Big Sur Forest Engagement Session | Laura Hernandez Photography

We’ve had the honor of knowing these two from the very beginning of their relationship (or at least as early as they wanted everyone to know). They dated for a few months before releasing the first official Instagram picture of the two of them, which of course made everyone giddy with excitement. They were just ADORABLE! Headsets on and buckled in, as Evan was about to take Nikki on their first solo plane ride together, with him as the pilot. Our family has been very close to Evan, a.ka. “Andy”, for years. We always knew him as the awesome lead guitarist on stage at church and just the nicest guys in the world. We took some amazing group road trips, survived some epic mountain bike rides, and were groupies as he toured with his band. Then one day something changed. There was a new spark in his step… and we just knew! He had found the love of his life and we had the honor of capturing his proposal story here.

We just love when friends are engaged! Our semi OCD kicks in and get to play make-believe wedding planner. The day after their Valentine’s Day proposal, a wedding date was set. We had less than four months. What!?!? You heard right. FOUR months. A week later we had every major detail planned; venue, florist, caterer, oh yeah and photographer, all set. Nikki texted me yesterday the invitations are officially in the mail. Woo hoo! In less than two months these two lovelies will be husband and wife. Congratulations you two! We’re counting down the days!

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Surprise Proposal

A few months ago I received the sweetest email from Greg. He had plans to fly out to California with his girlfriend Jess, and couldn’t think of a better place to ask her to become his wife. Leaving the freezing cold temperatures of Pennsylvania, he dreamed of the sunny beaches of California. After a few phone calls, dozens of texts, the day was finally here! Rachel and I love surprise proposals, especially when we’re asked to do something extra special. A romantic table setting overlooking the Big Sur coast, YES! I remember Greg saying he just wanted everything to be perfect. He had seen the proposal we did for Matt and Stacey last year and adored the look of Big Sur. You could hear in his voice how much Jess meant to him, and he wanted this day to prove it.

Greg and Jess… Congratulations! We are so very grateful we were able to play a small part in your life’s unforgettable journey. Happy wedding planning!

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Florist: Floral Designs by Reina
Styling & Photography: Laura Hernandez Photography

  • Gregory B. Jones - April 17, 2015 - 9:16 AM

    Excellent job! Photo’s and your narrative were awesome!ReplyCancel

A Classic Carmel Bridal Session

We’ve been told it’s a Southern thing, but how we WISH it would move it’s way west! Bridal sessions. An afternoon with stunning bride-to-be, a gorgeous floral bouquet, and hair and makeup perfect in every way. Jessica grew up in Maryland, she was soon was calling Monterey home. Her fiance Theo was in the military and was transferred all the way to California. I must say, if you have to live somewhere for a few years, Monterey’s not too shabby. Last summer we received an email from Jessica that even though their wedding was in Louisiana, they really wanted their engagement session to show off the breathtaking California coast. We spent the afternoon with them traveling the coast of Big Sur you can see here. Just weeks before the wedding, Jessica reached out to us again. Her dress was done and she was ready for her bridal session. Her what? Don’t get us wrong, we knew what a bridal session was. We had gawked over them for years through the southern wedding blogs, but we had never been asked to do one. Here was our chance! We had the most amazing afternoon with Jessica. She trusted us to choose her locations. We traveled from the valley, through the twisty back roads in Carmel, and ended at sunset on the beach. Perfection.

Later that same night, we saw Jessica had left us a review. It was a paragraph long describing all the details and how much fun she had experienced the entire day! There was one line that started with “My only regret is that…” (heart sinking moment, right?) but it ended with “I didn’t find them before I booked my wedding photographer for our out of state wedding.” What an amazing end to such a wonderful day. Congratulations Jessica! Theo is one lucky man!

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Many thanks to this amazing creative team who brought this wedding together…
Hair & Makeup: Aimee Gruber from Jasmine Loren Salon
Florist: Floral Design by Reina
Photographer: Laura Hernandez Photography