my hair following a tutorial that I found on Maskcara’s blog. The link is in this post if you want to check it out! :)

      Reply
  • Stacey October 25, 2013, 5:09 am

    I can’t get the chills to go away! I loved every single picture you posted! And I absolutely hope you put that one over your mantle. It’s perfection. I’m so happy that your happily ever after is happening…I love you!!

    Reply
  • Sam @ Better With Sprinkles October 25, 2013, 5:40 am

    You guys are such a gorgeous couple! Seriously stunning pictures.
    Sam @ Better With Sprinkles recently posted…Five Things Friday 10/25/13.My Profile

    Reply
  • FitBritt@MyOwnBalance October 25, 2013, 5:56 am

    Oh my gosh your photos are incredibly beautiful! You both look stunning. I love your dress! The backdrop is just perfect. Awwwww!
    FitBritt@MyOwnBalance recently posted…Friday’s Food and Fitness: The Fall EditionMy Profile

    Reply
  • Kathy @ Food Wine Thyme October 25, 2013, 6:02 am

    LOVE THEM ALL. May your marriage last a lifetime. :)

    Reply
  • Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) October 25, 2013, 6:03 am

    I love the fall colors & both your outfits. Very pretty engagement pictures.

    When I set out to find my wedding dress I had in mind what I wanted, and I ended up getting the complete opposite. I was trying on all these dresses I’d imagined myself in, and then finally a friend told me to pick one I never thought I’d like, of course that ended up being the one I went with. Good luck with the dress shopping! Sometimes it can be a bit overwhelming, but go with what makes you feel comfortable and the most beautiful.
    Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) recently posted…Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie MuffinsMy Profile

    Reply
    • Sarah October 27, 2013, 4:40 pm

      Thank you for the great advice Kelli! :)

      Reply
  • Dana @ Conscious Kitchen Blog October 25, 2013, 6:04 am

    Gorgeous photos!! I love the vineyards as the backyard – just stunning. I really like the one of you guys on the picnic blanket (the one taken farther away). The sun coming through the trees looks beautiful!
    Dana @ Conscious Kitchen Blog recently posted…Finding My ‘Fighting Shape’My Profile

    Reply
  • Consuelo - Honey & Figs October 25, 2013, 6:11 am

    What a set of beautiful pictures, you both looked great! The setting looks wonderful as well, and yeah, the last one is my favorite too! You do make a lovely couple!

    Reply
  • Daniela @ food recipes HQ October 25, 2013, 6:38 am

    You guys look absolutely gorgeous and relaxed! Love the light in these pictures. Thanks for sharing!
    Daniela @ food recipes HQ recently posted…Pumpkin Gnocchi With a Butter Walnut SauceMy Profile

    Reply
  • Taylor @ greens & chocolate October 25, 2013, 6:51 am

    Love, love, love!! Seriously, the setting, the fall colors, the SUBJECTS…everything is gorgeous! :)
    Taylor @ greens & chocolate recently posted…quinoa and kale stuffed acorn squashMy Profile

    Reply
  • Dana October 25, 2013, 6:52 am

    Sarah, you are GORGEOUS! That red dress…where did you get it?! And these pictures are stunning! Such a beautiful couple! I agree with Becky…contrast? what contrast. :)
    Dana recently posted…Halloween and Fudgy BrowniesMy Profile

    Reply
  • Ashlee@HisnHers October 25, 2013, 7:04 am

    you look gorgeous! I think the pictures turned out amazing, and I love your choice of outfits. That red dress is adorable and looks great with the colors in the background. And hey you’ve got some new pictures for your blog social media accounts too ;-)

    Reply
  • Carly @ Snack Therapy October 25, 2013, 7:16 am

    Holy shit. Why are you guys so freaking HOT?! My favorite is the one in the big row of trees, with Brandon’s arms around you from the back and you smiling all coyly at the camera (<< I kind of feel like I'm describing a scene from a very classy porno).

    And I get you on the Virgo thing… Being critical is in our nature.

    P.S. We really need to get together again sometime soonish. We'll talk ;).
    Carly @ Snack Therapy recently posted…Let’s ChatMy Profile

    Reply
  • Angela @ Health's Angel October 25, 2013, 7:22 am

    These are stunning- you could be a model! You both look great together.
    Angela @ Health’s Angel recently posted…Silence the MindMy Profile

    Reply
  • Karen @ KAMA FITNESS October 25, 2013, 7:38 am

    These pictures are beautiful!! I love the picnic one with the huge tree, very beautiful!
    Karen @ KAMA FITNESS recently posted…Fitness Mistake #10 – Ignoring Heavy Weighted SquatsMy Profile

