When it comes to San Diego, there really is no shortage of fabulous places for photo opportunities and I love that this couple chose Lake Hodges and its natural beauty for their engagement session. And as if its beautiful landscape wasn’t pretty enough, they happened upon a man with two horses who happily let them photo bomb their session and the results are totally gorg and spontaneous. Troy Grover Photographers captured the romance just so and I honestly can’t wait to see the wedding images. Click here for even more.

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From the bride… Our shoot was on a November afternoon in San Diego. We decided to do the shoot at Lake Hodges because of it’s fantastic scenery, it’s intimacy, and beautiful greens. Mitch and I are simple people and wanted to shoot to be understated, romantic, and timeless, which is exactly what we want for the wedding, as well.

The shoot was so fun and really spontaneous. We started in the emerald green clover fields, and I tromped around the dirt in my wedges, which felt unnecessary at the time, but looked natural and easy in the pictures. After we explored that first area for a while, we changed outfits and went down one of the trails. On the trail we happened upon a man who was walking his two horses. We asked him if he would mind us taking some pictures with his beautiful horses and he said, “Go right ahead!” and then gave both Mitch and I carrots to feed his horses. After that, we ventured closer to the lake and took some of my favorite shots standing in the reeds and then laying on a bed of the reeds. I was almost completely sure I was going to fall through and end up having the last shots of me with my legs sprawled in the air and my shoulders dunked in muddy lake water, but the bed held us and they are, in my opinion, some really beautiful unique shots.

We are completely thrilled with our pictures and can’t wait to take more on our wedding day in March!

Photography: Troy Grover Photographers / Location: Lake Hodges / Green Dress: Urban Outfitters / Cardigan + Bride’s Cream Shirt: Anthropologie / Bride’s Boots: Born via Nordstrom / Groom’s Brown Sweater+ Plaid Shirt: H&M / Groom’s Green Shirt: Gap / Jeans: Urban Outfitters / Pillow: Similar styles can be found at Cottage Coastal Store