Last week I shared my bestie and her fiancé's beachy e-session in Santa Monica, so this week I thought I'd throw it back to G and I's engagement shoot, which happened almost exactly a year ago. I remember it was Nov. 30, the day before the bridal appointment where I finally chose my wedding dress.
Anyway, back to the engagement session. Since we were living in San Diego, we had so many beautiful locations to choose from and, true to form, I had a difficult time choosing. I researched dozens of potential photo shoot venues, including Temecula wineries, and we actually visited a couple places: Sunset Cliffs, overlooking the Pacific, and Marian Bear Memorial Park, which is full of nature and wide open spaces. I debated, back and forth, for days but we finally settled on Old Town San Diego for its rustic charm, historic buildings and abundance of succulents. (I adore succulents. We used them in our centerpieces and as our escorts/favors.)
I am not the most comfortable in front of the camera and I can be highly critical of the way I look, so I felt supremely nervous going into the shoot. I confided this to our photographer, Heidi of heidi-o-photo, as we walked into Old Town and even after just a few minutes she was able to help put me (mostly) at ease with her calm, casual demeanor and her friendly, encouraging words. Overall, the session was a good warm-up for the big day. I'd not only highly recommend Heidi but also having an engagement session with your wedding photographer-- for the photos, for the practice, and to make sure you and your photog are a good fit.
Without further ado, here are my fave images from G and I's stroll through Old Town San Diego, one fall afternoon a year ago...
(All photos by heidi-o-photo)