In August of this last year, Taylor approached me to ask about photographing the proposal he was planning for his girlfriend Rebecca at Top of the World in Laguna Beach in January, shortly after their anniversary! As January came around, the forecast predicted rain for the day we had set out, but Taylor was confident that rain or shine, it would be beautiful and so we decided to continue forward! The day for them had started out as a scavenger hunt birthday surprise for Taylor. Unbeknownst to Rebecca, Taylor had planned to hijacked the birthday scavenger hunt surprise Rebecca was doing for him. She and a friend and Taylor’s sister had been planning the scavenger hunt for Taylor’s upcoming birthday for several weeks. Taylor, on the other hand, was in communication with those two to help orchestrate the whole day so that they would end at Top of the World in Laguna Beach where he would propose and surprise Rebecca! At each location was a clue to the next spot, and Taylor went along with the whole day pretending like he had no idea what was about to happen. For the last location, I had taken the clue and the ring and hid it in the bushes in a predetermined spot Taylor and I had picked out. Rebecca had no idea, and still thought she was surprising Taylor. So when the reached Top of the World, Taylor took the clue and ring box, started his proposal speech, and got down on his knee to propose, she couldn’t believe how the tables had turned! I heard her exclaim, “Wait! You knew the whole time?” It was super cute and fun to watch and document it all as it unfolded. She of course said, “Yes!” and we took engagement photos of them with an absolutely stunning sunset surrounding us! We even had a little rainbow peek out in the distance! The night ended with a surprise engagement party for Rebecca, and it all came together beautifully! Congratulations to Taylor and Rebecca!
Have you ever dreamed of escaping to a remote island with the love of your life to just get away from it all? This is exactly what we decided to do as we planned the inspiration behind this styled shoot! Off the coast of Ventura lies the Channel Islands, and one of these delightful islands is called Anacapa. It is one of the smallest of the eight Channel Islands, but it boasts stunning views with cascading cliffs overlooking the ocean, a charming lighthouse to direct boater’s paths, and a lookout of the island’s vistas known as Inspiration Point. To say the least, our island extravaganza did not disappoint! To accompany our ferry ride over, dolphins chased the bow of our boat, surfing in its waves, and leaping out of the water as they raced us along. Pelicans glided in the air, and the Western Gulls welcomed us to the island where they come to roost every year. The flowers were caught in the full bloom of Spring, and the weather, being absolutely perfect, led us to a gorgeous sunset full of purple and pink pastel colors.
As we arrived onto Anacapa Island aboard the Island Packer’s Ferry, we promptly unloaded our camping gear and got to work. Cassie Howard, with Events by Cassie, was the stylist and genius behind our charming glamping setup. She pulled together a table setup that was not only beautiful, but practical for a camper’s life. With canteens in place of water glasses, blankets to snuggle up in, and a whiskey and hot chocolate bar to keep you warm at night, the glamping essentials were met! There was even a s’more dessert station to satisfy our sweet tooth!
The scenery was unbeatable as we felt that we had been transported to the sea-side cliffs of Ireland combined with the stunning overlooks of Kauai’s Na Pali Coast. Every part of Anacapa was gorgeous, and we made the most of it. We began by the cliffside that was 30 feet from our campsite, and worked our way to an 85 year-old lighthouse. I have loved lighthouses since I was a kid, and being able to photography this one was incredible! The lighthouse vantage point granted us sweeping views of the stunning landscape of Anacapa Island. To finish it all off, we ended at Inspiration Point for sunset. There we were all astounded by the majesty of that evening’s sunset. The sky was alive with the pastel colors of blues and pinks that quickly deepened to purples and magenta, and ended with a fiery red. It was a sunset that we will never forget. Our goal was to capture the beauty and inspiration that nature has to share, and on a tiny island in the middle of the pacific ocean, we were able to do just that.
Thank you to an incredible team who helped pull this all together! See below!
Coordination and Styling - Cassie Howard - Events by Cassie
Photography - Larissa Bahr - Larissa Bahr Photography
Floral - Jessica Westervelt - SWD Floral
Dress - Mary Me Bridal
Tux - Friar Tux - Lauren Dorta
Invitations - Jen - Jen Simpson Design
Hair and Make-up - Sydney Felix
Models: Kristin and Scott Douglass
For some people it is Paris that brings pronouncements of love and commitment, for others it is on an island in Antarctica overlooking a glacier bay with a colony of penguins nesting nearby! In the words of Brendan, “Penguins travel all over to find the perfect pebbles for their nest to gain approval from their potential life partner…being down here surrounded by these loyal creatures I presented a rock in hope that Brittany would say yes and in turn share the exact same initials together…” And she said yes with plenty of tears, laughter, and jumping!!! Brendan and Brittany hail from Australia, and were on this cruise to Antarctica to cross off their 7th continent together. They have been officially dating for 2 years and friends for years before then. When asked earlier in the week if they were married, Brittany replied, “We aren’t married yet, but I hope he chooses me!” And little did she know that Brendan was secretly planning this amazing proposal with the Silverseas Expedition staff all along! I happened to be in the right place/right time and witnessed/photographed this amazing proposal! Who knew that my vacation to Antarctica would allow me to photograph such an epic proposal?! I was so happy to be there and to take these pictures for Brendan and Brittany! These two are serious couple goals after getting engaged in Antarctica! They redefine traveling to the end of the world to show someone that you love them! And to top it all off, we all went kayaking later that afternoon in the most beautiful and pristine conditions. What a way to celebrate being newly engaged! Congratulations to Brendan and Brittany and congrats on having the most epic engagement story ever!
