21 Apr

oh, hello friend engagement pics: Danni + Nick

categories Engagements


Hello dear friends! I’m so glad to be back on 100 layer cake with a follow up post on my engagement session – you may remember a couple of my guest posts about engagement shoot inspiration. A few weeks ago, Nick and I headed to Las Vegas, Nevada to meet up with photographers Vania & Christine from Simply Bloom. We worked really hard to get really unique and fun props for our shoot: we ended up coming up with giant 4 foot letters we found on etsy, bubbles, and vintage handkerchiefs. Here’s how the shoot turned out, I hope you enjoy it! There are also a couple tips I wanted to share after having experienced my own engagement shoot.


The location the photographers chose was a beautiful desert with these amazing mountains in the background. I really love how the letters turned out. We did paint them but nothing too bold, I am a fan of this soft yellow color so it was very us.


I happened to have these beautiful vintage handkerchiefs that I purchased from the flea market a few months back. Nick and I went to home depot to figure out how to make some makeshift poles that we could tie the handkerchiefs onto. Even though you can’t see them, it was fun little diy project for us.


This is probably my favorite shot of the day, just because it was so natural. We saw a flock of birds nearby and thought it’d be fun to get them in the background. It was such a silly sight – as we started to walk toward the birds, they slowly moved further away from us.. so we’re trying to walk through deep deep mud to get this great shot. The photographers were so open to work with us. We finally stopped nearby a group of birds and the sound of some nearby motorcycles made the whole flock fly – it was perfect! So perhaps in your session you can look for other natural elements to make for a good shot.


One thing I would remember to notice is your details, even the small ones. The first thing my mom commented in a couple of these images was that the letters were switched. Of course, we didn’t even think of it when we were shooting. While I don’t think it’s really that big of a deal, it’s interesting to hear what other people notice.

You can’t notice at all but it was started sprinkling during our shoot, then by the end it really picked up. We were freezing by the end of it. So just bring clothes for all possible weather conditions. We also didn’t think to bring any mats so our car got really muddy but it was so exciting we didn’t care too much.


Time for the bubbles! We bought a couple bubble machines from Party City, they were just toy machines. We tested them before we left so we’d know they worked when we got there.  We weren’t sure how it’d work in the rain but it went great!


I’m really happy with the shoot, it was so fun to see the results of all the planning we put into it. Just have fun with it and be yourself. Thanks for viewing our pics! Now it’s time to finish our wedding plans!

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  1. omg!! i LOVE danni’s outfit sooo much! it’s beautiful! where did she get her dress and her cardigan and those yellow shoes??? the use of the bubbles, umbrella, big letters, and handkerchief are all soo lovely too! you can tell this couple is truly in love too! thanks for sharing this session with us!!

  2. This couple is absolutely amazing. What great pictures to have!

  3. GORGEOUS! I’ve been a follower of your blog for awhile now and when you posted your teaser, I couldn’t wait for the rest!

    My faves are the flock of birds and the last one with bubbles. So natural and full of love! :)

  4. These are GORGEOUS! Congrats on your engagement! I love both your site and although I’m already married, I adore 100 Layer Cake as well!

  5. SO stinkin adorable!!! Can not wait for the wedding details to emerge. You two are unbelievably beautiful!

  6. These two are super cute. Love the letters and bunting – the lighting of the photos against the stark nature is inspired!

  7. What an amazing shoot!! I love the colors of the pictures, it’s very calming and all over pretty to look at. You guys are a gorgeous couple and I love your style (my boyfriend’s been trying to make his vest looked dressed up but casual and I think I may have to steal your fiance’s sweater and give him the idea). love the props, love the location, love the birds.

  8. Too cute. These photographs are really lovely–I love the soft, warm colors. And the yellow shoes? Swoon.

  9. I’ve been excited to see this shoot since the teaser too! The handkerchiefs are just awesome… they add so much color & texture without stealing the show. I love how you all made the desert seem cozy & personal. Lovely!

  10. Danni! They look amazing. I especially love the handkerchief bunting and the soft lighting. And your outfit is perfect.

