Pre-nuptial photos or pre-nups.
Engagement sessions or e-sessions.
Whatever you wish to call them, it's a photo documentary of you as a couple -- before you get married.
You might ask "what will we use those photos for?"
And I'd probably tell you -- "lots."
It can give people an idea what type of couple you are - fashionable or quirky, serious or playful.
You can use the photos as part of your overall decor -- as table numbers, save the date cards, souvenirs, invitations, thank you cards, guest book, anything at all.
Last week, I accompanied a groom- and bride-to-be to two photo sessions. I asked Fermin Ling (our photographer during Roche's bridal shower) and his friend Jaime Alberto to take photos of Dhinno and Ena at the cinema because they both like watching movies. Their wedding photographer, 2006 Weddings at Work Supplier of the Year, Paul Vincent, shot photos of them at Fully Booked because they're voracious readers.
At Megamall, we sort of had a chronological story of Dhinno and Ena going on a date and Dhinno proposes to her.
At Fully Booked, Paul Vincent opted to show sweetness sandwiched by bookshelves. Three different photographers, two different locations, one lovely couple.
Here are some of the photos from their cinema e-session. I did the lay-outs on Powerpoint.
Another friend, Rica, and her fiance-now-husband did what I call a "full-blast" pre-nup session. They had costumes and props shot in multiple locations. Check out these fun photos:
Rica and Jay got married on 10-10-10 (October 10, 2010), celebrating 10 years of their love as a couple.
When we got married, a lot of photographers still used film. Jeryc used colored and black and white film rolls during our pre-nups.
It is quite understandable when a wedding venue which you will not be using for your ceremony or reception will charge you a minimal amount but to be asked by "public places" like parks on top of their entrance fees is a bit greedy, don't you think?
Wherever you choose to have your pre-wedding photo session, the best advice would be just to be yourself, smile a lot and simply have fun with your spouse to be. :-)