From when they first met, Alison always thought that Brad was her Ben Affleck from "He's Just Not That Into You." But of course they fell in love as all romantic comedies go, and when Brad proposed, they knew they wanted to elope with just their family and best friend. They didn't need all the fanfare, the centerpieces, the cake cutting - all they wanted was to celebrate such an important and intimate moment with each other. See the rest of their sweet San Francisco City Hall elopement below!
Greece, an ancient land of Gods and Men with a rich history that dates back millennia. Oh, and they have nice beaches too. For the amateur historian and religious scholar like myself, Greece, and in particular Athens, holds so many important landmarks and stories regarding the foundations of the Christian faith, as well as the mythology of the Greek gods on Mount Olympus.
Of course, Lynn was not as amused as I and we spent most of the trip island hopping like the fabled Odysseus, seeking out our own adventure. Spring is a great time to visit both Greece and Turkey like we did on this trip, the weather is decent, but you get half the crowds! With that, let’s jump in to our 10 day itinerary of Greece/Turkey!
Jessica and Jose met through a mutual friend and quickly realized that not only did they click, they were also neighbors! They tied the knot on the beautiful orchard of Flower Farm Inn in Loomis, California, on a lucky sunny day when the past few weekends had all been rainy (and even hailing!) These two made their wedding day special with pieces of their own love story - a handkerchief from her grandmother, Forrest Gump shoes, and even a taco truck with a topping bar. Congratulations J + J!
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!
You wouldn't know it from these photos, but stormy weather didn't stop V + M from celebrating a beautiful wedding ceremony on the Mendocino coast, as they exchanged rings overlooking the cliffside, the sounds of pouring rain at a near 45 degree angle pitter pattering on the tent. It was magical nonetheless, as we watched the lunar eclipse when night fell and woke up to a rainbow for a day after session on the coast. Congratulations V + M!
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!