Can you believe these two met when they were only 12 and 13? I think it’s safe to say their love will last for a lifetime. I love her flower crown, beachy white dress and the golden hour lighting done oh-so right! Read on to learn how they met and the bride-to-be’s vision for their engagement sesh! Next read this post for advice on how to plan for your engagement session!

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evening engagement session on the beach

Their story..

Jeff and I met when we were 12 & 13 years old and have been pretty much inseparable ever seen- YES it’s true- we’ve been together since 8th grade! I’ve been dreaming of the day I would be engaged and the emotion and love that has been captured in these pictures really embodies the history and love shared between us. We’ve attended middle school, high school and college together (Go Bruins!) and have truly beat all odds against us.

We met at one of Jeff’s oldest friends Bar Mitzvah’s where he originally had caught the eye of my step-sister. In trying to get in touch with him to talk about hanging out as a group, we ended up talking on the phone and IM’ing constantly (it was the AOL AIM messaging days). When he came to visit my middle school a few months later in anticipation of attending- I saw him for the first time in person since the first time we met and I thought he was adorable. It was on the official first day of 8th grade at our school that he came up to me, tapped me on the shoulder and said “hi”. From that day on we were pretty much inseparable- granted, much of our communication for the first couple years consisted of passing notes in class and chatting online, I never would have imagined that at 12 years old I would have met my future husband.

My vision of our engagement pictures was something I knew could come to life with nobody else- I had to have Rich of CHARD Photography capture these special moments. We decided on a beach and rustic setting as I really wanted a diverse difference in pics. The way that Rich captures natural lighting is truly special which is evident in every shot he takes. Working with Rich was a dream and more than I could have ever hoped for- he made my vision come to life beyond my expectations and to say I’m excited for him to capture our big day next year at Calamigos Ranch would be a true understatement- he rocks!

PHOTOGRAPHER CHARD Photography | LOCATION Orange County, CA | FLOWER CROWN Chloe + Mint | WHITE DRESS Free People | MAXI DRESS Flynn Skye | BRACELET Kendra Scott | SHOES Stuart Weitzman