Welcome back to part II of our engagement photo series. (You can see part one here and our photographer's favorites here). This entire set was inspired by this photo of Carrie & Big. When I showed it to our photographer Allie, she immediately suggested the W Hotel in Hollywood. It was the perfect location! The entire place is covered in red carpeting with a huge spiral staircase in the lobby. It couldn’t have been anymore ideal for our vision. However, much to my dismay, when I called the hotel to inquire, I was told we had to apply and pay a fee to use the property. The application process takes about a week but we were leaving for LA in few days. We had such short notice we knew it was not possible and didn’t want to chance it, nor did we want to pay the sizable fee! Luckily for us, Allie and Brian were able to find us a second location at the Vibiana. From the numerous times I’ve stalked Callaway Gable's blog, I knew exactly what it looked like. It’s a beautiful old church with amazing architectural details. I couldn’t be happier with our second choice!
Originally I wanted to use this gold dress for the Carrie and Big “vision” shot. However, since we were no longer doing it at the W, I wanted to capture the essences of the photo by using the color red. It was also the perfect color to contrast against the dark floor. With only a few days before our trip, I was frantically searching for the perfect red dress. I knew my chances of finding it was slim so I made my own. It took me about two days to complete but would have been one day if I had a mannequin! (Still looking for one if anyone knows where I can get it cheap.) The only mistake I made was that I didn't finish the seams on the flower pin, leaving a trail of red strings everywhere I went!
Special thanks to Anika for granting us access into the Vibiana and staying late just so we could get the shots that we needed. Our photos wouldn’t have been complete if it weren't for you! Thank You!
all photos: Callaway Gable
on her: dress: DIY (similar from RTR, similar) shoes: Giuseppe Zanotti (similar, similar), lipstick: Dior Fantastic Plum & Nars Funny Face
on him: suit: Tailored, shoes: Aldo, shirt: J.Crew, tie: Hugo Boss, pocket square: Pink, tie clip: Tiff & Co.