Orange County Engagement : Eileen + Joel

e knew he shouldn't, but he did. He sat at the table and drank caffeinated drink after caffeinated drink waiting for her to arrive. And when Eileen walked through the door for their date, Joel's first thought was, Wow...and quickly regretted the caffeine. Eileen smiled, sat at the table and listened to Joel tell story after story. He blamed the drinks.

After a few unsuccessful (and downright weird) dates via, Eileen skeptically approached her lunch date with Joel. Extraordinarily busy with work and a successful career, Eileen worried she'd be more consumed with her upcoming business trip than idle chatter or incompatibility with another online match. As Joel sat across the table from her and regaled her with colorful stories, she found herself laughing and forgetting her schedule. Three hours later, they left the restaurant promising to connect upon Eileen's return from an impending business trip. The following day, after a full day of travel and meetings, Eileen called Joel. She, apparently, missed his stories.

I'm incredibly excited to be photographing Eileen and Joel's wedding this June in Laguna Beach and I have no doubt their Montage wedding will be absolutely beautiful. Just like their love. Eileen suggested an urban vibe for their engagement session, so we met in Santa Ana for their shoot...and, really, Eileen and Joel made dirt and grime look good.

Eilee, you're beautiful...truly...

One of my favorite things about Eileen and Joel is their ability to make each other smile and laugh without a single word. They share an unspoken language and a enviable communication only love provides...

There are few people who can make an alley look romantical. Joel, you're one of them.


Last frame of the session...we're walking back to our cars when I asked them to stop because the light was beautiful. And so are they.

