Simple & Sweet Southern California Wedding
We had the pleasure of working with David & Kate, and we were blown away by their adorable story. Its crazy how small our world is, and this shows you more than ever that love is really ALL around us, we just have to open up our hearts and embrace it! We asked Kate to tell us a little bit about their relationship and this is what she said (just wait until you get to the hike):
"David and I met when my brother, William, and his sister, Anna, started dating. (They are now married with a baby girl.) We had an immediate friendship. A few months after William and Anna were married, I was visiting one of our mutual friends, Sarah (who is my matron of honor). She asked if I would be willing to go out with David, because she thought we had great chemistry and had a lot of fun together. I did not think of David in any light other than friendship, but after a lot of hemming and hawing, I finally consented, not thinking anything would come of it. Little did I know that Sarah had called David and asked if he would be willing to go out with me. We went on our first date a couple days later, and realized there could be something special between us. But I went home again. David called a few days later, asking if he could come down to visit and take me out again. After five days together, we decided to make it official on January 10, 2016. We have had a long distance relationship, meeting a few times in Santa Cruz to visit William and Anna. We both drove or flew to visit each other, trying to meet at least once a month. In between, we spent most of our dates on video chat, text, and calling. David kept hinting that he was going to propose in October, around his birthday. I was becoming frustrated that he did not seem to want to surprise me. Then, in September, we visited William and Anna again in Santa Cruz right before our niece was going to be born. We wanted to go to Henry Cowell State Park for engagement photos (after the baby was born, I thought). It was one of our favorite places to visit. David was very pushy that morning (highly out of character for him), trying to get me out the door for our hike. After complaining about not being able to finish my coffee, we headed out. We hiked down to where the trail meets the river, and found a little beach. David said he wanted to take a couple pictures, so Anna could see what it looked like. After a trial photo, David told me he needed one more. He set the timer on the camera, then got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. Needless to say, I was stunned. He told me Anna and William would be taking engagement photos the next day. It was incredibly special to share our engagement with them. We wanted our wedding to be a mix of country hospitality from David's side, with city elegance from mine. We decided to try our hand at DIY decorations, and having his mom make our wedding cake. After a slight panic, David found Hidden Oaks Retreat Center, which was available for our reception site. He loved that it was outdoors and had beautiful oak trees surrounding it. I loved the Spanish style house and simplicity of it. With the enlisted help of our family and friends, we have had a very easy time planning our wedding. We'll spend a couple days after the wedding in Ventura at the family beach house. Then we will take a road trip to Vancouver and Banff in Canada. Then we'll return to our apartment in El Dorado Hills. We are so excited about our future together."
When they reached out to us to photograph their wedding we were so excited! They told us that they knew they were in good hands, and we knew that we wouldn't disappoint! We are primarily Sacramento wedding photographers, but we love traveling, so of course we jumped on the opportunity to get down to sunny so-cal!