With stops at their favorite locations from Orange County to San Jose, Nate and Jacquelyn’s gorgeous multi-day engagement shoot was a photographic dream for top San Francisco wedding photographer Meg Perotti! Engagement sessions are always a great way for photographers to connect with a couple before the wedding, but it’s not often a photographer gets to share whole weekend with a couple and with such a fabulous variety of locations to boot!
From the Photographer: Jacquelyn and Nate and I spent two days together for their engagement session as they live in Southern CA but spend a lot of time in Northern CA and really picture themselves in both locations. I was shooting a wedding in LA in July so we were able to start their session down in the OC and finish up here in San Jose! Best of both worlds as far as Im concerned. These two are absolutely gorgeous and were a complete joy to photograph.
Now, on a completely photographic level, their first location was not the easiest spot to photograph in, to put it bluntly. However, I always encourage my clients to chose locations with meaning behind them and this place had some serious sentimental value for them so I was definitely up for the challenge! Although, when Jacquelyn told me it was called La Cave, Im going to be honest, I got nervous. Let me tell you, a CAVE it was! Nate led me down the elevator and my eyes seriously couldnt even adjust at first, I couldnt see a thing! Because I was traveling by plane for my wedding that weekend I couldnt pack as much lighting as I would have had it been local so we made do with one strobe/umbrella kit and two of those industrial lights from home depot. And honestly, it seriously inspired me. I was having a BALL. It was really refreshing to problem solve and think on the fly like that. I really love these images!
From the Bride: Nate and I met through friends ten years ago, we would always hang out in groups but we both always had significant others…Four years after we met we both found ourselves single and Nate told my friend he wanted to take me out on a date. I was hesitant to go out with him at first since we ran in the same circle of friends but the first night we went out sparks flew! Now almost six years later we are engaged to be married!
Shooting our engagement photos was incredibly fun, not only because of our amazing photographer but because we really got to feature all of the things we love! We started our first day of photos at a bar called La Cave, Nate plays in a live karaoke band there and it is where he first got my phone number to ask me out on our first date! When we first started dating I would watch him play there every Thursday and occasionally (ok EVERY week) I would get up on stage and sing. We still go there often for a drink or two. I know Meg was nervous to shoot there as the lighting is absolutely awful, but it was really special for us to have photos there.
From the Bride: Our next stop was the Orange County fair. We had discussed wanting to go to the fair for the engagement shoot but hadn’t mentioned it to Meg as we weren’t sure she would have time or like the idea but as soon as we brought it up she was game! Nate and I go to the fair every year and love to use it as an excuse to eat anything from deep fried oreos to chocolate covered bacon. The past four years of dating we’ve taken the black and white photo booth pictures so it wouldn’t have been complete without Meg shooting us in the booth!
The last stop of the Friday shoot was at Little Corona beach in Corona del Mar. For the first few years of our relationship I worked near the beach and Nate would come meet me a couple of times a week and bring me lunch. We would sit together for that short hour break over looking the beach and talk and talk and talk… This spot was very significant, when we took the photos it brought back so many fond memories for us. Plus being a couple living in Southern California and Nate’s love of surfing, the beach plays a huge part of our life!
From the Bride: So…maybe I’m a little crazy but I had a second day planned for our shoot and a fourth stop for photos. Nate and I are both from Northern California and both of our families are still up there. We are getting married in Carmel next year so I had to have some photos done up north as it is such a huge part of our lives. The following Monday our shoot took place at a gorgeous trail near my parent’s home in San Jose, CA called Quicksilver. As a child my parents, my sister and I would go on long walks on the trail and as we’ve gotten older we still make it a tradition whenever we are home visiting. Now that Nate is part of our family he is part of the tradition as well. There are so many amazingly beautiful spots along this trail I knew it would make for stunning photos. It was especially fun because my Mom got to come along and watch!
From the Bride: I have to say that when I told my fiancee my plans for our engagement photos and during the process he was a little scared…It would be safe to say that he thought I was a little crazy 🙂 But in the end he was so so happy with how they turned out, we both were! I love the way the shoot embodies us and that each place we shot had meaning in our relationship. It was an amazing and fun experience for us, plus we got a little trip down memory lane!
Thanks so much for sharing Meg, love this collection improvisational lighting and all!
See more from Jacquelyn and Nate’s California engagement session on Meg Perotti’s blog!