    Reply
  • Erica {Coffee & Quinoa} October 25, 2013, 8:59 am

    Beautiful!! You are so gorgeous, and that second set of pictures is just amazing with the light, leaves, etc. Hope you are thrilled with the way they came out!
    Erica {Coffee & Quinoa} recently posted…Potato-Cheese Soup with Pumpernickel CroutonsMy Profile

    Reply
  • Kelly @ Kelly Runs for Food October 25, 2013, 9:07 am

    Aw I LOVE them! You look so gorgeous and what a perfect setting! I also really like your boot socks. You definitely to frame one of those suckers for the mantle.
    Kelly @ Kelly Runs for Food recently posted…Speedy Treadmill WorkoutMy Profile

    Reply
  • Alisha @ Alisha's Appetite October 25, 2013, 9:15 am

    OMG I literally have goosebumps looking at these pictures. You two are seriously the most adorable couple ever! I don’t know what you’re being critical about because they are all super super cute. As far as the wedding planning- I think I did a pretty good job and not stressing too much about it. My biggest advice is to get everything done as early as possible so you can be as stress free as possible with the months leading up to the wedding.
    Alisha @ Alisha’s Appetite recently posted…Massaged Kale Salad with Butternut Squash, Toasted Walnuts and Blue CheeseMy Profile

    Reply
  • Charlotte @ Commitness to Fitness October 25, 2013, 9:33 am

    aahh this post made me all kinds of happy!! you two are gorgeous and these photos are beyond beautiful!!! your photographer did such a nice job, i love your outfits, and the scenery is perfect. its so exciting you set a date!! i imagine dress shopping is both the most fun and potentially the most stress inducing :) i hope you find what you want and at the right price quickly and easily!!
    Charlotte @ Commitness to Fitness recently posted…I’m back like a salty craving snack attackMy Profile

    Reply
  • Heather @Pinkaholic Fitness October 25, 2013, 9:53 am

    Your photos are simply stunning!

    I adore your love and respect for your grandparents! I am the same exact way with mine, I don’t know what I will do when they are gone.

    Reply
  • Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl October 25, 2013, 10:01 am

    Your pictures are seriously GORGEOUS!! I absolutely adore the dress that you chose, too!
    Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl recently posted…Friday Foodie Favorites: October 25, 2013My Profile

    Reply
  • James October 25, 2013, 10:21 am

    Umm…you guys are too cute. You look like an ad. And I’m now obsessed with your red dress!
    James recently posted…Not Quite Friday FavesMy Profile

    Reply
  • Alex @ Kenzie Life October 25, 2013, 10:26 am

    SO GORGEOUS!! Wow, you two are gorgeous together and I think the pictures turned out beautifully :)
    Alex @ Kenzie Life recently posted…50 Little Things That Make Life Worth LivingMy Profile

    Reply
  • Katie @ Blonde Ambition October 25, 2013, 11:09 am

    These photos are seriously beautiful, Sarah- all of them! I must admit I love the 2nd setting with the sunset lighting, though. You two look so natural and happy together!
    Katie @ Blonde Ambition recently posted…Monday Night Football Feast – Week 7My Profile

    Reply
    • Katie @ Blonde Ambition October 25, 2013, 11:11 am

      P.S. I wouldn’t worry too much about being picky/critical about the wedding…While no one likes a Bridezilla, I think it’s important to not settle for something you don’t love- you want to know that the day and all its details will be perfect, you know?

      Reply
      • Sarah October 27, 2013, 4:46 pm

        I know, you’re right! It is one of the biggest days of my life so I hope it works out the way I want to. Even if I have to kick and scream, haha.

  • Alexis @ Hummusapien October 25, 2013, 11:19 am

    SOOOOO stunning! What gorgeous scenery! That last one is my fave too :)

    Reply
  • Davida @ The Healthy Maven October 25, 2013, 12:16 pm

    I can’t even….these are perfect! You should contribute these to some sort of wedding mag or something because they are incredible! Ahhhh how do I get an invite to the wedding?!?!
    Davida @ The Healthy Maven recently posted…Peanut Butter Dill Pickle HummusMy Profile

    Reply
  • Tracey @ Cooking with Love October 25, 2013, 12:45 pm

    Just Beautiful! :)

    Reply
  • Jan @ Sprouts n Squats October 25, 2013, 1:41 pm

    You look absolutely beautiful!! Just stunning! I love everything about these pictures, the poses aren’t overdone or fake and you both look so happy in them.

    I’m going to go check out that hair and makeup tutorial now!
    Jan @ Sprouts n Squats recently posted…Friday FavouritesMy Profile

    Reply
  • Ashley October 25, 2013, 4:38 pm

    Aw, these came out gorgeous!! I can’t get over the background – it’s all just so pretty!

