Sparkling Seaside Engagement Shoot… That Leaves Us Breathless

Sometimes simple is best. But that doesn’t mean boring; this engagement shoot is far from that. It’s just simply stunning. With a view as gorgeous as this one, with the sea literally sparkling, and a couple as stylish as these two, there is no need for extra fluff. Keep it simple. Rebecca Yale captured all the sweet moments, the laughter and the love, making this engagement shoot, well, pretty perfect. It’s as simple as that.

From Rebecca Yale… Kate and Andre, who are San Francisco dwellers, chose to have their engagement sessions in one of their favorite places – the beaches of Santa Cruz where Kate’s family has a vacation home. They’re getting married in the city and wanted the contrast between the two locations for these photos. We started at a beautiful cove with giant rock formations that the Northern California coastline is famous for and finished up walking along the water near Santa Cruz Harbor at sunset.

From the Bride-to-be… We met at a friend’s birthday party in Santa Cruz in July of 2009. There was a spark (and some banter) but the timing wasn’t right – I was moving to Chicago the next week! Almost a year later, Andre and some other friends came to visit me in the Windy City. After a long night of dancing and deep dish, we were the last two standing. We walked to Oak Street Beach and watched the sunrise…. Little did he know, I would be waking him up to watch the sunrise hundreds of times over the next seven years. Within the next six months, we had both moved to San Francisco. The following years were a blur of friends, travel, Giant’s Games, hiking, concerts and exploring northern California (typically in search of spicy food and the perfect Old Fashion). Growing up, I spent my summers in Santa Cruz. Andre (or Dreamy Dre as my friends call him) proposed on a cliff overlooking Seabright Beach – it was perfect! Our wedding planner, Kate Siegel, introduced us to Rebecca’s work and we fell in love! I love that she shoots on film and the way she captures light. Andre suggested Santa Cruz (a location he now calls one of his favorite places in the world) for engagement pictures and it just seemed right. We don’t typically go to the beach in cocktail attire, but Rebecca’s photos makes us want to do it again!

Photography: Rebecca Yale Photography | Event Planning: Kate Siegel Fine Events | Pink Dress: BCBGMAXAZRIA | White Pants: Topshop