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One of my favorite parts about photographing engaged couples is getting to meet them and learn about their love story.  Each couple is unique and it never gets old!  I recently had the pleasure of meeting Cate & Brandon for their engagement session at Crystal Cove State Park in Laguna Beach, CA.  We had so much fun!

A Surprise Engagement

These college sweethearts met while pursuing degrees at different universities in Orange County.  Six years later, the two graduated and were working in their respective fields when Brandon took Cate out for her birthday.  Cate, a lover of puzzles, was just excited to be working her way through an escape room with Brandon and her family.  Brandon pulled off the surprise of a lifetime by hiding her engagement ring in a safe, the last step of the puzzle.  (How creative and romantic?!) The rest is history.

Blue Hour Photos at Crystal Cove State Park

We got started a bit later in the day than what is typical for an outdoor session, but we got great shots regardless.  So often, we hear about golden hour and the beautiful results are obvious the moment you view a gallery.  However, blue hour has its own perks and is a great option for couples seeking something out of the box for their session.

Everyone knows how romantic it is to shoot seaside in golden sunlight.  Have you ever snuggled up with your love underneath cotton candy skies with the moon peeking through, though?  Cate and Brandon have and I absolutely love how they turned out!

Crystal Cove State Park

It’s no secret that California has some of the country’s most beautiful beaches and is there a better place to shoot engagement photos?  Crystal Cove State Park was the perfect locale for this sweet couple to document in this next stage of their relationship.  It was equal parts romantic and fun, just like the beautiful faces in the photos. 

These two were so loving throughout the entire session.  Between the soft smiles, big laughs, and romantic kisses, they needed little guidance!  We were also able to snag some more playful shots to celebrate this California couple’s engagement.  Their more casual outfit choices were perfect for splashing and playing along the tide.  On the other hand, the dressier attire made for some great romantic shots.  All-in-all, I think we got a great handle on their relationship with this session!

Cate and Brandon, thank you for allowing me the opportunity to meet the two of you and to be able to capture such an exciting season of life.  I wish you both all the happiness in the world with your upcoming wedding.  Congratulations! 

Are you planning your engagement session or wedding? I would love to get to know you more and document these special moments for you!

Client Praise

-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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