When the ultra-organized Rachel and Tan met with me for the first time, I knew we were a perfect match. Rachel is a Type A optometrist and Tan is an intelligent architecture and photography enthusiast. Their Joshua Tree engagement session has to be one of my favorite to date!

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They had asked about the possibility of shooting their engagement at Joshua Tree, as they both love hiking and camping there under the stars. I jumped at the opportunity and road tripped out there with the two of them a few weeks ago.

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On our drive, we all talked cats, food, travel, and a little Star Wars. Anybody who shares my love for food and international jet-setting can easily fill eight hours of good conversation ;-)

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The sweetest thing about Rachel and Tan is that they just click. Making each other laugh and smile comes naturally, which just might be a product of the fact that they met in Chemistry class (how great is that!?).

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Because both Tan and Rachel enjoy hiking, Tan planned his proposal around a hiking adventure in Santa Barbara. Although it was quite warm out, Tan wore a jacket in which he safely stored the ring (Rachel did think this was odd, though).

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After setting up his camera to take a “photo” (really a video, sneaky Tan) of the two of them on a gorgeous view point, Tan proposed to Rachel and the rest is all love and history.

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Tan and Rachel, I had the most fun getting to know the two of you on our adventure. I am so excited and thrilled to be your wedding photographer next July! It’s going to be a gorgeous day!

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Photography: Cavin Elizabeth Photography | Makeup: Makeup by Kandice | Hair: Jackie at Salon for Women

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