Melinda and Vern : Engagement

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 -

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

      9.24.07 - 7:03 pm

  2. kara pennington -

    i LOVE all of these – especially the tire swing 🙂

      9.24.07 - 7:08 pm

  3. sara anthony -

    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!

      9.24.07 - 7:14 pm

  4. Marlin Munoz -

    Great job Jasmine! I especially love the last shot!

      9.24.07 - 7:30 pm

  5. Tiffany -

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

      9.24.07 - 7:50 pm

  6. Lauri -

    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! 🙂

      9.24.07 - 7:54 pm

  7. kerri -

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

      9.24.07 - 8:01 pm

  8. angel swanson -

    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

      9.24.07 - 8:31 pm

  9. Heather Espana -

    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

      9.24.07 - 8:32 pm

  10. Kristin -

    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. 🙂

      9.24.07 - 8:43 pm

  11. Tammie -

    LOVE IT! 🙂 gorgeous and SWEET session.

      9.24.07 - 9:03 pm

  12. Jamie Delaine -

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

      9.24.07 - 9:12 pm

  13. Nataly -

    What a gorgeous couple! I love them all!

      9.24.07 - 9:12 pm

  14. Jasmine* -

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

      9.24.07 - 9:36 pm

  15. Julie Q -

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

      9.24.07 - 10:10 pm

  16. david baxter -

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

      9.24.07 - 10:31 pm

  17. James Day -

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

      9.24.07 - 10:41 pm

  18. Marianne Lozano -

    these are awesome!!!

      9.24.07 - 11:11 pm

  19. Carlie Davis -

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

      9.24.07 - 11:23 pm

  20. Hansel Dobbs -

    California looks beautiful. Great photos! Very inspiring.

      9.24.07 - 11:38 pm

  21. gabriel ryan -

    seriously babe, our friends are hot!

      9.24.07 - 11:50 pm

  22. Joyful Weddings & Events -

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

      9.25.07 - 12:08 am

  23. Cameron Ingalls -

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

      9.25.07 - 12:15 am

  24. Simply Modern Weddings -

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

      9.25.07 - 12:47 am

  25. SNB -

    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!

      9.25.07 - 12:59 am

  26. Steve DePino -

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

      9.25.07 - 2:12 am

  27. Katy Regnier -

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

      9.25.07 - 2:50 am

  28. Emily DeWan -

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

      9.25.07 - 3:16 am

  29. Gina -

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

      9.25.07 - 3:37 am

  30. Maureen -

    These are super cute…love these!!!

      9.25.07 - 3:39 am

  31. Ali -

    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?

      9.25.07 - 4:36 am

  32. Sissel -

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

      9.25.07 - 6:52 am

  33. marisa holmes -

    so much fun!

      9.25.07 - 7:18 am

  34. Krista Guenin Photography -

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

      9.25.07 - 12:29 pm

  35. lauren c. -

    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!!! : )

      9.25.07 - 12:39 pm

  36. Tonya -

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

      9.25.07 - 4:09 pm

  37. Dave Biesse -

    Awesome shoot Jasmine – always and inspiration.

      9.25.07 - 4:13 pm

  38. Jasmine* -

    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! 🙂

      9.25.07 - 4:28 pm

  39. Allegra -

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

      9.25.07 - 4:46 pm

  40. kristy b. (aka, wrecklessgirl) -

    SOoooo adorable!

      9.25.07 - 4:58 pm

  41. Shy -

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

      9.25.07 - 5:17 pm

  42. Mark Brooke -

    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!

      9.25.07 - 6:28 pm

  43. Vern Moen -

    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.

      9.25.07 - 8:38 pm

  44. Lisa Fitts -

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

      9.25.07 - 9:29 pm

  45. cassandra m -

    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.

      9.26.07 - 12:41 am

  46. nikki nicole -

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

      9.26.07 - 1:14 pm

  47. ScotWharton -

    That HUG shot is HILARIOUS!

    Great work!

      9.26.07 - 5:03 pm

  48. nancyelizabeth -

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

      9.26.07 - 5:07 pm

  49. Sarah Barlow -

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

      9.28.07 - 3:04 pm

  50. zo belle -

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

      10.2.07 - 12:58 am

  51. nicole green -

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

      10.16.07 - 2:29 am

  52. Lizeth -

    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. 🙂

      10.30.07 - 5:17 am

  53. Kay English -

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

      7.29.09 - 3:09 am

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