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Nancy & Patrick’s Rim of the World Highway Adventure

Lake Arrowhead Engagement Session

Of all the clients I’ve photographed, Nancy & Patrick have one of the most unique love stories, and we wanted that reflected in the sessions.  When they approached me with their concept, I was instantly intrigued and the finished product is even better than I could’ve imagined!  It perfectly encompasses their story, but to understand that, you need to know the details.

Long before Instagram and TikTok, there was MySpace, the social media platform that led this sweet couple to each other when they were still in high school!  They were long distance at the time with Nancy in Orange County and Patrick in the Bay Area.  They traveled to each other when they could for homecoming and trips to Disneyland, but eventually they fell out of touch.  A while later, he looked her up on Facebook and rekindled their romance.  One thing led to another and they decided to close the distance between them by Patrick moving to be with Nancy, and the rest is millennial romance history!

Aside from their love for each other, these two also share a love for cars and racing. Between the years they spent traveling back and forth to each other and their mutual hobby, it seemed only fitting to incorporate the highway for a deeply personal and unique engagement session.  After all, they’d gone the extra mile (pun intended) to make their relationship work, why not do the same for the session commemorating the next step in their lives together? 

Nancy and Patrick rented a beautiful sports car for the day and we set out on our road trip/engagement adventure! We spent the day driving the Rim of the World Highway, a route that Nancy had traveled many times before on family vacations when she was younger, and  stopped along the scenic route at three separate locations to capture shots of the couple.  It became such a fun adventure for us all and what I’m sure will be a fond memory for these two to reflect on in the years to come!

It’s expected for couples who have scheduled an engagement shoot to be fairly romantic with each other, but Nancy & Patrick were especially giggly and loving!  They were fully invested in their engagement session and had a blast in the process, something that I think is very clear from the photos we snapped that day.  I can’t wait to see what the future holds for this couple.

If you’ve got an out-of-the-box idea for your upcoming engagement session, let’s chat to figure out how to make your dream shoot a reality.

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-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"

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