To see more of Joel and Eileen's Orange County engagement session, CLICK HERE for a slideshow with music provided by Cars and Trains found at WithEtiquette...
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Andy Holdsworth Photography - I have a engagement shoot tomorrow in a town I have never been to before. These photos have really inspired me. Mind you, you make it look so easy.  10.08.11 - 7:09pm
david | san diego child photographer - #'s 2 & 3, nice..  07.29.11 - 2:08am
Christian - beautiful images  05.18.11 - 5:59am
Sidd Rishi - Great work as always :)   05.06.11 - 3:08am
Renee Lansdowne - Evening, you are gorgeous! I have been following you for about 2 years now from NZ :) Wow! I really admire you, and love how you work with JD as a team! My husband has come along on a couple of weddings with me now, and has been loving being my 2nd shooter. :) I was wondering if you do same day little slide shows for your wedding clients at their reception... And if you do, what software program do you use for it?? Also... I feel overloaded with images... Like I'll never get through all the shots I take... I don't know a good way to set up my packages in a apealling way where I don't have to offer them 1000 images!! Its way to many to process yet don't know how to get away from it... I'm drowning in Post production... Just took on an assistant to do some post production for me during the week... But don't think that is the answer... Do you have any advice hints or just some plain straight up correction for me... :) Love you both your amazing photographers with hearts that are beyond the images you take, thank you. Renee  05.06.11 - 1:22am
Jodie Lemke - LOVE LOVE LOVE. I really love the image of the reflection in the window!! Gonna have to log that away, and try it :P neat perspective!  05.02.11 - 7:11pm
Paula Franco - I love them all, specially the black and white ones!!  04.30.11 - 1:54pm
kelsey {las vegas wedding photographer} - Stunning images! Lovely light!  04.29.11 - 2:02pm
Exquisitektc - I love Cars and Trains; I actually wrote to them to ask if they had the same instrumental version for me to put on my iTouch but they said that they're not releasing the instrumental version for hearing pleasure, only the license version. So sad :(, it sounds so different with words.   04.29.11 - 1:37am
Odalys Mendez - Amazing! I love that last shot with the light coming through their silhouettes, and her hair color is fabulous!  04.28.11 - 1:44pm
Shauna - She's just beautiful. And I'm lovin the urbanness. Awesome job as usual.  04.28.11 - 9:34am
John - Some killer shots of the happy couple! The outstanding black and whites are favorites in my book. :)  04.28.11 - 6:05am
Girish - Great photographs. I really like the composition in all of them. Nicely focused, great smiles. Well done :)  04.28.11 - 1:49am
Christy Cropper - Aw! Adorable story. Gorgeous couple. I'm swooning!  04.28.11 - 12:26am
Poetic Images - Stunning!  04.27.11 - 10:28pm
susana cristina - Beautiful couple and you can totally tell how much they are into each other, your words just emphasize the obvious! Can't wait for their wedding post :) awesome light and great work as always!  04.27.11 - 9:05pm
Andrew Cahill - Beautiful couple, I love your stories Jasmine.  04.27.11 - 4:42pm
11 days baby - I LOOOooooOOOOooOOOOVE the last 2 photos of Eileen and Joel!! Is it weird that I want Eileen's eye brows?? They are perfectly arched. perrrrfectly!   04.27.11 - 4:21pm
s h e r r y - Gorgeous photos, Jasmine! I love Eileen's hair! :)  04.27.11 - 2:45pm
ashley barnett - Oooo her hair and that orange jacket are awesome! I love this set Jasmine! :) Pretty pretty tones and colors!  04.27.11 - 2:35pm
Cristina - These are wonderful Jasmine! The love and the fun come through beautifully. The window reflection is my favourite! Even my husband has commented on how gorgeous and fab quality your images are and there is a football match on! So that is a great compliment that he took his eyes off the game to gaze at your photos :-) <3  04.27.11 - 2:06pm
Kristin Nicole - do it everytime girl.   04.27.11 - 1:34pm
Lauren B - love the story. love the pictures. everything is so beautiful!  04.27.11 - 1:30pm
Jennifer - Gorgeous!! They look so happy together!   04.27.11 - 1:02pm
Mark Martinez Photography - Wonderful story, beautiful set, gorgeous couple.  04.27.11 - 12:51pm
megan beth - Good thing the internet doesn't have smell-o-vision yet! I just LOVVEEE those alley ones.   04.27.11 - 12:51pm
MegganB - Gorgeous as always J*! I could see the rock on her finger from about a mile away!! And LOVING the ORANGE jacket - awesome!!  04.27.11 - 12:47pm
Jenna - Love this post - what a gorgeous couple Jasmine! Question - one of the photos has such a nice background blur (the "romantical" alley photo). what lens did you use for that? 50mm 1.2?  04.27.11 - 11:56am
Stephanie Stewart - What divine light! And this couple is gorgeous! Can't wait to see their wedding! Beautiful work!  04.27.11 - 11:34am
Ashley - Love the one of the window reflection. Gorgeous photos, as always!!!  04.27.11 - 11:28am
brittany - I love the lighting in the last one. Your pictures are so intimate. I love how it feels as if you are just gazing at them from a distance. Watching there love. Your work is amazing.  04.27.11 - 11:10am
