A Vintage Picnic Engagement Session in Yara Valley by Finessence Photography

Nothing tickles my heart more than a creative couple who not only has style, but knows how to have fun with it. If you feel the same way and love an engagement that overflows with delightful DIY details and styled to absolute perfection, then you’ll adore this one. Jessi and Sam spent three months planning their engagement session – sourcing all the items that made it perfect and personal down to every last detail and I can say for sure that their efforts did not go to waste, because Jessi and Sam totally put the sugar in sweet with their vintage picnic themed engagement session in the beautiful Yarra Valley in Victoria, Australia. Words probably won’t even do their photos justice so I will leave you in the creative hands and mind of Bride-to-be, Jessi and the stunning photos from Finessence Photography to show you what I mean.

From Jessi… “We chose Yarra Valley because I grew up in Melbourne and I have many fond memories of road trips there with my family and friends. Yarra Valley was also one of the first places I took Sam on his first visit to Australia. Another reason was because we had planned a hot air balloon ride in the Yarra Valley region as part of our shoot.” If you haven’t already seen it, be sure to pop over to Style Me Pretty Australia to see Jessi and Sam’s awesome hot air balloon ride!

We were inspired to create a vintage picnic scene as part of our engagement photo shoot because Sam proposed while we were having a picnic. We didn’t want to spend hours in a photography studio striking poses which seemed awkward and unnatural to us. We wanted to do something fun and meaningful so that we can look back at our photos years down the track and remember not just the image but a wonderful adventure behind it.”

“Our photographers at Finessence Photography found this beautiful mint green suitcase from the local Salvation Army.”

“We spent 3 months planning our shoot, designing and styling our own set, sourcing props and outfits and making DIY crafts to personalize the shoot. We imagined ourselves lying on a massive picnic rug under a tree looking at beautiful vineyards against a blue skyline. We tried to include some of our favourite things on the set. For example I love having high tea so we bought along my tea set and 3-tier dessert rack. We filled it up with my favourite macarons too! Sam loves music and collects vintage robots so we included his favourite robot and some old vinyl records.”

“We had the support of our dear bridesmaid Pinh and groomsman George did an amazing job in helping source vintage props. Pinh borrowed her dad’s old radio and got personalized coke bottles made as a gift for us. George found some old books and purchased block letters and paper lanterns from Typo. We got our future titles engraved on vintage cake forks from Lisa Leonard. I found a giant quilted picnic rug from an old lady at Wan Chai market!”

“The bunting was handmade by me and lovely flowers sponsored by the talented Cobi Mastenbroek of Flowers of Canterbury.”

“Our attire were a mixture of old and new. My bird print dress was from Zara and my shoes were designed and sponsored by Angeline Lee. Sam’s shirt, vest and shoes were all from Initial. We also wore matching bow tie and hair piece handmade out of paper by Amelie Street. The lovely Miss Aimmey did my hair and make up.”

“We had a complete blast on this shoot! It turned out to be a most eventful way to mark the start of our wedding planning journey. We would like to thank our photographers Alan and Karen of Finessence Photography, Miss Aimmey of Miss Aimmey Hair and Make Up, Cobi of Flowers of Canterbury and our dear friends Pinh and George. None of this would have been possible without this talented and dedicated team!”

I just love it when couples spend the time to make their engagement sessions personal to themselves and it’s clear that Jessi and Sam definitely did that and much much more. Thank you Jessi for sharing your sweet-as-sugar engagement photos with me. I cannot wait to see more of your creative ideas come to life at your wedding next year!

Photography: Finessence Photography / Floral Design: Flowers of Canterbury / Personalized Coke Bottles: A Gift from A Bridesmaid via Share a Coke / Vintage Cake Forks: Lisa Leonard Designs / Vintage Suitcase:  Salvation Army / Bunting: DIY / Bride-to-be’s attire: Zara / Bride-to-be’s shoes: Angeline Lee / Hair + Makeup: Miss Aimmey Hair & Make Up / Groom-to-be’s Attire: Initial /  Paper Bow Ties + Hair Accessories: Amelie Street / Lanterns and Block Letters: Typo