Cuties, Kristin & Anthony, sweet engagement shoot took place this last spring in La jolla, California. Michael Lawrence Photography met up with them at San Diego’s eclectic Balboa Park for a photo op and ended the day with a fun photo shoot at The Salk Institute.
From the Bride, Kristin:
How did you meet?
I was graduating from college in May of 2010. My parents had been planning a big graduation party to celebrate. They used a family friend of ours to cater the event. During the planning process, our family friend, Rommel, recommended that we hire a bar tender to keep the alcohol in control since a lot of my friends would be attending. Rommel asked his friend Anthony to bar tend and we met that Saturday of my party.
We had light, fun and casual conversation throughout the night of my graduation party and that Monday he asked me to join him in a charity golf event. Considering I had just finished college, was eager to start a career and focus on myself, I was not looking, nor was I interested in getting into a relationship. Anthony became aware of this after talking on the phone and hanging out after a few times, but he remained persistent. After a couple of months, I couldn’t deny that I had feelings for him too and we officially started dating. I guess you can say from there, “the rest is history!”
How did he propose?
Marriage was a topic that Anthony and I would discuss every once in awhile. I knew in my heart that he was the one I wanted to marry, but never was in a rush. He would jokingly ask what kind of ring I wanted and we would play on the internet and look. I always entertained the conversation when it came up. It was fun and exciting, but again, never did I think it was going to happen anytime soon.
Anthony and I had plans to go out of town for the weekend to watch a concert. That Thursday prior to our mini getaway weekend, we had plans to pick up some groceries and hit the gym. He called to cancel saying that one of the guys at work was a no show and he had to cover. I ended up grocery shopping and hitting the gym alone that evening. That night, around 9:30pm I began to worry because he wasn’t home from work. I called and his phone was dead. It is very out of character for Anthony to not call if he’s going to be late, so I became concerned. I sat in the living room with my family waiting in worry for him. When he got home he had boxes from a bakery we absolutely love. What confused me was that the bakery is Long Beach and I had no idea how he could’ve been at work and managed to get baked goods. TOTAL CONFUSION! I then noticed my family bringing out their cell phones and directing them at us. Funny thing is, I was still so focused on trying to understand how “he was at work” but went to Long Beach to get baked sweets for us! Haha! After he asked me to sit, I caught onto what was going on and all emotion took over. He handed me a box of goodies and in the box was the little black box with the ring in it.
Turned out that he, my Mom and Aunt had taken half days off of work to make a trip to Los Angeles to pick out my ring since my Mom has an excellent jeweler there. Anthony initially wanted to propose during our getaway weekend, but after getting the ring he couldn’t wait and decided to propose that evening. His proposal was in front of the family, in the comfort of our home and it couldn’t have been more perfect!
What were your wedding plans?
I am a complete lover of love, but I definitely wasn’t that girl who always envisioned what her wedding would be like. What we did know was that we wanted a summer wedding because we met over the summer. My friends asked over and over what themes I liked and threw out many ideas. Some of the suggestions were peacock theme, old school glam, chevron theme, but I wasn’t feeling any of them. I then decided I wanted a wedding that was a bit more traditional and timeless. Anthony and I spent a lot of time at the beach watching sunsets when we first started dating. It is one of our absolute favorite things to do! I decided I wanted a sunset color scheme for our wedding. We went with peach, pink, lavender and deep purple. The flowers, dresses, candy bar and paper goods reflected our theme. I thought it was absolutely beautiful! We got married in a church and held our reception at Tom Ham’s Lighthouse in August. The weather was perfect, the colors in the reception room were vibrant and I truly believe it was a beautiful and timeless occasion!!
Almost 3 months into the married life and we are having the time of our lives! 🙂