When this bride Tracy emailed me with her engagement session photos, I was thrilled.  I’m always excited when a reader of my blog submits a great wedding or engagment shoot.  But what put it over the top was the stop motion save the date she included.  It is really adorable and so original.  Here is a little bit from Tracy:

We decided to take our engagement photos in Pasadena, CA. We love hanging out in Pasadena’s downtown and that was the location of our first date six years ago. The first few photos were taken at
Intelligentsia cafe. Jim and I are huge coffee, tea and pastry enthusiasts, so it felt right – we even brought our own mugs from Anthropologie. The next set of photos are at the Pasadena public library. Jim and I met during our freshman year of college, so we studied together, A LOT. We thought it would be fun to take our college text books to use as props during the shoot. The third and final location is at the Caltech campus. Jim stayed there the summer after we graduated and we fell in love with the architecture. It
rained lightly that day so we brought umbrellas to liven up someof the pictures. A huge plus that day was having a photographer as awesome and upbeat as Heidi Ryder!

Now for our save the date video! Jim and I wanted something fun and silly (which is how we act 99% of the time) so we created a storyboard and sifted through our music collection until we felt like it truly
allowed our personalities to shine through. Our friends Jeremy and Katrina of Wide Open Aperture Photography were kind enough to shoot and edit it.

Seriously, how cute is that!?  Makes me want one . . . I’m thinking a cute one with the kiddo!
Engagement Session Vendors:
Photography by Heidi Ryder (
Makeup by Brittany Moody (

Save the Date Video Vendors:
Photography by Wide Open Aperture (https://www.wideopenaperture.com/)
Makeup by Brittany Moody (