Valerie + Kellen - Engagement Session - San Diego, California

So I absolutely LOVE making an engagement session unique to a couple. Bringing in little things that mean a lot, or picking a location that is a part of a couple's history. It's so much more meaningful than just pulling a photo off a Pinterest to re-create. Don't get me wrong, I even use the never-ending-scroll site when I'm brainstorming or need inspiration...but there is something amazing about creating inspiration for the world rather than just reproducing it. 

When we started brainstorming for Val + Kellen's session, I found out that Val and Kellen started talking years ago because of their mutual love for Smash Brothers on the N64. It was an easy decision to work that into their engagement session somehow! Jay and I met them at their super cute place in San Diego and before turning on the N64, we walked across the street for some coffee. After playing (for not long enough) we made our way to Torrey Pines for a little golden sunset action. 

Colorado Winter Inspirational Bridal Session - Northern Colorado Wedding Photographer

For those that may not know, snow if completely new to me. Growing up in sunny Southern California I went a whole 22+ years before seeing snow fall in person. I know, crazy. After moving to Colorado last year with my husband I knew that I was going to be running around like a 5 year old with a sugar rush come winter...and I was right. It's just so beautiful. 

Since a few weeks ago it was warming up to a nice 25 degrees, Lace + Lilies and I came up with the idea of styling a simple bridal session in the snow. Along with the help of Candace of Dotted With Hearts Makeup Artistry, we created a look fit for a snow queen (yes, I'm that cheesy).  

Makeup: Dotted With Hearts | Flowers: Lace + Lilies | Photography: Candice Benjamin Photography | Model: Britta {you rock - thank you!} | Fax Fur Coat: Nine West | Dress: Dora Grace Bridal (Tulle Skirt) DIY (Belt) Anthropologie | Invite: Minted