Danielle and Jason are very good friends of ours. We've known them since before they first started dating and have watched their relationship grow into a bond stronger than any ceremony or marriage certificate could prove. This photo session actually occurred more than a year ago, but we share it now because they have exchanged rings in their own way and committed their love and devotion without the confines of social expectations. They are defining their love and relationship on their own terms. They set a fine example that love knows no rules or bounds but is instead pure joy, comfort, and trust. We love them dearly and wish them love and happiness for years to come!
Alex is a true romantic at heart. These two had a plan to become engaged on an upcoming trip, but Alex wanted the engagement to be a surprise. They always take a walk down the Santa Monica Pier after their Thursday night dance class so Alex thought it would be the perfect setting where she would be completely unsuspecting. We talked briefly on the phone about where he would stop her and exchanged photos since we had never met!
When we arrived the night of the proposal we were amazed to see that the Ferris Wheel was lit up with a heart. We couldn't have asked for a better backdrop! We carefully looked at every couple who walked by, yet tried to remain incognito - we didn't want to miss them! Fortunately, we recognized them instantly. They were both beaming and walking with a certain lightness to their step. As they made a second pass he stopped her - almost perfectly under a lamp post. They chatted, she threw her head back and laughed... then he paused, lowered down to his knee and held out his hand.
She immediately covered her face as the reality of what was happening took hold. She then squealed with joy and threw her arms around his neck. She laughed and cried with pure happiness... and said YES. Other people passing by on the pier clapped and shouted their congratulations and we too were swept up in their joy as Alex pointed us out in the crowd. She was thrilled and gave us huge hugs (which we love because if you've met us you know we are huggers!).
These two are an incredibly sweet couple and we were so honored to be a part of their life's journey together. Alex and Julie, we wish you the best of what life has to offer and many wonderful years together filled with laugher and happiness!
Scott and Eileen came to us to help them create a reimagining of their wedding. Married almost a year ago, and opting to have family and friends take their wedding photos, they didn't quite capture everything they were hoping for. Challenge accepted! We had an amazing time in Agoura Hills, California. The two of them dressed in their wedding clothes, walking up and down the rolling hills, and a beautiful setting under an oak tree for them to recreate their ceremony. To our surprise, they had written new vows to reconfirm the love they have for each other and recited them as the sun set behind the hills. After the rustic setting, we headed to El Matador beach in Malibu, to catch the sunset and some beautiful moments at last light. We wish Scott and Eileen love and light in their lives together and we feel so fortunate to be able to help them recreate these memories.
Melissa and Greg are such a sweet, spirited, fun couple! Effortlessly in love, they expressed themselves so fluidly and lovingly we had little to direct. Letting the moments unfold naturally and catching the light and love in front of us is our favorite kind of session! Walking around the streets and alleys in Pasadena we were able to use architectural and organic details, textures, and shadows to showcase their affection for each other. Their upcoming wedding is in November, and we are sooo excited to shoot them again and witness their union!
One of Vitae Weddings' very own, Stacie, is getting married in July! We put together a simple, beautiful engagement session at Descanso Gardens, a botanical garden in Los Angeles County. The weather in December was lovely and crisp, the leaves were golden, and the winter sun fell perfectly through the large California oak groves. Bret and Stacie, both being photographers, graciously allowed the camera to turn on them and capture their adorable silly moments as well as their palpable love. We cannot wait for the wedding!!