I love receiving submissions from couples who read Once Wed, so when Kimia recently sent in her engagement session I couldn’t resist sharing some images here with you. As an artist/filmmaker, Kimia knew the second she got engaged that finding the right photographer was going to be a big part of the planning. The moment they set eyes on Jose’s dreamy images, they knew they had found their guy. I know props are all the rage these days for engagement shoots, but I still believe you can never go wrong with sweet and simple…

Our shoot was really spontaneous in terms of location. We basically just pulled over on the side of the road between San Francisco and Napa for all the pictures. It was quite an adventure to say the least, especially climbing up on the boat. The floorboards were really old and shaky, so the whole time we were worried about falling through! Kenny and I wouldn’t have had it any other way though. I think the fun and joy we experienced in scouting out the locations is captured so beautifully in the images.

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Comments (24)

Samantha | Reply

Kimia has the most awesome fashion sense! I love the yummy light, which Jose really knows how to use. Just lovely!

weddingchicks | Reply

this is so beautiful. we love it! (:

MarilynsKeepsakes | Reply

The lighting is amazing! Is it sunrise, or sunset? I also love the candids, they show more of a couple’s true personality. Beautiful pictures, congrats Kenny & Kimia!

Stephanie Orton | Reply

These are some of the most beautiful pictures I have ever seen…you look so incredibly happy! Congratulations to the both of you!

danielk | Reply

the boat & the truck is definitely cool! excellent work of capturing their emotions~

hannahelaine | Reply

the sun is always perfect and all people are beautiful in california. :::::jealous vomit:::::

Elizabeth @ Dapper Paper | Reply

what a cool backdrop! Gorgeous photos!

Lacie Hansen | Reply

one of my favorite engagement sessions ! absolutley breathtaking !

Jaime | Reply

Beautiful! Kimia, if you read these comments, where are both of the dresses from?- love them! :) | Reply

Thank you Emily for the beautiful post, and thank you ladies for all the sweet comments!

*The nautical dress is from Domestic Construction (I did a blog post about them not long ago:

*The pink top with the black bow was a thrift store find! When I looked at the label, surprise surprise, it was Mr. Marc Jacobs himself :)

*The black skirt & belt are Jcrew, the blue top with clouds was Urban Outfitters.


chelsea | Reply

These people are gorgeous:) lovely shoot.

amanda | Reply

such a cute shoot. and agree with all the ladies, very cute sense of style. :) good wishes to you and your future husband!

Christine | Reply

Beautiful photos – the boat is very kool! Kimia you are gorgeous..

Lex Cut | Reply

Message In a Bottle by Nicholas Sparks? Beautiful.

Kate@MagnoliaRouge | Reply

I agree, I”m loving engagement shoots sans props at the moment! Gorgeous lighting as always from the master!

Kyndal Jackson | Reply

I just love photos with the old boat. What a great setting for this lovely couple.

Courtney | Reply

She is so beautiful!

Emma Rose Photography | Reply

Stunning photos, love the idea with the boat!

Allison | Reply


I think I live near this site! Did you drive down 101 to highway 37 because I live in Vallejo and that bridge looks awfully familiar! | Reply

haha yessss! thats right where we were :)

aram jazab | Reply

u guys took engagement photos to a new level!

Tati | Reply

Such awesome photos!

viv @ the eclectic life | Reply

I mean seriously! Could this couple be any more gorgeous? These photos are unbelievably beautiful as well.

Erika | Reply

This is so amazing.


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