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 :)
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?
Despite the constant rain and snow forecast, Yosemite decided to shine bright for us with a beautiful sunny day (though the rain and snow did come for us eventually). These two adventurous souls drove up early in the morning to meet us at Tunnel View, where we quickly shot a few photos as the tourists piled in before running off to quieter places where we could roam free. We even joked that we all wished for a little bit of snow! Alas, we didn't see any of that mystical snow, but that didn't make the session any less magical - when you have a love like theirs, it's all you need.