I met Roxana outside Mary Me Bridal dress shop where my office is located. I heard one of the vendors in my office mentioning how a bride was getting married at Glacier Point in Yosemite National Park and immediately I had to go talk to her! I had done a wedding the year before at Glacier Point and we spent the whole day running around Yosemite taking photos. Ironically when I spoke with Roxana about her, she was getting married on the exact same Tuesday in June that my previous couple had, and both of their weddings were at 10am at Glacier Point! It definitely seemed meant to be! Roxana brought Gabriel back to meet with me and we found out how much we all had in common! We all loved the outdoors and hiking, and definitely had the travel bug! I was so excited when they told me that they wanted to hire me! The wedding day was beautiful, it was a gorgeous clear day up at Glacier Point for the ceremony. Half Dome loomed in the background, and they proclaimed their love for one another on the top of the world! They had their closest friends and family gathered around to support them and witness their ceremony! It was beautiful with both Roxana and Gabriel beaming at one another throughout it all! Afterwards we spent the time running around and taking photos all around Yosemite, making the most of our time there. We even hiked out to Taft Point! Roxana gathered her dress in her arms and hiked over a mile in. Gabriel switched his shoes out and hiked in his suit. And I brought a backpack full of camera equipment. The views from Taft Point was definitely worth it. And it was a perfect spot for these two adventurers! I am so glad I got to come back to Yosemite with Gabriel and Roxana and document their love story! Happy 1 month anniversary to you both!!! May your marriage be filled with more grand adventures to come!
Dustin and Karina had the cutest proposal yesterday! Dustin planned it all out to the last detail! He started with leaving a letter at her house the night before for her to find the next day that gave her some instructions on where to go and what to grab from home. Then at the designated spot Karina met with some of her girlfriends who took her shopping for a new dress and shoes. After that, he had a hair and makeup appointment set up for her to go to. Then a limo picked Karina up to take her to Treasure Island Beach where Dustin was waiting. I met her at the limo to get some photos and take her down to where Dustin was. He had picked out a gorgeous overlook full of flowers with a scenic view of the ocean. It was perfect. She came down the path to him, excitement beaming on both of their faces! After telling her the most beautiful intro of how much he loved her, he got down on one knee and proposed! She of course said yes and jumped into his arms! He spun her around in sheer joy and then put the ring on her. It was just the one she had wanted! They took a few minutes to enjoy the moment, and they also took some time to pray and thank God for this brand new journey together. It was beautiful. We did an engagement session for them right there on the spot. I am very excited for these two friends of mine! It is such a privilege for me to be able to witness and document these special life moments for my friends and my clients. I really cherish this part of my job. And I cannot wait to photograph their wedding this fall!!! Congratulations to Dustin and Karina! I know God will bless your marriage, and that you two will continue to fill one another's life with joy and love for all your years together!
Aimee and Anthony just celebrated 5 years together, and since we just did their engagement session last month I thought it would be a great time to share their blog! When we first met to talk about their wedding and engagement, we found out that we are all adventurers! We decided to go to Oak Glen then over to Joshua Tree National Park for their engagement session! This would give us the beautiful green trees as well as having the adventure of the desert. Aimee and Anthony both enjoy rock climbing as well, so making that a part of their engagement was a super fun idea! We all carpooled out there, and got to know each other even more on the 2 hour drive there. It was a beautiful day, and Oak Glen was full of Spring magic. From there we grabbed an apple turnover for the road and headed to Joshua Tree National Park. The wind was fairly strong, but we braved it, and it was definitely worth it! Aimee and Anthony did some bouldering, and we hiked around to take photos at the different locations. We ended at sunset with the warm glow fading on the horizon before we journeyed the two hours home. It was a great day, and I loved spending the time together and getting to know them more on this session! I am very excited for their upcoming wedding! Congratulations, Aimee and Anthony, on celebrating 5 years! Here is to many more to come!
Two friends of mine just got engaged at Disneyland, and I had the pleasure of documenting this special moment for them! Gabriel approached me a little over a month before he planned to propose to Jessi, and I was so excited to be a part of the plan! As the day drew near, we decided to meet at Disneyland a few hours early to do some scouting. Jessi was coming later with her sister, brother-in-law, and two nephews and thought Gabriel was out of town for the weekend. We planned our surprise for the backside of the castle to be sure that if she had any suspicions she would not be expecting it there. We hid on opposite sides as she approached and as she passed by, Gabriel called her name. She was shocked to see him there dropping down on one knee holding out her ring! Through lots of joyful tears, she said, "Yes!" and enveloped him in a huge hug. It was a successful proposal full of joy, tears, and laughter! We spent the next few hours taking photos around Disneyland to commemorate their engagement day! The thrill of the rides we went on could not compare to the thrill these two had with being engaged to one another! I loved being a part of this special day for them, and I look forward to seeing their "Happily Ever After" come to pass.