Cozy Cooking Engagement Shoot + 2 Easy Pizza Recipes

For our engagement shoot, I knew that I wanted to do what we love most – Cook together! Our own kitchen is way to small to move around and have a proper photoshoot, so we decided to rent an Airbnb. Luckily, I had met another blogger in Portland who owns a beautiful beach cottage on Olivia Beach in Lincoln City. It was the PERFECT setting. The kitchen has wonderful light flooding in, the beachy/rustic decor was exactly what style we wanted, and the cherry on top is the cottage is only a short walk to the beach. I loved that we were able to have a 2-for-1 photo session – First cooking pizza together and then heading out to the beach at sunset. Our photographer Sam from The Wild East, did so great at capturing sweet, natural moments between Thomas and I. 

Pizza is something that we love and is so easy to make! Plus, it looks great in pictures with bright vibrant tomatoes, basil, and all the toppings your little heart desires. To make it even easier for our photoshoot, we used Trader Joe’s Pizza Dough. The dough is soft and easy to use, and tastes just as good as if you made the dough from scratch that day! On the first pizza, we smeared a layer of Trader Joe’s Fig Butter , and then baked it with fresh mozzarella and prosciutto. Once it was out of the oven we topped it with a little grated parmesan, red pepper flakes, and arugula! The second pizza, we did classic margherita with Trader Joe’s Pizza Sauce,  juicy vine tomatoes, fresh basil, and mozzarella. 

A cozy getaway on the beach, pizza, lots of wine, and amazing pictures to cherish forever? Definitely one of the most memorable nights in our books 🙂 

Scroll down for the recipes, and if you want to rent this amazing cottage on the Oregon Coast click here for the link!


Proscitto & Fig Pizza with Arugula

Ingredients
– 1 package of Trader Joe’s Pizza Dough
– 5-6 tablespoons of Trader Joe’s Fig Butter (Any fig spread/jam will work)
– 12 oz fresh mozzarella, thinly sliced or torn into pieces
–  6 oz thinly sliced prosciutto
– grated parmesan cheese
– Arugula
– olive oil, red pepper flakes, and salt to taste

What to do
1) Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees
2) Take the pizza dough out of the bag and bring it to room temperature. Once it’s at room temperature, roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface.
3) Spread pizza with a layer of fig butter, then top with mozzarella and prosciutto. 
4) Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until your crust is crispy and to your liking. 
5) once out of the oven, top the pizza with grated parmesan cheese, a sprinkle of red pepper flakes, and arugula. 
6) Drizzle with olive oil and a sprinkle of salt. Enjoy!

Classic Margherita Pizza

Ingredients
– 1 package of Trader Joe’s Pizza Dough
– 5-6 tablespoons of Trader Joe’s Pizza Sauce 
– 12 oz fresh mozzarella, thinly sliced or torn into pieces
– Fresh basil, roughly chopped
– 1-2 vine tomatoes, sliced
– Olive oil, salt, and red pepper flakes to taste

What to do
1) Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees
2) Take the pizza dough out of the bag and bring it to room temperature. Once it’s at room temperature, roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface.
3) Spread pizza with a layer of pizza sauce, then top with mozzarella, basil, and tomato slices. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt.
4) Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until your crust is crispy and to your liking. Enjoy!


10 Comments

    • Hillary Harper
      August 23, 2017 / 4:02 am

      Thank you Dillo! 🙂

  1. August 23, 2017 / 7:07 pm

    What a fun idea for an engagement shoot! I love that you incorporated something that you love to do together instead of going the more common engagement shoot route. I’m currently thinking about how we will do ours, and our favorite thing is to explore Portland together, so I’d love to get lots of good views of the city in our photos.

    • Hillary Harper
      August 26, 2017 / 7:23 pm

      That would be such a good idea to do an engagement shoot in the city!

  2. August 24, 2017 / 4:19 am

    Wow, such beautiful photos! Congratulations on your engagement 🙂 Such a fun idea to incorporate cooking especially since it’s a favourite activity to do together. Lovely!

    • Hillary Harper
      August 26, 2017 / 7:24 pm

      Thank you Megan!

  3. August 24, 2017 / 3:49 pm

    What a fun idea for engagement photos! So awesome. And even better that you got the 2 for 1 beach shots too. Perfect. And congratulations on your engagement 🙂

    • Hillary Harper
      August 26, 2017 / 7:24 pm

      Thank you Mary! 🙂

  4. August 24, 2017 / 4:43 pm

    What a lovely space. And how fun to make pizza together as part of your photoshoot! Sounds like you’ll have both beautiful photos and wonderful memories. Congratulations on your engagement!

  5. August 25, 2017 / 6:02 am

    Congrats and what a beautiful photoshoot!

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