Beachside Engagement Shoot

Rachel and Andrew chose California’s gorgeous Central Coast for their engagement photos – a location that is very special to them both. Not only is it their favorite spot for a weekend getaway, it is also where Andrew proposed.

Tatyana Lee from The Lees Photography shared a bit of their story with us. Apparently, last summer, Andrew kept making a big deal about how hot it was and how much he wanted to escape for a weekend, so Rachel and Andrew planned a weekend getaway for the coast. Little did Rachel know it was one that she would never forget. A few nights before their departure, Andrew packed a secret overnight bag and booked a hotel in Cambria. They arrived, checked into their hotel and Rachel was none the wiser about Andrew’s plans. While wine tasting at one of their favorite wineries, Andrew proposed. Standing under a large oak tree, Andrew kissed Rachel and asked her to marry him. She said yes! Enjoy these photos from Rachel and Andrew’s engagement shoot by The Lees Photography.

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Photographer: The Lees Photography
Location: Montaña de Oro State Park

An Engagement Under the Stars

Kristen and Nick knew they wanted an engagement photo location that was a bit off the beaten path. Their location of choice was Lone Pine, CA. The couple wanted a shoot with the mountains in the background since they both love hiking and camping. And as an added bonus, being so far from the city lights, the stars would be a sight not to miss. Sure enough, the long trip to Lone Pine paid off. Their photographer, Elmer Escobar of TNK Photo, was able to catch some striking photos of them under the stars and cuddled up in the back of their SUV as they’ve done many times before.

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Photographer: Elmer Escobar of TNK Photo

Going Somewhere Beautiful Together: A Travel Engagement Shoot

Mike and Drew’s engagement shoot just had to include their two favorite things – their cute pups and their love for travel. This fun engagement shoot took place in a rural park setting at the golden hour of sunlight. Their love of travel is shown with photo props such as a vintage luggage set, passports, and a map. They had fun with some cute shots using these accents. Their two dogs didn’t have to do much to look cute for the photos. They both seemed pretty happy just being there with Mike and Drew. Stacy at SMS Photography in Austin, Texas captured this couple’s engagement beautifully. Thanks for sharing this engagement shoot with us, Stacy!

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Photographer: SMS Photography

The Ultimate San Diego Wedding 2011 – A Golden Winter Romance

Imagine the Ultimate San Diego Wedding, A Golden Winter Romance. The ultimate in luxury, glamour and style – using color trends such as metallics and blues that are perfect for a winter wedding, timeless in photographs and representative of San Diego’s ocean, skies and golden sunsets. Imagine a gorgeous wedding ceremony and reception at a historic San Diego location, a designer gown from a local private boutique, a reception filled with special touches from the city’s finest vendors. A gourmet farm-to table dinner featuring foods from local markets, a designer wedding cake that is one to never forget, and an evening filled with amazing local entertainment to complete an unforgettable evening. This dream wedding became a reality for Rachel & Matthew who were the winners of the Ultimate San Diego Wedding Giveaway of 2011. Take a peak into their special day by viewing their wedding highlights video and images from their wedding day below.



The Details

The Engagement

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Event Designer: Bliss Events
Wedding Coordinator: Bliss Events
Venue: El Cortez
Catering: Giuseppe Fine Catering
Photography: Carrie McCluskey Photography
Assistant Photographer: Melissa McClure Photography
Decor & Rentals: Concepts Event Design, Abbey Party Rents
Flowers: Kathy Wright & Co.
Wedding Dress: The White Flower Bridal Boutique
Officiant: Reverend Christopher Tuttle
Live Music: David Patrone
Video & Cinematography: NR3 Video Productions
Cake: Sweet Cheeks Baking Company
DJ: Elite British DJ
Assistant DJ: DJ Daniel Peterson
Invitations & Decor: Love at First Invite
Boudoir Photography: The Boudoir Divas
Hair: Audra Rene Studio
Photo Booth: Starlight Photo Booth
Rehearsal Dinner: Eden
Rehearsal Dinner Decor and Flowers: Embellishmint Floral & Event Design
Transportation: Elite Image Limousine
Tuxedos: A Better Deal Tuxedos
Desserts: Sensational Treats
Beverages: Best Beverage Catering, Joes on the Nose
Event Staff: Service Staff
Reception Painting: Live Event Artist
Ceremony Music: Anthony Garcia
Makeup: AC Makeup
Media Partners: Magic 92.5 Radio, Exquisite Weddings Magazine

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