Danielle Poff, what you’re able to do with engagement sessions never ceases to amaze me. Today we’ve got a darling proposal story to accompany some of the most romantic images we’ve seen, taken where else but in picturesque San Luis Obispo, California. If you’ve got an engagement session coming up (or just love looking at pretty images), this shoot is sure to inspire:
From the bride-to-be, Kourtnie: Nathan and I were introduced by a mutual friend years ago, but it wasn’t until we ran into each other out of town 3 years ago that we randomly hit it off and something sparked. For the earlier part of our relationship I lived in Chicago and he visited me every few weeks until I made the move out to Southern California so we could be closer. I never saw the the engagement coming which was so incredibly special because I love surprises, and he knows that. We were out in Chicago on vacation and spending the day with friends. Nathan had a date planned that evening that he called a surprise, which I thought nothing of since he’s always planned little dates in the past. We got all dressed up and he took me for a walk down on Lake Michigan- the same route we took on a walk the very first trip he came out to visit me – a memory that was very special to both of us. Eventually he dropped down on one knee and I honestly didn’t see it coming until it happened. He had a photographer nearby that caught everything on camera. I just about died… couldn’t believe all of the thought he put in it!
For the engagement shoot we were definitely set on something very scenic and outdoorsy, since we had the city-based pictures from our proposal. We wanted to find a setting that was woodsy with greenery and trees and also something near the water – but not the typical beach and sand backdrop you see all the time. With helpful tips from our wedding photographer, we decided on Montana de Oro state beach which is on the Pacific Ocean but is unique in that there are several cliff and rock areas that make for great scenery. For the woodsy option, we chose Los Osos Reserve (tree park). We had so much fun at our shoot! Outfits were selected with the mindset of seeming casual and along the lines with something we would wear any day of the week. We definitely made an effort to make sure we wore colors that complimented each other and weren’t too match-y.
Shoot Location: San Luis Obispo, CA / Photographer: Danielle Poff / Kourtnie’s Dress: Ms Chevious Boutique (Temecula, CA) / Sandals: Sam Edelman / White Jeans: Flying Monkey / Top: H&M / Flats: Lucky Brand / Nathan’s Attire: Banana Republic / Nathan’s shoes: Steve Madden / Hair and Makeup: Sammy Williams / Film Scans: Photovision