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We’re so excited to share this super-fun and vivid engagement session with you guys! Deidra and Pete were the lucky winners of a complete Sorella Muse wedding package back and June. We love Deidra’s description of Nicole, of Sorella Muse: “Like a hummingbird flitting about, she moved between angles, shots, and genial suggestions to bring out our most authentic selves.” Sounds like a good team! We can’t wait to see photos of their big day!

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How they met: In January 2008, Pete was celebrating a transition from grad school with a trip to Costa Rica. Packed and ready, he needed only a map of the country. He stopped into his local Barnes and Noble, where Deidra was working part-time to save some extra money before heading off to law school. She was covering the cash register for a co-worker who was taking a break when Pete approached to pay for his map. Deidra was feeling extra friendly that evening and decided to strike up some small talk in Spanish. After engaging briefly and warmly, Pete asked for her number under the pretext that they might meet up and practice Spanish together. Pete wasn’t deterred after Deidra canceled their first date, supposedly “too tired to meet up,” and they finally did dinner about a month after meeting. Fast forward seven years, and they are thrilled to be planning their wedding.

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The Proposal: Our engagement weekend was our definition of a perfect weekend. We started off with lunch at Hopscotch, one of our favorite restaurants in Oakland. Next, we made our way through the grey rain toward Aptos and a cozy-modern guest house on a vineyard overlooking the Pacific. After just settling in and with a bit of feigned whimsy, Pete suggested a pre-dinner toast of Deidra’s favorite grape juice and cupcakes. Each cupcake was in a box of its own, but the last box contained a ring box instead of a cupcake. Deidra was happily surprised when she opened that third box and Pete began to tell her all that he felt, asking eventually whether she would be his partner in marriage and in life. A happy yes followed, and we enjoyed the rest of a long weekend with comedy, sea kayaking, walks, the new Hobbit release, morning tea, a visit to the Santa Cruz Surf Museum, and of course, ice cream.

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Our Engagement Session: Our engagement session with Nicole was better than we could have imagined. From start to finish, it was organic and uniquely us. Oakland and the East Bay have been our home for 10 years, so it was fitting that we toured a sun-filled Temescal coffee shop, a local ice cream shop, and a favorite park—spontaneously pausing in between midway to enjoy a mural. All the while, Nicole accompanied us like an old friend. She made us feel so comfortable and at ease. Like a hummingbird flitting about, she moved between angles, shots, and genial suggestions to bring out our most authentic selves.

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Photography : Sorella Muse N. Anderson Studio //  Makeup: Tamara Locke // Hair: Liz & Company Oakland, CA // Deidra’s Skirt: Sam & Lavi // Deidra’s Top: Banana Republic // Sandals: Cocobelle via Shopbop // Pete’s Shirt and Jeans: J. Crew // Pete’s Sandals: Chac // Location: Arbor Cafe, Temescal Alley, and Piedmont Park //

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Well, if this isn’t the cutest, little engagement shoot! Lacee and Matt had recently moved to Texas from New York and had fond memories of their long drive. So, when their awesome photographer, Jenny McCann, suggested incorporating a road trip into their engagement session, they jumped at the idea. Everything about the resulting shoot is adorable—the couple, the relaxed styling, the vintage car and, of course, their scene-stealing French bulldog. This one’s totally got us itching to take a fall road trip!

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Photography: Jenny McCann // Vintage suitcases: Rent My Dust // Film processing: Indie Film Lab // Location: Erwin Park

We’re loving this engagement session from Eileen Liu Photography. Yep—Diana and Ivan crushed their engagement session. The images are gorgeous enough to be a wedding portrait session and the dress is amazing enough to be a wedding gown! Now we’ll just have to wait in suspense to see some even-more-beautiful images from their big day!

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From the bride: When we first visited the Greystone Mansion, it completely took our breath away. We chose this location for our engagement photos because of its serene environment, lush gardens, and breathtaking architecture. We felt like we were being whisked away to a fairy tale castle in the heart of France! Luckily, my best friend has a natural talent for floral design, so she arranged a gorgeous bouquet for me; we even went lace-hunting in the fabric district to find the perfect ribbons to tie around the flowers. Our vision for color was to feature soft tones of pink, green, and cream.










Our second shooting location was chosen for sentimental reasons. When Ivan and I dated for the first time 7 years ago, we carved our names in the rocks of Malibu. When we separated a year later, we swore to return to this very same beach one day and come back together. Now that we are getting married, we thought it would be the perfect place to take photos to commemorate our relationship. We will always cherish this incredible piece of California that holds a very special spot in our hearts. To our great delight, we caught the most unforgettable sunset that evening!



Photographer: Eileen Liu Photography // Flowers: Flowers by Chanstein // Dresses: Catherine Deane Needle & Thread // Venue: Greystone Mansion //

Happy day! How lovely is this Chicago engagement session?! It’s the perfect day date—simple, intimate and beautifully photographed fabulous Kristin LaVoie!

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Happy Photography: Kristin LaVoie // The Find Lab  // Venue : DL Loft

Phi and Bryan’s engagement session from celebrated New York wedding photographer, Alicia Swedenborg, is so dreamy! The lighting is magical and every image is like an study in pastel ombré. It’s seriously so amazing. Just wait until you get to the shots from Top of The Rock. Gasp! Gorgeous!

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The proposal: We are surrounded by our families (especially mine; we live down the street from my mom and sister). Always having family functions and gatherings we are rarely home alone. It was Christmas Eve and I had a very long week at the salon working around the clock for clients. My last client came in late so I had to stay, knowing I needed to come home and get ready for Christmas Mass (we go with my family every Christmas Eve). I stayed late and got home completely wiped out. Bryan had come home from work, very calm and sweet that day. As I was getting ready for Mass he continues to follow me around the house telling me how beautiful I was and how much he loved me. I didn’t think anything of it, as I’m spraying on perfume making it the last thing to be done, I turn around to ask Bryan how I looked? He replies “I think you look beautiful but I think you’re missing something,” and gets on one knee and pulls out this black box. I got so excited I started to cry. We got the chance to be alone in our house we just bought, just being in the moment just the two of us was something so special. So that day went from being a stressful day to the best day of my life. It will definitely be a Christmas Eve to remember.











Photography: Alicia Swedenborg // Outfit #1 Dress: ASOS // Shoes: Christian Louboutins // Bryan’s Jacket: H&M // Bryan’s Pants: Perry Ellis // Outfit #2 Dress: BCBG // Necklace: RJ Graziano // Shoes: Jimmy Choo