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Rachael & SamBookstore & Elfin Forest EngagementSan Diego, CA

This year, a few very special people in my life have decided to take the next big step in their relationships and get engaged. Rachael and I have been best friends since the first grade. Our friendship has endured thick and thin throughout the years and let me tell you – we have some great stories (ones that I have chosen not to share here for fear of retaliation. You understand.).

Just over two years ago, Rachael started talking non-stop about this girl named Sam. Never before had I seen her eyes light up the way they did when she talked about this mystery woman. I knew it was serious when she decided to pack up and move to San Francisco to be with her. She has been head over heels in love ever since.

I finally had the privilege of meeting Sam when they spent a few nights down in San Diego to visit family. We only hung out together for a few hours, but that’s all it takes to realize these two are perfect for each other. In October, Rachael staged an elaborate Harry Potter themed scavenger hunt around SF and finally proposed. She said yes or course.

The first weekend of December, we all got together for a delicious celebratory brunch with Rachael and Sam’s family before heading down to La Jolla for part one of their two day engagement session. D.G. Wills in downtown is one of the coolest bookstores I have ever set foot in and I could not think of a better backdrop for two bookworms if I tried.

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The morning after, we drove out to Elfin Forest near Encinitas for a peaceful shoot in the woods. It’s a little uncommon for San Diego, but we were blessed with some gorgeous fall colors reminiscent of those found in Northern California.

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Congratulations you two, I love you both to pieces.

Rachael & Sam’s engagement is featured on A Bicycle Built for Two. Check it out here.