These two met 4 years ago and many corny jokes and food experiments later, they decided to tie the knot at the Maynard Buelher House, a beautiful venue designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. All their hard work (and Excel sheets) came together to make a stunning wedding, with West Elm-worthy details made by the bride and groom themselves, from the large mirrored sculpture that reflected the light as it shone through the trees to the ivy-wrapped welcome structure that lit up the night. They honored their cultural traditions with both mothers wearing beautifully made Hanbok - the traditional Korean dress, and details like tteok served at cocktail hour. But most important of all, their day was full of so much love and laughter from their family and friends, who were all so proud and excited to celebrate with them as newlywed husband and wife. Plus you can't go wrong with late night pizza at the end of the night, right?
I always love the first look, but this one was particularly special because these two decided to save their vows for just the two of them (+ me, the fly on the wall) before the ceremony. As Tyler and I were waiting for his bride, he was telling me just how absolutely blown away he was by the fact that he got to marry this amazing, beautiful woman. The moment arrived when she walked down the path and tapped his shoulder, and Tyler was just awestruck by how stunning she was. In that moment to themselves, they read their vows to each other and it was full of tears and laughter - tears that certainly didn't end there. Tyler had told me that he wasn't sure if he was going to cry, but the moment hit him when he was waiting for his bride to walk down the aisle - before she even arrived - he started to tear up. Those are the moments that are so precious to capture. From all the words said by their friends and family, it was obvious that these two, as opposite as they were, had fought hard for their relationship. And like a true Disney fairytale where they had first met, they knew it was a love story worth fighting for and ran off into the sunset as newlyweds.
You know you'll be immediate friends when you're sending 500+ word emails to each other 5 months before you actually get to meet each other in one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Courtney and Dickson reached out when they discovered that we would be in Sydney for a few days on our anniversary trip, making it the perfect opportunity to meet up. These two got engaged in the Blue Mountains and we quickly fell in love with their story as they shared their love of cozy dates, creative passions of photography, writing, floral + interior design, journey building their Christ-centered relationship, and even love of taking self-portraits together with their camera balanced between rocks, tees, and ledges (if you know us, we're always taking self-portraits everywhere we go). And I knew immediately from Courtney's Instagram feed that not only did she have a natural eye for capturing beauty wherever they went, but also that they were just genuinely two of the kindest, most loving people we would have the honor of meeting.
Photographers who work in the coffee industry? We could not have found a better friends if we had tried! If you didn't know already, my husband is an avid coffee drinker, and he went from his normal talkative extrovert mode to full man crush mode when he discovered that Kevin has a dream job as a trainer for coffee shops and baristas. Heena and Kevin, a talented husband-and-wife photography team of Two Similar Eyes based out of Sydney and the sweetest couple, brought us to a hidden gem in Sydney to do some urban exploring. This shoot was all fun and laughs as navigated in between fashion shoots, Instagram models, and even a full on wedding shoot (with 5+ photographers all at once!) around us. You know you've made amazing new friends when you hate saying goodbye, but we're hoping it's a see you soon :)
This wasn’t a destination wedding - it was coming home for Christa, who grew up right here in Kailua, just half an hour from Kualoa Ranch. These two crossed oceans to find each other, so of course they had to bring their traditions in their own special way, from Bill welcoming his Kiwi friends and family in their native language to Christa surprising him with a hula on the dance floor. Check out their stunning tropical, boho themed wedding at Moli'i Gardens in Kualoa Ranch, followed by a day-after adventure hike to take advantage of Oahu's scenic views. With so many tears and hugs from family and friends, a roast for the groom (said with lots of love accompanied by a few gifts) by his best friends, and dancing into the night under the stars and palm trees, it was truly a wedding that encompassed the meaning of aloha.
It was love at first sight for these two Bulldogs - though Clare made the first move, all their friends and family knew from the very beginning that Jake was smitten. These two college sweethearts met at the University of Redlands, and the rest was history. Years later on their anniversary, he asked her to marry him, and a year after that, they tied the knot at Monastery Beach. With their closest friends and family, they had a brunch reception at Wedgewood Carmel followed by a sunset adventure in Big Sur. What a day! Congratulations Jake and Clare!
Whenever we are traveling, we love connecting with local photographers and adventuring with them to local spots. Hawaii was no different - even though we only had a few days on Oahu, we just had to meet up with Nina, a talented fellow photographer who we had quickly become friends with through Instagram. With the constantly changing weather and intermittent rain, we quickly realized that we would have to change plans - so the two of them took us to one of their favorite spots right by Hanauma Bay. With light rain drizzling over us, we climbed over rocks and into the rocky alcoves for a beautiful view of the coast. And as we drove back, we of course had to end our adventures with Leonard's famous malasadas! I mean, you can't not be friends when you share fresh out of the oven, deep-fried, sugar coated doughnuts, right?!
When a couple sends you photos of their adorable doggos as the subjects, the answer is always YASSS!! These two brought their fur babies to the Marin Headlands for their engagement session. So it might have not been the easiest to get them to stay put (they are puppies after all), and we may have had to stop a few times along the way to pick up their poop (responsible dog owners!), but can you get more adorable than this?!
Newcomers to the Bay Area, these two moved from Atlanta, Georgia to San Francisco, California for work. Though they are holding their wedding back home exactly one year from now, they just had to take advantage of the coastal views. We started at the Presidio, where L impressively trekked into the forest barefoot, and then adventured on to see the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. These two were absolutely hilarious, looking like GQ models while striking the best model poses in between endless laughter and smiles. And of course, we couldn't leave out their beautiful 4-year-old dog Bruce in the photos! (So if anyone else wants to bring their dog to their engagement session, it is always a yes!)
Sarah + Jordan: Snowy Winter Adventure Session in Yosemite National Park, CA + Magical Lantern Festival in Willows, CA
When Yosemite goes from so sunny that you wish for clouds, to so foggy that you wish for a clearer view of Half Dome, to so snowy and rainy that you're barely staying dry, you decide winter is not the time to visit...unless you're true adventurers like these two. When we asked these two if they were up for a quick weekend getaway, they immediately jumped on board and drove up that Saturday morning. So for any of you living in the Bay Area, there's no excuse for not visiting Yosemite! I mean, how can you resist these views?
And the adventures didn't stop there! The next weekend we drove up to Willows, CA for the Lantern Festival. Who else agrees Tangled is one of the best Disney movies?