    And I love that dress! The color and the lace … gah I want one! haha Have a great weekend!
    Ashley recently posted…Pumpkin Spice White Hot ChocolateMy Profile

    Reply
    • Sarah October 27, 2013, 4:41 pm

      Thanks Ashley! The dress is French Connection and I found it at Bluefly.com on sale. They had a bunch in stock if you’re in need of a dress!

      Reply
  • kelly @ Femme Fitale October 25, 2013, 6:24 pm

    These are gorgeous, Sarah! Love the color of your dress.
    kelly @ Femme Fitale recently posted…Finally On The MendMy Profile

    Reply
  • Monet October 25, 2013, 7:24 pm

    These are quite beautiful! Great location! I know that wedding planning can be draining, but it will all be worth it. I promise!
    Monet recently posted…4 months of Lucille AmeliaMy Profile

    Reply
  • Elyse @ Lizzie Fit October 26, 2013, 4:50 am

    Wow these are beautiful. You are beautiful. The whole post is just beautiful :) Can’t wait to see more wedding stuff :D
    Elyse @ Lizzie Fit recently posted…Fit Friday: Tricep DipsMy Profile

    Reply
  • Elyse @ Lizzie Fit October 26, 2013, 4:50 am

    Wow these are beautiful. You are beautiful. The whole post is just beautiful :) Can’t wait to see more wedding stuff :D
    Elyse @ Lizzie Fit recently posted…Fit Friday: Tricep DipsMy Profile

    Reply
  • ATasteOfMadness October 26, 2013, 10:02 am

    Oh wow. These photos are stunning!
    ATasteOfMadness recently posted…Quinoa Bell Pepper OmeletteMy Profile

    Reply
  • Amanda @ .running with spoons. October 26, 2013, 4:14 pm

    Awwr lady! These pics are gorgeous! I love the location, your hair and makeup is amazing, and you and your man make such a good-looking couple! And honestly, I love that you pay attention to all the little details — I’m looking forward to seeing what else you have planned :D
    Amanda @ .running with spoons. recently posted…. thinking out loud #50 .My Profile

    Reply
  • Shelley @ Two Healthy Kitchens October 26, 2013, 6:00 pm

    Absolutely beautiful! The setting, the outfits … wow – everything! But, I think very best of all is how you can truly feel how much you guys love each other – the pics aren’t just gorgeous, but they radiate such happiness!
    Shelley @ Two Healthy Kitchens recently posted…No-Bake Almond Joy Snack BitesMy Profile

    Reply
  • Katie @ Daily Cup of Kate October 27, 2013, 10:35 am

    Wow, your pictures turned out beautiful!! Love your dress too. The wine picture is too funny!!
    Katie @ Daily Cup of Kate recently posted…True Story: Second EditionMy Profile

    Reply
  • Katherine October 27, 2013, 11:00 am

    The photographer did a fabulous job, but remember, they can only capture what they see, which in your case is SO much happiness and beauty! You are absolutely gorgeous! Your fiance is a lucky guy! I love how relaxed and autumn like the shoot is! SO perfect.
    Katherine recently posted…Bits of Life.My Profile

    Reply
  • Nicole @ Foodie Loves Fitness October 27, 2013, 11:37 am

    The photos, and you, look gorgeous!! And I love your dress!

    Reply
  • Andrea @ pencils and pancakes October 27, 2013, 3:14 pm

    These are gorgeous! Congrats!
    Andrea @ pencils and pancakes recently posted…Cutting down on caffeineMy Profile

    Reply
  • jo @ Living Mint Green October 28, 2013, 3:34 am

    oh my goodness – these are SO beautiful, Sarah. I love the picnic blanket/ tree/sunbeam shot best. I think you should blow that one up. :D
    jo @ Living Mint Green recently posted…Things I’ve Realized Lately…My Profile

    Reply
  • sonia the mexigarian October 28, 2013, 7:26 am

    catching up again on posts :) and damn, girl, those pictures are gorgeous!!! :D the sun, the colors, the love between you two. so very lovely.

    Reply
  • Melanie @ Beautifully Nutty October 28, 2013, 12:07 pm

    What a stunning couple! OH my!! These turned out so well!
    Melanie @ Beautifully Nutty recently posted…Acorn Squash with Turkey Bacon + Weekend HappeningsMy Profile

    Reply
  • Jillienne @ ChasingRaspberries November 4, 2013, 4:11 pm

    What a beautiful couple you two make! I love all the pictures…stunning!
    Jillienne @ ChasingRaspberries recently posted…Weekend Adventures & RamblingsMy Profile

    Reply

Leave a Comment

CommentLuv badge

Next post:

Previous post: