Viceroy Santa Monica Engagement : Sonya+Eric


It happened on a Sunday Fun Day, a day of the week filled with good times, laughter, and, well, fun. Sonya’s friend invited her hang out on a Sunday afternoon along the beach and while there, Sonya met Eric. He was vivacious and funny and somehow snagged Sonya’s phone and called his own…just like that he had her number programmed on his phone. To ensure Eric had her often waning attention throughout the evening, he grabbed a pen and scribbled on Sonya’s arm, leaving a mess of marks on her forearm.

Five days later, and after a good scrubbing of Eric’s pen marks, Sonya drove to San Clemente to meet friends at a beach house. Famished, she raided the pantry, plopped on the sofa next to the guys, threw her feet on the coffee table, and poured a bag of barbeque chips into her mouth. It was then–watching Sonya shovel crispy snack after crispy snack into her mouth–that Eric fell. Hard. He loved her independence and disregard to what others thought and was determined to make her fall in love with him.

For the next few weeks, Eric texted Sonya…daily. Small quips, salutations, and wishes for sweet dreams. Overtime Sonya looked forward to hearing from Eric and missed his communication if he forgot his daily text. She agreed to go to dinner with Eric and fell. Hard. She loved his humor, personality, and heart and was determined to spend the rest of her life with him.

I am incredibly excited to work with Eric and Sonya later this month for their wedding. We began their engagement session at the Viceroy Santa Monica and spent time doing what they do best…laughing, joking, and loving.

Ooooh, Sonya, you’re such a beaut…really.

The light at the Viceroy Santa Monica was just spectacular for the engagement photos…

I love the way Sonya and Eric love. They’re completely themselves around each other and can make each other crumble into a fit of laughter in a matter of seconds. Many thanks to Erin of Sterling Social for connecting us and ensuring we were a good fit…clearly, they think I’m HILARIOUS. 😉

We walked down to the beach in Santa Monica and enjoyed the amazing weather and beautiful sunset…

Happy Tuesday!

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  1. Liz

    June 5th, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    Gorgeous!!!!! I love California – these photos exude that warmth and relaxed feeling that I get when we’re there. Lovely session, Jasmine!

  2. Leslie

    June 5th, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    I’m totally in love with this couple – they are so flippin’ cute!!!

  3. marie

    June 5th, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    I love her dress!!!!

  4. Katelyn James

    June 5th, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    Oh I can’t WAIT for this wedding!!!!!!

  5. Haley Johnston

    June 5th, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    Love their story! How cute! The photos are magnificent as always!!

  6. Gail

    June 5th, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    LOVE this session! I think the Viceroy is one of the coolest hotels I’ve ever visited — even if it was only to have drinks in those very leather chairs (and take a picture of myself in that fantabulous bathroom! 😉 Great work, J!

  7. danielle honea

    June 5th, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    ah love their story!!! You always capture the best details of your clients–love it. Love their location too, the pool side shot is my fav.

  8. Nadja

    June 5th, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    Beautiful!!! Love the location and the light.

  9. Brooke Tewell

    June 5th, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    Very nice photos, I liked the slideshow! I loved the ones they were laughing in, so smitten with eachother! 🙂

  10. B

    June 5th, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    Awwwww! The Viceroy? That’s where you held my wedding shower. I wub juh.

  11. Amy Ballard

    June 5th, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    LOVELY images! LOVELY couple! Love the whole session!!!

  12. blair gurick

    June 5th, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    love you guys these pics are stunning! excited for you two!

  13. Jessica Vidmar Photography

    June 5th, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    just lovely…j*, you knocked it out of the park yet again…and i love the words that accompany this shoot!

  14. estherjulee

    June 6th, 2012 at 12:47 am

    what a cute session!! i absolutely love that bold blue color. it really pops.

  15. Nena

    June 6th, 2012 at 12:49 am

    These photos are beautiful and that bride looks like he makes her so happy! One day I’ll be your bride too! =-)

  16. LEOLAK

    June 6th, 2012 at 4:03 am

    Their story cracks me up…I dig people with a sense of humor! It’s too crazy to me how your clients favor each other so much. Love her dress…great session Jasmine!

  17. Amanda Waltman

    June 6th, 2012 at 8:18 am

    Gorgeous couple! They look so happy together and you’ve captured their love perfectly!

  18. sarah danaher

    June 6th, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    holy cow, how adorable are they??!?!?

  19. Ashley Goodwin

    June 7th, 2012 at 4:15 am

    The last one is totally my fav. Love his hat included in some too, you can tell it’s SO him! What a great lookin’ couple, but that ain’t nothin’ new over on THIS fabulous blog! 😉

    And the VICEROY? LOVE Viceroy hotels.

  20. Tina dela Rosa

    June 7th, 2012 at 11:04 pm

    What a beautiful couple!

  21. feuza

    June 7th, 2012 at 11:43 pm

    Humm I am not seeing slideshows at end of posts any more, what are you up to miss, lovely story and Viceroy is sure dreamy

  22. Kevin Le Vu

    June 8th, 2012 at 6:29 am

    Gorgeous couples! I love Viceroy Hotel!

  23. cassandra-m

    June 11th, 2012 at 4:16 am

    Gorgoeus!!!! Love. Love. Love.

  24. Barrie Engagement Photographer

    June 13th, 2012 at 1:54 am

    Love these, especially the casual walk along the sidewalk shots. So nice!

  25. Gina Nguyen-Lewis

    June 16th, 2012 at 2:29 am

    Always beautiful. Lovely couple…

  26. JamieY

    June 19th, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    Beautiful couple and awesome location.

  27. Bridal Sassique

    June 27th, 2012 at 7:16 am