Melinda and Vern : Engagement


The grey clouds rolled in and over the red barn making vain threats to part and drip themselves on the clay dirt. Off in the distance, Melinda slipped into her cowboy boots and waited patiently for Vern to slow his sipping of the Rolling Rock balanced in the palm of his hand. She waved to her mother who was watering flowers in the elevated pool area and garden. In just a couple more weeks, Melinda’s parents’ backyard will be transformed to become her reception venue, so everyone was busy planning and making sure the beautiful landscape was ready to accommodate her 150 guests.

Vern made his way over to Melinda…and Charlie followed him like a shadow. They laughed heartily at their dog as he managed to be the center of every photo, but later retired under the shade of the nearby weeping willow tree. Vern refocused his attention to his beautiful bride-to-be and whispered soft words into her ears. Melinda, in return, smiled, danced, and laughed to his sweet nothings.

I’m super bummed I won’t be able to be Melinda and Vern’s wedding photographer, but I was honored when they asked me to still shoot their engagement session! It was an honor and I had SO much fun!! They are two of the coolest people and I’m quite sure God has some pretty awesome things planned for their future. We met at Carlie and Gabriel’s wedding a couple months ago, and I’ve been smitten with everything they are…I wish them the best as they wed next month! 😉

Here’s the beautiful Melinda…

After shooting in her backyard, we wandered down a nearby path and stopped along the way…the property was SO amazing!

I think Vern got a little over-zealous with his hug! 😉

We then headed over to a lime orchard for a little more fun…

To see more of their totally fun and cool engagement session, CLICK HERE for a slideshow!

Due to popular demand, here’s more information regarding Melinda’s boots…they’re Frye’s Veronica Slouch Boots…and, yes, they’re waaaay hot! 🙂

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  1. Amy

    September 24th, 2007 at 7:03 pm

    I absolutely love these! So cute and romantic! What an awesome location!

  2. kara pennington

    September 24th, 2007 at 7:08 pm

    i LOVE all of these – especially the tire swing 🙂

  3. sara anthony

    September 24th, 2007 at 7:14 pm

    I love those boots. If you can track down where she got them, I’d love to know. Really love to know. Really really love……. okay, you get the point! ;0)

    Awesome pix as always!

  4. Marlin Munoz

    September 24th, 2007 at 7:30 pm

    Great job Jasmine! I especially love the last shot!

  5. Tiffany

    September 24th, 2007 at 7:50 pm

    love the location….amazing pics as always jasmine! I liked the tire swing picture=)

  6. Lauri

    September 24th, 2007 at 7:54 pm

    I am also putting in a request to find out where she got those awesome boots! I covet them.
    I’m totally digging this whole shoot! Completely fantastic! 🙂

  7. kerri

    September 24th, 2007 at 8:01 pm

    i adore the second shot! what a great shoot – fantastic location!!

  8. angel swanson

    September 24th, 2007 at 8:31 pm

    loooove this shoot!!!! i agree with the other girls below; those boots are gorgeous! count me in with the info., although i really shouldn’t buy more shoes~ xoxo

  9. Heather Espana

    September 24th, 2007 at 8:32 pm

    I just discovered you through Dane Sanders. I’m so glad :). Your work is wonerful, and it’s very inspiring how quickly you’ve been able to blossom into this business. Thanks for helping make the world happy!
    God bless.
    -Heather Espana

  10. Kristin

    September 24th, 2007 at 8:43 pm

    I just love this session! What a fun/cute couple. I love the casualness of the photos, yet SO good. Makes you just want to be their friends. 🙂

  11. Tammie

    September 24th, 2007 at 9:03 pm

    LOVE IT! 🙂 gorgeous and SWEET session.

  12. Jamie Delaine

    September 24th, 2007 at 9:12 pm

    AMAZING COUPLE!! Love her boots. They are so cute it makes me want to hug them. Your pictures totally show their awesome personalities.

  13. Nataly

    September 24th, 2007 at 9:12 pm

    What a gorgeous couple! I love them all!

  14. Jasmine*

    September 24th, 2007 at 9:36 pm

    Weren’t her boots just killer?!?! I’ll make sure sure comments on where she got them…I want a pair myself!! 🙂

  15. Julie Q

    September 24th, 2007 at 10:10 pm

    What a cute couple! She looks just like Cameron on Fox’s House.

  16. david baxter

    September 24th, 2007 at 10:31 pm

    awesome jasmine! looks like you went to a far off land to get these. i didn’t know cali had places like this 😉

  17. James Day

    September 24th, 2007 at 10:41 pm

    I LOVE the photos, and I SUPER LOVE that dress! How Cute does this couple look together?

  18. Marianne Lozano

    September 24th, 2007 at 11:11 pm

    these are awesome!!!

  19. Carlie Davis

    September 24th, 2007 at 11:23 pm

    Love Love Love it!! Oh I have such hot friends!!

  20. Hansel Dobbs

    September 24th, 2007 at 11:38 pm

    California looks beautiful. Great photos! Very inspiring.

  21. gabriel ryan

    September 24th, 2007 at 11:50 pm

    seriously babe, our friends are hot!

  22. Joyful Weddings & Events

    September 25th, 2007 at 12:08 am

    So hot! I love all of them! Great job jas!

  23. Cameron Ingalls

    September 25th, 2007 at 12:15 am

    ADORE the first one! And the rest are spicy too!

  24. Simply Modern Weddings

    September 25th, 2007 at 12:47 am

    J* these photos are super cool! (I love her boots) The photo of him hugging her is classic. LOL!

