Our mid-century-inspired engagement photos

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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..

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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!

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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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Julia on Apr 23, 2012

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

Emily on Apr 23, 2012

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

Rachel Schindler on Apr 23, 2012

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.

Lisa on Apr 23, 2012

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

Jen on Apr 23, 2012

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

Anni on Apr 23, 2012

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!

Pam, Romancing the Stone Styling on Apr 23, 2012

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!

100layercake on Apr 23, 2012

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.

Chloé on Apr 23, 2012

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

Esther on Apr 23, 2012

Real pretty!! Love looking at the pictures!

[email protected] on Apr 23, 2012

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

Libby on Apr 23, 2012

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

Chatty Brides on Apr 23, 2012

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

Kendra on Apr 23, 2012

Gorgeous lady! So happy for you and Tim!

[email protected] on Apr 23, 2012

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! :)

Final take on Apr 23, 2012

Great blog, thanks very much

Ryan Ray on Apr 23, 2012

Wow, y'all are beautiful Amanda! Congratulations!

cinzia bruschini on Apr 23, 2012

Amanda and Tim you are awesome! BELLISSIMI

Jessica on Apr 23, 2012

Such a beautiful couple! xoxo

holly on Apr 23, 2012

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

Maria Popo on Apr 23, 2012

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

Nicole on Apr 23, 2012

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

sara roeder on Apr 23, 2012

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

Mary Herrington | Forever & Ever Events | Reverie Magazine on Apr 23, 2012

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

chandra ~ oh lovely day on Apr 23, 2012

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!

Elizabeth Messina on Apr 23, 2012

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

100layercake on Apr 23, 2012

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!

chicago wedding photographer on Apr 23, 2012

Gorgeous pictures and congratulations!

Heidi on Apr 23, 2012

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

WEDSI on Apr 24, 2012

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

Emily on Apr 24, 2012

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

Heather Chesnet on Apr 27, 2012

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

Christine on Apr 27, 2012

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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