California Coast Engagement
Photography by Kayla Yestal
It’s no surprise that the film work of Kayla Yestal is adored by Dear Gray Magazine. She has been featured online and also in Issue One! Today we join Kayla as she shoots an engagement session for a couple with a sweet love story that began over music, pretzels, and beer.
During her move from San Francisco, bride Andrea took a leap of faith an tested the waters of online dating. It was not long before she connected with Josh, her life long soul mate. Through loud tunes and good food, they bonded so much on their first date that it was as though they had known one another forever. Fast forward and this couple found themselves on a romantic trip to Mexico where Josh proposed to Andrea along the coast – a mutual place of love for the couple. With the tide rolling in, Josh got on one knee and asked Andrea to share their future hand in hand!
Using the love of the coast and being a floral designer herself, Andrea knew their engagement session had to express who they were as a couple. Andrea created the sweetest floral crown and bridal bouquet and we absolutely adore the floral choices she made! With a little help from their wedding photographer, this couple shared an engagement session that began along the coast of Point Reyes and ended among the cascading trees of Cypress Tree Tunnel.
From Andrea, the bride…
Josh and I met when he had just moved to Novato and was testing the waters of online dating. I was moving to Petaluma from San Francisco, so it was happenstance that we both got online at the same time and found each other. We had our first date at Lagunitas Brewing Company in Petaluma, a local brewery where we ate soft pretzels and beer and tried to talk over the loud live music. By the time the night ended, I felt like I had known him forever!
We now live in West Petaluma, and are quite close to the coast! When it came time for Josh to propose, he took note of our love for the ocean and set up a beautiful dinner overlooking the water on top of a little outcropping of rocks during a trip to Sayulita, Mexico. Midway through the meal he took me out to the edge of the cliff, got down on one knee, and proposed! It was so romantic and sweet. He had a speech prepared but I think he forgot most of it. Then we enjoyed the rest of dinner and even s’mores by a fire they’d set up for us!
More from Andrea…
I am a floral designer by trade, so after seeing many engagement sessions and weddings, I knew it was important to find a location that spoke to us in order for the session to be “our own.” Some of our most fun memories took place at Point Reyes and the surrounding area on little weekend getaways, so it seemed beyond fitting that we would have the shoot there! We did a little scouting and found the Cypress Tree Tunnel, which is just so unique and naturally beautiful. We really wanted to incorporate the beach for the second half of our session, and our photographer Kayla Yestal ended up finding the perfect clifftop spot at Drake’s Beach for us! It felt like the areas we chose represented both of us, where we live, and some of our favorite things. Once I added in a bouquet and flower crown that I designed for myself, it really felt like us. It couldn’t have been a better reflection of our lives together!
Wedding Vendor Credits
Wedding Photography by Kayla Yestal / Floral Crown and Bouquet by Lily and Mint / Wedding Ring by Rebecca Overmann / Bride’s Dress from ASOS / Bridal Hair and Makeup by Chyrel Scoma of Devotion Studio / Film Lab, PhotoVision