Formal “night on the town” urban engagement session

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If you think your engagement shoot is just about getting a casual portrait for your save-the-dates, think again! Kathryn of Mordi Photographie wants you to know how transform your engagement photos into a thoughtful pre-wedding session that sets the stage for the big day. Chic couple Chloe and Michael love the city, travel, and fashion. See how they infused their style in this downtown engagement session with a dreamy black Millia London gown below:

Formal NYC engagement session

Formal NYC engagement session

Formal NYC engagement session

Since the couple’s wedding will be a modern black tie affair, they knew a formal engagement session would set the stage.

Formal NYC engagement session

Formal NYC engagement session

Formal NYC engagement session

Formal NYC engagement session

Formal NYC engagement session

Formal NYC engagement session

Formal NYC engagement session

The bride-to-be wore handmade feather heels as a nod to her history as a dancer and love of Swan Lake.

Formal NYC engagement session

Formal NYC engagement session

Formal NYC engagement session

Formal NYC engagement session

Formal NYC engagement session

They also love London and plan to incorporate nods to their favorite city in the wedding, so a gown from Millia London was the perfect fit.

Formal NYC engagement session

Formal NYC engagement session

Formal NYC engagement session

Formal NYC engagement session

Formal NYC engagement session

Formal NYC engagement session

The next wedding tie-in at their session came from their photo locations. Being that they live, work and socialize downtown, an urban setting was characteristic of their life. The Flatiron Building, city streets and crosswalks were iconic must-haves. With Chloe’s love of performing arts and their wedding being held at Bass Performance Hall, it was a clever motif to feature this location at their session.  

Formal NYC engagement session

Formal NYC engagement session

Formal NYC engagement session

Formal NYC engagement session

Formal NYC engagement session

At the end of the session, they snapped a few shots outside of their downtown townhome… Obviously another memorable location in their love story around the city!

Formal NYC engagement session

Formal NYC engagement session

Formal NYC engagement session

Formal NYC engagement session

Many couples use the photos from their session on save-the-date cards and wedding websites. And these images become the true first touchpoint between their guests and their wedding – these photos become the image of what the wedding will be. So rather than treating engagement sessions like an ordinary night on the town, give it room for impact. Set the expectation for your wedding aesthetic, style and dress code. Tie in the subtle details or locations for your guests to speculate. Maybe give the slightest hint at what you’ll be wearing yourself. Remember who is the star of the show, and make your pre-wedding session iconic and unforgettable.

PS: It goes without saying that this would make a pretty snazzy elopement in the city as well! Find more tips for an amazing portrait session like this, here.

Photography: Mordi Photographie | Dress: Millia London | Hair & Makeup: STARR Beauty Co | Tux: The Black Tux | Sunglasses: Kate Spade & Ray-Ban | Earrings: Etsy | Velvet Shoes: Perry Ellis

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