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!
When a Barnes and Barnhart meet, you know they're meant for each other. Together with their goldendoodle Mr. Bigs, they celebrated a beautiful summer winery wedding in Sonoma County. These two couldn't stop laughing and smiling at each other as their friends told stories of Ken's infamous hair (that once was a man bun) and Ken's twin brother made sure everyone knew they were brothers. We ran away into the vineyards to catch the sunset and ended the night dancing with Grandma. What a celebration - congratulations M + K!
The moment Ryan saw his bride, he couldn't stop the tears and had to keep stepping away to take a moment. These two knew they never wanted a traditional wedding and instead chose to make their wedding day an intimate celebration, exchanging rings on the balcony of SF City Hall and spending time with their friends and family in a beautiful patio garden reception at Stable Cafe. At the end of the day, they couldn't wait to get into their PJs and just spend each and every day together as husband and wife. Congratulations R + A!
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!
These two met on a study abroad trip to India, where they discovered a shared passion for social change as they taught migrant workers English. Their adventures took them to Thailand and Vietnam, and then long distance for a few years. Through their many travels, redwoods became a special place for them, particularly the different ways that trees represented aspects of their relationship. With a proposal at Muir Woods complete with a redwood engagement ring, they knew that there wasn’t a more perfect place to say their vows then under the giant redwoods. Bringing together two families and two cultures, it was a wedding weekend of joy and celebration, from friends remixing songs - from Hamilton to childhood favorites - to Daniel’s sister tearing up as she toasted to his new bride, who taught her the meaning of sisterhood. “I can’t remember a time when she/he wasn’t a part of our family,” was something said over and over again. What a way to start their lives as husband + wife. Congratulations A + D!!
Both teachers, L + R share a deep passion and love for educating the next generation. Their wedding weekend in Carmel not only exemplified their love for each other, but also the many ways in which they brought out the best in each other and challenged each other (even if that meant scuba diving, but not as far as skydiving). From a Vedic fire ceremony where they walked the seven steps together, to walking each other down the aisle, to reading their vows from hand written letters harkening back to the letters they used to write to each other when they were apart, it was so special getting to witness these two's love story. Surrounded by the sea from the west and the mountains to the east, they laughed and danced amongst the lavender fields as the sun set over the horizon. Congratulations L + R!!
"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!!
Seattle, one of the pillars of the Pacific Northwest, the home of hipsters, grey skies, and the dreaded Starbucks. Seattle holds a special place in our hearts, as it was the first trip that we took together as a couple! As young college students who didn’t have a lot of money, it was a fun but quick weekend trip. This time around, we decided to spend a little more money, rent a car, and go explore the Olympic Peninsula for a few days! There is so much to do in Washington outside of Seattle, so come take a journey with us!