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Whimsical + Organic Muir Woods and Muir Beach Engagement Session

I’ve been to Muir Woods & Beach multiple times throughout my childhood in the Bay Area, and each time, I find its natural beauty more awe-inspiring and overwhelming than before. This whimsical engagement session among the redwoods and on the rocky shore has the same effect with a couple that truly exemplifies “California Cool” and gorgeous photos from Mariel Hannah. Get back to nature here.

From Mariel HannahMuir Woods and Beach are two of the most whimsical locations I’ve had a pleasure of photographing in. This setting was truly perfect for the vision of Maggie, who desired an organic and dreamy approach for her engagement photos. My favorite scene was being within fields of Queen Annes Lace that grew so large and lush… A perfect compliment to the dreamy scenes.

Photography: Mariel Hannah | Venue: Muir Woods

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Elegant Washington, D.C. Anniversary Session

Anniversary sessions just might be my favorite. They prove that you should never stop celebrating that amazing day you walked down the aisle. And when we get to see a session like this one from Bonnie Sen and Floral and Bloom unfold, we count our lucky stars. Liz Fogarty stepped out from behind the camera to cozy up with her super cute beau, and the result is a collection of images I am sure they will treasure forever.

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From Bonnie SenLiz is a a wonderful local photographer in the DC/MD/VA area, and her firefighter husband Gavin is one of her biggest fans. Since they didn’t have any engagement photos and their 3-year anniversary was coming up we came up with the idea of doing an anniversary session with lots of details to celebrate this milestone. As a photographer, I love working with other photographers because they totally understand the importance of location, lighting and details. Gavin rented a white tux, Liz got a new dress and some of her “fren-dendors” (Friend-Vendors) were hired to help with the details. The colors of blush, white and gold fit their brand and style. The locations were all monuments in DC. Starting at the DC World War 1 Memorial we found it was just the right size for a couples shoot like this. Later we walked across the street to the Martin Luther King Memorial for a sunset view of the Jefferson and Washington Monuments. We are so spoiled here in DC!

Photography: Bonnie Sen | Floral Design: Floral and Bloom | Hair and Makeup: Beauty by Jackie | Calligraphy: Just Write Studios | Venue: DC World War I Memorial | Planning & Vision: Liz Fogarty

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Abby Capalbo

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Palos Verdes Engagement Session

It’s safe to say the day Nia Sanchez was not only crowned Miss USA, but also proposed to by her soon-to-be hubby will forever be remembered as one of her best days ever. Topped only, perhaps, by the day she gets to say I do. And after seeing  their stunning engagement session from Zoom Theory planned by Cake And Punch, I’m already chomping at the bit to see them say I do. 


From The Bride…Our love story started just over two years ago. We met in church at a Good Friday service where Daniel was greeting people at the door, we instantly clicked and on my way out, I made a point to say goodbye to the “cute guy at the door”.

One week later we had our first date hiking on a mountain and frozen yogurt to follow. A few days later we went to dinner and after that we knew we were meant to be. Daniel and I knew just a few months in that we wanted to get married, but first I wanted to compete in “one last pageant”. Little did we know that one would lead to three more and another year and a half years.

Daniel was my number one fan, my coach and support all the way! After winning Miss Nevada USA, and Miss USA Daniel proposed. The proposal was the most romantic thing anyone could have ever imagined. I was living in New York as Miss USA and Daniel was in LA. While I had a weekend with my girlfriends planned, he secretly flew to New York, prepared and decorated a roof top terrace at the Nomad hotel. The terrace was decorated to a T with fairy lights, lanterns, balloons, candles, flowers and roses. My friends told me that we were going to a roof top dinner. Little did I know that my life was going to change forever that night. That night we decided that forever was the choice we wanted to make together!

After I placed 1st runner up at the Miss Universe pageant, we were finally able to move forward with wedding plans. We chose our wedding planners, Cake and Punch, and started with the planning process! One of the first things we did was get engagement photos by Zoom Photography. They were the best!! We are so in love, and she captured that perfectly! We loved every second working with Meredith! Her talent and direction made it so comfortable and easy to shoot with her!! Thank you Zoom Theory for capturing our love on that beautiful day!

