Morgan & Ruslana | California Dreamin’ Engagement

  The Epitome of a California Dreamin’ Engagement Session


Matt and I sat outside a little coffee shop in Venice waiting to meet Morgan and Ruslana for their wedding consultation and Matt suddenly says to me: “A dude is walking up with a girl and he’s wearing a Bob’s Burgers shirt!  I hope that’s them!”  Sure enough, Matt was looking at Morgan and Ruslana.

We all headed inside for a cooler table and some drinks and began chattin.  I think Matt was having a little boy crush with all the pop culture references going on. Plus, we may have also talked about a slight Dexter resemblance on the way home.  (Lol sorry Morgan!  I’m sure you hear that far too often!)   But while we were chatting with Ruslana and Morgan, they mentioned really wanting to showcase where they were living in their engagement photographs. So, what better way than using the Culver City mural California Dreamin’!

C. elyse photos black and white film holding hands

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We started their session there and their wardrobe couldn’t have been anymore perfect!  Check out Ruslana and Morgan, they created the perfect palette for these portraits with their wardrobe.

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From there we then proceeded to Santa Monica where we meandered through Tongva Park.  We walked the pathways, Morgan & Ruslana danced in the beehives overlooking the Santa Monica Pier, played in some bougainvillea, and lounged amongst “Morty” the lovingly named Moreton Bay Fig Tree (Also known as an Australian Banyan Tree).

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After a stroll through Tongva Park we crossed the street and walked down Palisades Park on Ocean Ave. (I can literally hear Yellowcard playing right now and probably just showed how old I am).  The sun fell into twilight with the wind playing in Ruslana’s hair at the California Incline where Ocean ave meets Hwy 1.  It was the perfect end to the epitome of a California Dreamin’ engagement session.

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