So I guess engagement photos are a thing now. When Justin and I decided to get married – no fancy proposal story, just a nice Valentines Day dinner and a practical conversation about the future – we didn’t think about engagement photos. To be honest, we got busy with life stuff and didn’t announce our intentions until our 6-year anniversary, some seven months later. But during our engagement party at Blue Moon Burgers – a fundraiser for Referendum 74 (which we won!) – I was asked about engagement photos by a lot of people. And for the next year, while recuperating from my broken arm debacle, I was asked about them. Then on Twitter, Facebook, and through email, I was asked about them. Apparently all the recent photos of us through various social media sites just weren’t enough because NO ONE KNEW WHAT WE LOOKED LIKE.
One thing The Viking and I have in common is being contrarian; I like doing things differently, and so does he. When we discussed doing engagement photos, I balked at having a photographer follow us around in outfits we wouldn’t normally wear, in a park we wouldn’t normally go to, all while pretending to act natural. Turns out ‘acting natural’ makes me look like a dead-eyed waxy mannequin, so that just wasn’t an option.
If our photos were really us being us, it would involve a lot of him in his office playing Guild Wars 2, and me eating ham on the couch in my pajamas. I didn’t want the pretty pictures in the park, nor did I want a real-life picture of our everyday lives. We just wanted something timeless and fun.
Enter Shelly, LEGO photographer extraordinaire. We met at Super Deli Mart a few years back, and I’ve followed her amazing LEGO Instagram feed ever since. My lightbulb moment of “Oh! Let’s ask Shelly!” was followed by the easiest process known to man. We had one meeting and exchanged a few emails, and then she did these awesome photos of us. Well, LEGO us, which is really much cooler than actual us.
We’ll be adding these (and more) to our wedding website, which should be soon since we’re getting married on New Year’s Eve! These photos are very much US, which is really the point. Thanks to Shelly for such amazing photos! She’s making a book of the photos she’s done for us, and framing one of our favorites for the mantel. We couldn’t be happier with how they turned out. Besides the end result, not posing for them was my favorite part.