On their very first road trip, these two drove down the coast to Big Sur. They watched the sunrise at Bixby Bridge, and had many treasured memories from their adventure. When it came time for Jonathan to plan the perfect proposal, he knew Big Sur was the place to pop the question. We planned for an early wake-up call, harkening back to their very first trip, where I secretly photographed his surprise Big Sur proposal. And of course, the proposal wasn't complete without their precious pup Rue. Congratulations J + S!
As we were planning for the session, K + J picked this location because they wanted to go into the water. The day of their session came, and foggy weather couldn't stop these two from adventuring out to San Francisco's coast and running into the ocean. Instead, they embraced the dreamy landscape and it certainly didn't disappoint for their San Francisco engagement photos!
4 years ago, these two met on a road trip. They fell in love and he knew he wanted to plan the most romantic getaway weekend in Napa to propose to her. So we scouted out different wineries and finally found the perfect one with a private tasting nestled in the vineyards, surrounded by the mountains behind them. Together with their friends, we all surprised her and of course, she said yes!
"What happens if it's too foggy to see the Golden Gate Bridge?" We let Karl (the name of the city's well-known fog) settle in for an epic session on the coast! As the white clouds misted over the trees, Leela and Arun didn't miss a beat and laughed their way through their engagement session. Though it was a little chillier than expected and we may have been pelted by a few raindrops from that summer weather we've come to expect, you could just see the love radiate from these two from the way they made each other giggle and smile. So don't worry if Karl decides to make an appearance - it just means you'll get a view worthy of fantasy books and movies!
"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.