It's such a blessing to get to see into a small window of couple's love story, and even more precious when it's two friends. Brian had been a good mentor of Keith's back in college when they were in church ministry together, so we were so excited to get to capture their engagement photos in the redwood forest here in the Bay Area with their overseas wedding planned for Yixin's hometown in Australia. It was such a fun adventure with these two as we bonded over where we were now as old(er) adults in life, the differences between Australia and the US, and all the cute ways these two showed love to each other as we walked along the redwoods trail. Congratulations Brian and Yixin, we wish you so many blessings for your upcoming marriage!
If there's two thing people come to California to see, it's the coast and the redwoods. Originally from Chicago, W + C moved to the Bay Area a few years ago and wanted to document their new hometown with an engagement session in the redwoods. I knew we'd have a great time when Chris said this session was made for her - I gave him permission to tickle her, carry her, pick her up...definitely all things she was not comfortable with. But from the way these two interacted, it was so clear how much his adventurous side balanced out her down to earth personality. So get ready for the most adorable giggles from these two as you check out the rest of their engagement session!
When you're on your way to Big Sur and your client texts you that they didn't realize that it was 3 hours away from San Francisco...the first feeling is usually panic. 3 hours would mean missing the sunset for these two honeymoon lovers, who came all the way from Florida to see the California coast. A few texts and phone call later, we decided to meet each other halfway in Santa Cruz. Luckily, there was one spot that I really loved - a beautiful location just off the highway, where you could climb up and over rocks and watch the sunset turn into the Milky Way as night fell. We both arrived just an hour before sunset, and quickly ran down the trail and into the ocean. Despite the mishap, these two had the best time and quickly shook off their nerves, running straight into the ocean feeling as free as can be. Now that's the way to start a honeymoon!
Visibility of the Golden Gate Bridge can be a hit or miss - sometimes Carl the Fog makes an appearance and you see absolutely nothing, and recently, the fires had left the air muggy. So we were all blown away when we saw light rays shining through the clouds as the sun set over the Pacific Ocean, painting the sky beautiful shades of orange and red. And we even had a crowd watching, who awed at Elizabeth and Daniel as they ran into the sunset. Not a bad end to the day!
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!
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 is what #marriagegoals looks like. These two had the best time as they braved the wind, laughed until they couldn't anymore, and precariously walked along the coastal cliffs for our adventure session. Megan and DJ traveled from their hometown of Minnesota to celebrate their 5 year anniversary in none other than the beautiful city of San Francisco. So of course, I had to take them to my favorite view of the Golden Gate Bridge. It was so obvious from their dynamic that there was so much love between them through the many years they had shared together. Now that's the kind of authentic, wild, runaway love I'm talking about!