Whenever Merci New York plans an engagement session, the very first thing we do is learn about the couple. For example, who they are, what they like and what they dislike about the engagement sessions they see on blogs. This may sound obvious, but it's a very important step in making sure we create a shoot that speaks to the couple, their lives, and their love for each other.
When I met with Holly and Carlos to develop their e-session inspiration board, they shared that they love classic New York City spaces, Mad Men style (but don't want anything too vintage or inspired), dislike flowers (who would have known?!) and never find themselves in the subways, i.e. they don't want any of the "overdone" station or streetscape shots. Essentially, they wanted an engagement session that spoke to their chic, classic New York lifestyles. And so we delivered.
Rent the Runway was a perfect closet to pull looks from. Every bride to be wants to look amazing for the photos she will keep forever but there’s no need to spend lots of cash on getting the shot. For Holly's looks, I was drawn to the gold lurex accents in both the "day" and "night" outfits we crafted. Milly does an amazing job of injecting a bit of vintage, sixties style into their prints and silhouettes, so it was the perfect fit for Holly's love for the "Mad Men" look, as well as our need to keep the shoot current and not too costumed.
Day look: To keep Holly looking modern, we balanced the dainty lace on the Milly dress with Cara's Rocker Chain Necklace, another black chain for length, and AV Max's Glitzy Glamour cuff. Her look was finished with some very opaque tights and her own suede wedge booties.
We decided to work with a palette of black and gold for both of her looks, so that the engagement session had consistency (and looked fabulous when finally placed in an album). I think that's something brides often forget: Outfit changes are fantastic (the more the better), but it's really imperative to make sure your outfits sit well with each other. Complimentary colors and fabrics juxtaposed with varying silhouettes, hair, make-up and accessories = absolute perfection.
Here are some of my favorite shots from the engagement shoot. All the best to Holly and Carlos!