Garden Engagement : Elise + Chris


Their chance meeting was due in large part to a slice of pizza. A slice of free pizza, but Elise and Chris know the events surrounding that bribe may also have been enticing. Chris and his USC fraternity brothers hosted a mid-afternoon party at their frat house and invited Elise’s sorority for a day in the sun and on the slip-n-slide.

Studying in her Delta Delta Delta sorority house, Elise looked up from her books at the clock and realized she could probably sneak over for a slice of pizza and get back to studying without being detected. She no doubt enjoyed the extracurricular activities of Greek life, but Elise simply wanted to focus on school at the moment. She slipped into a red bikini top and shorts, and made her way to Sigma Phi Epsilon.

It was there she met Chris, a charming, vivacious, humorous guy who easily persuaded her to spend the afternoon studying the art of Fun. Seven years later, they’ve traveled the world, created memories, and are set of embarking on their most exciting adventure yet: marriage. I’m extraordinarily excited to document their wedding at Pelican Hill Resort later this fall and I know great things are in store based on our time together last week!

One of the reasons I was particularly excited for Elise and Chris’ engagement session was because of the personal attention they paid to choosing the right location. Wanting something unique, Elise suggested meeting at her grandparents’ house in Orange County, surrounded by 10 acres of gardens, foliage, and sun-dripped backgrounds. It was the perfect location for engagement photos!

I’m very thankful for Jeannie Savage of Details, Details sending such amazing clients my way…from the moment we met, it felt like a perfect fit! Just look at how much these two adore each other…

Elise, you are something FIERCE…love it!

Elise spent her childhood roaming the gardens of her grandparents’ home and their gardeners use their cherry-picker truck for most the harvesting, a detail Chris always seemed impressed with! 😉

There’s this thing I think to myself sometimes behind the lens. Hairology. You know, the study of just how awesome someone’s hair can be? As I photographed Elise, it took everything in me not to reach out and touch it. She’s like a real life Pantene ProV commercial…


Chris told me at the beginning of the engagement session that the garden attracted the most amazing sunset light and he hoped I’d capture a bit of it…Chris, I hope I didn’t let you down! 😉

To see more of Chris and Elise’s garden engagement photos, feel free to CLICK HERE for a slideshow or simply watch it here with music provided by The Music Bed

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  1. Mark William

    July 10th, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    Amazing.. as usual. 🙂

  2. kristin

    July 10th, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    Love this!

  3. molly

    July 10th, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    i’m speechless. these are so beautiful, jasmine!! amazing!!

  4. Jennifer

    July 10th, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    I opened this blog post and my first thought was "oh yummy light" Gorgeous!

  5. Kacie Lynch

    July 10th, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    Absolutely beautiful!

  6. Adam Mason

    July 10th, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    Love the natural light pics! Love her top as well. Everyone looks great.

  7. Naida

    July 10th, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    Beautiful photo session.

  8. Christall

    July 10th, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    Beautiful! I always love your the gorgeous lighting and colors in your pictures! It looks like they had a great time too, lol! 🙂

  9. sarah danaher

    July 10th, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    okay, serious hair envy here. they’re a GORGEOUS couple, and I’m stoked to see their wedding!!

  10. Kitrin Jeffrey

    July 10th, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    Simply another stunning engagement session J*. They look like such a fun couple to work with too.

  11. Corinna See Stansbury

    July 10th, 2012 at 4:15 pm


  12. Wedding Photographer Essex

    July 10th, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    Beautiful photo’s always helps when they are a good looking couple. Love the backlit shots

  13. Tony Bayliss

    July 10th, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    A Beautiful posting as ever! Love the closeness and the fun of the first shots then the step up to elegance in along with the change clothes – simply beautiful.

  14. Susan Evans

    July 10th, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    These are beautiful!

  15. Katelyn James

    July 10th, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    one of your best! The colors are amazing!! love you!

  16. Gail

    July 10th, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    Va va VOOM.

    These are so flippin’ gorgeous! I know you were sick last week, but seeing these photos? You’d NEVER know it. You’re the consummate professional, J!

  17. m*

    July 10th, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    gorgeous!!! Love how special the location was!!!

  18. claire

    July 10th, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    gorgeous photos! what is that song called on the slideshow? i love it! thanks for sharing your amazing photos!

  19. B

    July 10th, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    Gorg! I love it. Cherry truck and all…

  20. Haley Johnston

    July 10th, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    They are so adorable and so in L-O-V-E! Amazing capture, Jasmine! 🙂

  21. ilophoto

    July 10th, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    Beautiful! Tech Q: were you using a patented J* natural reflector on the last shot before the slideshow? There has to be some nice reflected light coming back at them, no?

  22. Allie Coyle

    July 10th, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    LOVE these pics Jasmine! Totally stunning! I was wondering too if you’ve ever had a client re-edit your photos? I recently shot a wedding and noticed the bride took a few of my photos and did the whole "black and white photo with the flowers in color" effect (ugh) on a few of the photos. 🙁 Is there any way to guard against this? This isn’t something that I would ever do to my photos, so should I tell clients they can’t edit the photos I give them? I’d love to know your thoughts and how you’d deal with this! Thanks, as always, Jasmine!!

  23. Nena

    July 10th, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    There are too many great photos to choose and most of them are in the slideshow! Lovely model couple and love =-)

  24. Amy Arrington

    July 11th, 2012 at 12:29 am

    Beautiful pictures Jasmine!!

  25. LEOLAK

    July 11th, 2012 at 5:00 am

    Ummm okay what a HOT COUPLE!!! These are gorgeous! Great location…stunning images!!! Elise is going to be one beautiful bride!

  26. Mom

    July 11th, 2012 at 8:05 am

    What a beautiful couple!! Love you Jasmine!!

  27. Denise Karis

    July 11th, 2012 at 9:08 am

    CUUUUUTE! Gosh beautiful!!!

  28. Kathryn Denelle Stevens

    July 11th, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    totes adorbs (and i say this with a completely straight face)!!! I wonder if you know where Elise bought the blue and white striped shirt? It is the cutest!! Thanks for sharing these lovelies!

  29. Melissa Avey - Cambridge Child Photographer

    July 12th, 2012 at 4:56 am

    Love that 2nd to last shot!

  30. cassandra-m

    July 13th, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    LOVE these. The light is so Pretty and the couple is beau-ti-ful~!!

  31. John Cruz

    July 15th, 2012 at 6:08 am

    Great job, Jasmine!

  32. Becky Male

    July 15th, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    Beautiful couple, I love the wide shot. Really lovely photography

  33. Tosha Devonn

    September 6th, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    Very nice work! I love how the couple seem to be having a wonderful time during the shoot!

  34. South

    October 13th, 2012 at 2:30 am

    Again, Great Job with these photos, you are a truly talented group!