Anto and Simone live in Verona, Italy and fell in love in high school. Their photographer, Stephanie Williams of This Modern Romance told us these two are the sweetest together and are the epitome of young love and romance. The town of Verona was super crowded the day of their engagement session because of a festival, so they had to duck into small streets and alleys to avoid the crowds. Oh to be Italian!
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Today’s feature is everything Lady Grey. From the unexpected engagement ring and the poppy lip color to the gold wedding dress and festive donuts. And clearly that bouquet had us at hello. It’s a little whimsy, and a little feisty; playful yet elegant. We can’t be more excited to share this collaboration between photographer, Sara Hasstedt, event designer Ashley Nicole, and floral designer Cori Cook.
Vendors: Photography: Sara Hasstedt // Hair/Makeup Stylist: Amie Belden from Matthew Morris Salon // Event Designer: Ashley Nicole Events // Floral Designer: Cori Cook Floral Design // Dress Store: A & Be Bridal Shop // Dress Designer: Sarah Seven // Bow Engagement Ring: Kate Spade // Sunglasses: Coach from Colorado Eye Center // Necklace: J. Crew
What’s more fun than a day at the beach foraging for oysters–especially when it results in a feasting party with you and your fella? We absolutely love Johnny and Joanne’s engagement session by KT Merry so much, and for even more fun, there’s a video shot by Sara Amos Films. Read the rest below to hear from our bride, Joanne, about their love story and the idea behind today’s images.Click to expand for more
Johnny and I met more than a decade ago at a high school summer program in Rhode Island. Because I’m from California and he’s from New Hampshire, we didn’t think we would meet again. As fate would have it, after randomly bumping into each other in the Boston subway and a series of chance encounters, we reconnected and finally started dating a few years ago when Johnny moved to California.
After spending the holidays with Johnny’s family on the east coast, we came back home to San Francisco where Johnny started an elaborate 9 day proposal that began at one of our favorite buildings, and led to new surprises almost each day that took us to nearby Half Moon Bay, Sausalito, favorite restaurants, and celebrations with family and friends. I finally got to say “Yes!” on the 888th day of our relationship which was followed by an announcement party to share the news with sixty of our closest friends.
For our engagement photos, we wanted a scenic location that was also representative of us at a favorite destination (and more importantly, eating some of our favorite local foods). We worked with our fantastic photographer, KT Merry, and came up with a plan to start off in San Francisco where we live and venture out to Point Reyes to the Hog Island Oyster Farm. Going to the oyster farm is a favorite weekend activity with my family and it has become a place we love to share with our friends. Hog Island was gracious enough to let us get behind the scenes so that we could capture the stunning setting in Tomales Bay. We set up a picnic of freshly shucked oysters and some of our favorite treats from the San Francisco Ferry Building.
It was a pretty adventurous afternoon of feasting and getting muddy and messy but it was so much fun! We were so lucky to have KT Merry, her husband Chad, and Sara Roeder help us put it all together – we could not have done it all without them!
Vendors: KT Merry Photography // Videographer: Sara Amos Films // Hair and Makeup: Taylor Pham of Mimi & Taylor // French Farmhouse Antiques (cutting boards, baskets, linens) from Maria at Dreamy Whites // On Joanne: Pleated navy dress, Nude pumps, Coral dress, Rainboots, Lace dress, Gold and white gown, Gold sandals, Accessories: J.Crew and Tiffany & Co. // On Johnny: Denim shirt, Suits and shirts: Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren, Shoes, Rainboot // Picnic: Hog Island Oyster Farm, Boccalone, Miette Bakery, Acme Bread
We absolutely adore this sweet couple, their darling puppy, and their photographer, Kayla Barker who I had the pleasure of meeting at Jose Villa’s workshop in Napa. Oh sweet lovely film. There’s nothing like it. These images are so simple, so sweet, and beyond beautiful! Their stylist, Katie, from Signoramare, focused on a rustic yet elegant vibe. I’m sorry to say that all I can think is, I need those Hunter boots. Immediately.
Remember that one time when you and your fella were taking a romantic walk in the rain and then posed with a rainbow? No? Oh, that’s right–not normal! Chris and Alex’s engagement session by Tess Pace Photography is so lovely, we had to do a double take. The colors, the cloudy day, the rainbow? Say what?
Tell us how you met.
Chris and I met at a Christian summer camp in Minnesota during the summer of 2011. We were both youth ministers, teaching students how to sail, canoe, and kayak. The funny thing is, neither of us knew how to do any of those things… We spent long days in the summer sun having conversations about our faith and playing guitar. Well, Chris played and Alex sung at a pitch only dogs can hear. We didn’t express any romantic interest outwardly toward one another, but we both enjoyed each other’s company and would have non-stop fun all day long. We kept in contact after camp and we eventually started dating 6 months later. During our time dating, we spent two months in Africa together (that’s a whole different story!) and many hours on the plane as we traveled back and forth from Colorado to Minnesota for visits. Then, on March 30th, 2013 Chris proposed…
Describe the proposal.
Chris and I had been dating long distance for over a year and a half when he asked me what I would like in a proposal… my only two wishes were that it was a surprise and that my friends and family would be involved and there to celebrate with us! Chris coordinated with my best friend and maid of honor, Emily, to fly out to Colorado early in the morning (unbeknownst to me) and hike a beautiful trail near my house. This was actually the very first date/hike we went on when Chris first came out to visit me. That morning my roommates and I had planned to go on the hike to spend “quality roommate time” together (I live with 6 other girls and we LOVE doing fun things together). We hiked up the mountain and low and behold, Chris was standing at the very top, dressed adorably, waiting for me. He got down on one knee and gave a beautiful proposal. Unfortunately, I was so overwhelmed with him being in Colorado that I had to make him repeat it later that night because I didn’t remember a word of it! After I said ‘yes!’ (of course) we hiked back down the mountain and I was brought to a restaurant in town. When we got to our upstairs table, all of my closest friends and family were there to surprise me and congratulate us! It was absolutely perfect!
Can you describe what you are planning for your big day?
Our wedding design will be one of rustic elegance with touches of vintage flare. Of course, Pinterest has been a huge help in coming up with ideas! We love the idea of having things fun, crafty, rustic, and somewhat original, and for our wedding, the beauty will be in all the small details!