A San Diego Engagement With the Cutest Grooms-to-Be
April 8, 2016
California
Summer Weddings
You can't help but have a smile plastered to your face when you look at this engagement session from John Schnack — Matt and Chase are so clearly happy and in love. With San Diego's Coronado beach and quaint downtown as a backdrop, the Grooms-to-be posed for portraits that simply radiate love. See all the happy moments in The Vault!
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From John Schnack...Matt and Chase were referred to me by their talented wedding coordinator, Molly Stark of Tres Chic Events. From our initial phone consultation, I knew they would be a fantastic couple to photograph! During our conversation, we chatted about possible locations for their engagement session. They mentioned how they spent a good deal of time in Coronado and that it holds a special place in their hearts. We picked a brilliant, mid-summer afternoon for their engagement shoot, and the "Crown City" did not disappoint.

Coronado huge beach and its iconic hotel, the Del Coronado, are familiar backdrops for engagement and wedding shoots. But beyond the main drag of Orange Avenue and the touristy shops at the Del, there lies a quaint neighborhood filled with wonderful locations that one doesn't see photographed very often. There are streets that harken back to the city's humble beginnings and shops with façades of yesteryear.

We spent the first part of the shoot exploring these areas, playing with the light and getting Matt and Chase comfortable in front of the camera. After a quick outfit change, we headed down to wide, expansive beach that is Coronado's draw for so many.

Coronado's beach is the only stretch of coastline in San Diego that faces due south, so instead of the sun setting over the ocean, it sets over Point Loma to the west, creating an amazing, dark backdrop that can't be found anywhere else in San Diego. As the sun got lower and less intense, I turned Matt and Chase into it, allowing us to capture the landmark Del Coronado in the background. After all, one can't have their picture taken in Coronado without showing the Del.