If you were there behind the scenes, half the time you would've seen tears coming out of my eyes from the intense wind blowing over the coastal bluffs, and the other half of the time you'd see me squinting having been blinded by sun. But if it wasn't obvious already, these two made it absolutely worth it as we adventured up the Marin Headlands for their engagement session. Plus, it doesn't hurt that they had such great fashion taste (eyeing that dress from Asos right now...) Check out the rest of their dreamy beach engagement session!
When I ask my couples for where they want to do their engagement session, most will say somewhere up in San Francisco or down south to Monterey and Big Sur. But these two decided to choose a place that was special to them and right in their hometown. Granted, they live in a beautiful coastal town on the Peninsula! We had the best time running around with their adorable puppy Dallas, who was the perfect model, and even met the very friendly neighborhood cat! And of course, you can't be in Half Moon Bay without picnicking on the beach.
Once upon a time, there was a boy who met a girl, conveniently in everyone's favorite grade in school - 7th grade. *Cue pop song* Fast forward 10 years...these two traveled from Southern California for a romantic trip in Napa Valley. One of the marvels of Napa Valley is Castello di Amorosa, a 13th century inspired Tuscan castle located in Calistoga. Built by Dario Sattui, this castle winery was the fairytale backdrop for Brian to ask his girlfriend of over 10 years to marry him. Despite a few misleading directions as Brian nervously navigated them from the castle exit back to the front where the gates had already been closed, he couldn't have planned a more perfect moment as he knelt down on his knee and surprised the love of his life with his proposal. Congratulations Brian and Cailey!
How many people can say that they built their wedding venue? This friend's home was a place of childhood memories for Al, and together with their family and friends, they landscaped the entire area, built the pathway and ceremony site up a hill, and transformed a tennis court into the most romantic reception. To think that the very place they were standing was literally just forest trees months before. It was truly a work of blood, sweat and tears - escaping wasp nests and even sustaining a few injuries - but absolutely amazing to see their vision all come together. The day was full of so many memorable moments, from the groom giving personalized baseball bats to his groomsmen to a groomsmen giving the best speech (complete with a slideshow of blackmail-worthy photos and Calvin and Hobbes comics) to the overwhelming love from their friends and family who couldn't stop giving impromptu toasts that lasted well into the night. Congratulations Julia and Al!
From Monterey to Chicago, to Portland and now in Berkeley, these two traversed from the West Coast to the East and back, taking countless memories and adventures with them as they explored new places. They brought together their family from all over the world for a beautiful wedding in Carmel Valley, CA. It was a celebration full of laughter and many many tears, with unique touches from the breaking of fortune cookies to their family throwing water - a Turkish tradition for good luck - as they drove away in their truck. Plus, what better way to end the night than with a surprise appearance by a belly dancer?
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.