From Cake And PunchNia and Daniel’s love is beautiful and effortless just like these engagement photos. Meredith from Zoom Theory did such a great job capturing the many sides of their love story. This sweet couple definitely lives life to the fullest and enjoys every second of it, while always embracing their thoughtful, romantic, and softer side with each other. Nia will be crowning the next Miss USA this July 12th but something tells us that this will not be the last crown she will wear ;). Their engagement has been a dream and their wedding day is sure to be just the beginning of their beautiful fairytale. We cannot wait for their big day in October!

Photography: Zoom Theory | Event Planning: Cake And Punch | Venue: Palos Verdes

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Romantic Marin County Engagement Session

I think that if you are lucky enough to live in Marin County and even luckier to hire Coco Tran to shoot your engagement pictures, you can pretty much bank on the fact that they are going to be gorgeous. But these are so much more. They are love. Pure, unfiltered love. And pink tutus. Both of which come together to make this blogger, really really jealous. Can you even imagine what their wedding will look like? More here!

From Coco TranEric and Isabel both have impeccable taste in fashion, indulge in fine dining, and share the love for snowboarding. We shot their engagement session roaming the hills of Marin county where we found the perfect spot with tall grass to frolic in.

Photography: Coco Tran | Flower Crown: Tango And Foxtrot | Lace Crop Top: Love And Lemon | Tulle Skirt: Space 46 Boutique

Bohemian Ranch Wedding Inspiration

This, m’dears, is what happens when a talented team of vendors, a breathtaking venue and a crazy gorgeous theme unite: pure, unadulterated pretty.  Think Ryder Sloan Events, Sweet Lauren Cakes, The Floral Loft and Dustin Cantrell (to name a few) all coming together to create a bundle of rustic meets bohemian inspiration that is all sorts of amazing.  Get your juices flowing right here.

From Ryder Sloan EventsThe Free People dress was our first source of inspiration. The gauzy ethereal fabric with strands of beads and loose fit immediately set the wheels in motion for a Bohemian California ranch wedding shoot. Cow Track Ranch was the perfect host with sweeping green hills dotted with craggy rocks and the occasional California happy cow. CTR provided so many gorgeous light-filled backdrops throughout the day that our amazing photographer Dustin was literally chasing down the sun in the owner’s pick-up at the end of the day!

Courtney from the Floral Loft created a bouquet of deep greens and moody reds, an arch overlooking the horse pond covered in natural grasses, a centerpiece that pulled in the mint and marsala color palette and even a delicate little flower anklet for our bride.

Vintage china and flatware accented with stunning letterpress menus from Aerialist Press sat upon soft washed linens from La Tavola for the perfectly intimate barn-side sweetheart table. And we lit the inside of the old barn on property with tons of candles for a dreamy romantic “first dance” location for our newlyweds.

One of the benefits of hosting at CTR is that the owner’s daughter owns a vintage furniture rental company called Plum Couture Vintage. Upon arrival, she took me into her storage container and my eyes lit up. It was a vintage shopping experience like no other. So many gorgeous furniture pieces to choose from, but my eyes went directly to the brass candlestick holder collection and we immediately propped them on the sweetheart table for added elegance.

Our model Caroline’s natural beauty was enhanced by Shana from Fox&Doll who accented her loose waves with lovely deep red blooms. And we borrowed from Sweet&Spark’s immense collection of stunning vintage jewels to add just a touch of elegance to our otherwise relaxed, bohemian bride.

Perhaps the best part of shooting at the ranch was that it’s grounds were layered with wonderful finds that we used for spontaneous creative ideas. Upon arrival, we found a cow skull that was just begging for a floral crown, antlers that played off of the lovely letter-pressed invitations and fluffy linens, an old greenhouse that shot off incredible gleams of light and a haystack in the old barn that made for an excellent backdrop for our naked ombre berry topped cake from Sweet Lauren Cakes.

Photography: Dustin Cantrell | Floral Design: The Floral Loft | Wedding Dress : Free People | Cake : Sweet Lauren Cakes | Jewelry: Sweet & Spark | Hair And Makeup : Fox & Doll | Venue: Cow Track Ranch | Event Coordinator And Stylist: Ryder Sloan Events | Female Model: Caroline Rooney | Linens: La Tavola | Male Model : Casey Allan | Paper Goods: Aerialist Press | Rentals : Plum Couture | Venue Coordination: Liz Daniels

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