Laguna Beach Engagement : Rodhelen+David


She worked seven days in a row, but enjoyed the following seven days of respite a bit more. Rodhelen worked in Northern California and wondered when her crazy work schedule might open for love. Her friends encouraged her to email a great guy in Southern California who had the same seven-day work schedule because he’d be a great friend who understood the demands the medical world often presented. They emailed and texted and soon discovered they enjoyed their daily correspondence.

On a whim, David flew to meet Rodhelen for ice cream at the Stanford Shopping Center. Over Haagen Das, they connected on a deeper level, leaving David with the desire to truly know the beautiful girl who sat across from him. When he asked how he knew Rodhelen was the girl of his dreams, he responded by saying it was in thanks to his refrigerator. When she visited his house, she organized the items in his fridge and lined everything up perfectly. This girl, he thought to himself, is a neat freak like me…we’re bound to get along wonderfully!

David’s intuition was right and three years after they met, they plan to wed at Pelican Hill Resort in September. We spent the afternoon getting to know each other better at Laguna Beach and I’m excited for their wedding this fall!

Oh, Rodhelen…go ON!!!!

Rodhelen is originally from Hawaii so the beach at sunset feels like home…David’s first date was planned at Half Bay Moon Resort, so having engagement photos along the coast was special for the both of them…

Many thanks to Joyce Luck for a lovely job with hair and makeup…

David is so caring and attentive with Rodhelen…I love it! Speaking of Rodhelen, I have to take a minute to commend her for being such a great sport. She booked me online, so we finally met in person at the engagement session. For the entirety of the session, I pronounced her name Rod-Helen, but it wasn’t until the end when she suggested pronouncing it Rod-Deh-Lin…and then, boom, I melted into a puddle. Mortified!!! I apologized profusely, but she promised she didn’t mind because I seemed really focused on getting photos that showcased her love for David. Love her!

I’ll end on this note because it’s a good memory…just after this kiss, a wave came up and splashed us…leaving us soaked. We were laughing so hard and it might have continued if not for the shivering that shortly followed…they were SO much fun and I can’t wait for their wedding!

To see more of Rodhelen and David’s Laguna Beach engagement photos, feel free to CLICK HERE for a slideshow with Amy Stroup music provided by The Music Bed.

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  1. Barrie Wedding Photographer

    July 24th, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    Love these Jasmine, really dig the candid playfulness on the beach.

  2. Life with Kaishon

    July 24th, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    What a lovely couple. Their love jumped right off the screen at me. So sweet.

    I love her name. Beautiful.

  3. Sabrina

    July 24th, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    love. Love. LOVE. All of it. All of them. And especially her dress. Where oh where did she get it?? Jasmine, these photos are just incredible. They’re light and intense all at the same time. And they’re love is jumping out from my screen right now. I can’t wait for their wedding either 🙂

  4. nikki

    July 24th, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    oh my! that last pic makes me want to melt!! gorgeous 🙂

  5. Kacie Lynch

    July 24th, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    Beautiful – I love the one where he is kissing her forehead. It’s very sweet!

  6. Paula Broome Photography

    July 24th, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    The lace dress is so pretty it could be the wedding dress!! x

  7. Dawn R

    July 24th, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    You can feel their love. Great captures, Jasmine. And could she be any more beautiful! I mean, seriously!!

  8. Jackie

    July 24th, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    I love these photos! Beautiful couple! Beautiful Photos!

  9. Rachel Greene

    July 24th, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    Love these!! Get me excited about taking pictures on the beach in two weeks 😀 😀

  10. Deney

    July 24th, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    Haagen Dazs, bringing couples together. Now I want a pint of chocolate or coffee ice cream.

  11. Tammy Stark

    July 24th, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    Haahahahaa!! As I read this post, I pronounced her name the same way in my head. Hillarious!

    Love, love, love these images, Jasmine. Beautiful couple and amazing photography.

  12. Susan

    July 24th, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    Stunning session…. as usual.

  13. Whitney Lane Arnett

    July 24th, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    I love her little white dress! Her whole style actually. What a beautiful evening on the beach for photos. Stellar pics as usual J*

  14. Haley Johnston

    July 24th, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    These photos are gorgeous! I did something very similar with a name at a session the other day… totally mortified when they corrected me near the end!

  15. rich

    July 24th, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    you just know how to take regular couples and make them look like models! beautiful engagement session!

  16. Yair Haim

    July 25th, 2012 at 8:21 am

    I love how you pictures always so clean and pretty! I’m a big fan 🙂

  17. Jessica Vidmar Photography

    July 25th, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    absolutely stunning!!!

  18. LEOLAK

    July 26th, 2012 at 3:26 am

    GOOOOOORRRRGGGEEEEOUUUUSSSS!!! Great job J*! Love her dress! What a unique name!

  19. cassandra-m

    July 26th, 2012 at 11:37 pm

    These Laguna beach sessions are always so Beautiful. The lighting is breathtaking. Amazing pics…gorgeous couple.

  20. Alex Sablan

    July 29th, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    Jealous, I can only wish I lived on the west coast.

  21. Helen and Auntie Gely

    July 30th, 2012 at 5:28 am

    Auntie Gely Said "Nice Hair with Orchid on your right ear and Nice Dress.Perfect Couple. Beautiful Smile".

  22. Becky Male

    August 11th, 2012 at 9:21 am

    ahhh what a romantic tale of how they met – so lovely to know romance is not dead one bit!

  23. Mary

    August 17th, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    so lovely!!! 🙂 im from cali and it’s actually Half Moon Bay, not Half Bay Moon 😉 adore this ! <3

  24. Ashvin Ghisyawan

    October 1st, 2012 at 8:55 am

    Nice serie again Jasmine. The last picture (with the sunlight) is really amazing!

  25. Ela

    October 4th, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    Love love the photos- AND! Her dress! Gah!

  26. Rick Goltowski

    November 29th, 2012 at 2:45 am

    nice photos, but couldnt help noticing that none of the pictures here in the blog of this couple have the man’s face showing head on, he is either turned to the side or the photo is of the back of his head or he is out of focus. Was this intentional? What is your reasoning for this?

  27. Hannah

    February 9th, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    Lovely shoot, so jealous of that sunshine, its freezing here in Ireland!!!

  28. Mark Barnes

    January 22nd, 2015 at 3:35 pm

    Magical work as always Jasmine, your such an inspiration to photographers including myself.