December 8, 2009

Cottonwood Engagement | Alicia & Chris

“Um, Alicia you are beautiful and Chris is so handsome…you two would make a GREAT couple!” This was how Alicia and Chris met. Awkward, but Chris seemed to agree as he came back the next day to try to get to know Alicia. She was too busy though working for the therapeutic riding ranch, so he left without getting to talk to her. And that was the end of it…or so she thought! Chris did not give up. He got her email address from a mutual friend and started spending time with her and her family. Alicia says it sounds like a cheesy novel, but so began a beautiful relationship.

Ten months later they were sitting on the edge of a cliff resting after a run. Alicia thought it would be a perfect place to be proposed to, but didn’t give it a second thought. As they stood to go back, she turned to him and started telling him of another couple she had heard about who went out on a hike. The guy surprised his girlfriend by proposing once they reached the top of the mountain. She was so shocked that she took a step back, lost her balance, fell off the side of the mountain, and had to be life flighted out to the hospital. As Alicia finished the story, Chris asked her “you won’t do that to me right?” and went down on one knee to propose! Cheesy or not, so began the rest of their life together.


Bride and groom posing in front of an old building at lifestyle old town engagement portraits in Cottonwood, California
Bride and groom looking at each other at lifestyle old town engagement portraits in Cottonwood, California

You’d never know by looking that Alicia had spent hours in the freezing cold working at the therapeutic riding ranch before their session.  Chris comes to help her each Saturday.  Isn’t that so sweet?
Bride and groom dancing in the middle of the street at lifestyle old town engagement portraits in Cottonwood, California

In fact, you probably can’t tell that we spent hours in the freezing cold to take these pictures.  Aren’t they awesome?  Love this one!
Groom carring his bride at lifestyle old town engagement portraits in Cottonwood, California

Can you believe they both told me they were unphotogenic?  Whatever!  I wish I were this “unphotogenic”!
Bride and groom pose in front of an old oak tree at lifestyle old town engagement portraits in Cottonwood, California

Bride's and groom's feet posture at lifestyle old town engagement portraits in Cottonwood, California

Bride's engagement ring at lifestyle old town engagement portraits in Cottonwood, California

Groom tickling his bride at lifestyle old town engagement portraits in Cottonwood, California

He makes her smile like no one else can.
Groom kissing his bride at lifestyle old town engagement portraits in Cottonwood, California

It was Chris’ idea to add his hat.  I’d say they both have pretty good fashion sense!
Bride and groom in front of an orange tree at lifestyle old town engagement portraits in Cottonwood, California

Bride and groom sitting in front of orange tree at lifestyle old town engagement portraits in Cottonwood, California

Bride and groom in front of an orange tree at lifestyle old town engagement portraits in Cottonwood, California

After a quick change, we rushed outside to the field to catch the sunset.  While we missed the actual sun, we did manage to grab a little of that beautiful fading light!
Bride and groom in a hay field at sunset at lifestyle old town engagement portraits in Cottonwood, California

Alicia, you make me smile!
Bride and groom laughing at sunset at lifestyle old town engagement portraits in Cottonwood, California

Bride getting a piggyback ride from groom at lifestyle old town engagement portraits in Cottonwood, California

Alicia and Chris, thanks for being so wonderful! I can’t wait for your wedding in May!
Bride and groom kissing at lifestyle old town engagement portraits in Cottonwood, California

View more pictures of Alicia and Chris on their own personalized website!

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  1. Rachel Greene

    December 10th, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    so sweet!!! great job! I love looking at engagement photos :D

  2. AYUMI

    December 10th, 2009 at 11:45 pm

    Great session Lydia! What a stunning couple!

  3. blair

    December 11th, 2009 at 10:48 am

    Isn’t it ‘non-photogenic’? :) Just kidding. Beautiful pictures! I love the up close of their hands with them in the background. My sister is getting into photography – your blog is always so inspiring!

  4. Lydia

    December 11th, 2009 at 10:54 am

    @blair: It probably is. My sister and I had that conversation last night discussing it. I decided I liked “unphotogenic” even if it was a new Lydia word. :-D

  5. Rebecca

    December 14th, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    Oh how do I love those hats. :) Loving also that first shot of them with the brown leather jacket. killer light + killer style + killer photog = awesome session.

  6. LadyM

    December 14th, 2009 at 11:07 pm

    Beautiful engagement photos, Lyds! I agree–oh to be so unphotogenic! :-D Ditto Rebecca on the hats. too cute.

  7. Anonymous

    February 8th, 2010 at 5:13 am

    Virtual Memory sure is becoming cheaper and cheaper and cheaper. I’m curious as to when we will eventually hit the rate of 1c to 1 Gig.

    I’m quietly waiting for the day when I will finally be able to afford a 20 terabyte hard disk, haha. But for now I will be happy with having a 16 gig Micro SD Card in my R4i.

    (Posted from FPost for R4i Nintendo DS.)

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