I adore themed engagement sessions just as much as the next person, but this breathtaking shoot from Aaron Snow Photography proves that sometimes all you need is a stunning locale, two adorable sweethearts and the styling prowess of Lindsay Gibson to make an everyday walk in the forest (or on the beach) that much more exceptional.  Dive into all of the pretty in the full gallery.

From Lindsay Gibson… Jackie and Ryan are college sweethearts from Oklahoma who thought it would be fun to have a destination wedding, a hometown reception and relocate from Oklahoma to Colorado for orthodontic school all within about six weeks.

Luckily, several weeks prior to the craziness, they took a quick trip to Carmel, California for a gorgeous engagement session with photographer Aaron Snow, styled by Lindsay Gibson of Gibson Events.

Palo Colorado is a tiny canyon retreat just south of Carmel-by-the-Sea. The incredible natural beauty of the place was a perfect backdrop for this outdoors loving couple to show their casual side.

The easy elegance of the residential area of Carmel-by-the-Sea fits Jackie and Ryan’s upscale style perfectly, and happening upon the most perfectly preserved vintage truck? Pure coincidence!

Photography: Aaron Snow Photography | Styling: Lindsay Gibson