  25. SNB

    September 25th, 2007 at 12:59 am

    Jasmie – the red boots are cute, but I am in love with Melinda’s black flats. Is it goofy to ask you to find out what label they are? And I think your pics of Carlie and Gabriel’s wedding are still some of my favorite of yours. Just sublime. Plus I’ve added Sia’s "Numb" to my Nano thanks to you!

  26. Steve DePino

    September 25th, 2007 at 2:12 am

    As I have told you in the past your engagements are breath taking. This is no different. great job once again.

  27. Katy Regnier

    September 25th, 2007 at 2:50 am

    Those first two shots are definitely my favorites. What an awesome location!

  28. Emily DeWan

    September 25th, 2007 at 3:16 am

    Love these! Such a great location, and this couple looks like so much fun.

  29. Gina

    September 25th, 2007 at 3:37 am

    The Lord has given you such an awesome gift. Looking at your pictures makes my soul happy.

  30. Maureen

    September 25th, 2007 at 3:39 am

    These are super cute…love these!!!

  31. Ali

    September 25th, 2007 at 4:36 am

    Awesome, Jasmine. Wow. I love how you get that pop off of the background. I’ve been thinking that I need to get the super expensive 85 1.2/135 2/35 1.4, but not so. How wide do you typically shoot?

  32. Sissel

    September 25th, 2007 at 6:52 am

    There are pictures and then, there are these. Wow. Just stunning.

  33. marisa holmes

    September 25th, 2007 at 7:18 am

    so much fun!

  34. Krista Guenin Photography

    September 25th, 2007 at 12:29 pm

    These are awesome! They’re so cute and seem so relaxed – what a fun shoot this must have been.

  35. lauren c.

    September 25th, 2007 at 12:39 pm

    LOVE these!! they seem like such a fun rockin’ couple!! love the images of the two of them in front of the barn, LOVE her boots too!!! : )

  36. Tonya

    September 25th, 2007 at 4:09 pm

    It looks like an awesome place to take engagements. These are great! I love the series in fromt of the barn door! Awesome

  37. Dave Biesse

    September 25th, 2007 at 4:13 pm

    Awesome shoot Jasmine – always and inspiration.

  38. Jasmine*

    September 25th, 2007 at 4:28 pm

    Hi Ali! I use the 85 1.8 and I LOVE it! In fact, I used this lens for about 90% of this engagement shoot. I don’t know why either…I just felt like it, I guess. Anyway, I shoot pretty wide open most of the time…1.8-2.0 is pretty average for me with the 85mm. Hope this helps! 🙂

  39. Allegra

    September 25th, 2007 at 4:46 pm

    That tire swing shot is magazine material & super precious! You’re so awesome!

  40. kristy b. (aka, wrecklessgirl)

    September 25th, 2007 at 4:58 pm

    SOoooo adorable!

  41. Shy

    September 25th, 2007 at 5:17 pm

    ahhhhh! are those Frye boots? Those are soooo hot! I want some!

  42. Mark Brooke

    September 25th, 2007 at 6:28 pm

    J* you are just ridiculous! i can’t believe how amazing these photos are! I love the American Gothic shots and the one where Vern is holding his face! Way to go!

  43. Vern Moen

    September 25th, 2007 at 8:38 pm

    Jasmine. You are from another world. These photos are out of this world. I’m looking for a word….the closest word I can think of, from this world, is… OVERWHELMINGLY REMARKABLE. I think I love my fiance about 30% more after seeing your photographs. She’s really hot. I should have worn my boots…
    Thank you forever and back. We love them…and I’m just going to say what everyone’s thinking… You’re the best photographer in and out of this world.

  44. Lisa Fitts

    September 25th, 2007 at 9:29 pm

    what a cute couple! you did such a great job bring out there personalities

  45. cassandra m

    September 26th, 2007 at 12:41 am

    girl you are freakin amazing…is it too early to start a "jasmine* fan club"? ha.ha. I love, simply love Melinda’s red cowboy boots! and the barn is an awesome touch. very sweeeeet! you definitely nailed this one. congrats. thanks for sharing, you are such an inspiration.

  46. nikki nicole

    September 26th, 2007 at 1:14 pm

    you have such amazing engagements. they show so much personality of the couple. love the barn shots!

  47. ScotWharton

    September 26th, 2007 at 5:03 pm

    That HUG shot is HILARIOUS!

    Great work!

  48. nancyelizabeth

    September 26th, 2007 at 5:07 pm

    Superb! Bravo! Love the joy between these two ~ another amazing capture. The tire swing rocks, no pun intended.

  49. Sarah Barlow

    September 28th, 2007 at 3:04 pm

    Ooo!! OMG! I love these so much!! Just when I thought you couldn’t possibly get better you produce these! Incredible girl!!

  50. zo belle

    October 2nd, 2007 at 12:58 am

    this is my favorite couple out of all of them. There so cute and hip i luv them jay

  51. nicole green

    October 16th, 2007 at 2:29 am

    these are soooo so so so cute! i am so behind on reading your blog ! ahhh! so many comments to leave. 🙂

  52. Lizeth

    October 30th, 2007 at 5:17 am

    OMG! I know Vern too! I worked with him at Lucky Strike. I think it’s meant to be Jasmine. You’re meant to be my photographer. These pictures are also wonderful by the way. 🙂

  53. Kay English

    July 29th, 2009 at 3:09 am

    I LOVE THE COWGIRL ONE!!! omg! I need to move to CA asap! There’s nothing like that here in NJ!