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!
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!
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!