Yvonne & Saul- Long Beach Engagement Photos

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The way she cuddles into him. The way he cares for her. It all just shows how grateful these two are to have finally found each other.

They met at a restaurant in Long Beach. You may get two different stories about who approached who first. They had their first date in the same area of Long Beach. Saul definitely thought Yvonne was special from the moment he met her. And Yvonne… she had fun with Saul, but wasn’t ready for anything serious. They dated casually for a little while and then just lost touch. A few years passed, and they got back in touch. They’ve been inseparable ever since. They both knew this was it and didn’t want to waste any more time. Saul brought her back to the place where they met and had their first date. Took her up to the lighthouse and proposed.

I’m so excited for Yvonne and Saul and can’t wait for their wedding in April!

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Jill & Bryan- Fullerton Arboretum Wedding

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You know when you plan an outdoor wedding, there’s always that fear: What if it rains???? Even in Southern California it does happen. And it did happen on Jill & Bryan’s wedding day. The Fullerton Arboretum is a gorgeous setting for a garden wedding. Jill and Bryan were to be married under the Wisteria Arbor and the reception would be in the covered pavilion. While we waited to see if the rain was going to let up, we did their first look. One of the most emotional first looks I’ve ever seen. Bryan’s reaction was priceless!

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I mean, look at Bryan’s reaction!!!

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As we waited to see if the rain was going to die down, we took some portraits on the covered wrap-around porch of the historic home on the property.

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Look at that dress. Absolutely incredible!!!!! BHLDN does it again!

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Once they saw that the rain was only getting heavier, the decision was made to move the ceremony to the reception pavilion. Everyone rolled with the punches.

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What a wonderful moment right before Jill walked down the aisle.

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When Jill was handed off to her handsome soon to be husband, I heard her whisper, “This is perfect. It’s perfect.”

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Jill & Bryan, you two are seriously two of the most gracious people I’ve ever met. The way you treat each other and love each other is beautiful. Thank you for inviting me into your lives.

Sonia & Kenny- Dreams Do Come True- New York Fall Engagement Photos- Central Park & Brooklyn

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I love New York.
So much so that one time my friend and I opted for a 24 hour layover there “on the way” to Aruba. If geography is not your strong suit, like me, New York is not even a little bit “on the way” from Los Angles to Aruba. But nonetheless, we managed to see two shows in 24 hours. Now that’s commitment!
I’ve always thought it would be fun to do an engagement session in Central Park. So when I found myself with the opportunity to do just that, IN THE FALL!…..I kinda freaked.
Sonia and Kenny were born on opposite coasts. Sonia’s from NorCal, Kenny, from New York. They met in New York, but their April wedding will be in NorCal. So their engagement session HAD to be in New York! We spent all day roaming around the city, soaking in as much fall as we could! Even getting some pumpkin soup! Yum! I had such a great time with both of them. I can’t wait till April!
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Annie & Bryant- USC Engagement Photos- Los Angeles

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Annie and Bryant met at UC Irvine. Bryant’s path would lead him back to his hometown, in the Bay Area. Annie would eventually follow. But when Bryant decided to go back to school, their journey together led them back to Southern California, Annie’s home. Since they met in college, and since grad school at USC is what brought them back, it seemed fitting for USC’s campus to be the backdrop for their engagement photos.

it was such a treat to explore this beautiful campus.

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And when you stumble across a car this cool…. you take photos with it, of course!
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With Annie in this white dress, can’t you just tell that she is going to be a gorgeous bride? And their wedding is at one of my favorite venues, Maravilla Gardens!

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Colleen & Jeremy- Long Beach Engagement Photos

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What a fun engagement session this was! Colleen & Jeremy just have so much fun with each other. A few years ago the two cuties moved from Pennsylvania to Long Beach for their dream jobs. And they fell in love with their city. The variety that Long Beach has to offer shows so well in the spots they chose.
Since Colleen admitted to me that she takes her coffee very seriously, we started their session at Rose Park Roasters, their neighborhood coffee joint. We were hard pressed to find a seat that afternoon. They were packed!
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After a wardrobe change, we headed over to the nature center. It felt like we had left California altogether.
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Finally, we headed over to the beach, where Jeremy spends most of his weekends playing volleyball.
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What a treat these two were! I can’t wait for their wedding at South Coast Botanic Garden this fall!

