Congrats on Your Engagement...NOW What?

She said, "Yes!" Now, what next?

One week into 2014, and you may have probably have already noticed the monsoon of ring shots on your social media feeds. If not, you might be the one who is posting, and if so, CONGRATULATIONS!!! Many other men and women will be joining you to participate in ENGAGEMENT SEASON!!!! That is, it is the time from December 24th-February 14th where a lot of new engagements take place. So if you are recently engaged, enjoy a few tips. 

  1. REMAIN CALM...., but stay EXCITED. Enjoy this time. Enjoy the adolations and euphoria. YES, some of your friends may be jealous of your new found happiness, but that's OK. It's like being on a beach in the Florida Keys for your birthday, just bask and take in all of that sunshine. 
  2. CHOOSE A DATE. Choose a date that is not only convenient but also meaningful to you. Whether it is the day you first met, or of your first date, or just one that you feel will be special to the two of you. Many couples choose a date that allows for sufficient planning and saving, so keep some of those factors in mind. 
  3. FIND A GREAT PLANNER. I can't stress this enough. A wedding planner these days is not a luxury but almost a necessity. Unless you will be getting married via the courthouse or Justice of the Peace, even the smallest ceremonies will require some forethought and coordination. Often the couples who think they can't afford one, or do not need one, are the ones that need them the most, so find one that you can trust and start building that relationship. 

Congrats once again, and I hope these few tips help. Stay tuned for my blog on how to have an awesome engagement photo session! In the mean time, what are some tips you would like to share with newly engaged couples? Please leave comments below. 

Leighton DaCosta

Hello, I'm Leighton and I help people around the world tell their story. Let me introduce myself. Whether it's for online dating, or a professional profile, it always seems that the "About Me" section is always the hardest to write. Not because you have nothing to say about yourself, but because you want to be sincere, genuine, interesting, and brief all at the same time. I have never been a fan of writing about me in the third person, like: "Leighton DaCosta, was born in Kingston, Jamaica, and moved to Brooklyn, NY at an early age when his parents wanted to form a new life for themselves and their children. In the third grade, the family moved to Orlando, Fl, where Leighton considers his home town. After spending 3 tours in the Navy, he settled in Jacksonville, and now Miramar, Florida, where he now calls home. Today, still wanted by many, he does work as a fashion and wedding photographer. If you have a wedding(or photo shoot)... if no one else can help... and if you can find him... maybe you can hire... ok.. this is not The A- Team." But you see what I mean? What do you know about me? How can we connect? Did you know that my FAVORITE food is Pizza and Sushi? Or that my favorite color is Purple? When I go to the wine bars, I usually order Mimosas, because even the cheapest champagne tastes great with some good ole OJ. When I travel, I like staying in nice hotels. Not because of the name, (even though I AM partial to Hyatt) but because of the bathrooms. One of my favorite hotels is the Viking in Newport, Rhode Island. Small rooms, but AWESOME bathrooms. I LOVE TO EAT, and eating as much as I have, has led me to be about 100 pounds more than I was in High School... Yeah there is some muscle there, but if it was all muscle, I'm sorry folks, I wouldn't be taking photos, I would be retiring from the NFL. If you want to see some of my favorite dishes, follow me on Instagram. Because of that, I find myself now in the gym more than ever. Trying to stay fit and alive... I workout, so I can EAT! Well that's enough for now, if you want to know more about me, follow my blog. Better yet, I want to find out more about YOU. So let's talk!