Shannon & Karl’s Vintage Romantic Books-and-Stories-themed Jane Austen-inspired Engagement Shoot
Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! What better way is there to celebrate the day of hearts here on Poptastic Bride than with an oh-so-lovely and romantic styled engagement shoot inspired by the likes of Jane Austen? This swoon-worthy shoot perfectly blends beautiful couple Shannon and Karl’s interests — she loves all things vintage and he loves books! I also happened to find out that Shannon did her own makeup (amazing, right?) and that the old photos you will see are her own family’s. Add to that the fact that this session took place in Karl’s grandfather’s cabin which made it even more special and meaningful.
We have Patrick and Trish, the husband and wife photographer / graphic designer duo of Patrick Hadley Photography (whom you might remember brought us the equally spectacular Dark Romance: Gothic Wedding Inspiration Shoot a few months back) to thank for this gorgeous e-session. Please enjoy!
Are you loving all the eye candy? I had such a hard time choosing shots for this feature (everything is just so gorgeous!) so I included all that I could!
It’s also about time we get to know the lovely duo better. Fortunately Shannon & Karl are both here to tell us about themselves + their relationship :
Shannon: Well, Karl and I met on the first day that I moved in to college, and after that, it was a whirlwind of adventures, including the date auction that I won him in, paying $50, a pretend wedding at Meijer, and all sorts of other shenanigans. Now, three and a half years later, we spend a lot of time playing ping pong, and going out for ice cream. We still go to Meijer, but instead of having a fake wedding, we end up in the toy aisle looking at Star Wars and Littlest Pet Shop and then we plan our real wedding on the side.
Karl: You can’t tell from the pictures, but we are both big hamster fans. One of the things that we bonded over when we were first together was a teddy bear hamster named Leonard. We spoiled the little guy, dressed him up for Halloween (and won prize money), and had him model for our photographer friends. Some people are dog people, some are cat people, but we are hamster people. Our current hamster is named Season, and we’re working a way to get her at the reception at our wedding.
Here’s the couple again to share the he said / she said versions of what made this e-session totally representative of them:
Shannon: Karl graduated from college with his bachelor’s in bio-engineering, however, he’s really creative at heart. Him and I both love reading and writing (he’s had an article published) and so when deciding on a wedding “theme,” I felt like “stories” would be the best option to represent us. The theme of stories represents our love for literature as well as encompasses our “love story,” the past and present (and future!).
I also love photography and creative things. Thus, when planning our engagement shoot, I really wanted to have a styled one and when the Hadley’s suggested a Jane Austen themed shoot, I thought that it was perfect! I collect vintage things because I love their history and style, and I love books … so what was better than photos with the love of my life, vintage details, and books? It’s also great because we’re using vintage books in our wedding décor so the images are a great foreshadow to our big day.
Karl: Shannon and I both have a love of stories, no matter the medium they are told in. When it came to photography, I told Shannon I was pretty much up for anything since she knows a lot more about it than I do. I think the Jane Austen shoot allowed us to take some cool pictures of us and allowed us to be creative in how we tied the book theme to our pictures. It also provided some inspiration for props and motifs we’ve used in our wedding centerpieces and decor.
Huge thanks to Trish & Patrick for sending this beautiful shoot my way and congratulations to Shannon and Karl! 🙂
Photographer: Patrick Hadley Photography
Save the Date Invitation: Hadley Media Group
Cake & Petit Fours: Legally Baked
Emma card: Wendy Paula, Mulberry Muse