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Carmel Wedding Photographer | Carmel Engagement | Chris & Michelle

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Carmel Engagement Session | Laura & Rachel Photography

A Carmel Engagement Session. They met at Michelle’s sister’s bachelorette celebration in San Francisco years ago. Chris was at the same bar that evening with mutual friends, and when Michelle’s sister slipped and grabbed onto the nearest thing, it just happened to be Chris’s shoulder. Being a good sister, Michelle stood near and watched this random guy her sister was dancing near. A few minutes later Michelle thanked him for being a gentleman towards her sister, and once friends saw them talking, bought them both a drink in hopes the conversation would continue. As they were getting to know one another, Michelle made a playful comment that she bet Chris couldn’t dance. Chris immediately laughed and then asked her join him on the dance floor, for what today is called their “dance battle.” (Side note: They both think they won!)

Chris planned the perfect proposal! With help of his roommate, Chris convinced Michelle they were going wine tasting for a friends birthday. When they arrived at the venue, the winery even featured signage that said “Juniors Birthday” as an event there that day. The three of them went into the tasting room and Chris’s friend left to check to see if any of his “friends” arrived. While they were enjoying a glass of wine, family and friends were being gathered. Next thing she knew, Chris was down on one knee! As she said yes, Chris motioned “you have an audience,” and she turned to see a huge group of family and friends witnessing their special moment.

For their engagement session we first walked the greens of Carmel Valley, and oh how the light was incredible! We stayed until the very last moment and witnessed the sun dip just behind the mountain range. Next we were headed for the beautiful Carmel coastline! The moment our toes hit the sand, the tide was the lowest we had seen, with exposed rocks and a larger beach than ever before. We slowly made our way around the bend, and they cuddled closer as the evening air had a grown quite cold. What an amazing Carmel engagement session we had with these guys and cannot wait for their 2018 wedding! Congratulations again you two!

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  1. Rose Matthews says:

    Excellent photos and the couple being photogenic makes this easier for a perfect look!

  2. Kate says:

    Absolutely stunning!! beautiful dress choices and lighting!