Crystal Cove Beach Engagement Shoot

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Johnny and Eileen are one of those couples that when you look at them, they just make you smile. There’s a joy about them that’s contagious and their love for each other is obvious. Well, this Brazilian boy met this American girl and they fell in love in Germany–while in seminary school. And it only makes sense that they’d have their engagement shoot on California’s Crystal Cove Beach! This shoot is so sweet and adorable. The fedora, the vintage camera, the guitar, beach setting … it just works! Find your happy place right here. Thanks to Perpixel Photography for sharing the love.


Crystal Cove Beach Engagement Photos

Beach Engagement Photos at Crystal Cove

Crystal Cove Beach Engagement Shoot

Crystal Cove Beach Engagement Session

Playing guitar in Crystal Cove Beach Engagement Photos

Crystal Cove California Beach Engagement Photos

Fun beach engagement photo of couple at Crystal Cove in California

Cute beach engagement photo

Crystal Cove Beach Engagement Photo

Couple walking along in beach engagement shoot

California's Crystal Cove Beach Engagement Photos

Engagement Sesh on Crystal Cove Beach in California



Photographer: Perpixel Photography | Crystal Cove Beach | via Two Bright Lights

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Lovely Lake Norman Engagement Shoot

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Sara and John love being on the lake. They spend a lot of time at Lake Norman {near Charlotte, NC} and decided that it was the perfect spot to have their engagement photos taken. We couldn’t agree more. Being from Minnesota {and the land of 10,000+ lakes} we love this picturesque and charming lake engagement shoot from  Grace Hill Photography. Note to self: Wide open waters, long winding piers and setting suns make for great Save the Date photo ops! Enjoy.

Lake Norman engagement photo

Lake Norman engagement photo on the pier

Lake Norman engagement photo

Lake Norman engagement photo out on the pier

Lake Norman engagement photo out on the boat

Lake Norman engagement photo out on the boat

Lake Norman engagement photo

Engagement photo and sunset on Lake Norman


Photographer:  Grace Hill Photography | Reception Venue:Trump National Golf Club | via Two Bright Lights

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The Sweetest Proposal Story Ever Told

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One of our own just got engaged, ya’ll. This lovely girl is Natalie–and she is part of our MagnetStreet family! Little did she know that a day off from work and a few suspicions, would turn into a big question and lifetime commitment. We asked Natalie and Kyle to give us the deets on their surprise wedding proposal plus, a few tidbits about their relationship and future plans. Read along as Natalie first shares her side of the story and then Kyle shares his … Romantic. Cute. Funny. Enjoy.

Location: Centennial Lakes Edina, MN
Photographer {in hiding}: Nate Larson

Natalie’s side of the story:

How did you and Kyle meet?

We met at Bethel University {St. Paul, MN} in our biology class. Our professor had assigned lab partners and we were assigned each other. (Obviously our professor could tell that we were meant for each other!) We’ve been dating for 2 years, 2 months, 14 days, 3 hours, 22 minutes…23 minutes…

And when did you know that he was THE ONE?

It was more gradual for me. Dating Kyle has been such a blessing and it didn’t take long to realize that he’s the real deal. The confirmation for me was when I saw how well we fit in with each other’s families.

Natalie and Kyle's surprise wedding proposal, Edina, MN

Tell us about the time leading up to the proposal—did you have any idea what Kyle was up to?

I kind of expected it because he had taken the day off from work and he wouldn’t tell me what we were going to do. This meant he must have planned something in advance, which is definitely out of the ordinary for him, so I was suspicious. We went canoeing down the St. Croix, than we went out of for a nice dinner right by Centennial Lakes. Once I noticed we were eating by Centennial Lakes, I was pretty confident that he was going to ask because that is where he had asked me to be his girlfriend 2 years ago. We walked around the Lakes after dinner and we headed to the exact bench that we sat on 2 years ago.

He began talking and I started crying before he could even ask the big question!

What happened next…?

He asked me to stand up, he got on one knee, and I said “YES!”

Surprise wedding proposal

What’s your favorite thing about Kyle?

