I had the pleasure of working with Ellie and Michael who joined me at Balboa Island for their date night session to celebrate their engagement and upcoming wedding. These two were a dream to work with for their themed shoot.
When they contacted me to set up their session, they mentioned their love of exploring new places, going on little adventures together, and food. Ellie was also very open about her love of Bridgerton (and honestly, who isn’t on board with that?) which led her to plan a wedding heavily inspired by the elegance and beauty seen on the show for full-Bridgerton vibes.
After discussing their hobbies, interests, and the little nuances that made them Ellie & Michael, we worked together to develop a concept for their date night session that would encompass all of the above. Like most couples, their personalities are similar but different and I wanted their session to be unique while showcasing the love between them. We decided on a romantic beach picnic that had all of the elements of elegance and fun, heavy on the romance! An intimate date night with me there to capture all of the little candid moments that would normally only be a memory, and it went even more beautifully than I could have anticipated.
For the first part of the shoot, Ellie and Michael posed on a blanket for their upscale picnic that featured a carefully curated basket filled with grapes, chocolate covered strawberries, wine, and a bouquet in beautiful autumn shades that complemented Ellie’s dress. They were a picture of sophistication in their more formal attire before we made things a bit more casual for their barefoot walk on the beach. The end product is something I think Daphne Bridgerton herself would swoon over.
They were so loving and incredibly expressive, not to mention they posed like models. All of the poses came so naturally to them and their chemistry was palpable throughout the shoot. They made my job so easy and the shots we got are just as dreamy as the couple in them!
I thoroughly enjoyed putting together this themed shoot for this lovely couple! I loved having the opportunity to get to know them and plan a session that was personalized to suit their personalities to create a truly memorable (and fun!) session.
I’ve got some ideas of my own, but if you’re interested in teaming up with me to create your own themed shoot, message me to book. We’ll make something beautiful together!
-Maryanne, February 2022 Bride
On top of how perfect her photography is, working with her is an absolute joy! She is so kind and funny and made us feel so comfortable.
"Alaina showcased our love authentically"
-Veronica, August 2022 bride
She is an expert at making you and your significant other laugh, is incredibly detail-oriented and organized, and truly cares about capturing your wedding day perfectly.
"Alaina truly cares."
- Tracie, October 2021 bride
Alaina is spunky and fun and full of great ideas. She made my fiance and I feel so comfortable during our time together. We loved all the candid photos she caught of us!
"Alaina had us laughing the whole time"