Styled Shoot: Summer Engagement Dinner


It was a stormy, windy day and just as we began to shoot, the sun spilled out behind the rolling hills in Durango, Colorado. The styled engagement dinner was set at Linnaea Flower Farms, a beautiful area tucked in between tall trees and rocky hills.

Imagine this: lavender fields cascading down the hill, a stone wall surrounding the quaint ivory stone farmhouse and fields of colorful blooms. This setting is exactly what inspired the theme of the shoot – a farm-to-table engagement dinner as the sun began to set.

The farm table was adorned with vintage plates and mismatch drinking goblets and the stunning floral arrangements were hand-picked at Linnaea Flowers Farms and arranged by the owner, Marje Cristol.

I wanted the color palette of the shoot to be filled with muted sunset colors and soft touches of white. Behind the dining table was a champagne bar with mixers and assorted fruit pies.

While this was a styled engagement dinner, Hailey King Photography was able to capture the pure joy on our models faces, laughing with one another. It was also a special evening because our “engaged” models, Adam and Jennifer, recently became engaged! Here is their sweet proposal story:

Adam and Jennifer dated long distance for a while until he packed up and moved to be with her in Denver. After living in Denver together for 7 months, Adam bought the ring. He put the ring in a mailbox that Jennifer’s grandfather made for her when she was a child. “It had a lot of sentimental value to me,”

Jennifer’s immediate family met the couple at their favorite restaurant, where she opened the mailbox and pulled out the beautiful wooden engagement ring.

Thank you to all of the wonderful vendors and models who helped pull together a beautiful shoot. It was absolutely a dream!


Photography: Hailey King Photography / Styling: LCS Living + Design / Baked Treats: Serious Delights Bakery / Floral Design: Marje Cristol, Linnaea Flower Farm / Venue: Linnaea Flower Farm / Makeup + Hair: Mary Beth Livermore, Hair Fusion and Spa / Vintage Table Setting Rentals: Durango Party Rental / Models: Jennifer Picaso, Adam Stigall, Rachael Drozda, Michelle Bentson, Brian Bentson, Kacy Snyder, Tyson Snyder, Daniel Seip