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New Yorkers’ Breezy + Beautiful Palos Verdes Engagement Session

It’s finally warming up here on the East Coast, but seeing sunny photos, like these beauties from Koman Photography, make me question why I ever left California. Thankfully, this New York-based couple’s romantic engagement session in beautiful Palos Verdes is taking me home and filling me with those happy California vibes. Get your daily dose of Vitamin D—and pretty—in The Vault!

From the Bride-to-Be…Chan and I met in an elevator our first week of college at New York University. Oddly enough, I have no recollection of this first encounter, nor do I remember our second encounter at a Thanksgiving potluck a year later. Two whole years after the elevator incident, I confidently introduced myself to Chan at a church barbecue, at which point he informed me that we had met twice before. Though terribly embarrassed, I laughed it off and we bonded over a mutual interest in cooking. Over the next couple of years, Chan and I grew to know each other first as friends and then more intimately when we started dating in 2014. He was passionate and driven, yet gentle and incredibly kind, so naturally I wanted him to be mine forever. Lucky for me, things worked out in my favor!

Chan and I both get a bit claustrophobic living in New York City now, so for our engagement session we wanted to be near the open ocean in Southern California, where I grew up. We had a location in mind, but John and Marlene of Koman Photography had an even better suggestion and we’re so glad we listened to them. The day of our photoshoot, I visited the talented Marie Tran of Luna Bella Beauty to have my hair and makeup done before heading over to Flat Rock Point in Palos Verdes, CA. We were both nervous to be photographed but John and Marlene made us feel completely comfortable and we ended up having a blast! We are so happy with our photos and we are more excited than ever for our wedding day!

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Photography: Koman Photography | Hair + Makeup: Luna Bella Beauty | Venue: Palos Verdes | Blanket: Michaels | Her Attire: Bloomingdales | Her Attire: Abercrombie | Her Beach Attire: Free People | His Attire: Hugo Boss | Vendor: The Bride's Aunt & Grandmother

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Romantic Southern California Seaside Proposal

Ladies and gentlemen, take note—if you want a truly special proposal, make sure you have a photographer on hand to document the moment. And if you can get a photographer like Valentina Glidden (who also happens to be the Groom-to-be’s sister-in-law), the photos are guaranteed to be as special as the moment. See the proof in THE VAULT!

From Valentina Glidden PhotographyI had the privilege of capturing my brother-in-law’s proposal to his beautiful future wife, Maria. He wanted it to be a beautiful place, preferably by the ocean and this gorgeous location in Palos Verdes was a winner. We anxiously arrived to scout the location and then hid while he took her on a drive. He casually stopped by the chosen spot and walked her down towards the ocean – she had absolutely no idea what was coming. We hid on top of the hill while he got down on one knee and asked her to be his forever. It was such a sweet and emotional moment, not only because proposals tend to be that way, but because I was capturing the moment I would be one step closer to having a new sister!

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Photography: Valentina Glidden Photography | Venue: Palos Verdes | Vendor: The Bride's Aunt & Grandmother

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 | Vendor: The Bride's Aunt & Grandmother

Abby Capalbo

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