It was seven years ago to this day when Ryan asked Stephanie to be his girlfriend. They were at Spirit West Coast in Monterey, CA and have not left each other’s side since!
And now, fast forward to our time with these two. They wanted to do a “Day After” session in celebration of their first wedding anniversary and we could not have been more excited; this date had been on the books for over seven months, and we were ready!
Pulling up to the West Lake Village Inn, we started with some casual portrait of the two of them, as well as grabbing some more fierce shots of Stephanie’s dress and the the two of them together. I can’t tell you how nice it was to have all the time in the world with a bride and groom. We moved furniture, we brought lighting, and we had a great time seeing these two being transported back to memories of their wedding day as they held each other close and whispered sweet nothings into each other’s ears.
After the hotel, we took them out to a spot where they had their engagement photos done and our goal was simple…give them something they don’t already have! haha. We were on a mission…and thanks to Stephanie and Ryan bringing awesome props and to some absolutely breath-taking light coming through the hills, we knew we had an amazing opportunity! So we trudged through the brush, got stuck by thistles, and walked up a big ol’ hill to find what we photographers like to call “heaven!” We finished up our time with them laying in the fields, with them surrounded by some one of their favorite shared interests…music! They brought records (yes, actual records!) of their favorite artists both old and new; it was 100% THEM and it’s what we love to capture most…our couples as who they truly are together.
Stephanie and Ryan, your love for one another outshone the sun that day, and we feel so honored to be the ones you chose to capture such a memorable day. We absolutely loved the way you chose to remember your first year of marriage together and know without a shadow of a doubt that the next 7 seven years will be….well…”heaven.” :)