Last weekend, we had the pleasure of photographing Ariana and Jesse’s engagement shoot. They are a totally fabulous couple who are so cute together. And they have a beautiful big baby girl. Athena is a bloodhound and she definitely follows her nose.

bride to be with her groom and their faithful dog in oakland california- redwood park

Ariana and Jesse met on a backpacking trip in Alaska so we knew they would enjoy something outdoors. And we had just the spot in mind- one of our old stomping grounds. There’s a fabulous off-leash dog area in Oakland’s Redwood Regional Park.

We started off the session with Ariana and Jesse alone. They were so at ease with each other and with us. We got lots of smiles. And I love how the light hits Ariana’s hair on this shot.

bride and groom to be during their engagment photo shoot in oakland ca

We actually were coming from San Francisco. On the other side of the bay, the weather was all gloomy and foggy. But when we crossed the bridge we were treated to perfect blue skies. Gotta love Oakland!
bride to be and her fiance during their engagement session in oakland california

These two needed no guidance. They knew just what to do. I love the way they look at each other.

groom with his fiance during engagement shoot in the east bay

The backlit grasses were all aglow. Ariana commented on how beautiful it was. I have to agree.

engagement photo session at redwood regional park in oakland ca

Athena was pretty distracted by all the yummy dog smells, but she was a really good listener and settled down at her dad’s request.

groom with his bride to be and their puppy at a california dog park

And then he asked for a kiss!

man and dog at a dog park in oakland, ca

We can’t wait for Ariana and Jesse’s wedding at the Brazilian Room in Tilden Regional Park. It is just a few weeks away and promises to be so much fun.

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