Engagement

Point Loma Engagement : Jennifer + David

A true test of determination warrants great results, well sometimes. Sometimes you just fall flat on your face. They call this “character building.” Who “they” is, I don’t know. When David first laid eyes on Jennifer in a club in Hollywood, his heart nearly skipped a beat. He mustered up his courage and was about to learn how hard he had to work for Jennifer. His plan of being smooth and suave was a dud. He cracked a joke and bought her a drink. She was not impressed. He bought her a rose, she gave it to a homeless man. He was feeling low, but not ready to give up. He had to make a statement. David then left his car in the middle of Hollywood, chased Jennifer down, stole her taxi and chased her around downtown LA until she agreed to go on a date with him. She reluctantly agreed. Two nights later they had their first date and it was magical lame. Jennifer’s thick southern accent proved to be difficult to understand, so they went on their merry ways. They did, however, remain friends and hung out occasionally. A few months later, they ran into each other at the same club they met in, this time was different. Jennifer was a bit easier to understand, David seemed a little less desperate and a little more attractive. This time, it was magical. And from then on, they were inseparable.

Jennifer and David (and Bentley & Tesla), we had an amazing time with you in San Diego capturing the love between you two. It’s always difficult getting in front of a camera, but you two made it look effortless. And Jennifer you are stunning! We cannot wait to shoot your wedding next May at Mount Palomar Winery!

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Diamond Valley Lake Engagement : Angel + Eric

Her fingers tapped the keyboard without typing. Her teeth biting the end of her pen. With legs crossed her ankle bobbed up and down. She looked at the clock to anxiously wait for a mysteriously cute guy to arrive at work so she could catch a glimpse of him out the window. And then he pulled up, cool and suave, without a clue he had a secret admirer. Every chance she got, Angel would try making small talk with Eric just to spend a little extra time with him. Her subtle hints made themselves known, but little did she know that Eric watched her from the window too. It wasn’t long before they found themselves together, going on adventures, seeing the world…. and their most favorite thing, cuddled up on the couch with their doggies and a good TV show :)

These two love birds wanted to do something fun and exciting for their engagement session so we decided to get some boats and go for a ride! We had an amazing time hanging out and getting to take in the sights.

Angel & Eric, you guys are one of the sweetest couples we’ve ever met! You guys were a blast and we seriously cannot wait until your wedding at Keyways in October!

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Long Beach Engagement : Meghan + Rob

It’s the tale of the girl who was already taken. Boy meets girl, boy becomes smitten with girl, boy learns that girl is already in a relationship, boy goes home and cries. Ok, well this boy didn’t exactly cry. Or maybe he did, he would have probably wanted to leave that part out anyway :) When Rob first met Meghan there were fireworks. Literally and figuratively because well it was the 4th of July. They became Facebook friends after the party even though technically Meghan wasn’t available. It wasn’t long until the other guy didn’t work out and Meghan found herself giddy with a piece of classified information from her friend Ellen that Rob thought Meghan was cute! She couldn’t deny that she felt that same way. A few weeks later wouldn’t you know a chance gathering of friends Ellen so beautifully coordinated which included the likes of Meghan AND Rob. Meghan mustered up the courage to finally get another chance to talk to Rob and see if there were still fireworks. And so far the sky has been bursting with color ever since :)

Meghan and Rob, I’m so  excited to be a part of your wedding next March at the Woman’s Club of Orange! You two are incredibly charming and we had so much fun hanging with you around Long Beach. Thank you for allowing us to create these memories for you :)

Windansea Engagement : Patty + Josh

We’re no strangers to love, you know the rules and so do I. A full commitment’s what I’m thinking of, you wouldn’t get this from any other guy. I just wanna tell you how I’m feeling, gotta make you understand…

Never gonna give you up, never gonna let you down, never gonna run around and desert you.
Never gonna make you cry, never gonna say goodbye, never gonna tell a lie and hurt you.

I really wanted to get all sentimental with this blog like I normally do, but as I sat down to think of what to say I couldn’t get this song out of my head. When I originally talked to Patty & Josh about ideas for their engagement session I asked for them to give me a song that sorta gave me the feel for what they wanted. After talking so many times with Patty who is sweet and thoughtful and had amazing vintage taste I was thinking they’d come up with something romantic. And then Josh dropped this epicness on me, and I giggled, for like hours.

But that’s who they are, whimsical, romantic, spontaneous, and silly. They practically go on a tropical getaway every other weekend. Most of all the way that Josh looks into Patty’s eyes, would make any single woman swoon and hope there is just one guy out there that would look at her the same way. We’ve been smitten by these two, and we are so excited about their wedding in August at Twin Oaks Garden Estate.

 

Beverly Hills Engagement : Cynthia + Paul

She arrived home to a letter informing her to head over to her friends apartment. When she arrived she heard someone faintly yelling in the distance. She wandered out to the balcony to see what the ruckus was and as she got outside she heard “CYNTHIA! CYNTHIA!” To her surprise a handsome young gentleman standing through the sunroof of a limousine was calling out her name with a bouquet of roses. He jumped out of the limo and climbed up the fire escape and met her at the top. He declared his love for her and asked her to marry him. And Cynthia said, “Yes!”

Holy romantic right? But you’ve heard a similar story before…. you may be trying to put your finger on it, so let me help you. Julia Roberts…. Richard Gere…. Beverly Hills? “Pretty Woman.” Before Paul set out to pop the big question, he knew about Cynthia’s obsession with this classic film. And there really aren’t many ways you can top that romantic final scene, so he thought, “if you can’t beat em, join em” in his super cool Aussie accent. Cynthia was not only surprised but like every girls fantasy is to live out an actual romantic scene from a movie… minus the whole hooker thing, haha.