Kanan & Sean- Laguna Beach Engagement Photos

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I am so excited for these two! It was a long time coming, but they are getting married this weekend and I can’t imagine a couple more right for each other. You know those couples that just seem to go together? Yeah, theyr’e one of those! Sean fixes airplanes, ’cause… you know… everyone knows someone who does that. Crazy! And Kanan is an amazingly talented cake decorator for Cinderella Cakes. Together they are super sweet!

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It kinda looks like a rainy fall day for their engagement session. Nope. It was in July. Theirs was one of the last sessions I did while I was pregnant. We had a couple of weekends where we got some freakish rain storms. But since I was almost ready to have a baby, we couldn’t really reschedule. So we braved the rain!

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Sean’s got a bunch of tattoos, although you can’t see them here. Kanan thought she’d get in on the fun too with the sweetest little cupcake on her wrist.
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This pretty much epitomizes their personalities.

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Can’t wait for this weekend!

Chris & Ashley- Laguna Beach Engagement Photos

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When I was single I wished that I had a friend that would say to me, “I have the PERFECT person for you!” And then proceed to do everything they could to make the stars align so that we could meet and find that we were indeed meant for each other. Well, Chris & Ashley have one of those friends. At her own wedding she went out of her way to make sure these two were sitting together so that their love story could begin. I love how they tell the story of how their friend switched people around on the day of the wedding to get them connected. And connect they did! They talked during the entire reception. They might as well have not been anyone else in the room.
One might wonder what a teacher and an anesthesiologist have in common. Well it’s clear to me. They both have a kindness that shines through those killer smiles and which, I’m sure, makes them both great at serving at their jobs.

I can’t wait for their wedding later this year and to meet the friend who is responsible for this connection!

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Teri & Paul- Laguna Beach Engagement Photos-Surf and Sand Resort

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When Teri first contacted me about she and Paul’s wedding, she described them as two fun and energetic 50 year olds. She wasn’t kidding! These two are such a fun and loving couple who are in love like a couple of teenagers! For their first date, they met for drinks at the Surf and Sand Resort in Laguna. Then when Paul proposed, he took her back to the same spot, overlooking the beach, where their kids held up signs that said, “Mom, will you marry our dad?” How sweet is that?

So it seemed only fitting that the Surf & Sand would be the backdrop for Teri & Paul’s engagement photos.

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Christine & Jon- San Diego, Little Italy Engagement Photos

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Often when I’m talking with a couple about where to do their engagement session, I recommend choosing a place that has meaning to them. Maybe somewhere they like to hang out or where they had their first date or maybe even where they got engaged. And I love it when their engagement photos look like they’re on a date and I’m just along for the ride. Well for Christine and Jon, Little Italy in San Diego was the perfect backdrop for their engagement session. This is their neighborhood. Their favorite bar is just around the corner from their apartment. They walk their dog here. In fact, their sweet puppy is somewhat of a celebrity in that area and makes lots of friends as they walk him around the neighborhood. So their engagement photos really are “a day in the life” of Christine and Jon. I love that!

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Sarah & Dustin- San Juan Capistrano Engagement Photos

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Ooooohhhhh…. these two. I can’t even handle the cuteness. I can’t believe I get to be the one to photograph the beginning of their lives as husband and wife in a few days. She’s a nurse, he’s an engineer. She’s got the most beautiful, crystal blue eyes. He looks at her like she’s the only girl in the world. Together, they are just one of the most compassionate, sweet, and kind couples you’ve ever met. And they are just a dream to photograph.

This sea of lavender flowers was perfection. All of the flowers seemed to come out to play that day.

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ooooh that light!

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Seriously? Magical.

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Hidden House Coffee is one of their favorite date spots. They love this area so much they decided to get married about 100 yards from here! That’s pretty romantic. They will DEFINITELY be able to always say this is their spot.

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What did I tell you? Those eyes, right?
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