A little over five years ago, I worked at a bridal salon selling wedding dresses. Through that job I met Lydia Messenger, a photographer in Southern California. She photographed the weddings of a few friends, and I enthusiastically recommended her services to many of my brides. I remember when I moved to San Luis from Southern California, I thought, "Well, I guess now I'll never get to have Lydia photograph my wedding!" As you all know, last October I moved back down to Southern California to be with Keith, and when we got engaged one of the first things I did was e-mail Lydia and ask if she would shoot our engagement session. I'm so glad she did our shoot and I'm so excited to share some of the photos with you today!!
Don't worry, there are only 130 so this shouldn't take too long. JK JK JK I'm only sharing some of them. You all owe me one.
I'm a huge procrastinator by nature, and it's one of my major faults. If I'm at a restaurant I'll insist on being the last person to order so I can put off ordering for as long as possible. I was the student in college who was finishing my papers 3 minutes before they were due. And for our engagement session, I was looking up pictures I liked on Pinterest the night before the shoot, and I was picking out my outfit and Keith's outfit 30 minutes before we had to leave.
That's called being ON THE BALL. Or, wobbling on the ball trying not to fall off. Whatever.
To be honest, I was really nervous about the session. I'm pretty comfortable in front of a camera, but I've never taken romantic pictures before, and Keith and I aren't the typical "hold each other's face and whispering sweet nothings all tenderly" couple. We're sarcastic, and silly, and not into PDA. I really wanted our pictures to reflect that.
I have to give a ton of credit to Lydia - as soon as we got there I felt so at ease! She made the whole shoot SO much fun and we had a blast! So if you're in the Southern California area and need pictures done I highly recommend Lydia. And you know that's genuine because she doesn't even know I have a blog and she didn't ask me to say this, I just think she's the best and would love for everyone to get to work with her!
Also, I was using this new BB cream that day (and I HATED IT) and the makeup had rubbed off of my nose before we even started shooting, and you can't even tell. When I realized I looked like Rudolph right before we were about to take our pictures I was pretty mad, but Lydia saved the day and I can't thank her enough.
Was that enough of an intro before we get to the pictures? Did you even read anything?
Remember how I said I was nervous about the intimate poses? Well, Lydia is just awesome and I love how these turned out.
This is one of my favorites because the hand on the face + the kiss on the forehead is like... the best thing ever.
I asked if we could bring the dogs and Lydia was all for it, and I'm glad because these are some of our favorite pictures! Before we got the pictures back Keith kept saying, "I can't wait to see our pictures!" and I was like, "Awww really? That's sweet," and he'd reply "Well yeah, the ones with the dogs are gonna be so cute!!!" So I'd roll my eyes and then be like, "OH MY GOSH I KNOW."
Part of the reason I love the dog pictures so much is because of how I used to feel about dogs. Two years ago (ish) I wrote a post about things I don't like, and dogs made the list. I hated their fur, their slobber, their barking, the inconvenience of having a dog, and I even said out loud to multiple people: "Whoever I marry better not want dogs because I'll NEVER live with a dog. EVER!" I just think it's so funny and cool how you really can't predict the future, and how when you really love somebody you can learn to love what they love.
She also took some individuals of us, and I'm dying to get the one of Keith printed out so I can frame it and put it on my desk and also keep it in my wallet. When Keith saw my portrait he said, "It looks like a Macy's ad," and I looked at him like, "MACY'S???" And he said, "What?? I just called you a MODEL!" And I patted him on the head and was like, "You're adorable."
Since our favorite baseball teams are rivals, it seemed only right to take some pictures in our jerseys, and I'm SO GLAD we did!! I love these pictures (especially since the Dodgers are currently in first place SUCK IT) so much!
So, there you have it. We haven't decided for sure if we're using a picture on our invitations, but I really want to, I just don't know which one to choose! Heellllllpppppp please.