It's a rare day when you get to share a new place with San Francisco natives! Though these two had both grown up in the city, they had never been to this hidden gem where many couples (and doggos) stroll down this windy wood line in the forest. Their session was so full of silly laughs and giggles that you knew they were just absolutely, undoubtedly a couple in love who just couldn't wait to be married!
Weather forecast for the week...rain, rain, and rain all day. But these two were not fazed - if it rained, we'd run out into the rain for romantic Notebook shots, and if it didn't, then all the better! Lo and behold, we had a bit of both, with beautiful coastal views to start and a bit of that rain to end the session.
If you ask to bring your dog to your engagement session, the answer is almost always yes! Meghan and Ryan drove out early in the morning for a redwoods engagement session with their dog Chester, who is one of the biggest and cutest dogs I have ever seen! Chester played nice for the camera (for about 10 minutes), before we adventured on further with just the two of them through the Santa Cruz redwoods. Congratulations M + R!
You wouldn't know it from these photos, but stormy weather didn't stop V + M from celebrating a beautiful wedding ceremony on the Mendocino coast, as they exchanged rings overlooking the cliffside, the sounds of pouring rain at a near 45 degree angle pitter pattering on the tent. It was magical nonetheless, as we watched the lunar eclipse when night fell and woke up to a rainbow for a day after session on the coast. Congratulations V + M!
Sometimes things don't turn out as expected...but then they turn out to be for the better. Robert had contacted me months ago to capture his surprise proposal along the beautiful coast of Big Sur. We had it all planned out, and I gave him the GPS coordinates and maps to find the spot where he wanted to ask the love of his life to marry him. The day came, and the rains were starting to fall, but I was wandering on the path, Robert and Anne nowhere to be find. I drove back up the road to get cell service...no answer. So the day came and went, I drove back, and got a phone call from Robert - "We thought we found the spot, but it wasn't, so I just went ahead and proposed. We're engaged!!" along with iPhone photos of them grinning from ear to ear.
The next day, I coincidentally received an inquiry from another romantic, wanting to propose in Big Sur on Saturday. I quickly got back in contact with Robert, and we made it work. With much better weather the second time around, and this time Anne got to pick a beautiful pink dress to wear, I couldn't have imagined a more perfect engagement session. Congratulations R + A!
Just a few months into dating, Ceejae moved from the Philippines to the US for work. But Paolo was not one to give up - he followed his heart and knew that she was worth the long distance relationship even if it was in two different countries. Four years later, he wanted to surprise her with a proposal on their trip to Big Sur. He flew into SF Friday, and told her a story of a friend from SF State who wanted to show them the sights, since he had never been. So I played along and took them along the trail, where we had secretly planned for him to get down on one knee while she was turned around. It was a surprise indeed. Congratulations P + C!
When you know, you know. These two met at work one year ago, and immediately hit it off. They started talking about getting married right from the start, so their one year anniversary was the perfect time after an amazing year of adventure and travels across the world. With a romantic picnic planned out (complete with string lights twinkling above them), Alex got on his knee and proposed to Victoria in the beautiful redwoods of Santa Cruz, California.
What could be more romantic than strolling across the bridges of Venice in the quiet of the morning fog? These two braved the winter cold for an adventure at all of Venice's most well-known sights - the Bridge of Sighs, St. Mark's Basilica, Doge's Palace, and famous Venetian gondolas in this floating city. Check out the rest of this session in collaboration with Italian local Camilla Wedding Studio!
When Michael contacted me a few months ago as he was planning a surprise trip + surprise proposal for his girlfriend, we threw around a few dates that might work. As the holidays drew closer, he had started to finalize plans for friends to pack a suitcase for her, drive her to the airport, and truly give her the trip of a lifetime from their hometown of Dallas, Texas. He asked again with the new dates, but I was so sad to say that I would be out of town for the holidays. But this man was not one to give up - a week later, he contacted me again, asking if there was any way we could make it work as he hadn't found any other photographers that he truly wanted to capture this special moment. Ok, I was flying in back from Italy on New Year's Day (which happened to be their anniversary), and would land in SFO at 3 PM. Sunset would be at 5 PM, so I'd have one hour to get somewhere. Half Moon Bay was just 20 minutes from the airport, so I told him that it might, might just work. I couldn't guarantee anything on the off chance that the flight was delayed and I couldn't make it, but it was the only date that worked. So we set for the date, I sent him my flight info, and lo and behold, we made it work. We caught the absolutely most perfect sunset, and it was the sweetest proposal for these two sweethearts. Congratulations M + S!!
Being a wedding photographer means you get to capture so many amazing moments, and it's even more precious when it's someone you know. I had met Alex years ago at AWANA Church Camp (anyone else go to AWANA as a child?) and though we hadn't kept up in many years, we always saw each other's updates on Facebook. When Alex and Jose got engaged, I had the honor of photographing their beautiful engagement session on the San Francisco coast. Despite the insane wind tunnels along the coast, they both looked absolutely in love, watery eyes and all.