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Aimee & Nico: Engaged


The sun was shining brightly. The weather was warm. An unusually beautiful day in San Francisco. And a perfect day for an engagement shoot.

Blind dates can be iffy. You never know how it’s going to go. And blind dates have this stigma of being a “BLIND DATE” and it inevitably going awry. Well, Aimee and Nico are a blind date success story. They met through their friends who set them up, and have been together ever since.

In spite of the span of California separating them, Aimee in the Bay Area and Nico in So Cal, they “made it work”, in true Tim Gunn/Project Runway style.

Aimee and Nico are totally my kind of couple. Fun, energetic, so in love, and totally at ease in front of the camera. I didn’t even have to say anything and they were workin’ it. I even asked Nico, “Did you used to be a model? You have this ‘look'” and I was totally kidding. But turns out that he once was!

They are in love and it shows crystal clear. Plus they’ve been doing the long distance thing for nearly their entire courtship, just like Cent and I. Brutal, yet completely worth it.

After their wedding in August, Aimee and Nico will be relocating to Minnesota for school! I asked them if they were ready for some snow, especially after living in California. Not really. But if it means they get to be in the same place and the same time, what’s a little change in the weather?

For some more of their awesome engagement session, CLICK HERE for the slideshow!

Aimee and Nico, have a fabulous wedding and best wishes for your happy ever after!


Shirley & Patrick : Engaged


It was a very blustery day.

It was gray and wet and misty.

And the sky threatened to open up and pour down rain. But it didn’t.

Someone was looking out for us on Saturday.

Shirley and Patrick first met through a San Francisco-based Activities Club. Shirley had organized an event, and Patrick was the only one to show up. What could have been seen as a bust, turned out to be very successful indeed. I met with  Shirley and Patrick at the Legion of Honor on Saturday for their engagement session as we braved the looming rain and frigid winds. In spire of the weather, we had a great session!

After that, we went to China Beach where we had to descend a steep set of stairs. Shirley was wearing a pretty serious pair of heels and stared at the challenge. Patrick, without second thought, ran back to the car, and brought her a pair of his shoes so she could get down the stairs without breaking her neck or ankle. So sweet. She may have looked a little silly, but what did it matter? They are a definite team!

I have to give some serious props to Shirley who toughed it out in the cold in a strapless dress, including the wind chill factor it must have been between 30-40 degrees! That’s FREEZING by California standards. By the end, Patrick was swinging Shirley around on the beach like it was 80 degrees outside. Who cares about the cold when you’re fiance can keep you warm?!

Click HERE for the SLIDESHOW!

Shirley and Patrick, I hope you have a fabulous wedding, come May! Go ahead and rock your FOUR dresses!

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