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College, a mutual friend, and beer pong brought them together, dressed in Halloween costumes at a party. At first read, it may not sound like the perfect recipe for finding your soul mate, but eight years later, Jonathan and Jaquielyn would say otherwise. They light each other up with their love for one another and life together, and so it was with great joy that we got to fly down for their engagement session and wedding in San Diego last week!

This was the first time we had met in person, the day before their wedding and the day of their eight year dating anniversary. Jaquielyn and I had spent months emailing one another, her excitement for life and their wedding always bursting from the screen in her warm, genuine words. Needless to say, I couldn’t wait to finally meet and I’m so glad we had this extra time together before the big day, and to meet the one who had captivated her heart.

Natives to Southern California and living right across from the beach(!), and Jonathan having proposed on a beach, it seemed only fitting that we would document their engagement there. Here are just a few favorites from their session…and now I’ll be working on their wedding photos for another blog post this week!


  • Jaquielyn Tango - November 14, 2016 - 5:09 pm

    Honestly breathtaking. Thank you so much for this and for capturing the most memorable day in our history together. It was an honor to be a Mikaela Ruth Bride and we are so lucky to get to know you and Shane! Thank you so so much- I will forever be gratefulReplyCancel

It was almost two years ago exactly, that we were on the warm beaches and streets of Mexico photographing their engagement and gorgeous, intimate wedding at Las Caletas. Such a joy it was, and now again that Mike and Sarah are expecting their first little one – a girl! I’m so grateful to follow along such milestones with these two, and can’t wait to see them again once their sweet baby has arrived. But for now, a sneak peek of their maternity photos. Pretty special, that sweet anticipation as you await the arrival of your first born…

Many, many thanks, Mike and Sarah!


I have never been more grateful for a classic rainy day in Vancouver. A major storm had been predicted for Arvi and Doris’ wedding day – the remnants of a typhoon – but fortunately, this uninvited wedding guest never showed! The rain still fell for a portion of the day, but Arvi and Doris didn’t mind stepping out into the rain for their first look, underneath the cover of umbrellas.

They were wed in a cozy indoor ceremony at the Stanley Park Teahouse, with warm candlelight and in front of an intimate gathering of family and friends. Following the ceremony, we stepped back outside for photos while the rain had subsided, and even were treated to a brief appearance of the sun.

Arvi and Doris, I’m so thankful I was able to document your first day as husband and wife! You’re some of the kindest people I’ve had the privilege of working with, and I wish you nothing but the best as you begin your life together.


Wedding Planner: Michelle at Shaughnessy Weddings & Events
Bride’s Hair & Makeup: Mink Makeup & Hair
Flowers: Tala Florist
Venue: Stanley Park Teahouse