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TPC Valencia Proposal: Seth & Lindsey

Today I get to share the sweetest proposal! Seth proposed to Lindsey at the Tournament Players Club in Valencia and it was such a sweet surprise to capture. Seth contacted me at the end of June to see if I was available and let me in on all the surprise shenanigans. Initially I thought it was just their engagement party but the more we got to talking about the details Seth explained how he wanted to propose to Lindsey and have me there to capture it all go down. Sweet! Proposals are so much fun to photograph! I love all the planning and scheming that goes on behind the scenes to make everything special for the bride-to-be.

When Seth and Lindsey pulled up to the TPC I was out front pretending to get photographs of the building and as they walked by me I asked if they wouldn’t mind posing for a few photos for the venue. Seth was worried that Lindsey was going to say no because they were meeting someone for dinner (or so she thought that’s all they were doing). To Seth’s surprise Lindsey said sure to taking a quick photo! We then proceeded to walk down around the side of the building to a pretty staircase where I asked them to stand for a photo. I stepped back a bit and then said “”Ok, this is perfect!”. Seth then knelt down on one knee and proposed to Lindsey! Her face says is all, she was so surprised and happy.

After the proposal Lindsey had another surprise waiting for her. All their family flew in from Oklahoma and as Seth and Lindsey rounded the corner on the patio they were all standing there cheering for them and excited to congratulate the happy couple. Lindsey was again shocked and so happy to have all their family their to share such a special time in their lives.

Congrats Seth & Lindsey!

Venue: Tournament Players Club Valencia    Cake: Bake You Happy    Flowers: White Fig Designs    Tablescape Design: Stephanie Freeman

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Santa Clarita Engagement: Nicole & Jesse

Tonight I get to share Nicole and Jesse’s sweet engagement session! These two are the sweetest and I loved photographing them in one of my favorite Santa Clarita locations.

Nicole and Jesse met while in college at Cal State University, Northridge and got engaged in 2014. When I met with the two of them to talk wedding photography details they told me that one of their favorite things to do was vacation in Colorado. Considering that I think Colorado is pretty cool and have always wanted to visit I knew they had to be great people. 🙂 

They were nothing short of easy going during their engagement session. We explored around the area a little and had a great time finding good spots to stop and take photos. It was such a perfect day with a cooler temperature but not too cold. It was just right! We didn’t have to swat bugs away the whole time either and considering that is not always the case at the spot we were photographing, I was very excited about that. 

Just about every couple I have the privilege of photographing is not used to being in front of the camera so when it comes time for the engagement session people aren’t sure how comfortable they’ll be when I stick my camera in their face. Towards the end of Nicole and Jesse’s session Jesse commented on how fun and easy it was. Being able to set people’s nerves at ease and help them to relax and have fun is always one of my goals. I’m so glad that these two felt exactly that way during their engagement session, the pictures always come out better when a couple is able to feel comfortable and have fun.

I am so very happy for you Nicole and Jesse! I can’t wait for your ranch wedding this June! -Megan 

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Santa Clarita Engagement: Adriana & Aaron

So excited to share Adriana & Aaron’s Santa Clarita engagement session on the blog tonight!

I had a great time with these two exploring the Placerita Canyon area and then off to the gorgeous pepper trees. Check out Adriana’s dress! GORGEOUS! I loved the black sheer layers, such a great dress for an engagement session! Totally matches Adriana’s love for all things Disney, it was a pretty magical dress.

These two are so easy going, but I feel like I say that a lot so probably most of my couples are. Hey, I’m down for that! Makes for a fun time during the session when they’ll go anywhere and do just about anything. Well, I am sure they would have drawn the line at some point. Maybe if I would have asked them to have a mud war or something. That actually sounds like a fun idea!Any takers? Maybe for the end of an engagement session though and somewhere with a bathroom or lake nearby. lol All that to say, it’s a good feeling to know that your clients trust you!

Adriana thought to wear some boots under her dress which was smart thinking because we did a little tromping around, up and down hills and had to wade through some pokey leaves. Maybe not wade through, but they weren’t the most pleasant to walk through and definitely not if you had high heels on. Once we got to some better ground Adriana put on her pretty heels for a few photos as well. Towards the end of their session Aaron picked up Adriana and twirled around in the middle of a long row of tall trees. Adriana kicked her heels up in the air and it made for such a cute photo!

Congrats on your engagement you two! I can’t wait for the wedding and to see all the pretty come together! – Megan

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Mammoth Lakes Engagement: Caitlin & Kyle

There’s something a little magical about a snowy mountain engagement session which is why I am so excited to share Caitlin and Kyle’s engagement session at Mammoth Lakes on the blog tonight!

Mammoth Lakes is one of their favorite places to go which is what made it the perfect setting for their engagement session. They both love the outdoors, in fact they got engaged this last July while on a camping road trip up the coast. Caitlin was totally surprised and may have shed a few gallons of happy tears. 

Mammoth Lakes is a bit of a drive from Valencia, CA so I decided to drag the hubs along with me and make a little weekend trip out of it for us. We stayed at the Sierra Nevada Resort & Spa and loved it! They even gave us a free upgrade to the fireplace suite and it was beautiful!

The next day we met up with Caitlin and Kyle at the Tamarack Lodge to start their session with some snowy mountain pictures. It is so pretty up there! The lake was covered with ice and snow and the mountains were the perfect backdrop. I think my favorite detail about their session is that they brought their dog Memphis with them for pictures. Memphis is actually the reason Caitlin & Kyle met. Caitlin was working at a veterinary office where Kyle had to bring Memphis in so you could say that Memphis is quite the matchmaker. 

After we were down with the snowy photos at the lodge we headed down the mountain to the hot springs for a little different setting. Caitlin and Kyle even brought some fly fishing gear to have a little fun with getting some photos of them doing something they love to do together. 

Adventuring around the Mammoth area with these two was so fun! Caitlin and Kyle, you tow are such a cute couple and I am so very excited for you! Can’t wait for the wedding next year! – Megan

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Sahar & Richard: Crystal Cove Engagement

I love this engagement session in Laguna Beach at Crystal Cove! I first met Sahar and Richard over Skype since they both live hundreds of miles from me. From the first conversation I knew I would love working with these two. They both have very kind and reserved personalities. We we discussed briefly what they were looking for in their engagement and wedding photos and went on to discuss parts of their love story. Sahar and Richard met in college while doing clean energy research for the Department of Energy in Berkeley and are now planning their wedding at the UCI University Club in Irvine.

Sahar’s parents live nearby Crystal Cove and she’s always loved the area so we went ahead and scheduled their session there. Spending an evening photographing on the beach always sounds like a good idea to me so naturally I was excited! I hadn’t quite realized how many different entrance points there were to Crystal cove so after finally finding the right one, I met up with Sahar and Richard and we headed down to the beach. Along the way we stopped at a few different spots to take photos and arrived down on the beach just as that warm sunset light was beaming. I think what I loved most about this beach was the pattern of the rocks. I also loved the cliff sides! Both aspects made for some beautiful photos. When we finished at the beach we raced down to Five Crowns to get a quick night shot of them with an old fashioned phone booth that looks like it came straight from England. Perfectly fitting seems how Richard is from England!

Congrats on your engagement Sahar & Richard! I am so looking forward to photographing your wedding later this summer! You guys were amazing to work with at your engagement session and I loved getting to know you two just a little better! -Megan

Location:  Crystal Cove    Makeup: Dallas at Blushington   Hair: Niki at Salon 359

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