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Engagement Photos-A trip to the Queen Mary, Long Beach California

For those of you who know Johnathan and I personally, know that traveling and anything vintage is a huge part of our lives.  In May of 2013, J and I took our first trip together to L.A. and stayed aboard one of the most beautiful representations of Art Deco I have ever seen, the Queen Mary.  The QM is really breathtaking and I’m not sure if its just the nostalgic feel or perhaps its the spirits that live aboard (yes is VERY haunted and VERY cool…especially when they pass by you).   Since that day in May, I have had the pleasure of staying on board three times and each time it just gets better and better.  When trying to figure out where to have our Engagement photos done it was impossible to head back to London and pay another visit to St. Paul’s Cathedral, so where else, our home away from home in Long Beach, California!  (A little secret–we actually wanted to have our wedding there but didn’t want to tick off a bunch of people with long distance traveling, so The Powel Crosley was our runner up and we are thrilled it was available).

So after a bit of planning we are could not be more thrilled with the results of our two hour shoot with a photographer by our side, on a ship that we both love and adore!  Hope you enjoy a little look into our lives with these photos, it’s very hard for us to be so serious (and as you can see we can’t keep a serious face if we tried)!  And the next time you want a long weekend away and something to reset your soul, please keep this gem in mind.

A special thank you to Alexa from Bright Bird Photography.  We sort of didn’t tell her that we were both photographers at some point in our lives, but it didn’t take her long to catch on when you start to take control of the shoot.  I used to hate people like me!!!!  Thank you Alexa for your patience and your photos surpassed our expectations, you have an amazing gift. And lastly, a special thanks to the most amazing hair and makeup artist in Southern California, Jamie!  It is always a treat to have you by my side and make me look like something that I never thought was possible.  Only in Southern Cali does your hair and makeup look this good!  Love you and hope to see you next year!

Our Engagement Story…

Boy meets girl…Girl meets boy, boy decides one day that he needs to spend a lot of money on a ring, get down on one knee, and they live happily ever after!  Well that’s how “normal” people do things and if you know anything about us, we are not of the norm and nothing is a small production!  So here is our story from the beginning.

We met in the early spring of 2013, and at the time Johnthan was traveling quite a bit and I was consumed in my role as a single Mom to Sebastian. The first year that we dated we traveled several thousand miles together and neither one of us wanted to kill each other so that was a good sign!!  As time went by our relationship developed and in February 2016, Johnathan gave me a lovely gift, a trip to London.  I know how romantic!!!  What I didn’t realize at the time is that Johnathan was planning more than just a trip to London, he was planning the most over the top proposal he could.

The readers digest version (hahaha)…On the morning of Monday November 21, 2016 it was cold and rainy, I wasn’t feeling 100% as the jet lag was catching up with me.  But we continued on our day knowing that at 2pm we had a private tour at St. Paul’s Cathedral.  This is the same Cathedral that Princess Diana married Charles in 1981 (I was 6…..)!!  The church is stunning in every way, and of course iconic to the London Skyline. But with the rain cloud hoovering over us, it was dark, gloomy, my jeans were soaked with rain water, and I couldn’t feel my hands from the cold, it was putting me in a very fussy mood.  I was looking forward to this “private tour” and being inside with a a bunch of Royals (dead ones…but a royal is a royal).   When we arrived at the steps, I knew that Johnathan was up to something far more than a tour. There were all these presents and little notes waiting for me throughout the journey to the top. We climbed  580+ stairs  to the top of St. Paul’s and it was about that time the skies opened up and it was a magnification view and the platinum and diamond surprise well worth the journey. Of course I said yes!!!

To read all the details, visit this blog post, it’s way more than have time to type, and way over the top!

It’s so grand we look like ants!