This love story begins at a small table in Alessa Cuccina. Alessa's is a fantastic italian restaurant in Newport Beach, California. My wife and I had just received our entrees when I heard the waiter giving his enthused congratulations to a young couple not seated more than two tables from us. "I wonder if they just got engaged," I whispered to my wife. Upon further shameless eavesdropping we confirmed the mystery couple had infact just become engaged and were now celebrating. While leaving the restaurant later that evening we just happen to walk by the newly engaged couple's table. l offered my own congratulations, admitted to my shameless eavesdropping, and gave them our business card. We found ourselves in Downtown Fullerton not more than three months later shooting their beautiful engagement session.
Chris and Jessica met at Cheesecake Factory. The two had each come separately with a group of friends. Chris, after summoning notable courage, approached beautiful Jessica with his best smile and a memorable pick up line. He was greeted with a warm hello and a dazzling smile. The two remained at the restaurant long after the friends they had arrived with had departed. They talked and laughed, enjoying the first night of their love story. A story that will last for the rest of their lives.
Our time together at their engagement session was one filled with joking and laughter. We scheduled the session for the sunset golden hour in Downtown Fullerton. The quirky, metropolitan feel of the area photographed wonderfully. We captured images of our couple at a variety of locations that both showcased the sincerity of their love and the busy city feel of the area. After a remarkable encounter with a red cup, we knew that this would be an engagement session that we would never forget.
There were so many wonderful moments captured that day. To choose a favorite simply would not be fair. However, one that stands out among the rest is our featured image at the beginning of this blog. Chis and Jessica, faces filled with love and admiration for each other, stare into each other's eyes. The street and buildings surrounding them create the backdrop for when true loves stops time and traffic. Moments like this one, moments that hold the heart captive, are such a rare gift. We were so blessed to be there, ensuring that the moments and memories will last forever.