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Coco & Cam | Balboa & North Park Engagement Session

If you ask Coco, she'll joke that an extra glass of wine was responsible for her finally sending a Facebook message to her floppy-haired, guitar-playing crush from back in high school. She was planning a night out with friends and figured she would invite him along. Much to her surprise, Cam showed up, and they've been teammates ever since!

Coco and Cam had the same thing to say about the start of their relationship; they both knew right away. "It just clicked. When you can be the best version of yourself without having to try to be what they want, it's the most awesome feeling. We don't have to be anything other than our authentic selves."

Watching these two be their authentic selves has been a joy. We started Coco and Cam's engagement session at the Florida Canyon Preserve and their personalities shone through immediately. We then took a trip through Balboa Park and ended their session in their very own neighborhood of North Park. This session is full of crinkly-nosed smiles and sweet snuggles. I can't wait for their wedding next year! In the meantime, I'll just be hanging out and drinking wine with these two cuties!

Tina & Joey | The Lafayette Hotel

Tina and Joey's wedding at The Lafayette Hotel was beyond perfect! First of all, Tina is drop-dead-gorgeous! She rocked a beautiful mermaid wedding dress and had the perfect sparkly details to go with it. Seriously, just wait until you see her shoes!

In her own words, Tina is "not a traditional bride", and Tina and Joey wanted to make sure their wedding uniquely reflected their spunky personalities. Tina lived up to those words when she started rapping during the toasts! Coolest. Bride. Ever. They chose the Lafayette Hotel because they love the North Park neighborhood and liked the unique atmosphere of the hotel. From the eclectic collection of chairs to the umbrellas hanging from the ceiling, this venue had the perfect personality to host their special day! This wedding was a beautiful balance of elegance and downright fun (complete with shots of tequila right after the first kiss).

I was so fortunate to spend the day with these sweet people and their wonderful friends and family! I hope you enjoy looking through these photos as much as I enjoyed creating them! Tina and Joey, I wish you all the best. Thank you for inviting me to play a part in your big day!