This week has been so hectic, for those who don’t know we are in the process of moving out of our home and waiting for our new home to be built. Since we only have a week left its down to crunch time, but that didn’t stop me from venturing up to Lake Arrowhead for Katie and Pablo’s stunning engagement session, especially considering they traveled all the way out from Boston for me to photograph it! We had a blast hiking through the mountains, laughing and joking and getting to know each other, and then stopping by the lake for a few shots on the water. It was the perfect day, beautiful weather, and sunshine all day! Check out what the bride and groom had to say below and leave them some love!
Pablo and I met in middle school in Pasadena, CA. I (Katie) transferred to the Chandler School in 7th grade. Since Pablo was the previous new kid, having arrived at the school in 5th grade, he was really excited for the new incoming bunch of kids to take over the role of “new kid in class.” We didn’t interact much that 7th grade year, but in 8th grade, we had history and study hall together back to back, and that was when we became really close friends. He was the first boy to call my house, which he would do every Thursday night to check vocabulary homework before we had to turn it in the following day, and he was my first teenage crush.
I knew Pablo was the one for me in middle school. I had it in my head that one day, if I ever worked up the nerve to tell him how I felt about him, we would be together forever. There was a really sweet moment for me where we had to dress up for a school event, and he begrudgingly asked me to button up his cuffs for him because he couldn’t do it one handed. I knew in that moment, “This is what it will be like when we’re married.”
For him, the moment he knew I was the one was when he took me to a midnight viewing of the last Harry Potter movie, and afterwards, I ranted at the top of my lungs for hours and hours about everything that was different from the book. To this day, he says that my nerd rage is one of his favorite things about me.
Pablo and I were long distance for 4 1/2 years with me in California and him in Massachusetts for school. Still, I would fly out to visit him as often as possible. One night, we were in his room, and he asked me, “Katie? What can I do to make you a happier woman?” I was kind of taken aback, but after a moment of thought, replied, “I don’t think there’s anything.” He asked, “Are you sure about that?” I said, “Yeah, really. You just make me so happy, and everything about us right now, even with dealing with long distance, is just perfect for me and I can’t imagine anything that would make me happier.” And he looked at me and said, “Wanna bet?” Naturally, not one to ever back down from a challenge, I said, “Yeah, I’ll take that bet.” And then he went over to his desk, pulled a ring box out of his desk, and got down on one knee. I was so surprised, I didn’t even cry or scream or anything that a lot of other women do. I just sort of glared at him and said, “Damn it. You win.”
Originally, I had my heart set on having our wedding at a restaurant in Old Topanga Canyon called the Inn of the Seventh Ray. Both the restaurant and food are fabulous, but once I brought my mom there, she pointed out that it didn’t have great flow for having a big wedding. So, she and my sister began the quest to find the right place that had all the things I wanted. My sister was the one who actually found Hidden Creek, and she and my mom booked it the first time they went up to see it. I didn’t get to walk the venue site until months later, as I live in Boston, but I couldn’t ask for a more perfect outdoor wedding venue. Hidden Creek is so beautiful, and since all the vendors come with the wedding package, planning was really easy.
When looking through the portfolios of the photographers available through Hidden Creek, Whimsie Studios was the one that stood out to me as the one I simply HAD to book for my wedding. I even emailed Sadi MONTHS before I even had my appointment with the wedding planner to make sure that she and her husband would be available to photograph and record our wedding. Their work is so beautiful and speaks for itself. It just captures all the perfect moments in such a beautiful way.
Our Engagement session was easy and fun! The 2-hour shoot just flew by as there was never a dull moment, and we never spent too much time being stuck doing one thing. Plus Sadi is such good company that it almost felt like it was over in the blink of an eye. She knew exactly how to direct and position us to capture the best moments, and she made it all fun. I loved sharing stories with Sadi. She’s so funny, kind, and positive that she makes the experience so relaxed, which is so important. I know my fiancé especially tends to tense up for photos, and she had us laughing and smiling the whole time, even when we weren’t taking photos. She is just such a wonderful person.
We are looking forward to finally being married, seeing all of our friends and family who we don’t necessarily get to see together all in one place very often, and making wonderful memories together.
To brides getting married, make sure your voice is heard, but know when to just let others do their jobs and to not become a hindrance to the wedding happening. Sometimes you have to go with the flow and remember that everything will be great, no matter what small thing you may be stressing in the moment, because you get to begin a grand new adventure with the best partner you could ever ask for.