23 Apr

Top o’ the morning to you, everyone! So very excited for today’s post. I finally get to share Tim and I’s engagement photos with yous. We took a little trip out to the desert awhile back with Elizabeth Messina for a spiffy photo shoot at Hotel Lautner, an amazing mid-century hotel in Desert Hot Springs. We wanted to have some fun with this shoot and do a more editorial-style approach. I think Elizabeth captured us perfectly.

We had the best time together that day.. all dressed up and feeling like a glamorous 60′s couple.. oh the life..

mid-century engagement photo

retro engagement shoot

retro engagement shoot

retro engagement shoot

100 Layer Cake engagement

retro engagement shoot

Fiore Beauty did wonders with my hair and makeup. They are good, those girls. Many of you had asked about my engagement ring. We had this one custom-made by Philip Press in Los Angeles. I always knew I wanted a modern styled ring, and I love how it turned out…a 3-sided eternity band with pave-set diamonds. It is so sparkly!

retro engagement shoot

retro engagement shoot

60's engagement shoot

retro engagement photo shoot

60's engagement shoot

60's engagement shoot

retro engagement photo shoot

mid-century engagement shoot

mid-century inspired engagement shoot

60's engagement shoot

60's engagement shoot

60's engagement shoot

60's engagement shoot

60's engagement shoot

desert engagement photo

100 Layer Cake engagement

Being engaged to Tim has made me feel like a new woman. I didn’t realize it would be different than being with someone for a long awhile, but it is. Life feels lighter, more conquerable, and we’re more connected with a deeper sense of love for each other .. it almost makes me teary to think about it. I’m such a lucky gal.

Our friends at Utterly Engaged are featuring some beautiful pages of our photos, along with an interview we did about how we met, our first “I love you” and some other fun tidbits. So make sure you pop over and check their magazine. There are always so many great bridal fashion and decor ideas in there too!

And you can read about our first kiss on Elizabeth’s blog Kiss the Groom. Let me tell you a bit about Elizabeth…she is a master at her craft, has an eye for creating perfect beauty in every moment and is an inspiring person to be around. Plus she has so much love to give… we were truly honored to be in front of her camera that day.

xx, Amanda

Photography: Elizabeth Messina / Styling: Amanda of 100 Layer Cake, with assistance from Catherine of The Life Styled / Hair and makeup: Fiore Beauty / Location: Hotel Lautner / Engagement ring: Philip Press / White dress: Halston Heritage. Black and white zebra dress: Kate Spade, and earrings all c/o Rent the Runway. Red, navy and white striped dress: Trina Turk. Orange heels: Zara. Heart swimsuit: Jcrew

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Comments

  1. Wow!! Is all I can say..these are breathtaking!!

  2. Your outfits are perfect and that location..love! You two are radiant. Congrats!

  3. Your pictures are amazing. Elizabeth Messina is one of my favorite photographers. Your outfit choices were to die-for. Where did you find those cute sandals that you were wearing with the striped red, white and blue dress? Can’t wait for to see the wedding.

  4. Amanda, these are absolutely breathtaking. Every picture is so full of life and love, and you and Tim are such a gorgeous couple!

  5. Man, you both look stunning! And I’d love to know where you got those cute sandals too!

  6. These are breathtaking! I love love love that striped dress you wore… and the whole thing. Elizabeth did a great job, and had a really gorgeous couple to work with. :)

    In a couple of the photos, your fiancé reminds me of Jon Hamm/Matt Bomer. I’m sure the awesome styling helps that, too!

  7. These are truly magnificient! They are steamy, sexy, and full of your love for each other. I adore every single one of them and truly a case for good styling. Beautiful choice of fashion and congratulations to the two of you. Eizabeth Messina? What can I say, beautifully masterful!

  8. Thank you so much everyone! It was a dreamy day..
    And those sandals are actually ones I had made in Italy last year, by a little shop called Nana Positano.

  9. Oh my! That photo of Tim covered in kisses-so cute! I also love the poolside photos. She’s pretty amazing, that Elizabeth Messina!

  10. Real pretty!! Love looking at the pictures!

  11. Wow, what style you two have. These are insanely gorgeous!

  12. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!!! Love all of your outfits, especially that adorable bathing suit!

  13. Love the Photos. Love the Fashion. Feeling the love!

  14. Gorgeous lady! So happy for you and Tim!

  15. Oh my gosh Amanda! These are so, so gorgeous! You and Tim look stunning. Great location and LOVE the styling. Elizabeth did such a stunning job – and loved reading about your first kiss on Elizabeth’s blog – so perfect. So excited for you two!!! Congrats again! :)

  16. Great blog, thanks very much

  17. Wow, y’all are beautiful Amanda! Congratulations!

  18. Amanda and Tim you are awesome!
    BELLISSIMI

  19. Such a beautiful couple! xoxo

  20. amanda, you are stunning! these are gorgeous shots and the clothes, oh my :)

  21. I love the one where they’re laying down and kissing! What a beautiful couple, she’s going to be such a beautiful bride!

  22. So beautiful and the article in Utterly Engaged brought tears to my eyes. Love, love, love!

  23. wow these are amazing! Love your dresses, and the kisses all over pic is ooohh so cute! Congrats!

  24. SO gorgeous – both of you! And I absolutely loved the story about your first kiss & Jillian’s tent on Elizabeth’s blog! Too cute! MLH xx

  25. So gorgeous! And sexy ;) I left a comment over on Elizabeth’s blog of your photos but had to come by and see the rest, and I’m so glad I did. Congrats to you both!

  26. it was such a wonderful day amanda…you & tim are made for each other…wishing you lots of beautiful married years together…& thanks everyone for the incredibly kind words….xoxo, elizabeth

  27. Thank you for your sweet comments everyone! They really mean so much to us.
    And thank you Elizabeth for taking the most beautiful photos I’ve ever seen of us…I keep rubbing my eyes wondering if they are real!

  28. Gorgeous pictures and congratulations!

  29. wow! you guys look smoking hot! so super excited for you both. xo

  30. they are lovely and sweet couple! good photos it seems the story is behind the wedding ring! great :)

  31. The entangled legs and shoes image is my favorite by a mile!

    Congratulations!

  32. Love these pics! They are beautiful and truly capture the love felt between a husband & wife! <3

  33. Vous êtes MAGNIFIQUES ! Les photos sont superbes
    Bravo à la photographe et au couple !

    (you’re stunning ! Lovely couple and pictures !)

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