Megan and Emily's Capitola Beach Engagement Photos

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Megan and Emily's Capitola Beach Engagement Photos

These two lovely ladies chose one of my favorite locations for their engagement shoot – Capitola Beach. For their mini-engagement session, we stuck close to the beach, hitting all the best features: the wharf, open water and of course the colorful buildings of Venetian Village. These two were SO easy to work with, all smiles and of course being GORGEOUS doesn't hurt. They are very easygoing, all smiles, and I'm truly looking forward to their wedding this year.

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Engagement Photos at Fitzgerald Marine Reserve, Moss Beach

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Engagement Photos at Fitzgerald Marine Reserve, Moss Beach

This lovely couple wanted to get some portraits taken before their baby came, so time was of the essence! They picked Fitzgerald Marine reserve in Moss Beach (just north of Half Moon Bay). You never know what the weather will be like – foggy, cold and windy – but no matter what, you know it will be breathtaking; and with a fun couple like these two, we definitely captured some amazing shots together!

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Lighthouse Field / Its Beach, Santa Cruz Engagement Photography

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Lighthouse Field / Its Beach, Santa Cruz Engagement Photography

I've been doing a lot of "mini" engagement sessions lately with my clients – essentially 15-20 minute crash courses for directed posing with my brides and grooms. I *should* hand out a certificate-of-completion at the end of these sessions as they're super productive and we all learn a lot in a short amount of time. This leads to much more efficient/productive time with couples on the actual wedding day.

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Pacific Grove Wedding Photography

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Pacific Grove Wedding Photography

Violeta and Mario lucked out with an absolutely gorgeous Monterey Bay day amidst a record-setting rainy winter in Northern California. Early March outdoor weddings can be risky, but sunshine, smiles and laughter dominated their wedding day. Violeta and Mario's parents on both sides acted as the four officiants at the ceremony, something that was new to me and WOW how special! It was all in Spanish, so I definitely was on my toes and focused, ready to capture all the big and little moments. We did the first look and all formal photos before the ceremony, so after they tied the knot I was basically a fly on the wall, capturing tons of candids throughout the evening. The Perry House is a great wedding venue, and the results from Violeta and Mario's wedding show it. Enjoy some of my favorite photos from the day below.

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Hyatt Carmel Highlands Inn Wedding Photography

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Hyatt Carmel Highlands Inn Wedding Photography

It's always a little nerve-wracking when you're about to shoot a destination wedding for a couple you've never met, and even more worrisome when the weather report for the day says it's going to rain almost 3" - but as soon as I met Paige, her face was lit up with excitement and I could tell that rain or shine, this was the best day of her life. A big part of me relaxed too, knowing that I could handle whatever the day would throw at me, capturing everything that mattered and then some. It ended up not raining at all, but one of the most memorable moments was about 30 seconds into the bride and groom romantics – we'd just stepped outside and a strong gust of wind whipped the veil up, up and away!

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