It’s hard to pick just one! But one of my favorite things about Kyle is his ability to make people around him laugh and feel cared about. He is such a genuine person. He is a big goofball, which makes him so fun to be around and he has a heart full of love, which makes him someone I can’t live without!

Surprise wedding proposal

Must-watch wedding movie now?
Father of the Bride.

First wedding planning item on the to-do list?
Find a venue for the reception.

Any idea what your wedding style is?

How many times have you told your proposal story so far?
Too many to count!

Kyle and Natalie surprise wedding proposal at Centennial Lakes

Kyle’s side of the story

When did you know that Natalie was THE ONE?

During my senior year at Bethel, Natalie and I had the opportunity to go on a trip to Honduras with the ministry of Agua Viva. The mission of Agua Viva is to come alongside villagers who don’t have clean water and build a water system. Throughout the week I was able to see that Natalie’s heart was truly as loving and kind as I thought it was. I remember shortly after arriving back in the states, telling friends and family that I was going to marry her.

How did you decide to surprise her with a proposal?

I knew I wanted to start the day with something that would be fun and active, something that fits our personalities. Then I wanted to bring her to a nice restaurant that was near Centennial Lakes since this was the place I had asked her to be my girlfriend 2 years ago.

Natalie and Kyle's surprise wedding proposal

Were you nervous?

No, I am a man, I don’t get nervous (ok, my heart was going like a million miles an hour…)

Beside her saying “YES” what was the best thing about Natalie’s reaction?

Natalie started crying before I even started asking. This showed me how excited and happy she was about the proposal.

What’s your favorite thing about Natalie?

Wow, one thing? Well, if I had to pick one thing, I would say that Natalie is by far the most caring person I know. She is the kind of person that anybody could pour their heart out to and she would genuinely be concerned with that individual, regardless of if she even knew them. I absolutely love this about Natalie, she is so nice, but at the same time has a sarcastic sense of humor that matches mine perfectly. I can’t imagine spending the rest of my life with anybody else.

Suit or tuxedo?

Band or DJ?

How many times have you told your proposal story so far?

I don’t know the number, but every girl that finds out has asked me in detail what I did. Every guy I’ve told simply says “congrats, so happy for you,” end of conversation.

Natalie and Kyle surprise wedding proposal at Centennial Lakes

Congratulations Natalie and Kyle! Thanks for sharing your proposal story with us–it was so fun to read! We love it. We’re happy for you and wish you a lifetime of blessings!


Let’s Help Natalie & Kyle choose their Save the Date!

Dear Reader, Natalie and Kyle {ok, Natalie} are having troubling picking out their Save the Date. Let’s help them out. They’ve got it narrowed down to 3 adorable designs:

1. Photo Traditions Photo Booth Magnet
2. Chalk it up to Love Deluxe Magnet
3. Something Blue Save the Date Card

Can they go wrong with any of these designs? Probably not. But what do you think… do they go with a single large photo or a progression of photos that tell their proposal story? Let’s help Natalie and Kyle make a decision … comment on your favorite design {click image to enlarge}.

Natalie and Kyle's Save the Date collage



Photographer: Nate Larson


Gorgeous Golden Gate Love Shoot

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Brooke and Matthew live in San Francisco and started their fall engagement session at their home in the Lake Street Neighborhood. From there, they went exploring in Golden Gate Park and finally ended the day at Baker Beach–just in time to catch the sunset. What a versatile city San Francisco is and these engagement photos have it all–from natural textures and great iconic structures to running on the beach with the Golden Gate Bridge in the background. A gorgeous couple and a gorgeous city… Enjoy!

San Francisco neighborhood engagement sesh

San Francisco engagement photo in the Lake Street Neighborhood

Engagement photo on Baker Beach in San Francisco

San Francisco engagement photo

Golden Gate Park engagement photo at sunset

Engagement photo of couple in Golden Gate Park

San Francisco engagement session

Engagement photo taken in Golden Gate Park

San Francisco engagement photo in Golden Gate Park

Engagement photo taken at Baker Beach in San Francisco

San Francisco engagement session with Golden Gate Bridge

Cute engagement ring photo in the sand

San Francisco is a beautiful city. Tell us about yours!

Photographer: Chris Hsieh from La Brisa Photography | via Two Bright Lights

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