It was only fitting that we do their engagement session in Beverly Hills! We had a blast hanging out with these two and cannot wait for their wedding at the Westlake Village Inn in August!

 

San Juan Capistrano Engagement : Breanne + Robert

They sat down next to each other with nervous anticipation. Robert scooted a little closer to Breanne then after a little chit chat sat back and relaxed. Every time they glanced at each other they both blushed and smiled. They were without a doubt in love. Breanne explained her vision for her perfect day, and each time she mentioned “shabby chic” Robert would giggle. It was like pressing his invisible Tickle Me Elmo [Robert] button. It seemed like eons ago, but time crept up and week by week, month by month her vision began to come to life. In just a little over two weeks, a new chapter will begin in their life and I’m so excited to witness it. And you can best bet I will try and say “shabby chic” as many times as I possibly can ;)

As Jay and I walked up to the front of the San Juan Capistrano Mission to meet Breanne & Robert for their engagement session, I literally gasped. I was stunned by how incredibly adorable Breanne looked in her perfectly retro Adele-like outfit. I could sense their nervousness, they had never had their pictures taken before… which actually happens more often than not with our clients. I assured them it was gonna be more like a double date and they were absolute pros.

Breanne & Robert we are so excited for your big day! You guys are going to rock it ;)


 

Tara + Bryan : Temecula Engagement

It all started with a wink, then a wink back. That just so happened to put the ball back in his court. Or I guess I should say his field? You see from the time he could remember, Bryan was a huge baseball fan. The Angel’s in particular. So after a few conversations online he invited Tara to meet the first time for drinks, he then invited her to an Angel game. She wasn’t thrilled with their first meeting, I mean he seemed like a nice enough guy but she didn’t see the sparks. That was until she saw him in his element. The place he was most comfortable, where he could be himself. The baseball game :) Not only was Bryan a complete gentleman, he made her feel like a part of the family… a part of the experience. He bought her an Angel hat and a shirt so she would blend right in. Ok, so NOW there were sparks. And from that moment on, they were inseparable.

Though Bryan & Tara are from Orange County, they joined us out in Temecula to hang out for the evening. We started in Old Town Temecula, then headed out to some orange groves. It was the perfect setting. And I really don’t have to tell you how adorable these guys are, you can witness from the pictures yourself ;)


Balboa Park Engagement : Amber + Jasen

First impressions paint the first layer of the way we perceive one another. While we may hold onto the importance of them, the layers of perception become as thick as the personalities we judge. It gives us the ability to create a masterpiece of art, when we realize that first impressions are merely first impressions.

When Amber was first introduced to Jasen in high school, she was completely put off by his outspoken and harsh sense of humor. Jasen was not impressed by Amber’s loud and outspoken personality. It took a long time for them to get used to each other when they realized how much they were actually like each other. Over time, 10 years to be exact, their friendship grew into a mutual attraction. They valued their friendship more than anything and didn’t want to ruin what they had. But what they had they could not deny, because they fell in love.

These two are going to be sealing the deal on their love at the Lake Arrowhead Resort this year on the snow kissed mountains. I’m so excited about this because this SoCal girl has always dreamed of shooting a bride in the snow!

Jasen & Amber we had an amazing time hanging out with you guys in Balboa Park for your engagement session! Thank you for having us be a part of your incredible day, we can’t wait for it!

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Gas Works Park Seattle Engagement : Melissa + Peter

A few failed attempts left Pete thinking this online dating thing might take awhile. A simple click generated him a perfect match. Melissa had nearly finished her profile when Pete reached out for the first time. It took only a handful of conversations for Pete to recognize he needed to meet this girl. From the moment they met there was an intense chemistry they couldn’t deny. And then they fell in love :)

If only they had met on a website named www.inheaven.com cause then I could say it was a match made inheaven.com. Which is so cheesy it’s cool. Just go with me on this…

Melissa & Peter live up in Seattle but are planning their May wedding at the gorgeous Europa Village Winery here in Temecula. So when Melissa wanted to bring us up to Seattle to do their engagement session we were so excited for a change of scenery! We had to brave the Seattle weather which didn’t cooperate at all but we had an amazing day hanging out all around Gas Works Park, Cupcake Royale & Sculpture Park with our new pescetarian friends!

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Ace Hotel Engagement : Brooke + Andrew

When they reconnected on Facebook after meeting in High School, Brooke didn’t think much about the overly flirtatious Andrew. I mean, she thought he was cute and all but wasn’t quite thinking “relationship” yet. They made plans to go out with friends one night to see each other for the first time in person since high school. Brooke was charmed by Andrew’s bewildering smile and swag wearing his striped grey thermal. When she announced she had to depart early in the evening, Andrew quickly seized the opportunity to see her again and invited her to breakfast the next morning. That my friends would officially be their first date.

The next morning Andrew cheerily (and a little woosy from the night before) met Brooke at The Beachgrass Cafe. That is when he really poured on the charm and Brooke was hooked.

They frequented their favorite little breakfast spot so it wasn’t out of the ordinary. One morning they went out for a morning stroll, took their sweet little Helmut to the doggie beach and then to the Beachgrass Cafe. Andrew was a little more jittery than usual as the server brought the menus. Brooke opened hers to find it full of photos of them together, plus a “Brooke Lindsay Lamb, will you marry me?” After some shaking, some states of shock, some squeals, and some serious excitement… she said yes.

When Brooke told me that they were thinking of doing something a little different for their Engagement session, I was so excited! Brooke wanted to use the Ace Hotel as a backdrop and have a little retro fashion forward feel to it.

Brooke & Andrew, thank you so much for the opportunity to capture such precious memories! We love you guys and cannot wait for your wedding next year!! Love, Ashley