Steve and Annie traveled all the way from Florida to visit the Golden State. These two high school sweethearts started dating 8 years ago, and he had something very special planned for their trip across the country. He surprised her not only with a beautiful sunset proposal at Baker Beach, but also brought with him both of their entire families! Together with their families, they celebrated and popped a bottle of champagne, and even got an impromptu flash mob from a yoga group! What a day.
These two New Yorkers came to visit San Francisco for their 12 (!!) year anniversary! What a beautiful couple - we had the best time running along Lover's Lane in the Presidio. Moo and Jin met on a missions trip in Korea, and have been adventuring together ever since. These two were just laughing and smiling the entire time - he would whisper to her in Korean and she couldn't help but burst out laughing - I could photograph them forever!! Check out the rest of their anniversary session below!
Congratulations to these two Class of 2017 graduates, who graduated together and are now engaged! Gabriela and Jacob met at work, and then they fell in love right before they left for separate colleges. But these two were clearly meant to be, because here they are standing 4 years later with a ring on her finger and a wedding planned for 2018!
On our flight back from New Zealand, I was checking my email when I got a last minute inquiry from Ely and Tim, who had their first wedding anniversary coming up in a few days. It must have been meant to be - these two's anniversary was just a day before our own wedding anniversary, and we soon found out that we shared parallel love stories. Both high school sweethearts, avid Harry Potter fans, Bay area natives - plus she and I shared a background in design from UC Davis and careers in higher education - and he and my husband shared a background in political science - we clicked right away. These two came to their wedding venue - Nestldown - to revisit their beautiful wedding, reading wishes from guests and celebrating what a wonderful year it had been. Check out their anniversary session below!
What better way to celebrate our one year anniversary than to visit Middle Earth? As an avid Lord of the Rings fan, I immediately jumped on the opportunity to ride on horses to Isengard and drink ale at The Green Dragon. Though a short trip, it was certainly a wonderful adventure to remember.
Here was our itinerary! Packed with a lot of driving - I would suggest extending the trip to two weeks if you can! We definitely ran out of time, and especially with the shorter winter days, found ourselves rushing from place to place. In the South Island, we rented our campervan from Britz, which was surprisingly great! There were mixed reviews online so we were skeptical, but we had no problems with the van, and it was quite spacious and well stocked. In Auckland, we rented a Toyota Yaris from GoRentals, which also worked out pretty well.
* These were on our itinerary but we didn't make it! Unfortunately we either ran out of time or ran into poor weather conditions.
Words cannot express what an amazing couple Sirjana and Ben of Tinted Photography are - this New Zealand wedding photographer husband and wife team has the biggest heart. Sirjana and Ben hosted us in their beautiful home of Cambridge, New Zealand, cooking us a delicious meal as we laughed over how we met stories. These two talented humans not only hold photography in their expertise, but also calligraphy, art, and graphic design - what a team! And they are so full of passion for couples - so if you're ever needing a photographer to go to, go check out their work! Before we had to say goodbye on our short trip, we just had to squeeze in a quick in-home session (they have the most gorgeous wood paneled ceilings!) and a few shots outside once the rain let up. To meeting new friends across the ocean!
When Anna Irene approached me before they got engaged, I laughed knowing exactly how she felt - so ready to start a life with the one she knew would be her forever. Only a few weeks later, I got the text "HE PROPOSED!!" and so we set out to capture their joyful, whimsical love with an engagement shoot just outside of the South Bay in a beautiful open reserve in Cupertino.
I just have to give a shoutout to Robert, who's graduating from SJSU with his English degree and continuing his studies for his teaching credential. With a future that could hold shaping the next generation of high school students, we certainly need more educators out there, especially such brilliant and awesome ones like Robert!
As a fellow master's in counselor education graduate and soon-to-be former intern, Michelle has been such a joy to get to know here at the SJSU Career Center. Congratulations to her as she brings her sweet and bright personality to her new job in San Francisco!
Congratulations to these two amazing San Jose State University grads, who met at San Jose City College and transferred - then graduated - here together!