Wow..I’ve been so busy with shooting weddings that I didn’t even realize it’s been quite a while since my last engagement shoot! You can imagine how excited I was to be shooting Vivian and Ben’s engagement shoot after being in wedding land for a couple of months. Vivian and Ben were nervous at first (as most couples are) but you couldn’t tell by looking at them! Vivian has such a beautiful smile and laughs all the time making my job as a photographer so much easier. Of course Ben always had a smile on his face because who wouldn’t when you have a beautiful lady in your arms :-)

At the end of the session, both Vivian and Ben had agreed that the engagement shoot was “great” practice for the big day :-) I can’t wait for their wedding in November! I know it will be awesome considering how much fun we had at the shoot :-)

Now here are some of my fav’s..enjoy!

Doesn’t Vivian have a gorgeous smile?!

Love the next two shots!

Love this one of them running in the field..I had fun laughing at Ben ;-)

Gorgeous light! This shot almost didn’t happen until I turned around and saw the beautiful light and knew I had to snap the last pic of the day here :-)

tracyk: aw, such a cute couple.  love the shots and lighting is fantastic, my favs are definitely under the arch.  :) October 3, 2008 1:55 am

Sharon: My favorite is the couple pic on the bench!  Love the vintage style of that photo.  =) October 2, 2008 8:21 am

Trista: Hey Navy..we shot at the San Juan Capistrano Mission and surrounding areas..hope this helps! October 2, 2008 5:43 am

Cathy Crawley: How beautiful is that Lavender in the first 2 shots, and the light in the last one!  Yummy!  Yes, Vivian does have a beautiful smile :)  Gorgeous work Trista! October 2, 2008 5:30 am

DrewB: Gotta love the Mission!  Gorgeous couple and I love your light! October 1, 2008 4:50 am

Navy Sou: Hi Trista!  Would you mind telling where this location is???? :] September 30, 2008 7:28 pm

Vivian: I love the pictures so far!! You did such an amazing job at capturing the moment AND making us feel comfortable.  Thank you so much! I can´t wait to see the rest! September 30, 2008 6:33 am

This past weekend I took a trip up to Santa Barbara for a very special occasion! My very good friend Angel’s mom Grace was getting married! I was so honored to be capturing such a special occasion…Grace and Raj were celebrating their love for each other with their closest family and friends at the gorgeous Bacara Resort and Spa. It was truly breathtaking and I MUST go back their one of these days for some rest and relaxation!

I knew this was going to be a very special event..after all, Angel was coordinating the entire thing so I knew it would be nothing less than fabulous! All the details from the dress, to the shoes, birdcage veil, etc etc…it was ALL gorgeous!

The icing on the cake though was the luscious details at the reception…I was in Heaven! You will see what I mean when you see the images…just beautiful!

I can’t thank Angel, Grace, and Raj enough for allowing me to be part of such a beautiful occasion! Grace and Raj…I wish you nothing less than the very best that life has to offer! Congrat’s!

Now on to the good stuff!

Grace looked just gorgeous thanks to Hilary Park. Angel and her sister Anna’s make up looked flawless as well thanks to Sherry Younge!

I love this one!

Loved the simplicity of the ceremony set up..

I think they all look fabulous!

Angel with her handsome hubby Erik :-)

Love this one too!

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How cute are they???

Check out the menu and placecards…beautiful calligraphy done by Crystal Kluge!

The flowers were beyond spectacular. Camilla did such an amazing job!

Julie from Elysium Productions was there to shoot Grace and Raj’s wedding. We HAD to take a picture together… after all, Julie shot both of our weddings!

ryel j: The details are so gorgeous! I love how you capture their sweet moment. October 2, 2008 3:36 am

kristin @ the fairmount bride: wow!  those flowers are gorgeous!  and i absolutely love her dress September 30, 2008 3:57 pm

tracyk: to die for!  your details shots look spectacular.  i really love that b+w shot of them against the wall.  super job. September 27, 2008 6:15 am

sharon: Love the tablescape details!!! Those orchid centerpieces are a dream! September 27, 2008 2:24 am

Jasmine*: Fabulous!!  :)  What a special day for everyone involved!  :) September 26, 2008 8:24 am

tiffany: oh!  I heart Angel!  She is so fabulous.  Have been looking forward to seeing this day.  What beautiful pictures!! September 25, 2008 11:47 pm

kristin brancaleone: trista, i´m speechless.  you were the perfect choice to photograph this wedding! xoxo September 25, 2008 10:12 am

DrewB: Beyond gorgeous, Trista!  And Angel did an amazing job with the details.  Such a gorgeous wedding! September 25, 2008 4:35 am

angel swanson: sooooo in love with these, trista!!!  thank you from the bottom of my heart.  ;-)  now i´m off to blog your pics, too!  xoxo September 25, 2008 12:50 am