Today I’m reminded why I do what I do…it’s because, I love everything about LOVE! I love witnessing the bliss couples experience before and during their wedding and I love getting to meet couples like Claire and James. Claire and James could not be a more perfect couple to sum up how wonderful it is to find your soul mate. This couple is as beautiful on the inside as they are on the outside, and that is hard to top! I loved hearing their story about how they met. Before writing this blog post I asked Claire to send over a few extra details that I could add to the blog. I was pleasantly surprised to receive an email from James instead, below are all the sweet details written by a man in-love…
Claire and I met early in 2007, when I headed to the Shamrock Bar in Newport Beach for a quick beer. Little did I know that I was about to meet the woman that would later become my wife. Claire and her friend Lauren were also at the bar, when Lauren offered to buy a beer for me. The three of us struck up a conversation and Claire and I realized we had mutual friends. In fact, my roommate Dave went to the same high school as Claire. At the end of the night, I asked Claire for her number, figuring that Claire probably would give me a fake one. When I later mentioned to Dave that I met a girl from his former high school, Dave laughed and said, “Good luck dude; that girl will never date you.” Dave proceeded to tell me that Claire was the senior class president of their high school in Newport, and she would probably never date me because I was not from Newport Beach.
Thankfully that was not the end of the story, as James and Claire finally reconnected after she returned from a trip. Their first date was to The Cannery restaurant in Newport Beach on January 25, 2007 and they will soon be married at the beautiful Los Angeles Country Club among the pine trees nestled at the end of one of the golf courses.
For James and Claire’s engagement shoot, we visited Longshadow Ranch Winery in Temecula. This is a beautiful, rustic property with a full winery, barns, horses and stables. If you haven’t been wine tasting here, I highly recommend it. It is nothing like the other wineries, I love the laid back vintage country atmosphere. Not to mention, the wine is phenomenal!
We had soo much fun during this shoot. Claire and James were such great sports and were willing to change outfits three times and continue taking pictures even though it was FREEZING! I love it when a bride brings her whole closet for me to pick outfits with them. We had a great time picking out the perfect dress, stellar shoes and matching accessories!
Claire and James, I can’t wait for you big day!! I know it is going to be spectacular!!