These two love birds got it all going on for their engagement session! An epic location, the cutest hat ever, and all the love and snuggles! Capturing their engagement session was so much fun, we started the shoot in the woods next to their wedding venue, Pine Rose Cabins and then drove over to Crestline for a little lake side hike. I am so excited for Joel and Desiree’s wedding day, they were so much fun to hang out with and I know their wedding will be amazing!
Also can we talk about that incredible diamond ring, oh my heart! Desiree you’ve got yourself a keeper! 
Here is what the couple had to say about their love story:
We met through my sister! Desi was my sister’s counselor at our church’s summer camp and my sister loved her instantly. Periodically, my sister would suggest to us separately that we should date but we both didn’t take it seriously. Desi led the kids team at our church that I was serving on. She emailed her volunteers about wanting to hang out with her volunteers to get to know them better. I took her up on that offer and the rest is history!
I knew that Desi was the one because of the deep, genuine God-given love I have for. I had never felt such a real desire to love someone with everything I had which made me realize we had something really special.
My friend contacted us about doing a photo shoot for his school project. After some convincing, we agreed to do it. What Desi did not know was that I coordinated with my friend to do this photo shoot to stage my proposal. We went up to Strawberry Peak and walked around a little, doing the photo shoot. We eventually got led to this small enclosed area among the trees (where I had snuck away too earlier) where I had some friends sing and play the song “Angela” by The Lumineers, a song I would often serenade Desi with as I replaced the word “Angela” with “Desiree.” I said a few things, got down on one knee, and asked her to marry me. And she said yes!

We have always loved the mountains and nature and as soon as we did a tour of the Pine Rose venue, we both immediately fell in love with it. The wood features and set up of the venue is exactly what we wanted!
We picked Whimsie Studios because we really liked the work you had on your social media pages! From the edits, the poses, the aesthetic, we loved it all and were excited to get photographed by Whimsie!

Our engagement shoot was a lot of fun! Desi and I had never taken professional photos before (except by my friend who had helped with the proposal but that wasn’t the main attraction for that day) and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Although posing was a little unnatural at times, you helped make us feel comfortable as you made us look good. We saw previews of the pics and they look amazing and we are excited to see the rest!
There are so many things we are excited for as our wedding day approaches but I think the biggest thing is (and it might sound cliche) just to finally be married to each other. We have both known for a while that God had blessed us with a pure love for each other, and we have been looking forward to starting this life of love together forever!

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