Refugio Ranch Vineyard

Sam’s Proposal to Natalie with proceeding engagement photo session (hint, she says yes) at the Refugio Ranch Vineyard nestled in the Santa Ynez Mountains.

From Style Me Pretty - Horseback riding, balloons, sunflowers, baby goats (named Sebastian and Cornelius) and a killer view. It sounds like a random list, but these pieces came together to make for the perfect proposal for this gorgeous couple. And with a team like Michael + Anna Costa Photography and Alegria By Design, we’re not the least bit surprised it came together so beautifully.

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

Christine & Jeff’s Santa Barbara Botanic Garden Engagement Session.

Kimpton Canary Santa Barbara

Ann & Josh’s rooftop engagement session at the Kimpton Canary Hotel in downtown Santa Barbara.

Do you have a happy place? Well, for Ann & Josh their happy place was whisking away from their home in Chicago to Santa Barbara for a stay at the Kimpton Canary Hotel. They loved nothing more than taking a stroll downtown where they found some delicious local Mexican food. They brought their meal back up to the Canary’s rooftop where they ate, talked and laughed while watching the sun set under the silvery-blue water proceeded by the twinkling lights of the city glimmering into view.

So when they asked me to shoot their engagement session, we absolutely had to start out on the rooftop of the the Canary with a champagne toast. From there we did a quick outfit change and made a trip to beach. With Ann's stunning, flowing red dress and the cliffs of the Santa Barbara Riviera in the background, it was a moment only celluloid could capture properly. We had such a blast that day Josh even mentioned hiring a photographer more often to document their escapades. Ann gave a mirthful laugh and a slight roll of the eyes. But hey, life is short. Why not capture as much of the beauty as you can?