Melinda and Vern : Engagement

he grey clouds rolled in and over the red barn making vain threats to part and drip themselves on the clay dirt. Off in the distance, Melinda slipped into her cowboy boots and waited patiently for Vern to slow his sipping of the Rolling Rock balanced in the palm of his hand. She waved to her mother who was watering flowers in the elevated pool area and garden. In just a couple more weeks, Melinda’s parents’ backyard will be transformed to become her reception venue, so everyone was busy planning and making sure the beautiful landscape was ready to accommodate her 150 guests.

Vern made his way over to Melinda…and Charlie followed him like a shadow. They laughed heartily at their dog as he managed to be the center of every photo, but later retired under the shade of the nearby weeping willow tree. Vern refocused his attention to his beautiful bride-to-be and whispered soft words into her ears. Melinda, in return, smiled, danced, and laughed to his sweet nothings.

I’m super bummed I won’t be able to be Melinda and Vern’s wedding photographer, but I was honored when they asked me to still shoot their engagement session! It was an honor and I had SO much fun!! They are two of the coolest people and I’m quite sure God has some pretty awesome things planned for their future. We met at Carlie and Gabriel's wedding a couple months ago, and I’ve been smitten with everything they are…I wish them the best as they wed next month! ;)

Here's the beautiful Melinda...

After shooting in her backyard, we wandered down a nearby path and stopped along the way...the property was SO amazing!

I think Vern got a little over-zealous with his hug! ;)

We then headed over to a lime orchard for a little more fun...

To see more of their totally fun and cool engagement session, CLICK HERE for a slideshow!

