Point Dume Beach Engagement : Katie + Michael

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Katie and Michael's story started while they were watching one of my all-time favorite shows, “Entourage” at a party. This first encounter was shortly lived, however, as Katie and her friend had to leave the party out of the blue. But it wasn’t long until Katie and Mike saw eachother again, and actually got to hang out this time at a USC football game. Sparks instantly flew and it was the start of a beautiful new relationship! Skip several years forward, and Katie and Michael were at the point in their relationship where marriage was a frequent topic. Katie was anxious on the weekends because Michael's proposal could happen at any given time. Well, this brings us to Friday, July 1st — they both went out to dinner with their friends and their friend's kids. This was the norm for a Friday night for Katie and Michael, so Katie instantly had written off the idea of a proposal happening. After dinner, they all went back to their friend's house to “have a drink before going to Sherman Oaks.” As Katie sat inside to call her friend, who just had gotten back into town, everyone else headed out to the backyard that overlooked the entire night sky of the valley - Katie soon followed after her friend didn’t pick up! As they were all hanging out chatting, having a good time, their friend made a comment to Michael, “You’re such an idiot, I can’t believe you haven’t done it already.” Katie laughed it off, as this wasn’t an uncommon comment. Little did Katie know, this was the cue phrase for Michael to make his move. Michael out of nowhere looked at Katie and said ”He is right, I am an idiot, and it's taken me too long, but now is the right time.” Michael dropped down to one knee and took Katie’s hand. At this point, Katie said she blacked out and continued to cry and kiss Micheal and she forgot to let him put the ring on her finger!

This brings us to their engagement session — I can honestly tell you, these two are, with out a doubt, meant for each other (aside from the fact that one is a diehard Raiders fan and the other is a Broncos fan - haha!). Katie and Michael, I am so excited to see what life will bring you two and I can’t wait for your wedding - it’s about time, Michael! ;-)

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Malibu Engagement Session : Natasha + Donovan

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We started our journey at the beautiful Solstice Canyon in Malibu, CA! Luckily, the rain held out and it turned out to be one of the most beautiful days. After about 45 minutes, we decided to head out to Point Dume National Preserve, to try and catch the sunset. WE SUCCEEDED! Natasha and Donovan were troopers, we literally ran up the side of the mountain as the sun was setting. We came across a shortcut (an extremely narrow uphill path marked CLOSED), and they didn't even bat an eyelash! Natasha holding heels in one hand, and her dress in another. Needless to say, at the end result , it was all worth it! I'm so excited for their wedding this upcoming May at the Santa Anita Race Track!

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Malibu Engagement: Noelle + Matt

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Don’t get me wrong, I always love meeting new clients, but it is a ton of fun for me to get to work with friends of mine! Matt and I played basketball together, so to come full circle and be able to photograph his wedding is awesome. We had a blast shooting engagement photos and popping champagne in Malibu last week, which I know is just a preview of the good times to come at their wedding in July!

Matt and his beautiful bride-to-be Noelle grew up in the same town (my hometown) of Moorpark, California, and were acquaintances for a few years. When they were seventeen, they went to a movie night with some of their mutual friends. Instantly hitting it off, they’ve been together ever since.

Years later, Matt took Noelle to her favorite French bakery for breakfast and then on a hike/picnic in the sawtooth mountain range in Idaho. Hiking to the first of four alpine lakes, Matt carried a huge picnic basket the entire way, and once they got they arrived, he got down on one knee and popped the question!

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El Matador Beach Engagement : Gabby + Johnny

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El Matador Beach is one of my favorite beaches of all time. If you haven't had a chance to visit it yet, I highly recommend you do! The rock formation is just stunning, it gets me every time! Luckily, since it was December, there was barley a soul on the beach, giving us free roam to shoot where ever we'd like. Gabby and Johnny were troopers baring the chilly December weather - Coming from Florida, the temperature was definitely a shock! Needless to say, Gabby and Johnny made it look like we were shooting the middle of summer. I think they are also distracted by how madly in love they were for one another. I only got to spend about an hour and a half with these two, but I can confidently tell you, they were definitely meant to be! el-matador-beach-engagement-110 el-matador-beach-engagement-1 el-matador-beach-engagement-11 el-matador-beach-engagement-13 el-matador-beach-engagement-16 el-matador-beach-engagement-25 el-matador-beach-engagement-44 el-matador-beach-engagement-21 el-matador-beach-engagement-56 el-matador-beach-engagement-60 el-matador-beach-engagement-59 el-matador-beach-engagement-94 el-matador-beach-engagement-97 el-matador-beach-engagement-104