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Magical Retro Seaside Engagement in San Francisco

Editor’s Note: I’m digging into the archives today to re-share this summery engagement that I know you’ll fall in love with all over again. And guess what? Last fall when I was visiting SF, photographer Laura Monfredini drove us out to The Cliff House for a nightcap after our fun portraits in the Presidio. It was so much fun! 

Crashing waves. Pink balloons. An awesome art deco-era building on the beach. And San Fran. Oh, and a couple that totally bears resemblance to Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling. Yep, this amazing engagement has all of those insanely cool factors and the sum equates to nothing short of magic. / Photos by eLLe PHOTOGRAPHY.

Says photographer Laura, “Felicity (better known to everyone as Fizz) and Chris met a few years ago while working together as ski instructors in Lake Tahoe (seriously, how cool is that?!). When it came time to propose, Chris wanted to pop the question somewhere outdoors. 

He procured the ring, made the calls to Fizz’s parents to get their blessing, and then he decided to wait for the perfect moment. Well, perfect moments are hard to find, and as the days were passing and everyone was waiting with baited breath for the big news, he decided to propose one very foggy and drizzly day while on a hike along the coast in Marin County, California.

Trouble was, Fizz didn’t really feel like going on a hike that day because the weather was so awful, so she kept suggesting alternative activities to no avail. Chris insisted on a hike, and in the end, Fizz was really glad he did because he proposed to her along the way with a ring that’s been in his family for years.

Obviously, she said yes, because here’s their engagement shoot. They’re having a destination wedding in Hawaii this fall, but it was really important to them to do an engagement shoot in San Francisco where they both live. 

We had initially planned to go to Marin County, close to where the proposal happened, but the Golden Gate Bridge approach was closed that weekend. Instead, we went to Ocean Beach, which is their favorite beach in San Francisco, and took some shots on the beach and by the famous Cliff House — an art deco styled building that’s one of the last structures from a popular beachside amusement area in the 1950s that was called Playland.

It was also nice to shoot at the beach since their wedding will be taking place in Hawaii, and this way they have shots from both sides of the Pacific. We also incorporated their rescue pup, a sweet little poodle named Annie (because she was an orphan) into a few shots.”


  1. thanks so much for the feature!! loved this shoot (the Cliff House is one of my favorite SF spots) & this couple was sooo fun and sooo in love with each other!

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