April 30, 2012

Ben and Sarah {Engagement – Part 1}

FILED IN: Engagements

Today I am excited to share some engagement photos with you that we took while in California at LA’s Griffith Park Observatory. This couple is very special to me. The bride, Sarah, is one of my very best friends. We grew up together and have countless stories from choreographing numerous talent show dances, to our awkward days in elementary school, to being cheerleaders together in High School, to driving in Sarah’s jeep with music blasting and many hours spent at Starbucks “studying”. We’ve remained close through college and beyond and Sarah was actually one of the first people to meet and give her seal of approval on my now husband David. She pretty much is a huge part of who I am and someone who I can always count on to make me laugh. I cannot wait to stand beside her in August as a bridesmaid in her wedding!

I still remember the first night I met Ben. It was about 5 years ago at an 80s party for our friend Alyssa’s birthday. He was wearing a throwback Sixers jacket, which I must say he pulled off quite well. My other friend Kristin and I (who has also been one of Sarah’s best friends for the past 20+ years) had driven up to LA from Orange County for the party. All we knew was that Sarah was bringing this guy she had been seeing, but for Sarah that was quite a big deal. Little did Ben know what intense scrutiny he was under that night. But boy oh boy he passed the test! It’s funny, but from that night on I could tell there was something different about this guy and somehow he was perfect for my friend. Looks like I was right. 🙂

Sarah and Ben met 5 years ago. He had been living in LA for about 2 years and was really good friends with Sarah’s roommate’s friend Graeme. She was living in a house in Los Feliz with 5 roommates and Graeme had been there many times but Ben was never able to come. But Ben had heard many things about this “house in Los Feliz with a million girls living in it.” One night Sarah and all her roommates were going out and her roommate invited Graeme and Graeme brought Ben. They tried to go to a bar in Echo Park called The Short Stop but after waiting in line for about 15 minutes they decided it was too crowded and went to a small bar across the street with graffiti all over the walls called Little Joy (not exactly the most glamorous place). That’s when Sarah noticed Ben. Apparently he noticed her too because he asked Graeme who she was and Graeme replied “Don’t talk to her she’s crazy.” Needless to say, Sarah and Graeme did not exactly get along that well at the time but have since mended their friendship and he’s still one of Ben’s best friends. Ben and Sarah ended up talking all night and he got her number. He waited exactly 3 days to call her and she waited exactly 4 hours to call him back. Now 5 years later Sarah says, “he is my best friend and I can’t WAIT to spend the rest of my life with him!”

We started the engagement shoot off at Griffith Park Observatory because this is where Ben proposed! Ben and Sarah, David and I had so much fun hanging out and shooting you guys. Too bad our visits are never long enough. We hope you love the photos and can’t wait to be apart of your wedding day in August. Love you guys!!!


It was an extremely foggy day at the Observatory, but I think it’s different and that makes these photos beautiful.

They make each other laugh. All the time.

Love this shot of David’s.

These next two are some of my favorites.

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  1. Sarah says:

    Love these!! So glad we got the red balloons:) You and David did such a great job working with the less than perfect weather. So happy you will be there next to me on the big day!!

  2. Alyssa says:

    Love, love, love these and of course Sarah & Ben too!!

  3. Karen says:

    Loved these pictures – especially like some of the ones with the red balloons. I think the overcast weather almost adds to the mood!

  4. Valerie says:

    Great job! Sarah and Ben look amazing- I love this!

  5. Jen says:

    So beautiful! Love these photos!!!

  6. Susie says:

    Beautiful pictures of you two! I love that you choose the Observatory where you got engaged and liked the red balloons.

  7. Sheila says:

    LOVE THESE! Such great pics. Ben/Sarah – love you guys and am so happy these pictures were able to capture how fun and good looking you both are. 🙂 Great job Colby/David. I’m also laughing at the story of how you met, I forgot about Graeme’s comment! Classic.

  8. […] For Part 2 of Ben and Sarah’s Engagement Shoot, we did some night shots in Silverlake. For these we did something a little more fun and funky….hence the street art and Sarah’s tutu and vintage roller skates. Love it! If you missed Part 1, check it out here. […]

  9. […] in August, I had the honor of being the photographer, as well as a Bridesmaid, for Sarah and Ben’s Wedding! Sarah is one of my best friends and we have known each other since […]



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