Beauty and the Beast Inspired Engagement Shoot

This weekend was the 23rd anniversary of my all-time favorite Disney movie being released, Beauty & the Beast! While I really love all most Disney movies, Beauty and the Beast is the one that will always have my heart. It was released in 1991, when I was a wee little girl. Plus, of all the Disney princesses, I can relate to Belle the most. She is brunette, lives in France (most of my heritage is French) and isn't afraid to fight for what she believes in. So when it came to planning our engagement pictures, I had to give a nod to my homegirl Belle. Thankfully my (now) husband cooperated, which I why I married him isn't it?? Our adventurous photographer, Tessa of Tessa Anne Photography, met us out in Forest Park in Portland, Oregon. It's amazing to be completely in the forest, but minutes away from the city. Keep scrolling for more details from the shoot!

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I do not recommend walking out on mossy fallen logs in high heels, but I managed to get out and back without falling on my face!

Our pug, Chloe, played an important role in our photos (we didn't have Maisy yet). My friend Alyssa was there as the Dog Whisperer (aka Treat Provider) to get Chloe to pose for all some of the pictures. She also made the amazing Once Upon a Time sign using specialty papers from Paper Source (where we both worked at the time) and suggested this great location in Forest Park.

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I was definitely going for a DisneyBound look, not cosplay. My original idea was to incorporate the phrase "Tale as old as Time" on our Save the Date Cards, but I ended up going very Disney.

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If you love Beauty and the Beast but need a quick recap, you'll enjoy this video of old men telling the tale as old as time.

I hope my Beauty and the Beast themed engagement photos inspire you to express your favorite fairytale during your next photoshoot, whether it's professional or in your backyard. I'd love to hear the character that inspires you most in the comments below!

Photography: Tessa Anne Photography