In the good old days, a certain type of over-the-top cheesy, lovey-dovey photo was reserved for a single day in a person’s life: the wedding day.
All manner of pictures documenting happy couples running through fields of flowers, riding fixies bikes and dabbing cake on one another’s faces were permitted for exactly 180 minutes following the wedding ceremony — after which they would be printed into a heavy album, posted to older relatives and rarely glanced at again.
But it seems those days are over — because it’s come to our attention that newly-engaged couples are commissioning love-themed photo shoots to showcase their happy news — and posting the images all over Facebook before popping them onto Save the Date cards and into the mailbox.
The resulting photos? They’re as gloriously silly and corny as you dare to hope.
Here are the six most common categories of next-level cheesy engagement photos we’ve seen.
Get your oh-no-they-didn’ts ready, people:
1. The “running through fields of flowers” engagement photo.
Dinking one other on a vintage bike, synchronised jumping and spelling out entire words with your bodies are popular variations of this timeless shot.
2. The “chalkboard announcing your imminent name change” engagement photo.
Chalkboards are a big deal in the world of engagement photo shoots.
So much so that Etsy.com is practically collapsing under the weight of “Mr and Mrs”-type customisable photo props like this:
Oh, and sometimes, this variety of engagement shot features a small dog posing with said chalkboard: