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Vintage Inspired Engagement Shoot


All photos by Live Film

I find something so romantic about the past. Before social media and texting, people connected in different ways. There was a time that lovers even went a few days without talking. Often people wrote each other letters or called from an old telephone. Instead of having pictures of loved ones saved in their cell phones, many carried photos in their lockets or wallets. Don’t get me wrong- I love technology, but I also appreciate the time when it wasn’t so abundant in our society. In fact, I find those era’s intriguing.  Seeing as I am a HUGE vintage fan,  I wanted our engagement shoot to capture that romantic feel.

We decided to do the shoot in Ellicot City. It’s a charming little area with lots of history, cobble stone streets, and amazing brick walls. If you ever travel through the Maryland area I definitely recommend checking it out.

My (now)husband was SUCH a good sport about the shoot. He’s a jeans and t-shirt guy so when I originally pitched the idea to him, he was  not very enthused. However, he did not once complain (to me anyway).

I found my dress at a Vintage Clothing Store known as Polly Sues. This store is so fun. They have all kinds of old accessories, hats, and clothing.  If you’re a fan of vintage style, you must check it out! The suspenders and news boy cap came from there as well.


My grandmother passed at the young age of 61. I never got the chance to meet her, as I wasn’t even born yet. Anyone that knew her always spoke so highly of her. After my Aunt passed a few years ago, my parents and I started going through her things. She was another one that appreciated the past as much as I.  I was so drawn to this picture of my grandmother. I asked Nicole if we could try to recreate this picture.


My beautiful grandmother circa 1942 and me to the right.

I couldn’t have been happier with the way the all photos turned out. It was nice to do something a little outside the box. And thank goodness my husband has a lot of patience :).

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  1. I just watched the Notebook last week and the movie theatre and the street photos remind me of the movie! Love this idea, the photos, and the photo comparing to your grandmother’s old photo.

  2. I seriously love these pictures! And I agree there is something special about old black and white photos. Everyone looks glamorous. My grandmother’s high school photos are so much better than mine.

    I actually have these kind of pictures framed around my home. And I tried to recreate some of them too.

    Your hair and dress look lovely! Thanks for sharing these great pictures. And remind us to write a hand written letter once and awhile…

  3. I think you had a great idea with this vintage photo shoot. The dress is exceptional, it really looks like it’s been brought back from sometimes in the 40s. I particularly like the close up photo, it gives me the impression that it’s from an old Superman movie. 🙂

  4. I got goosebumps seeing the beautiful bond between you two and I love how you recreated your grandmothers pose. I am glad you are spending the rest of your life with the man you love!

  5. This is wonderful! Congrats on your engagement and I absolutely love the recreation shot you did from your grandmother’s photo.

  6. These pictures are amazing! My husband and I tried to do a vintage photo shoot at an amusement park/boardwalk and our photographer was awful – we never even bothered to get the pictures back (and fired him 7 days before our wedding). I’m thinking we need to give vintage anniversary pictures a shot.

    I’m also a massage therapist – I always get a little excited when I see someone else is also a therapist!

  7. Such a beautiful idea, maybe technology isn’t so bad but taking a break from it for a while is perfect, especially when concerned with love. Conncting with the past in such a visceral way is such a great way to express that.

  8. I love old photos and old fashioned clothes! I’ve done a few vintage photoshoots myself, they’re just so much fun! These are adorable!

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