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San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge Engagement Session

Coco Tran is filling in our screens with lovely today, and when I say lovely, I mean lovely. It’s all thanks to this stunning San Francisco e-sesh she sent our way where the perfect California light just seemed to follow these two lovebirds around. The result is a gallery of images so pretty I almost don’t believe they are real, but lucky for all of us, they totally are. See them all here.

From Coco TranNancy and Kevin are from sunny San Diego, they are both avid foodies and share a deep love for travel. Their love story began in their college years where they met in Mexico, Tijuana to be exact. Kevin was a sailor with the Navy at the moment, and Nancy was a college student enjoying her spring break in Mexico. What started as a hot summer fling, 11 irreseperable years after, Kevin asked Nancy to be his forever. Being the gentleman and sweetheart Kevin is–he planned a romantic proposal to his sweetheart.

This fun session was a wonderful way to get to know Nancy and Kevin. Both outgoing, spontaneous and fun couple. We chose to shoot in San Francisco because Nancy and Kevin love the food and often travel up North to dine and relax. We were lucky to have caught San Francisco on a an absolutely stunning winter day, at 70 degrees it a perfect day to capture their love.

Photographer: Coco Tran

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Romantic San Francisco Engagement Session

There is nothing, and I really mean absolutely not a thing, that I don’t love about this engagement session. The couple, his yellow pants, her 100-watt smile, the light on that California beach, Milou + Olin’s way of capturing it all… I could go on and on, but I’m on the verge of gushing, so instead I’ll just send you straight to the gallery!

From the groom to be… He was walking to his office at Stanford around 10:00am, coming from a morning session at the gym. She was sitting at a small table outside of his office, concentrating on building an upcoming presentation. No one else was to be seen in this long hallway. He said hello, she reciprocated. He thought she was beautiful; she thought he was handsome. He repeatedly found reasons (excuses) to come out of his office – take out recycling, start the coffee machine in the kitchen, asking her if she would like to work at the free desk next to his… They started chatting – she had a wonderful smile and a firm handshake. He thought she was a new Masters study, he was visibly embarrassed when he learned she was a post-doc. She wanted to be exotic by talking about being Canadian. He rebutted with his Canadian citizenship and birthplace. They joked, they laughed, they lingered. She didn’t use his free desk; he didn’t immediately say yes to her invitation to coffee… but there was gravity. Each knew it. Later that day, he said “yes” to coffee. She smiled; he smiled. Coffee was had late the following week (she was traveling). One coffee and three hours of conversation that felt like a heartbeat sent them on their way…

Where did he propose? In a cabana at a small resort in low season in Baja California (Mexico). August 21st, 2012. The beach was empty. They had had a wonderful time the previous 4 days – watching the sunsets over the all-but-abandoned beach that looked like the creation of earth.

The night was in full effect – clear, full of stars. The beach-fire was beginning to transition to glowing embers. They spoke of their love for each other… he had the ring buried in his pants, quite visible in the daylight, but here, darkness was his ally.

He got down on one knee in the cabana, looked at her beautiful face illuminated by the glow and asked “Will you marry me?” Without hesitation, she said “Yes.” They embraced – wildly happy and exhilarated by what had just happen, what journey they have just embarked upon.

Photography: Milou & Olin

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Foreign Cinema Wedding

This is one of those weddings we live for here at SMP.  You know the kind: a wedding that is soooo full of gorgeous details and love-filled moments, it kind of takes your breath away.  It’s beautiful blooms from Natalie Bowen Designs meets a stunning Foreign Cinema backdrop (seriously, I love this place) meets one of the happiest bride and grooms I have ever seen.  See it all captured by Meg Perotti right here.

From Meg Perotti… A sweet modern couple originally from San Francisco but living across the country return to tie the knot in their favorite city. Foreign Cinema is a unique venue offering a beautiful ceremony space-a covered patio usually used to screen films during dining hours and a lovely warm dining environment.

Photography: Meg Perotti | Hair And Make Up: Kari Li Premeir | Coordination: Leftwich Event Specialist| Florals: Natalie Bowen Designs | Getting Ready: Hotel Vitale | Venue: Foreign Cinema

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