We were so fortunate to have the most beautiful weather for Candice & Chris’ Biddle Ranch engagement session at the San Luis Obispo winery and wedding venue Biddle Ranch Vineyard. These two have the sweetest love story. They met through mutual friends and connected over their love for country music, wine tasting and travel. For their first date, Chris, being a pilot, took Candice on a sunset flight out of their local airport where he asked her to be his girlfriend. Talk about romantic!
I asked the two of them to share what they love most about one another and their answers reminded me how much I love my job and what it stands for. When they look back on these photos from this time in their life, I hope they are reminded of the beauty and significance of their love story.
Chris: “Candice’s friends had been bugging me for a while about when would I be proposing to Candice. I know everyone thinks guys don’t care about making a moment special, but many of us do. I wanted to do something that would be unique and meaningful for both of us and not cliche. Finally Candice gave me the perfect opportunity to propose via an anniversary gift. She told me us and a few friends would be taking a trip to Nashville to see Eric Church in concert and spend a weekend. I knew this would be the perfect opportunity and I had a little over four months to plan everything. Some of her best friends helped me figure out exactly what she would want in a ring, so I was able to get the perfect ring. The jewelry store held onto it until our trip to Nashville so that Candice wouldn’t find it anywhere at home. I was originally going to propose at the concert and then decided that would be too crowded and noisy. One of the plans for the weekend was to take a tour of a plantation which also had wine tasting on site in a nice garden area with live music. I knew that would be the perfect place. It was just by luck that the musician that day happened to be one we had seen on the first night of the trip at popular and small local venue. I was able to chat with him and tell him my plan so he could play a special song just after the proposal. Everything went perfect to plan, although I was nervous we may not even make it to the tour and tasting as the girls were taking so long to get ready I was afraid we would miss our reservation. Luckily it went without a hitch, and Candice was completely shocked with excitement. Our friends were there to share the moment and catch it all on camera.”
He’s handsome, intelligent, and he always knows how to handle any situation and make me feel safe.
She’s caring and thoughtful. She takes a great interest in her friends and those close to her, she remembers what’s important to them. She’s intelligent. I remember that in addition to being physically attracted to her, I was always impressed with the conversations we could have when I first met her. She’s independent but loving.
Candice’s beautiful hair and makeup was done at Bluebird Salon in San Luis Obispo before we met for the first half of their engagement session in Avila Beach. What a gift it is to have met these two! They will be tying the knot in October at the San Luis Obispo Wedding venue See Canyon Fruit Ranch. It’s going to be a dreamy Fall wedding day. We can’t wait to celebrate them and tell the story of their love through more timeless photos.
Engagement sessions are some of my favorite types of photography. View my portrait photography page or my engagement session Pinterest board for more engagement session inspiration.
Grab Your Preset
Grab my free mobile preset and learn how to bring your personal photos to life with bright, natural edits.