Lisa and Brian took me to where he proposed to her, a beach near Ano Nuevo called Stumpy’s. I always love asking couples about how they met and how they got engaged. They are both there chiming in on who thought what, who said what and the two sides to every story always comes out. These two are so easy to hang with- I’m totally looking forward to their wedding! They have an AMAZING 16 inches difference (it could be 18, I forget), so we tried a few tricks to close the gap. We had Lisa on hay bales, jumping into his arms, seated, perched on the up hill of the sand doons to name a few. Before on the sand doons, we stopped off at Pie Ranch cuz I saw the fog ahead and wanted a little sunshine for their session. After the goats and hay bales… we headed north. Ano had stunning landscape all around us with some fog creeping in overhead and the moon on the rise. They braved the cold, wet, and wind and hopefully had a little fun along the way. Here are a few from their session…
Love this one.
After a day of clouds coverage, I headed north to meet Joe and Elyse for their engagement session. If fog was in Santa Cruz, then surely we were not going to get sunshine up the coast. I was wrong. I pulled out of the cloud coverage on the way up highway one into some glorious sunshine. I was so happy. I met them up at a local beach. We started on the bluffs and then headed down to the extremely dangerous beach front. These waves eat you alive. Everyman is for himself when a wave comes in. At one point we had five people all scrambling for one rock outcropping that was the only higher ground.
I’m really looking forward to their wedding come September. They picked a very popular date- 9-10-11. I get to work along side the brilliant Katie Hund from Wylie Weddings at the lovely Pacific Oaks Winery in Aptos. As if planning a wedding isn’t enough, they just adopted a sweet little puppy! Congrats you guys on your new little family.
Ah, yes, sunshine. We got sunshine after a couple months of rains. Michael and Jenny wed on New Years Day, however, I was so sad that the day slipped past us without any lovely portraits of them in her lace adorned gown in a sunshine filled field that I suggested a day after session. We headed up to a small field near Westlake Elementary and UCSC that I’ve been eyeing for a few years now. It was perfect. There is a rocky wall that doubled as her castle and a field field with grass and tall redwoods, very enchanting looking. If there really was a castle, I may have made Jenny throw down those locks. She has hair like a true princess and all the lovely qualities of a princess. Full of grace. Next we had plans to go to the Arboretum only to find they lock their gates at 5pm. It was 4:58pm. SO… we headed North to a beach up the coast. Since we were all freezing and blown to pieces we worked the cliff view from a top before wrapping it up. Now I can complete an album for them with some gorgeous portraits.
These two are such a fun lovin’ couple. I wish I was able to shoot their wedding too! It’s hard to do a whole engagement session with a couple and not get invested after hearing their love story and future plans together. However, they booked a package deal that has them covered for a photographer. Sigh. I wish them all the best as Nathan travels to Guam for work until their wedding day. If Amanda is anything like me, then I secretly hope he gets more work there and she can have the fun young adventure of being a newlywed there with him before they return to the states. We headed up to Swanton Berry farm as it is as close to the country as we get around this beach town and Amanda said she’s a country bumpkin from the Fresno area looking for some grass and open space. We had beautiful blue sky with some crazy fun clouds that day. Not to mention some crazy wet fun at the end. Enjoy!
It’s hard to keep a straight face when you’re freezing your ass off. You guys are definitely crazy in love! All the best to you both. xx J
Oh, how I wish I could share their amazing video that their mega talented friend made for their up coming wedding days. Yep. Two weddings. One on the East Coast and one on the West- my first double header. Well besides my own. Yeah- we did the official one with just the parents present, then the huge shabang a year later. There will be no video though, as it is top secret. I got a peek though because I will be “working” while it plays. With their many years traveling from coast to coast to keep up a relationship, the two are planning a travel themed wedding. I’m very much looking forward to seeing all the details she’s oozing about come to life. In the meanwhile, here was her other vision for her engagement session… first a hike in Nisene Marks, then a trip to the beach for a coveted photo of them on boards in their clothes. Crazy I know. She had me at, “so our backs will be to you…” There is something so enchanting to me about two people in love looking away from the camera. It holds so much curiosity and unknowns.
After Nisene Marks… we headed over to the village. We did a little stroll around town, before hitting the water.
Lucky for these two, there was no swell. The surf was as flat as a lake. They were able to paddle out unscathed for this shot she wanted.
Thanks for the fun adventures guys! I’m looking forward to more with your bi-coastal weddings. xx ~J
Michael and Jenny are getting married on 1-1-11!!! Whoo hooo. I can’t wait. Winter fun. I’m certain it will be filled with many thought out DIY details. I’m very much looking forward to their big day and photographing all the fun little things that her and her family are working on. When we talked about photo locations for their engagement session, they told me they love to visit Swanton Berry Farm up the coast from me, so we headed there for their engagement session. It’s double special because it’s where Michael proposed to her. Perfect spot. Games, barns, grass, open roads and fields. It couldn’t get much sweeter. But it did. They bought me tacos after our session in Davenport. Such a fun day- Thanks guys! I had a great time wandering Swanton with you two and have got it in my back pocket for some rainy fun for my kids. I mean, come on… board games, children’s books, and free jam samples on animal crackers. Sorry, I just spilled the secret spot.
The Farm keeps an “old school blog” in their store where guest write an entry about their visit. And so it goes…
Yep- she’s BEAUTIFUL.
There is also a secret reservoir that the owner insisted we go check out. So we did. It’s picnic worthy. Next time. Quilt, wine, love.