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Beach, Blooms, And All the Engagement Inspo You’ll Ever Need

Summer weekends might be slowly winding down, but we’re determined to savor every last second we’ve got left. And kicking us off into this August Friday is a dreamy beach engagement from Esther Sun. The full gallery is basically our version of heaven on earth, and don’t miss the couple’s sweet love story waiting below.

From The Bride…Dennis and I grew up together at the same church but our paths wouldn’t cross until much later. He was always the cool high school kid getting into trouble while I was the goody two-shoes middle schooler observing from afar. Ironically, it wasn’t until Dennis began attending a new church, that we finally connected and eventually started to date!

Shortly after becoming official, we took a day trip down to San Diego, which is where we got to experience some of the most defining moments of our relationship. We made ourselves comfortable at a local beach and spent some time enjoying the wonderful weather and beautiful views. There, I got to share with Dennis some of the most delicate and dear things about my life that I still hold close to my heart today. Upon sharing, Dennis’ response of gentleness, care, concern, and love spoke to me of a potential future with him. Little did I know, this was also the same moment Dennis knew he wanted to spend the rest of his life with me, to continue to love, nurture, and protect me. One year later, Dennis took me back to San Diego and professed his love for me and sealed the deal with the loveliest rose gold stunner!

When we booked our wonderful wedding photographer and now great friend, Esther Sun, we knew we had to do our shoot at the beach, reminiscent of our most pivotal moments. We didn’t need anything over the top, but just something that really captured our story. Esther did an amazing job and we are still blown away with how beautifully she captured our love. We are so excited to share these wonderful images with our family and friends, but even more so to be able look back at them years from now when we are old and want to be taken back to where it all began.

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Photography: Esther Sun Photography | Hair + Makeup: Sherilyn Yi | Floral Dress: Free People | Pink Dress: Jill Stuart

This Engagement Session Serves Up Major Squad Goals

Say hello to your new favorite engagement session, because this pretty lil’ portrait? It’s got a little of everything. A sweet fluffy pup, a handful of good girlfriends, and of course Hello Blue Photo behind the talented lens capturing it all. Get in on the fun (and be sure to favorite a few) via The Vault!

From The Bride…I wanted our photos to reflect who we are as a couple, but also be timeless at the same time. We both love the outdoors, as well as the beach. I love magical garden environments, flowers, cool mountains, rocks, succulents, pretty much anything outdoorsy. We are getting married at Terrain, the Anthropologie wedding venue in Philadelphia, and am envisioning a very boho-garden inspired wedding, so thought would be great for the engagement session as well.

From Hello Blue PhotoThe couple also wanted their dog, Chloe, because she is such a big part of their lives. They even had a floral collar made for her for the session. Ryan and Sara were so laid back, and super easy to shoot! Their chemistry really came through on the film, and they were thrilled with how they turned out.

One of my favorites parts about the session was that Sara brought basically her “Girl Squad” with her! She had Aimee, a childhood BFF and her make up artist, doing touch ups on her hair and even changing her lip color throughout the session which was amazing for me, because her make up was perfectly on point the entire time! And, she also brought another BFF to help take their dog, Chloe, on walks and entertain her when she wasn’t needed! The girls brought champagne to kick off the session and help the couple relax which ultimately made for an easy, super romantic, cuddly session! I wish I had Sara’s #girlsquad to follow me around everywhere!

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Photography: Hello Blue Photo | Makeup: Aimee Levi | Location: Newport Beach Back Bay | Floral Design: Every Bloomin Thing | Film Processing: Pro Photo Connection | Floral Dress: Free People | Hair: Bellevie Hair

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Newport Beach Engagement Session

We’re no stranger to a beautiful beach-set engagement session, but when it involves the likes of Peony & Plum and Esther Sun, you better believe we’re in for a treat. Complete with gorgeous gowns and a styled bouquet to match, no detail went untouched, including a cameo appearance by the cutest fur baby you ever did see. More in The Vault for a happy Monday, indeed.

From The Bride….We met while we were both attending law school at the University of Michigan. Mike was a year ahead, so we didn’t actually meet each other until a dinner with other Korean students at the school. We were sitting at opposite ends of the table, and we hardly talked to each other that night. It wasn’t love at first sight! But over the next couple months we saw each other more at school and got to know each other better.

We only started dating a month before Mike’s graduation, and the relationship was long distance from the start. Mike was returning to his hometown, Chicago, to study for the bar, and Sejin was starting a summer internship in New York. Mike stayed with Sejin and her roommate for a month in a railroad-style Upper East Side apartment that summer. After the summer, Sejin went back to school at Michigan, Mike started working in Chicago, and we saw each other on the weekends as much as we could. After Sejin graduated, we spent the summer together in Chicago while Sejin studied for the bar.

After that wonderful summer together in Chicago and after moving together to New York, we both knew we were with the person that we wanted to spend the rest of our lives with. We picked out a ring together, but Sejin didn’t know when Mike was going to pop the question. After a dinner out with friends one night, we returned to Sejin’s apartment, and when she opened the door to her room, she was greeted with a runway of white candles and lights leading to the ring. It was a complete surprise!

We’re so excited to be getting married in front of our closest friends and families in Malibu in August, and we couldn’t have asked for a more perfect engagement shoot!

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Photography: Esther Sun Photography | Floral Design: Peony & Plum | Dress: BHLDN | Dress: Catherine Deane | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Hair + Makeup: Theresa Huang | Hair + Makeup: Tokiko Inoue | Venue: Newport Beach

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