Friday, April 10, 2015

Our Engagement Photos (Pt. 2)

As promised, here are a few more pics from the second half of our engagement photos.

We headed to Lands' End, one of the prettiest places probably in the world. It always blows my mind that we live in such a busy, noisy, crazy city - but we're 15 minutes from the ocean.

Walking along the path, there's this wall/barrier to keep the earth from falling into the ocean (or something). It's a little industrial looking and ended up being the perfect backdrop. You'd never know that on the other side of the camera is the Golden Gate Bridge and the Pacific Ocean. The color is pretty and the lighting was perfect, so these ended up being some of our favorite photos from the session:

Then we headed down to the lookout and Erin made photo MAGIC. I did my absolute best to choose like 2 or 3 photos to post, but I couldn't. I love them all SO much:

At the end of the session, we were both freezing and a little exhausted. I looked out at the water and saw dolphins playing in the waves. (Erin captured that moment too, and it really shows off my inner nerd.) I am totally obsessed with marine life and am always searching for dolphins and whales. (I would say this is a pretty tragic obsession to have, since I get very seasick and can't go on whale watching tours.) Staring out at the "dolphin infested" water as the sun set was surreal, and was the perfect end to the day. It made me feel so relieved and thankful that after my dramatic temper tantrum, we still made engagement photos a priority.

I'll be forever grateful that we'll have these photos to mark this time in our lives. Someday, when we have been married for 30+ years and live somewhere a little slower, we'll look back at these pictures and remember when we lived in the most beautiful city on earth and our only priority was to enjoy it.

[All images by the talented Erin Conger. My hair & makeup by Katie Nash. See the first batch of photos here.]

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Our Engagement Photos (Pt. 1)

I'm a few months late on sharing these, which I can't believe... because I AM SO EXCITED about them. Call it the curse of Instagram... I post everything there and neglect this space where I'm allowed to write as long of "captions" as I want and share 900 photos if I feel like it.

And FYI, I sort of feel like sharing 900 photos. Call it vain, but I am so happy with our engagement photos that I want to post every last one. I'll refrain, but I will definitely be falling into the "oversharing" category. I'm breaking it into two posts to soften the blow, and will share a few more tomorrow.

Engagement photos were a tricky thing for us. Long story short, I really procrastinated and suddenly it was the deadline for sending out Save the Dates and I had my heart SET on including a professional photo of us. I would call it my "major wedding mental breakdown moment," and I was quoted saying "THEY EITHER HAVE A PHOTO ON THEM OR THEY ARE USELESS!!" probably 30 times. (Ok, you can call THAT vain.) I guess I just got hooked on a vision in my mind and was really pissed off at myself when I felt like the ship had sailed. It took a few days to be reminded that all wedding timelines were basically invented by Martha Stewart and at the end of the day, you can do whatever the heck you want. But more on that sentiment later.

Our friends at Western Editions (who printed our invites!!) suggested I reach out to Erin Conger - a SF photographer who has the exact style we were looking for. I was a little nervous, so I called on Katie Nash for my hair and makeup needs. She did an amazing job and, consequently, I felt much more comfortable being in front of the camera all day.

Tim and I are cheesy, but not cheesy in the sense that we wanted the pictures to be really over the top and staged. So, we told Erin that we wanted to go to a few of our favorite places - the places we've spent the most time and have the most memories.

First stop, we met Erin in Golden Gate Park. We live close to the park and have spent more Saturdays than I can count there. It's heaven on earth. (To put it lightly.)

Then, we went to the Conservatory of Flowers. This is one of our favorite places in the world. It was where we had our first official date in San Francisco. It was where we walked on our first Christmas away from our families. It was where we had our engagement party. It's where I've gone every time I feel like this city is too noisy and I need a moment. We love it:

Our final stop in the park was Strawberry Hill. On one of our many walks through GGP, I was rambling on about how I'd read about this "weird island hill thing" in the park, and I wondered where it was. A few minutes later, we saw a path we'd never been on and opted to take it. Voila, Strawberry Hill - the very spot I'd read about. We had so much fun exploring and ended up at the rope swing at the top which yields a view of the Pacific. Though these pics aren't from that day specifically, that's the memory I'll always think of when I see them:

Then we were sick of smiling and making googly eyes at each other, so we broke for refreshments and headed to the ocean. I'll share my favorite of those pics tomorrow!

[All images by the talented Erin Conger. My hair & makeup by Katie Nash.]