About a month ago, I hosted a giveaway for a free engagement portrait session called the “Summer Romance Giveaway”. Caesar and Erika were the runner ups! I’m so happy this contest brought us together- they were so much fun to work with and their love for each other is so special.
In case you missed the story of how they met and the proposal story during the giveaway, here it is again:
Caesar walked into his favorite café to order the usual, not expecting much else.
As he sat outside, Erika’s co-worker walked up to tell him she thought he was cute. With all the courage he could muster, he broke the ice by asking her for a drink refill. She was about to take his order, but he interrupted to tell her he just needed an excuse to strike up a conversation. After the …day in the café, they ran into each other six months later at a going away dinner and started dating shortly after.
Knowing he wanted to propose, Caesar started working with a group of friends to create a movie trailer based on their love story. The trailer was entitled “Only one thing left to do.” It started off with a universal green screen and a scene of when they first met. Erika was played by a floating wig and a couple of Caesar’s “guy” friends wearing the wig.
On August 18, Caesar had to meet someone to pick up his club T-shirts. 15 minutes turned into almost 45. Needless to say, Erika was upset he was running late for dinner and planted herself firmly upstairs. Under the guise of “heating up our leftovers for dinner” downstairs, Caesar was setting up the movie trailer in the living room. When the “food was ready,” he called her to the living room to “watch a movie.”
After a few malfunctions of getting the trailer to play, Erika realized that the movie was a recollection of their life together and started to cry. The ending of the trailer read, “There’s only one thing left to do…” As the screen darkened and the background music played, Caesar read her a poem and opened the ring box.
She said yes.
This whimsical, romantic engagement session at Windansea Beach in La Jolla is surely one of my all time favorites. Looking through these photos just reminds me how lucky I am to be an artist in such a magical place.