Midsummer Night's Dream Engagement Party

Engagements are such an important and emotional event. And more times than not, it's the kickoff to a long string of parties, showers, and celebrations-- so why not kick things off with a bang?

The day I'm writing this blog post just happens to be my personal engagement anniversary. So it's fun to write about an engagement shoot on such a significant day in my own life! My husband and I went the nontraditional route with our engagement-- we were engaged for exactly 60 days before we tied the knot. While I recommend "fast-tracking" to anyone and everyone, I know that most brides out there want to spend lots of time planning and perfecting every little detail-- a process that can be quite time consuming. So, if you're going to wait a year or more before having the final grand celebration, a fancy engagement party is a great way to celebrate your love and excitement in the now!

Our Midsummer Night's Dream engagement shoot was a creative collaboration between some talented vendor friends. We picked a venue that is one of the most accessible for any party thrower-- a back porch. Lots of the elements were DIY, and the majority of our tablescape was flatware pulled from our own homes and china cabinets. I hope our styled shoot provides you with lots of inspiration for your own engagement party. (Or heck, even your own intimate backyard wedding!)

Be sure and scroll down to the bottom to find out which vendors made the magic happen and click through to their sites to find out how you can hire them for your next event!

Decadent flower centerpiece for Midsummer Night's Dream engagement party. Juliet garden rose, pink ranunculus, scabiosa, blush stock, cafe au lait dahlia, darcey garden rose, eucalyptus, hot pink roses.  By Gold Leaf Floral // @goldlealfloral. Photo by Brittny Rene // @brittnyrene
Midsummer Night's Dream engagement party invitation. Engaged, hand lettering, wax seal, shakespeare.  By Gold Leaf Floral // @goldlealfloral. Photo by Brittny Rene // @brittnyrene. Lettering by Swan Lindsey Lettering // @swanlindseylettering.
Midsummer Night's Dream engagement party invitation. Engaged, hand lettering, wax seal, shakespeare.  By Gold Leaf Floral // @goldlealfloral. Photo by Brittny Rene // @brittnyrene. Lettering by Swan Lindsey Lettering // @swanlindseylettering.
Midsummer Night's Dream engagement party. Pink ranunculus, scabiosa, blush stock, eucalyptus, blush spray roses, flower crown, hair piece, engaged.  By Gold Leaf Floral // @goldlealfloral. Photo by Brittny Rene // @brittnyrene. 
Midsummer Night's Dream engagement party flower ankelt. Pink ranunculus, scabiosa, blush stock, eucalyptus, blush spray roses, engaged, cameo necklace, jewelry box.  By Gold Leaf Floral // @goldlealfloral. Photo by Brittny Rene // @brittnyrene. 
Midsummer Night's Dream engagement party. Pink ranunculus, scabiosa, blush stock, eucalyptus, blush spray roses, flower crown, hair piece, engaged.  By Gold Leaf Floral // @goldlealfloral. Photo by Brittny Rene // @brittnyrene. 
Hanging floral orbs and candles for outdoor wedding or party. Eucalyptus and hanging amaranthus garland. Juliet garden rose, pink ranunculus, scabiosa, blush stock, cafe au lait dahlia, darcey garden rose, eucalyptus, hot pink roses, tea lights, glass orbs.  By Gold Leaf Floral // @goldlealfloral. Photo by Brittny Rene // @brittnyrene. 
Hand lettered journal and love potions for Midsummer Night's Dream engagement party. Photo by Brittny Rene // @brittnyrene. Lettering by Swan Lindsey Lettering // @swanlindseylettering. 
