Not all engagement sessions are created equal. Some are romantic, some silly and some have the perfect combination of gorgeous photography and a couple doing the everyday things that they enjoy together. These are our favorite engagements. Hanging out, reading books, sipping yummy lattes all while being captured to sheer perfection by Heidi Ryder. Now that is a recipe for la, la loveliness. Oh and then there’s the bundle of happiness that is their Save the Date Video shot by Wide Open Aperture. Just wait until you see that little slice of heaven. But first, see Tracy and Jim get their e-session on in the full gallery!

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From the Bride…We decided to take our engagement photos in Pasadena, CA. We love hanging out in Pasadena’s downtown and that was the location of our first date six years ago. The first few photos were taken at Intelligentsia cafe. Jim and I are huge coffee, tea and pastry enthusiasts, so it felt right – we even brought our own mugs from Anthropologie. The next set of photos are at the Pasadena public library. Jim and I met during our freshman year of college, so we studied together, A LOT. We thought it would be fun to take our college text books to use as props during the shoot. The third and final location is at the Caltech campus. Jim stayed there the summer after we graduated and we fell in love with the architecture.It rained lightly that day so we brought a few umbrellas to liven up some of the pictures. A huge plus that day was having a photographer as awesome and upbeat as Heidi Ryder!

Now for our save the date video! Jim and I wanted something fun and silly (which is how we act 99% of the time) so we created a storyboard and sifted through our music collection until we felt like it truly allowed our personalities to shine through. Our friends Jeremy and Katrina of Wide Open Aperture Photography were kind enough to shoot and edit it.

Engagement Photography: Heidi Ryder / Make-up: Brittany Moody / Save the Date Video Photography: Wide Open Aperture