Natural Bridges in Santa Cruz Engagement Photos | Vanessa & Alejandro


One of my absolute favorite places to photograph is at Natural Bridges State Beach. It has a lot of beautiful scenery all around. Vanessa and Alejandro told me how much they love the ocean, how they enjoy sitting on the sand and listening to the waves. They call their time near the ocean “wave therapy”. Knowing they loved the ocean, I knew Natural Bridges was the perfect place for their Santa Cruz engagement photos. Vanessa & Alejandro are the sweetest! They light each other up and truly adore one another. They cherished every moment together on our session.

How they Met

Vanessa & Alejandro have known each other for a long time, dating back to high school. However, they went their separate ways but then reconnected 14 years later! Some online flirting led to dating which ultimately lead to them becoming inseparable. Vanessa & Alejandro became each others best friends. They make each other better and push each other to be the best version of themselves. They cannot imagine life without each other.

The Proposal

Being that they love the ocean, it was the perfect spot for Alejandro to pop the question! He planned a day trip to Monterey to enjoy lunch on the beach. Vanessa had no idea what Alejandro had in plan! She noticed he was trying to avoid crowds, and was looking for a quiet private place. Alejandro showed signs of nervousness but Vanessa didn’t think anything of it! As she was looking out at the ocean, he got down on one knee. She turned to see him kneeling with the ring and was immediately in tears. She can’t even recall if he got the words “Will you Marry Me” out! But, through tears and laughter she kept saying “YES! YES! YES!”.

To end our session we had to take a picture with their masks!


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Check out some of my favorite beach sessions:

Beach Engagement Photos in Carmel by the Sea | Bree + Patrick

Capitola Beach Engagement Photos | Cinthia + Jeff

Beach Photoshoot in Santa Cruz at Sunset | Jamie + Chris

- Natalie

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