{ jessica + rich | manhattan beach engagement }

Jess is a friend of mine from oh, maybe the 1st grade? We used to make “green tea” with mint leaves (plus a bunch of other questionable stuff) from my backyard and try to feed it to our younger sisters. She always had the most epic birthday parties and perhaps even let me copy her geometry homework once or twice (SCREW YOU PROOFS). I would like to compare Jess to Mary Poppins, in that she’s practically perfect in every way. She is ridiculously smart, horribly sweet, fabulously silly, abundantly kind, and a great friend.

So when she first told me about Rich, I may have been a bit skeptical. Because who could be so perfect for such a perfect person? But upon hearing about him and meeting him I realized that he somehow also is smart, and sweet, and silly, and kind, and most of all makes Jess endlessly happy. The proof (NOT THE GEOMETRY KIND) is in the photos. In the way he’s gazing at her in this one. The way she’s laughing in that one. Their whole engagement session was so joyful, so personal, so real.

It may have helped that we shot in a wonderful little Italian restaurant {La Sosta Enoteca – oh the light! the rustic chairs! those billowy curtains!} in Hermosa Beach, where they had many of their first dates and first memories. Or that Rich brought along his two awesome daughters (be sure to scroll down!) for the second half of the session on the beach.

As I always hope for in engagement sessions, this one did seem so them – practically perfect in every way :)

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10 Responses to “{ jessica + rich | manhattan beach engagement }”

  1. Megan Welker Says:

    Adrienne! These are breathtaking! Seriously, I’m sitting here gushing over every single image. SO gorgeous!! Not to mention, this couple is beautiful!

  2. Gail Says:

    GORGEOUS images, Adrienne! I LOVE her dress in those restaurant shots!

  3. Mai Says:

    AHHHH i love every single shot! Adrienne these are lovely… and your blog post is so heartfelt. Can’t wait for their wedding this august!!!

  4. ala cortez Says:

    one of your best sessions ever! the light and movement is divine!!

  5. Joshua Says:

    Wow!!! Lovely photos! Like!! :)

  6. cindy Says:

    i can see so much happiness! beautiful job adrienne.

  7. Amanda Says:

    These pictures are incredible. They are so beautiful yet so natural. As someone who knows jessica and just how beautiful she is, you truly captured her essence and beauty. As always, she is shining throughout. Amazing, amazing job.

  8. jane zenzi li Says:

    what a beautiful couple!

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