Floral anklet for wedding or engagement party. Pink ranunculus, scabiosa, blush stock, eucalyptus, blush spray roses.  By Gold Leaf Floral // @goldlealfloral. Photo by Brittny Rene // @brittnyrene
Decadent flower centerpiece for Midsummer Night's Dream engagement party. Juliet garden rose, pink ranunculus, scabiosa, blush stock, cafe au lait dahlia, darcey garden rose, eucalyptus, hot pink roses.  By Gold Leaf Floral // @goldlealfloral. Photo by Brittny Rene // @brittnyrene. Lettering by Swan Lindsey Lettering // @swanlindseylettering. 
Decadent flower centerpiece for Midsummer Night's Dream engagement party. Juliet garden rose, pink ranunculus, scabiosa, blush stock, cafe au lait dahlia, darcey garden rose, eucalyptus, hot pink roses.  By Gold Leaf Floral // @goldlealfloral. Photo by Brittny Rene // @brittnyrene
Decadent flower centerpiece for Midsummer Night's Dream engagement party. Juliet garden rose, pink ranunculus, scabiosa, blush stock, cafe au lait dahlia, darcey garden rose, eucalyptus, hot pink roses.  By Gold Leaf Floral // @goldlealfloral. Photo by Brittny Rene // @brittnyrene.
Hanging floral orbs and candles for outdoor wedding or party. Juliet garden rose, pink ranunculus, scabiosa, blush stock, cafe au lait dahlia, darcey garden rose, eucalyptus, hot pink roses, tea lights, glass orbs.  By Gold Leaf Floral // @goldlealfloral. Photo by Brittny Rene // @brittnyrene. 
Tablescape for Midsummer Night's Dream engagement party. Juliet garden rose, pink ranunculus, scabiosa, blush stock, cafe au lait dahlia, darcey garden rose, eucalyptus, hot pink roses, blackberry cocktail, rosemary garnish, honey favors, leaf place cards.  By Gold Leaf Floral // @goldlealfloral. Photo by Brittny Rene // @brittnyrene. Lettering by Swan Lindsey Lettering // @swanlindseylettering
Tablescape for Midsummer Night's Dream engagement party. Juliet garden rose, pink ranunculus, scabiosa, blush stock, cafe au lait dahlia, darcey garden rose, eucalyptus, hot pink roses, blackberry cocktail, rosemary garnish, honey favors, leaf place cards, berries.  By Gold Leaf Floral // @goldlealfloral. Photo by Brittny Rene // @brittnyrene. Lettering by Swan Lindsey Lettering // @swanlindseylettering
Tablescape for Midsummer Night's Dream engagement party. Juliet garden rose, pink ranunculus, scabiosa, blush stock, cafe au lait dahlia, darcey garden rose, eucalyptus, hot pink roses, blackberry cocktail, rosemary garnish, honey favors, leaf place cards.  By Gold Leaf Floral // @goldlealfloral. Photo by Brittny Rene // @brittnyrene. Lettering by Swan Lindsey Lettering // @swanlindseylettering
Woodland fig and goat cheese crostini for Midsummer Night's Dream engagement party. Photo by Brittny Rene // @brittnyrene.
Yogurt, berry, granola bites for summer appetizer.  Photo by Brittny Rene // @brittnyrene.
Sugarless lemon honey cake for back yard engagement party. Shakespeare, strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, violet, honeysuckle.  By Gold Leaf Floral // @goldlealfloral. Photo by Brittny Rene // @brittnyrene.
Fruit and cheese platter with yogurt berry bites at a patio engagement party. By Gold Leaf Floral // @goldlealfloral. Photo by Brittny Rene // @brittnyrene.
Engagement party with floating flower orbs and eucalyptus garland. Juliet garden rose, pink ranunculus, scabiosa, blush stock, cafe au lait dahlia, darcey garden rose, eucalyptus, hot pink roses, blackberry cocktail, rosemary garnish.  By Gold Leaf Floral // @goldlealfloral. Photo by Brittny Rene // @brittnyrene.
