We could not be happier sharing a small peek into Melanie and Mike’s life. Mike is a tech genius by day and Crossfit Gym owner by night. Even Melanie has her secret identity as well. By day she is an amazing Legislative Aid to the California Senate and a Radierette by night! It is funny that I didn’t think about the fact that they both have these fun, adventurous, and you can almost say double lives together. The had recently bought their first house together in Folsom and could not be happier to be a stones throw from Sutter Street. They love the fact that they can walk together and eat dinner, have a beer, or just walk around Old Folsom enjoying each others time. They may be a busy couple but any moment they have is enjoyed with each other. Their engagement session was beyond perfect since we started in their adorable home. They painted it all white instead of beige which made it full of light. Her Grandmother’s chairs and tables were in the house which made Lisa and I smile. Having something that special is kind of amazing. Specially since her grandfather made the coffee table. After hanging out at their house we took a walk down Sutter Street and stopped at a couple of their favorite spots. The sun was setting and we knew we had to go down the street to a favorite spot for the summer, Folsom Lake. For those of you who do not know California is having the worst drought ever. Lisa and I had been a few weeks before to the lake and Lisa said it was like walking on another planet. We took their adorable dog Duckie with us for a walk. I still can not get over how amazing sunset was that day. Thank you again Melanie and Mike for sharing with us a little piece of what makes you two such a sweet, caring, and fun couple. We can not wait for your wedding!
Ben and Alexa…there are so many sweet things to say! When we first met these two and heard how they fell for each other we asked, where can Lisa and I sign up to be at their wedding! Falling in love at the gym is not an easy thing. Even more so if you think the girl managing the gym is cute. Ben — quiet, calm, cool and collected found sneaky ways to say hello day after day, week after week. It took a little while but he built up the courage to ask out Alexa.
It is funny because I have been thinking about change so much lately. How do we take that first leap into something new. How can we look at change in our lives and be willing to put our hearts and futures on the line and embrace change for the fickle, fun loving beast she is. A new relationship is full of change and new ideas. When you look back at yourself after you have been dating or been married for a couple years, you see that you indeed did change. I have become the man I am today because I was brave enough to walk up to this red headed girl with the biggest smile I had ever seen and ask her for number. I had never done anything like that before. I was afraid and still embraced chance. Years later I still kick and scream at change but it is that same red headed girl that I look back at and know that deep down in my heart that worrisome little boy will always be there. Fear will never leave your side no matter how fast you run from it. You have to understand that you will never stop fear but you can channel it into real change in our lives. It is that moment of embracing fear that we are at our strongest.
Think about that moment when you asked your now fiancée or wife to marry you. Was there a bit of fear at your side. Did you use it as strength and ask that one question that starts more change in your life then you ever imagined? I know I did.
All this being said, Ben and Alexa have grown so much because of each other. For their engagement session we headed to the Sunday Farmer’s Market under the freeway at X st. It was gloomy and that was ok. They just wanted to grab their veggies and a bit of fruit for the week and go about their day. We met up later at their adorable downtown apartment. I have said it before, but a couple’s home is one of the most beautiful places in the world. Seeing who Ben and Alexa were and capturing them in the one place they spend a large part of their lives together makes Lisa and I happy. Ben showed us the bike he made himself out of bamboo and carbon fiber and Alexa introduced to her adorable kitties. We finished our session where these two had their first date, Southside Park. They quickly had us following them around the jungle gym and embracing our inner child. I could not be happier seeing them relive those first moments of them being together and falling in love all over again. Thank you so much Ben and Alexa for inviting us into your lives and giving us a tiny glimpse of who you are.