November 20, 2018
Big Sur has always been a special place for Thomas and I. We had a trip planned to Big Sur, and Thomas proposed just a few days before we went – so for us, it brings back all of those “just engaged” memories. I remember pulling over on the side of the road and soaking up those views. It was so hard to believe that I was standing on the edge of the country with my future husband. When Natalie and Chad decided to fly across from Florida to have a Big Sur engagement session I was over the moon! We hadn’t been back in four years – and of course – the opportunity to share that with one of our couples was truly unforgettable. It was Chad’s first trip to California, and Natalie had visited when she was young, but of course it was amazing seeing it all as an adult. Watching them experience it for the first time was magical for us. Definitely a weekend we’ll always cherish (I have the biggest smile on my face right now as I write this three weeks later!).
Natalie and Chad have an incredible story! These two met in 6th grade – however, they didn’t start dating until high school. Even still, I think that is so fun to have memories from middle school with your future spouse! Chad and Natalie love to go on trips together – so naturally, Chad knew he was going to propose some place memorable. They began planning a trip to Germany in Fall 2016. Chad and Natalie planned for an entire year together – but Chad was doing a little extra planning of his own! Chad and Natalie’s mom went ring shopping together, which I think is so sweet! Chad brought the ring over to Europe and proposed to Natalie just as the sun set past the Neuschwanstein Castle. Of course, she said yes, and they’ve been planning their Museum of Fine Arts wedding since!
Natalie and Chad flew over to California on a Friday and we had a jam packed weekend with them! I toured them through the Santa Cruz mountains and redwoods as soon as they landed at SFO. No time for jet lag for these two – they were ready to conquer the weekend! On Saturday we headed south for their Big Sur engagement session. Natalie wore a bohemian red dress from Free People that was perfect against the blue backdrop. The first view we saw, we pulled the car over and we all busted out our cameras. Of course, the views just got increasingly more beautiful along the way. We didn’t know exactly where we were going – but we let adventure and the sights lead the way – which was a great choice. The sheer cliffs that lead straight into the Pacific Ocean are unreal. That evening, we witnessed the most incredible sunset. I’m pretty sure we were all in that car on our way home pinching ourselves for the incredible day that we had together.
Chad and Natalie – thank you for being so wonderful (and for your thoughtful gift box!!)! We feel so, so fortunate to be working with you both! I remember being a little disappointed that we didn’t get to do your engagement session before we moved away from Florida – but clearly it was meant to be and we were able to create some unforgettable memories together! We can’t wait to celebrate with you two in April! Hugs!
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