Southern California Engagement: Part 1
January 04, 2017 • Leave a Comment
Photographing Lizzie & Russell’s engagement in Southern California this past summer was easily one of my favorite things to document in 2016. Not only are these two dear friends to Seth and I, Russell also happens to be the only cousin I have on my dad’s side of the family. We’ve grown close since high school, and his beautiful bride-to-be is just as amazing (if not more ;)) as he!
Much like the day we spent together, I’ll be sharing their engagement photos in two parts. To begin the day, we ventured from Lizzie and Russell’s beautiful home in San Diego to the Mission of San Juan Capistrano. The landscape and history at the Mission is truly remarkable and provided a rich well of inspiration throughout the morning.
I asked Lizzie to share a little bit of their story and have sprinkled her words to provide a complete picture of the two of these two beautiful souls. So without further ado, it is with much joy that I share this engagement session with you!
Let me not to the marriage of true minds
-William Shakespeare, Sonnet 116
Although our love story began when we were oh so young, we believe that when something is truly meant to be, neither time nor circumstance can diminish the simple truth that love can overcome all of life’s obstacles. In youth we often find ourselves following the crowd, and giving into the opinions of those that surround us. However, Russell and I found a way to stay focused on what made us happy, and that was and still is each other. High school relationships are normally seen as a stepping stone or a rite of passage, however it seems as though we are among the rare few that found true love where it was least expected. I often feel as though somewhere deep down we knew we would end up together. there was a simple trust between the two of us that I had never felt with anyone before. I felt safe, in mind, body, and spirit when I was around him, and to me that was a clear sign that this was truly something unique.
The scene was set beautifully as well. The day prior we drove around the north shore of Kauai until we found our perfect sunrise beach. When we walked onto the shores of Moloa’a Bay it was breathtaking, we walked along to the northern side of the beach and there was an amazing look out, with these large black lava rocks. We talked and splashed in the water, and it was pretty easy decision that this was where we would be watching the sunrise the next morning. However, little did I know that Russell would be proposing in 12 hours. On the morning of June 29, 2016 Russell, myself and my niece left the house around 5am and started our drive to the beach. Little did I know that the both of them knew that this sunrise was more than just a sunrise, it was a proposal. I am so grateful that Russell incorporated my niece into this special moment in our lives. My sister passed away just over 4 years ago, and having her daughter there with us made it feel as though a piece of her was there with us on that beach. I never thought that I would have my sister be part of this experience, and Russell found an incredibly special way to honor her and make me feel her presence.
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