Lori Nicoli - Beautiful couple and images! Joel looks a little like Dustin Hoffman!  04.27.11 - 11:07am
Marissa Rodriguez - This might be totally random but she reminds me of Jean Grey, "the Phoenix" form the X-men movies. My favorite character from those movies, like favorite as in IM OBSESSED WITH HER! Whoa. Too random? I thought so. Sorry! This session rocks and this couple is absolutely gorgeous! Beautiful work as always Jasmine!  04.27.11 - 10:38am
Mona Alicia - She is gorgeous and as a couple they are stunning! Her sense of style is her hair with that orange jacket! Beautiful work Jasmine!  04.27.11 - 10:37am
Patricia Lorenzo - Love the contrast of the dirty alley and the old bricks of the walls with them looking so cute. Also, the reflection in the window is amazing! :) love it!  04.27.11 - 10:15am
Rebecca - love these! sooo good!  04.27.11 - 10:10am
Jennifer - Love the images1 My fav. is the reflection in the window and the sun rays one! Amazing Jasmine! Keep up the great work!  04.27.11 - 10:09am
Sean - Love the pictures! I simply love alley pictures for some reason. Something so great about emotion juxtaposed against the grittiness and grunge of the alley. As always, Jasmine....brilliant!  04.27.11 - 10:08am
Erin Kofoed - My favorites are the one with the window and the last one. Lovely.  04.27.11 - 10:02am
Sullivan photography - The last shot with the sun pouring down is my favorite! Great shots Jasmine! <3   04.27.11 - 9:59am
Mikaela - LOVE that reflection shot! gorgeous work as per usual :)  04.27.11 - 9:56am
Liz Lovi - They are too cute together...and that last image is stunning!!   04.27.11 - 9:50am
Mike Gray - Stunning set of images.  04.27.11 - 9:49am
Alanna Nicole - GORGEOUS!!  04.27.11 - 9:44am
Mon - I love the story of how they met. amazing.   04.27.11 - 9:41am
Dave Keys - OC Photographer - The "118" shot is way cool!  04.27.11 - 9:32am
Rozanne Zacarias - ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS! I just LOVE these! Especially the window reflection photo! NICE! :)  04.27.11 - 9:32am
Miriam - Awesome! I'm doing an urban engagement again after taking a little break to have a baby and I was nervous. But I'm excited now! These are gorgeous.   04.27.11 - 9:25am
steph - When I saw the photo of their reflection I actually wished I knew them so that it wouldn't be weird to hang that picture in my house. :) Great stuff!   04.27.11 - 9:25am
Lisa Lovely - LOVE the window shot!  04.27.11 - 9:21am
Gail - I love hearing stories about love found online. So very 21st century of them! What a sweet couple -- and Eileen's shoes?? FIERCE!! Can't wait to see what she'll put on for her wedding day!   04.27.11 - 9:17am
Tanya Petraglia - I LOVE the last one Jasmine!!   04.27.11 - 9:14am
Abby Grace Photography - Gah, this is so gorgeous. Amazing work, J*! I love the way you tell stories before posting photos. It gives the following images so much more meaning.  04.27.11 - 9:12am
Bianca - You captured her so beautifully!   04.27.11 - 9:12am
Pamela Telgenhoff - Absolutely ROCKIN' as usual Jasmine!  04.27.11 - 9:11am
Damaris Mia - They are beautiful. She is stunning and he is handsome. Cannot wait until their wedding images are up! She is going to make a GORGEOUS bride!  04.27.11 - 9:10am
Columbus GA Wedding Photographer - Hot! The window shot and the last one are stunning...  04.27.11 - 9:10am
Lyle - Love this session! The black and whites are my favs.  04.27.11 - 9:09am
Ashley Goodwin - Yep, the last shot is totally killer. I especially love the brick mixed in with her rich hair color, too. You have the best way with words, always the sweetest sentiments.   04.27.11 - 9:09am
Ana Telma - Everyday now I'm gonna comment here just to say... "Ding it! You did it again! I loved this!" Because really... what else can I say?? Love, love, loo-ooove your work!  04.27.11 - 9:09am
Tish Hill - I love the reflection shot also.... But really, all of these photos are amazing. Just. Plain. Amazing.  04.27.11 - 9:08am
Erika - I love the location! Beautiful lighting as well.   04.27.11 - 9:04am
Karin - The Slideshow is beautiful, you just make great pictures! Though the music is kinda strange, but maybe its my laptop. How do you do those slideshows? Do you have a special software for them?  04.27.11 - 8:39am
LEOLAK - Wow..seriously!!! The hair...that jacket! Lady has style!! These are gorgeous...I love the last shot too! All your clients seem to favor their mates...every time! lol I think it's cool. Fabulous images Jasmine!   04.27.11 - 8:18am
Penny Wolfe - LOVELY!! The last shot is killer!!I can see why you HAD to stop!  04.27.11 - 8:17am
Life with Kaishon - How beautiful. Her shoes are to-die-for! Wishing them a lifetime of happiness together! May they always make one another smile! Love, Becky  04.27.11 - 8:14am
Nicole - Every time I see your photos they pull at my heartstrings! I aspire to be half as good as you are someday.  04.27.11 - 8:13am
sherri lynn - LOVE the one with the reflection in the window!  04.27.11 - 8:03am
Gaby Fuentes { NJ Wedding Photographer } - Love it. Love they laughter and joy. You sure did captured their love.  04.27.11 - 7:56am