Charlyn and Mathew had their first date in La Jolla so there was no better place for their engagement photos than where they first fell in love. If I had to pick just one word to describe this couple (which would be hard) it would probably have to be fun, followed by lighthearted and playful. Charlyn and Matt are probably surprised I didn’t choose Laughter considering that’s what the four of us spent most of our time doing on their photo shoot.
Why choose fun? well they brought bubbles, and coffee mugs, smiles, great outfits, lots of excitement, their sense of adventure, and on appetite for great food when we were all done. This engagement shoot was hands down a great time and this lucky couple ended the session with a truly beautiful sunset down at La Jolla shores. La Jolla can be a fussy spot and you might not always get that perfect orange sun setting over the ocean but even on an overcast day this town is beautiful.
Thanks Charlyn and Matt for a spectacular shoot and a fun day!
As many of you know we got engaged a couple months ago but its been a busy couple of months so it took me a while to get theses thoughts down.
I always wondered how Brett was going to finally do it…. from a hot air balloon. Sneak it into a glass of champaign over a fancy dinner. Next to a beautiful fountain in front of hundreds of people we don’t know. Maybe just over coffee one morning.
The proposal came on one of our road trips when I was least expecting it. He really wanted the element of surprise and he knew that any of the above would be to obvious or not exciting enough. (I would have been ok with the over coffee idea).
Brett had planned out a couple of nights on our trip to stay at the most unconventional Air BnB places he could find. Our second night put is in Glenwood Springs Colorado at a Teepee nestled on the bank of the Colorado river. While I was rummaging around in the truck gathering up our gear for the evening he was apparently getting the full tour of the grounds and picking out “the spot”. For about a month prior to our trip Brett talked non stop about how he wanted to make a bunch of time lapses on our trip. So I thought nothing of it when he wanted to do a time lapse of us relaxing by the river drinking his bottle of birthday champaign. I mean seriously how did I not see this coming?
We get to this cute little bench next to the river and he sets down one of the antique cameras he sometimes likes to run film through. Brett starts setting up the time laps and I sit down on the bench. He then casually asked me to throw a roll of film in his vintage Argus for him.
I kid you not my first thought was ” I just did my nails in the car so they will look half way decent for the trip and I’m going to totally ruin them trying to pry this camera open.”
Several minutes pass and I’m poking and pulling on the Argus in my hands. Finally Brett tells me to push the little button on the side and pull. ( yeah and I consider myself a photographer… give me a Hasselblad and I would have had it apart and filmed up in no time). I do as Brett recommends with the Argus and to my frustration the back swings open and there is already film in the camera ready to use.
” Oh that’s old film take it out and toss a new roll in for me” Brett says so matter of fact.
I’m thinking ‘ok but that’s odd, you like shooting with old film’.
I pull the film out and sitting in the shutter staring up at me is the most beautiful ring I have ever seen. But it’s GIGANTIC!
So my first thought is ‘This ring can’t be real….Wait is this a joke? cause if that’s the case this isn’t funny…’
I look over at Brett who is still standing next to the time lapse camera, and he just stares at me. What I didn’t know at the time was that he was over there clicking away getting my reaction. If felt like forever passed when in reality I’m sure it was only seconds and then he slowly makes his way over to me and gets down on one knee jumbling up the speech he had so carefully prepared. Of course I said YES! We then drank our champaign listening to the river flow by and he starts explaining all the work that went into designing the ring and the amazing heirloom pieces he used to put it together. His mom’s engagement ring was combined with his grandmother’s 50th anniversary ring and to top it all off Brett chose to use a yellow sapphire (his birthstone). What a romantic! It turns out that Brett had been working on this ring for months with our friend Alber and amazing jewelry designer. All the meetings they had that I thought were about upcoming photo shoots were actually ring planning meetings.
We have a bunch of ideas about when and where we want to get married but right now we are just enjoying the feeling of being engaged.
Yep that’s my vintage camera now. It sits next to my desk and looks pretty. I told Brett that day that he’s not getting this one back.
I would be lying if I said we weren’t really excited for this wedding. When we first started talking to Andrea and Trent about their wedding they were still in the process of finding the right location. Most of Andrea’s family are based in San Diego but it was important to both Andrea and Trent that his Grandfather in Nebraska be able to attend their wedding. A barn wedding was on the top of their list, so when the Ackerhurst Dairy Barn in Omaha popped onto their radar it just seemed ment to be.
The Ackerhurst Dairy Barn is a spectacular old red wooden barn located a few minutes out side of Omaha Nebraska. It has been transformed into a lovely wedding venu with a clean bright white interior to contrast the beautiful red exterior. Weddings can be held inside or out on the lawn infront of the barn.
Andrea DIY’d for months before the wedding getting all her beautiful decorations ready for the big day. They used the interior of the barn for the reception and strung up gray and yellow pom poms along with twinkly white christmas lights. The ceremony took place on the front of the property with the barn framing up a perfect background. Andrea’s brother played music for everyone and then took her arm along with her father to walk her down the aisle. The ceremony was beautiful, with readings from both Andrea and Trent’s mothers, followed by a sand ceremony and a touching speech about the significance of their rings. With a kiss to seal the deal the couple was off to play on farm equipment with their wedding party for photos!
Everyone got on the dance floor including Grandpa, and when the tunes didn’t have everyone grooving they were grabbing props and jumping into the photo booth. This wedding day was jam packed with fun all the way down to the sparkler send off.
The Ackerhurs Dairy Barn has a wonderful old red tractor at one end that was perfect for our fun wedding party to crawl around on for portraits. The girls DIY’d their own bouquets and wrapped them with twine. They even made the guys boutonnieres to match.
Andrea’s grandmother hand sewed all the heart wedding favors. So cute! I can only imagine how long it must have taken her.
We are excited to share this beautiful fall engagement shoot we worked on with our wonderful couple Andrea and Trent. They are a romantic and fun couple and it was great to see both those sides come out during our engagement session with them. Andrea is a local of San Diego so she had some great ideas on locations around town that would be perfect for their photos. The magical spot where we met up with them was this amazing old bridge in East San Diego. The leaves on the trees were changing color, the fields were full of romantic wispy yellow grass and a vintage iron bridge to top off the amazingness that was to be this engagement photo shoot.
Andrea and Trent brought with them some wonderful props to enrichen their photographs. They climbed trees and played chess with a vintage wooden set. Threw out a blanket into the grassy fields and spelled out how much they loved one another with scrabble letters. At the end of the afternoon they even red a romantic book to one another. We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect San Diego day to do their Engagement photos.
We are excited to announce that Andrea and Trent’s beautiful San Diego fall engagement shoot was picked up by the blogs Engaged Now What and San Diego Style Weddings.
Andrea hand drew this crafty Save the Date wooden sign. I’m starting to think she’s a DIY ninja. Yep theses love birds brought their two cute pups for a few pet portraits. We find it fun when our engaged couples bring their well behaved dogs along for photos. Just don’t forget the treats and toys for down time.
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