Engagements

aarthi + madhur | BOTANICAL GARDEN AND LAND’S END ENGAGEMENT

What do you get when you combine a stunning couple with their shared love of exploration? These two spent several weekends scouting multiple locations for unique photo backdrops, and thanks to their hard work in planning, I’m so excited to share these incredibly beautiful engagement photos! From San Francisco’s Botanical Gardens to, literally, Land’s End, my journey with Aarthi and Madhur to capture their love story was a golden one.

My engagement sessions offer plenty of time for outfit changes, and I was thrilled to see the variety in clothing styles that both Aarthi and Madhur brought to our time together. The brilliance of the green, salmon and gold of Aarthi’s traditional Indian lehenga choli was second only to the smiles on the couple’s faces as they wound along the paths of the botanical garden. We caught some incredible sun rays under the flowering trees in the park, before heading over to the Pacific coastline for a completely different “look”. Aarthi’s elegant lace top with a swirling burgundy skirt made for a beautiful contrast against the greens and blues of the landscape behind her. Not to be outdone, Madhur sported a perfectly matched tie! While these two insist that they “aren’t dancing people” the photos of Madhur and Aarthi swaying together beneath the towering cypress trees, showered in golden sunlight, are some of my favorite engagement portraits that I have ever taken.

I am thrilled that I had the opportunity to explore my beautiful, surprising and unique city alongside this fun-loving couple. Check out some of my favorites from this sun-kissed session below!

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