she said yes!

Every time I photograph a proposal, I think to myself: “How many people get to witness these beautiful occasions?” Not too many.

This one was extra special, because the proposer’s mom, Patsy, is someone I got to know when I photographed her wedding five years ago. She is pretty incredible, as is her hubby. And she raised a wonderful son, Bud. They all live in Tennessee but travel to Newport regularly and Bud decided he wanted to propose to the adorable Hailey at the beach.

The decoy was family photos for Patsy and Kelly’s anniversary. I did a few shots of the four of them, then as couples. This shot was taken pre-proposal. How cute are they?IMG_7070Patsy told me Bud was nervous, but it didn’t show. And Hailey was really surprised!

IMG_7149Oops, the ring was a bit too small. A bit of a disappointment for Hailey, who couldn’t wait to wear it! They got it re-sized lickety-split before they went home.

IMG_7188IMG_7199IMG_7207IMG_7261IMG_7329Patsy thought of everything, including champagne and red roses for Hailey. It was perfect in every way. I just hope they decide to get married in OC!!!

maria + tony’s rockin’ engagement session

Of course I’ll go wherever my couple wants, if they have a preference or location that’s special to them. But, I definitely have a few favorites for engagement sessions. One of them is the historic part of San Juan Capistrano. There are lots of great textures, architectural details, and variety of backgrounds to create different moods.

When you have a bride-to-be as gorgeous as Maria, it’s just hard to stop shooting! We had a ball, and I love that Tony brought his red guitar as a prop.

You may remember the movie or play, “West Side Story.” The lead characters had the same names and an ill fated love story. Not so for THIS Maria and Tony. Destined for a long, happy life together.

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these two…

Another great evening photographing a couple whose wedding I’m shooting a little later this year. With the “May grey” weather we’ve been having along the coast, I was inspired to do a darker, moodier color treatment on their images. I couldn’t be happier with the way they turned out and word has it she cried when viewing them. Always a good sign 🙂

This was my “in and around Laguna” engagement session, which gives us lots of different backdrops and typically ends at the beach.

As brides-to-be often do, Hadhyja had her hair and make-up trial the day of our sesh.  And, let’s talk about her hair! Gorgeous, yes?

 

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mike + sydney rock their engagement sesh in laguna

My goodness! These two were so much fun to spend time with. Sydney had done something I always think is a good idea…she had her make-up trial the day of our shoot. They’re not getting married until Aug., but are going to use one of the pix as their save-the-date. No doubt in my mind that she will make a spectacular bride!

We shot at two of my favorite spots: downtown Laguna Beach, and on the sand at The Montage. I literally could NOT decide which images to pull for a preview. What a great “problem” to have, right? These are almost in reverse order from how we shot them.

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