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Monday, November 23, 2015

A Seaside Destination Engagement

Words by Courtney Kellar
Photos courtesy of Delighted Images

Alicia and Chris hail from San Diego and wanted to do a themed destination engagement shoot. They and their photographer were inspired by Jack London’s maritime novel, The Sea Wolf, a book full of adventure and personal growth. In the novel, the characters choose to be together, alone, rather than be apart. After enduring a long-distance relationship, Alicia and Chris felt the novel’s theme was reflective of their courtship and thus, a great inspiration for their destination engagement shoot! 

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One excerpt in particular inspired the details and described Chris and Alicia’s love for one another. "It seems as though I have lived this life always…I surely have hunted and foraged, and fought all the days of my life. And you, too, seem a part of it. You are…my woman, my mate."- Jack London, The Sea Wolf

The beautiful Lanikai Beach in Oahu, Hawaii played the part of the desert island for this beautiful engagement shoot. The couple incorporated some personal touches to the day. They honored their parents by bringing along photographs from each of their parents’ wedding day. The ruby and diamond jewelry Alicia wore was passed down from her grandmother. The vintage pocket watch Chris carried was also passed down from Alicia’s grandmother. 

To top it all off and drive home the theme, these two lovebirds wrote love letters to each other. The letters commemorated the day, were sealed in glass bottles and tossed into the ocean. Destination weddings and engagements find inspiration in many places and we love the literary meaning to this particular shoot. Congratulations to the bride and groom! 

Vendors: Director of Photography and Photographer: Desiree Nguyen with Delighted Images, Photography Assistant: Ed Pingol Photography, Location: Lanikai Beach, Oahu, Hawaii, Floral Design and Props: Alanna Madrid Floral & Event Design, Calligraphy/Hand-Lettering: Amber Schoniwitz with Schyne, Bride’s Convertible Dress: LuLu’s

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