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These two are so excited for their big day (and it sounds like it’s going to be gorgeous, we can’t wait to be a part of it). But their engagement session was just about the two of them, spending an afternoon together, laughing, snuggling and just loving to be in each other’s company. We spent the first half of the shoot wondering around the Vasquez Rocks structures, and the second half walking around the interesting trees, shrubs and rocks. Claudia’s red dress was gorgeous and it was so sweet to see how excited Michael was to be by her side.

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  • June 14, 2017 - 4:39 pm

    Marie - Mike, The sparkle in your eyes says it all! May God continue to bless you both! So happy for you both. MarieReplyCancel

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Rachel and Bart met three years ago at a mutual friend’s BBQ, and, in Rachel’s words, they’ve been “pretty much inseparable since meeting that day“. And the proposal was pretty much perfect: “He took me to San Francisco for the weekend. He wanted to take me on a hike in Mt. Tamalpais to Cataract Falls. After the hike we stuffed ourselves with his favorite lunch spot Sol Food followed by ice cream cones in Sausalito. Then right before sunset he suggested watching from the viewpoint above the Golden Gate Bridge. I had raced to the edge to take in the view, and when I turned around he was on his knee. Of course, I cried! It was a very happy, relaxed, fun perfect day“.

We spent the afternoon at Paramount Ranch for their engagement session. The old western town, small church in the middle of a field and the beautiful landscape were a perfect fit for the laid back vibe of these two!

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We’ve had a lot of rain in Southern California lately. A lot. So much that we had to postpone Christine & Peter’s engagement session from over a month ago to last week. And it was seriously the best thing that could have happened. Besides showing up to one of the most gorgeous days we’ve seen in a long time, the park’s creek had risen so much because of the rain (so Malibu Creek State park actually does have a creek!).

Peter and Christine met through mutual friends seven years ago (and it’s still up for debate whether it was at The Souplantation or The Back Abbey), and they officially started dating once they got to know each other better in their small group at church. “I chased her, she gave in”, he says. “I say our first date was watching Frozen. He says it was our unintentional study date at Corner Bakery,” says Christine. When Peter proposed, it was around those closest to them, “We were on a mini family trip to Santa Barbara. Peter and I started building a sand castle with my 4 year old niece. When I dumped the first bucket of sand, there appeared the ring. My niece, being super excited, opened the box for me and he proposed. It was super cute and a very special moment.”

These two made Malibu Creek State Park look absolutely glamorous. Christine’s vintage inspired lace dress and flowy pink skirt looked like they were made to lounge on fallen logs, romp around the park, and wade in the rising creek. We had such a gorgeous day and are so excited for these two to tie the knot!

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  • March 19, 2017 - 6:55 pm

    Heather - Unni!!!

    These pics are beautiful!!!!!ReplyCancel

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Although Diane and Robert are Southern Californians, it took going all the way to Korea to meet. “We met in Korea on a trip after high school. We were friends for about 4 years after that before we ran into each other at Busby’s and Robert confessed his ginormous crush on me.” After four years of dating, Robert popped the question, “It was our four year anniversary and I love Christmas lights so he took me to the Venice canals to look at a Christmas decorating competition. Then he took me on a canoe he had secretly rented and we went out on the water. As we went around the corner, there were a series of bridges that were decorated for Christmas. On one of them, my close friends were holding lights that said “Marry Me.” After dinner, he also surprised me with all of our friends and family at a nearby bar.”

The love Diane and Robert share is very sincere and moving. Their excitement to start their life together, the support they have for each other that was tempered by each of them losing their father, and the joy of sharing this day with their family and friends was all evident in every aspect of their day. Just like Diane and Robert, their Smoky Hollow Studios wedding was beautiful and unique. The venue had a warm yet industrial vibe, with tons of chalk board walls around. One read “Diane & Robert” and was a scene stealer at their reception. Old books, a quirky kitchen and stunning natural light made for a relaxed setting for Diane to get ready, and the perfect place for Diane and Robert to share first looks. After they saw each other for the first time, we took them outside along with their bridal party. There were black and white images peeling off the sides of huge walls that provided a very cool location for some bridal party shots! The ceremony was a cozy setting with a candlelit aisle way and a large window up front. Their reception had so many beautiful details, including a beautifully sung rendition of “Like I’m Gonna Lose You” by some close friends, a seat assignment chalkboard in calligraphy, and a sweets table consisting of cheesecake, danishes, pies and wedding cake. While dancing the night away guests were also treated to super yummy treats from Portos Bakery, a coffee bar and shortly after, Diane and Robert had a sparkler exit. Congrats you two! We were beyond excited to be part of such a gorgeous day!

Venue – Smoky Hollow Studios / Wedding Coordinator – Echo Events / Hair & Makeup – Grace Lee / Videography – Andrew Rusty Park /  Furniture Rentals – Rustic Events / Tableware Rentals – Choura Events / Florals – Eden Nursery /  Officiant – James Yim / Coffee Stand – Copa Vida / Desserts – Portos Bakery

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