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Monica + Joe – Love on the American River!

What would you do if your 80 year old landlord in small-town Woodland wants to set you up on a blind date? Do you say yes? How could you say no to such a nice guy? (The landlord that is) I know I would have been a bit weary of being setup by my sweet old landlord. The biggest surprise was that Monica met Joe on this blind date. The perfect thing is that they quickly found how interconnected they would become.

If you know Monica, you know she loves her dogs, and because she is a veterinarian, Monica is in love with animals period. She is a small animal vet and is proud mom to three adorable little pups she has rescued over the years. Then I saw Joe with the three little guys and I could immediately see they were a happy bunch. It didn’t matter that Monica was puked on by their new puppy Henry, both Monica and Joe laughed together at the fun craziness the dogs fill their lives with. (and Joe cleaned her up using the sock right off his own foot.)

We had met at Ancil Hoffman Park on that beautiful afternoon. Monica and Joe often enjoy a late afternoon or an evening in the park. They walk along the river, let the dogs play in the water and enjoy a perfect end to a busy day, together. It was actually just down the river a 100 yards from where we were taking pictures that Joe proposed to Monica. They paddle down the American River together in a canoe, with the dogs in tow. They ended pulling ashore on an island where they setup a small lunch together. It just so happens that Joe loves to fish, he even brings his fly fishing rod with him whenever he can.  He asked Monica if he could practice his cast for a little and decided to be fake fishing and tied the ring to the end of his line (He is clearly a brave man, and has some serious knot tying skills). He cast the ring into the river and called Monica to see what he had “caught”. She waded out to where Joe was in the river as he was reeling in the ring.  He was immediately down on one knee in the water and proposed to Monica. She almost fell into the river, completely caught of guard, by what is now such a memorable moment for them both.

You can see why we would end up on the river with these two! It was so fun to have them guide us to their favorite spot to play with the dogs at Ancil Hoffman Park. The water was warm, I did end up knee deep in the river to get a couple shots, but I was thrilled to as these two were the ones with the idea. Thank you for letting us see how you make each other laugh and smile. Lisa and I can not wait to see you this fall!

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Mervin + Angie – Sutro Baths Engagement

The journey to find the love of your life might take you across mountains, across states, flying between continents, over a river or through the woods, or maybe she is just 4 minutes away from your house and you were so close but never knew it. It is kind of fun when the love you were always looking for is literally around the corner and all you had to do was go outside and be present. Angie and Mervin had mutual friends for longer than either of them would have guessed before hanging out one evening with all of their friends at a haunted house. One side note is before their first meeting Mervin had already heard of this cute girl who moved back home to California from NY who was single and really cute. Lucky for Mervin, his friend was not lying on either of those statements. Haunted houses were not Angie’s favorite thing but Mervin turned out to be the big scaredy cat, hiding from all the scary things. Seeing this, Angie decided to chat with Mervin and come up with a solution for their fears. They decided to run hand in hand and surprise the unsuspecting haunted house employees instead of being the ones scared. When I first heard this I could imagine these two running around laughing and having a blast.

Fun and laughter is a defining thing in their relationship. It is always infectious when Mervin starts to be a bit goofy and gets not only Angie laughing, but everyone who is surrounding them becomes filled to the brim with joy because of the infectious fun they create together. Lisa and I finally met these two in person last friday when we photographed their engagement session at Sutro Baths in San Francisco. The thing is, we already knew so much about each other it was as if we were hugging friends we had not seen in months. I knew how infectious Mervin was and how sweet and kind Angie was going to be, and trust me they were exactly how I knew they were going to be. Playful is really saying lightly in describing how these two are for each other. They support each other when they need it, like Mervin having Angie hop on his back so she didn’t have to walk down a steep hill in high heels or Angie supporting Mervin while he is tying his shoes on the edge of a cliff. They are just perfectly intertwined in their love for each other and honestly it shows. There are so many details I could go on about their relationship and how these two people make everyone around them become better people but I will save that for the wedding. For now please enjoy their beautiful engagement session, and know that our hearts are overflowing with joy and thankfulness that we were able to capture your love Angie and Mervin! See you soon!

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