Cheers! At a Midsummer Night's Dream engagement party. Juliet garden rose, pink ranunculus, scabiosa, blush stock, cafe au lait dahlia, darcey garden rose, eucalyptus, hot pink roses, blackberry cocktail, rosemary garnish.  By Gold Leaf Floral // @goldlealfloral. Photo by Brittny Rene // @brittnyrene.
Cheers! At a Midsummer Night's Dream engagement party. Juliet garden rose, pink ranunculus, scabiosa, blush stock, cafe au lait dahlia, darcey garden rose, eucalyptus, hot pink roses, blackberry cocktail, rosemary garnish.  By Gold Leaf Floral // @goldlealfloral. Photo by Brittny Rene // @brittnyrene.
Cheers! At a Midsummer Night's Dream engagement party. Juliet garden rose, pink ranunculus, scabiosa, blush stock, cafe au lait dahlia, darcey garden rose, eucalyptus, hot pink roses, blackberry cocktail, rosemary garnish.  By Gold Leaf Floral // @goldlealfloral. Photo by Brittny Rene // @brittnyrene.
Midsummer Night's Dream party with floating flower orbs and hand lettered parchment. Pink ranunculus, scabiosa, blush spray roses, moss, calligraphy,  By Gold Leaf Floral // @goldlealfloral. Photo by Brittny Rene // @brittnyrene. Lettering by Swan Lindsey Lettering // @swanlindseylettering. 
Engagement party on the patio, flowers and candles tablescape. Juliet garden rose, pink ranunculus, scabiosa, blush stock, cafe au lait dahlia, darcey garden rose, eucalyptus, hot pink roses,  By Gold Leaf Floral // @goldlealfloral. Photo by Brittny Rene // @brittnyrene.
Midsummer Night's Dream engagement party.  By Gold Leaf Floral // @goldlealfloral. Photo by Brittny Rene // @brittnyrene.
Engagement party or bridal flower hair piece. Shakespearean, pink ranunculus, scabiosa, blush stock, blush spray roses, eucalyptus.  By Gold Leaf Floral // @goldlealfloral. Photo by Brittny Rene // @brittnyrene. 
Engagement party or bridal shower flower anklet. Pink ranunculus, scabiosa, blush stock, blush spray rose, eucalyptus.  By Gold Leaf Floral // @goldlealfloral. Photo by Brittny Rene // @brittnyrene.
Midsummer Night's Dream engagement party. Raspberry cocktail, engagement ring. By Gold Leaf Floral // @goldlealfloral. Photo by Brittny Rene // @brittnyrene.
Midsummer Night's Dream engagement party. Flower crown, flower hair piece, juliet garden rose, pink ranunculus, scabiosa, blush stock, cafe au lait dahlia, darcey garden rose, eucalyptus, hot pink roses.  By Gold Leaf Floral // @goldlealfloral. Photo by Brittny Rene // @brittnyrene.
Midsummer Night's Dream flower centerpiece. Juliet garden rose, pink ranunculus, scabiosa, blush stock, cafe au lait dahlia, darcey garden rose, eucalyptus, hot pink roses,  By Gold Leaf Floral // @goldlealfloral. Photo by Brittny Rene // @brittnyrene.
Midsummer Night's Dream inspired styled shoot. By Gold Leaf Floral // @goldlealfloral. Photo by Brittny Rene // @brittnyrene.

Vendor Credits: 

Photography by Brittny Rene (@brittnyrenephoto). Florals and Styling by Sarah Woodall (@goldleaffloral). Calligraphy, Styling and Food by Ginger Swan Lindsey (@swanlindseylettering). Hair and Makeup by Jeni Allen Freeman (@jeniallenfreeman). Signature Cocktail by Whisky Geekdom (@whiskygeekdom). Model: Heather Brown (@mylifewellloved). Model: Eric Brown (@esbrown85). Model's Jewelry by Kate Morris Jewelry (@katemorrisjewelry). Model's Wardrobe by Fabrik Homewood (@fabrikhomewood). Assistant: Baylee Swan (@ivybaylee). Extras: Allan Woodall (@allandoodles), Zack Lindsey (@zackityyak), Ginger Swan Lindsey (@gingerswanlindsey), Baylee Swan (@bayleeswan).