  11. Incorporating those letters was genius!

  12. love both outfits on danni! would love to know where pieces from both outfits were from!

  13. Danni, these turned out fabulous! (I esp love that y’all rented a bubble machine — genius!) Yea for you + Nick, and the great tips, too :)!

  14. SO CUTE! Danni and Nick have such a wonderful engagement story and now a beautiful e-session! love love love :)

  15. thanks so much for your all sweet comments everyone!! :)

    Sandy + jane: The first outfit skirt is from h&m, top is from forever 21, sweater is thrifted from buffalo exchange. 2nd outfit skirt is from another buy/sell/trade place, top is from jcrew, and the sweater is from forever 21. Both shoes are from the fashion district in los angeles.

    and the bubble machine was just purchased from party city, it’s just a $17 toy for kids! It was really legit for a little bubble maker 😉

  16. I have never, ever seen such a beautiful engagement pictures. Amazing! Congrats on your engagement’and can’t wait to see the wedding pictures.xx

  17. so simple (not too contrived) & perfect! thanks for sharing!

  18. THANK YOU ladies for this special feature! We heart you!

  19. SO cute danni! Those bubbles! AH! All so pretty!

  20. cutest shoot ever

  21. I’m just completely smitten with these photos – they’re just so lovely! the backdrop, the bubbles, the colors…oh, so fun!! can i get married again so i can take engagement shots again? :)

  22. The handkerchiefs – a fresh alternative to bunting – perfect!

  23. I love these pictures.You both are very photogenic. A lot of couples only focus on their wedding photos and that’s a shame because your wedding story actually starts at your engagement.

  24. JILLIAN,
    V&C -SimplyBloom Photography, LLC

  25. this are SOOO beautiful!
    I love the space in some of them!

    and the props are fantastic!

  26. Maybe my most favorite engagement session ever.

  27. How adorable!

  28. Theses pictures are gorgeous. The landscape looks truly amazing. Check out our Green Honeymoons at http://www.elevatedestinations.com/honeymoons.html
    Let us know what you think.
    Congratulations on the engagement!


  29. These are so sweet!! Great choice to go with Simply Bloom, they’re incredibly!!

  30. LOVE this! It’s styled SO perfectly, from the outfits to the props to the BUBBLE MACHINE! Beautiful!

  31. love the pics xxxx

  32. I adore these. The styling is impeccable.

  33. These are such gorgeous photos! Thanks so much for sharing and i espcially adore those photos with bubbles! Have a lovely merry happy day and love to you!

  34. Such lovely colours! I like it that it looks so natural. Love the shot with the birds at the back.

  35. Wow! These turned out great! i can’t wait to put together our engagement shoot. I hope it reflexs us as much as yours reflexed your personalities!

  36. This is so sweet. I love the vintage handkerchiefs, the bubbles, the setting, it’s beautiful.

  37. Love the giant letters! What an overall beautiful shoot.

  38. I just wrote about the subtle joys of shooting in the rain. These just back me right up. lol.

  39. you can tell these two are in love I think it shows beautifully in the photos.

  40. Totally, totally, totally rendered speechless right now. These shots are amazing. Sweet, beautiful, amazing.

    I wish you all the best as Mr and Mrs!

  41. Totally, totally, totally rendered speechless right now. These shots are amazing. Sweet, beautiful, amazing.

  42. Thanks for sharing! I love the couple’s individual pictures so much as well, what great smiles.

  43. oh my gosh!! the umbrella is lovely!! Where can I get one? The shoot is just amazing! congrats!!

  44. That is many inspirational stuff. Never knew that opinions could be that varied. Thanks for all the enthusiasm to offer such helpful information here.

  45. Love the pics. Where did you get the giant letters? The etsy link doesn’t go to a shop that has giant letters

  46. BEAUTIFUl engagement sesh! where did you find / or how did you make those giant letters? I LOVE them!!!!

  47. They are such a beautiful couple. <3, and the pictures are amazing as always :)

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