"Our favorite thing to do is snuggle in bed." These two seriously speak to my soul, and I couldn't have imagined a more beautiful engagement session in the Marin Headlands. As a personal trainer, Josh didn't hesitate at any of the prompts and even ran with some of his own, from giving her piggy back rides to picking her up on his shoulder. There was just so much love and affection between these two that I couldn't stop capturing each and every magical moment. The best surprise was that Jen woke Josh up on his birthday a few days later with a surprise - a few sneak peek photos printed and framed, and his reaction was absolutely priceless (cue all the crying emojis when she sent a video of his reaction to me). So excited for these two's wedding!!
The Ritz Carlton in Half Moon Bay is one of the most famous places to propose - a gorgeous coastal getaway, overlooking the sea as you walk down the trail. It was no surprise that this was one of Jessica's favorite places. Riaz had a plan all thought out - they were staying there for a company event, and he even planted a fake company party invitation to be dropped off at their table to keep up the ruse. So she dressed up and didn't suspect a thing as he practiced his speech in his head. When they got to the view, I was waiting for them (having followed them down the trail) to capture this beautiful proposal! Congratulations R + J!
"This is so us," Lindsay said as she turned to me after Alex had just proposed to her. With nails undone and a casual jacket thrown on, she couldn't stop smiling as she looked down at her engagement ring. "I even love the foggy weather," she said as we adventured along the coast and climbed down the cliffsides. What a beautiful day for another perfect Big Sur proposal!
To keep this proposal a secret, Jordan created the most elaborate ruse to make sure that his girlfriend was not suspicious that he was planning to propose in the Marin Headlands. With planted emails, fake model releases, and a plan that had her thinking that she was participating in a couples photoshoot to market a new dating app (all which was true, just not for this shoot), she had no idea that he had misdirected her all along. It even got a bit trickier as the view of rolling hills that he had scouted out weeks prior ended up being entirely clouded by fog, but with some quick thinking and subtle communication between us, he pulled off a beautiful proposal in the grassy headlands of Marin. Congratulations J + J!
These two sweethearts traveled all the way from Japan to see the Pacific Coast Highway, but Taka had something special planned for his girlfriend. With the most complex 3-way email chain between Taka and his two friends from America all leading up to this week, we managed to pull this epic proposal off despite closed off parking lots, limited cell service, and the secrecy involved in getting all the details across all while Taka was traveling with his girlfriend. Overlooking the iconic Bixby Bridge, Taka got down on one knee and surprised Aki with a heartfelt proposal, which was met with a resounding yes!
Though sometimes we wish for that golden hour sunset, San Francisco gave us a cloudy day for the most beautiful reflections on the beach with the Golden Gate Bridge as our backdrop. Stephanie and Jason woke up early for a morning season adventuring down the coastal bluffs trail, wind blowing through her hair and her dress as we walked down the many stairs that led to one of my favorite beaches. It certainly didn't disappoint, as this time we found ourselves at low tide, where we ended our adventures running along the spotless, untouched shores with not a single other soul in sight.
Wind - 90% of the time, a photographer's best friend, 10% of the time, a challenge more than you bargained for. The moment we parked, we knew that this wasn't the typical windy San Francisco day. We chased after clothing that quickly escaped under our cars and tried to carefully shut our car doors as they slammed shut. Nevertheless, L + R adventured out to the coastal bluffs with the wind whipping her hair and beautiful lace gown behind her. We caught a bit of a break in the valley and I can't say the views weren't worth it! Check out the rest of their gorgeous sunset session at the Marin Headlands and ending at a black sands beach reminiscent of Iceland.
Words cannot describe how wonderfully generous, kind, and joyful these two are. There are just some love stories you get the chance to see and just know - this is what true, real, selfless love is. We planned for their engagement session in Santa Cruz, but the weather forecasted for rain all day so we decided to play it by ear. By the afternoon the forecast had changed to cloudy all day, so they quickly got ready, rushed over in 45 minutes, and made it in time for it to be the craziest 45 degree, soaking rain we had seen all day. Yet even as we walked the mile long trail, got soaked head to toe, and could barely see past the rain, they were so full of laughter and love and left with thanks and gratitude. Luckily we got to redo their engagement session with the first sunset we had seen in a while, the perfect backdrop for such a beautiful love story like theirs.
Wind, rain, and fog didn't stop K + J from adventuring out to the beautiful coast of San Francisco for their engagement session. These two were absolute troopers as we walked through wet grass (and Kelsey was in sandals!), got soaked by the rain, and ran a little too slowly from the incoming ocean waves. But you can't deny the magic of a foggy day on the coast!
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!