Harben and Ryan are already well into newlywed bliss, but looking at their engagement photos always reminds me of spring. On this particular afternoon, I met them at their adorable Nopa apartment and we spent the afternoon brunching in their garden, walking around the neighborhood, and finally making our way up to Buena Vista Park. They have the sweetest hearts and the best taste in baseball. Thanks for having me, Harben and Ryan!
It brings me so much joy to kick off the new year with this post (it's still considered new year, right?) for several reasons:
1. they include our besties Kyle and Mel
2. they're taken in our beloved hometown
3. they are stunning
I know I'm not supposed to get emotional until their wedding in October, but it feels like just yesterday that they'd just returned from their high school class trip to Germany and David suspiciously told me that "Kyle and Melanie spent a lot of time together." And here we are now.
Big, enormous congratulations to these two. We couldn't be more excited for them.
PS - I've updated my wedding and engagement pages for any of you lovebirds who got engaged over the holidays!
I think I've waited the longest anyone can wait to share engagement photos while the couple are still engaged-- yup, these two are getting married tomorrow! As I write this post from beautiful San Jose del Cabo, I still feel the joy and warmth that made our afternoon so memorable when we took these photos back in May. I can't tell you how happy I am to photograph their love again, this time surrounded by family and friends in celebration of how wonderful they are.
The Saturday Maddie, Brian, and I planned to meet happened to be San Francisco's one rainy day in January. I remember getting into the car and ignoring the gray skies and drops of water on my windshield until I crossed the Golden Gate. Then it really poured. Surely it'd be nicer in Marin.
The weather seemed to be getting grayer and grayer until I pulled into Natalie Coffin Greene Park and all of a sudden the skies cleared up and I found myself in a little safe haven of greenery and foliage.
Maddie and Brian came shortly after and, while I don't think we left a 50-yard circumference, we found several adorable nooks and crannies for our shoot. I've only known Maddie for about a year or so but she's the kind of girl who is instantly warm and infectious that way.* It felt surreal meeting Brian after hearing so much of their biking and triathlon adventures (he had just biked from San Francisco to Half Moon Bay that morning.) It was a wonderful way to spend the afternoon learning their story, their adventures, and their plans for their upcoming celebration. We ended with the two biking around on their borrowed tandem named "Stella" and marveling at how lucky we were.
I'm so excited for these two and their adventures to come.
*As someone who frequently identifies with Daria, it's important to meet people like Maddie to reinspire optimism.