Laina + Chris | Engaged


I only live about an hour and a half from where I grew up, but it didn’t occur to me until this session that I rarely photograph in that area. This year, however, I’m honored to have been asked by four different women with whom I went to high school to photograph their weddings, so I’ll be back often—and happily so! I was particularly excited to meet up in my hometown with Laina and Chris a few weeks ago because Northern California had finally gotten some much needed rain. And even though it was just a drop in the bucket and did basically nothing to alleviate the drought we’re currently suffering, it has caused every hill around us to begin to turn emerald green and every tree to blossom. It’s a welcome sight and made for a beautiful backdrop. See what I mean?:

Although, when you get a load of Laina + Chris, you realize very quickly that it wouldn’t have mattered what background I put them against—they look gorgeous no matter what. :D Also, the photo on the left was a total mistake, but I like it and I’m in charge around here, so I’m keeping it. :)

Laina never stops smiling! :D

I will never, ever, ever get tired of oak trees.

I love the way that people who are in love look at one another. Melts my heart. :) Also, isn’t that dress stunning?

I have to apologize to Chris once again for making him lay down for this shot. I always ask couples if they’re okay laying on the ground before I ask them to, but Chris didn’t tell me he’s allergic to grass and he was insanely itchy after he got up! Sorrysorrysorry! But I still like this photo. :)

Laina, you are so unbelievably beautiful.

See? Green!

We rarely get great clouds around here, so I took full advantage that day. This right here would make one heck of a great huge canvas. Favorite!

I knew this was my favorite image from the whole session as soon as I took at, and when I showed it to Laina on the back of my camera it made her tear up. Love is awesome, guys. A perfect ending to this post.

Laina + Chris, I know you didn’t do it just for me, but thank you for making the trek out from New Jersey to meet with me to take these photographs. It was a pleasure to spend time with you (and to finally meet Chrissy!), to look for wild animals with you (Chris is the only person I’ve ever met who gets as distracted by ducks as I do), and to learn about your lives.  You’ve already tackled a lifetime’s worth of hardships together and come out on top, and your relationship is all the more beautiful for it. I am so excited for your wedding and I hope you love these photos as much as I do! xo, M


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