Due to popular demand, here's more information regarding Melinda's boots...they're Frye's Veronica Slouch Boots...and, yes, they're waaaay hot! :)
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Kay English - I LOVE THE COWGIRL ONE!!! omg! I need to move to CA asap! There's nothing like that here in NJ!  07.28.09 - 8:09pm
Lizeth - OMG! I know Vern too! I worked with him at Lucky Strike. I think it's meant to be Jasmine. You're meant to be my photographer. These pictures are also wonderful by the way. :)  10.29.07 - 10:17pm
nicole green - these are soooo so so so cute! i am so behind on reading your blog ! ahhh! so many comments to leave. :)  10.15.07 - 7:29pm
zo belle - this is my favorite couple out of all of them. There so cute and hip i luv them jay  10.01.07 - 5:58pm
Sarah Barlow - Ooo!! OMG! I love these so much!! Just when I thought you couldn't possibly get better you produce these! Incredible girl!!  09.28.07 - 8:04am
nancyelizabeth - Superb! Bravo! Love the joy between these two ~ another amazing capture. The tire swing rocks, no pun intended.  09.26.07 - 10:07am
ScotWharton - That HUG shot is HILARIOUS! Great work!  09.26.07 - 10:03am
nikki nicole - you have such amazing engagements. they show so much personality of the couple. love the barn shots!  09.26.07 - 6:14am
cassandra m - girl you are freakin it too early to start a "jasmine* fan club"? ha.ha. I love, simply love Melinda's red cowboy boots! and the barn is an awesome touch. very sweeeeet! you definitely nailed this one. congrats. thanks for sharing, you are such an inspiration.  09.25.07 - 5:41pm
Lisa Fitts - what a cute couple! you did such a great job bring out there personalities  09.25.07 - 2:29pm
Vern Moen - Jasmine. You are from another world. These photos are out of this world. I'm looking for a word....the closest word I can think of, from this world, is... OVERWHELMINGLY REMARKABLE. I think I love my fiance about 30% more after seeing your photographs. She's really hot. I should have worn my boots... Thank you forever and back. We love them...and I'm just going to say what everyone's thinking... You're the best photographer in and out of this world.  09.25.07 - 1:38pm
Mark Brooke - J* you are just ridiculous! i can't believe how amazing these photos are! I love the American Gothic shots and the one where Vern is holding his face! Way to go!  09.25.07 - 11:28am
Shy - ahhhhh! are those Frye boots? Those are soooo hot! I want some!  09.25.07 - 10:17am
kristy b. (aka, wrecklessgirl) - SOoooo adorable!  09.25.07 - 9:58am
Allegra - That tire swing shot is magazine material & super precious! You're so awesome!  09.25.07 - 9:46am
Jasmine* - Hi Ali! I use the 85 1.8 and I LOVE it! In fact, I used this lens for about 90% of this engagement shoot. I don't know why either...I just felt like it, I guess. Anyway, I shoot pretty wide open most of the time...1.8-2.0 is pretty average for me with the 85mm. Hope this helps! :)  09.25.07 - 9:28am
Dave Biesse - Awesome shoot Jasmine - always and inspiration.  09.25.07 - 9:13am
Tonya - It looks like an awesome place to take engagements. These are great! I love the series in fromt of the barn door! Awesome  09.25.07 - 9:09am
lauren c. - LOVE these!! they seem like such a fun rockin' couple!! love the images of the two of them in front of the barn, LOVE her boots too!!! : )  09.25.07 - 5:39am
Krista Guenin Photography - These are awesome! They're so cute and seem so relaxed - what a fun shoot this must have been.  09.25.07 - 5:29am
marisa holmes - so much fun!  09.25.07 - 12:18am
Sissel - There are pictures and then, there are these. Wow. Just stunning.   09.24.07 - 11:52pm
Ali - Awesome, Jasmine. Wow. I love how you get that pop off of the background. I've been thinking that I need to get the super expensive 85 1.2/135 2/35 1.4, but not so. How wide do you typically shoot?   09.24.07 - 9:36pm
Maureen - These are super these!!!  09.24.07 - 8:39pm
Gina - The Lord has given you such an awesome gift. Looking at your pictures makes my soul happy.  09.24.07 - 8:37pm
Emily DeWan - Love these! Such a great location, and this couple looks like so much fun.  09.24.07 - 8:16pm
Katy Regnier - Those first two shots are definitely my favorites. What an awesome location!  09.24.07 - 7:50pm
Steve DePino - As I have told you in the past your engagements are breath taking. This is no different. great job once again.  09.24.07 - 7:12pm
SNB - Jasmie - the red boots are cute, but I am in love with Melinda's black flats. Is it goofy to ask you to find out what label they are? And I think your pics of Carlie and Gabriel's wedding are still some of my favorite of yours. Just sublime. Plus I've added Sia's "Numb" to my Nano thanks to you!   09.24.07 - 5:59pm
Simply Modern Weddings - J* these photos are super cool! (I love her boots) The photo of him hugging her is classic. LOL!  09.24.07 - 5:47pm
Cameron Ingalls - ADORE the first one! And the rest are spicy too!  09.24.07 - 5:15pm
Joyful Weddings & Events - So hot! I love all of them! Great job jas!  09.24.07 - 5:08pm
gabriel ryan - seriously babe, our friends are hot!  09.24.07 - 4:50pm
Hansel Dobbs - California looks beautiful. Great photos! Very inspiring.  09.24.07 - 4:38pm
Carlie Davis - Love Love Love it!! Oh I have such hot friends!!   09.24.07 - 4:23pm
Marianne Lozano - these are awesome!!!  09.24.07 - 4:11pm
James Day - I LOVE the photos, and I SUPER LOVE that dress! How Cute does this couple look together?  09.24.07 - 3:41pm
david baxter - awesome jasmine! looks like you went to a far off land to get these. i didn't know cali had places like this ;)  09.24.07 - 3:31pm
Julie Q - What a cute couple! She looks just like Cameron on Fox's House.  09.24.07 - 3:10pm
Jasmine* - Weren't her boots just killer?!?! I'll make sure sure comments on where she got them...I want a pair myself!! :)  09.24.07 - 2:36pm
Nataly - What a gorgeous couple! I love them all!  09.24.07 - 2:12pm
Jamie Delaine - AMAZING COUPLE!! Love her boots. They are so cute it makes me want to hug them. Your pictures totally show their awesome personalities.  09.24.07 - 2:12pm
Tammie - LOVE IT! :) gorgeous and SWEET session.  09.24.07 - 2:03pm
Kristin - I just love this session! What a fun/cute couple. I love the casualness of the photos, yet SO good. Makes you just want to be their friends. :)  09.24.07 - 1:43pm
Heather Espana - I just discovered you through Dane Sanders. I'm so glad :). Your work is wonerful, and it's very inspiring how quickly you've been able to blossom into this business. Thanks for helping make the world happy! God bless. -Heather Espana  09.24.07 - 1:32pm
angel swanson - loooove this shoot!!!! i agree with the other girls below; those boots are gorgeous! count me in with the info., although i really shouldn't buy more shoes~ xoxo  09.24.07 - 1:31pm
kerri - i adore the second shot! what a great shoot - fantastic location!!   09.24.07 - 1:01pm
Lauri - I am also putting in a request to find out where she got those awesome boots! I covet them. I'm totally digging this whole shoot! Completely fantastic! :-)  09.24.07 - 12:54pm
Tiffany - love the location....amazing pics as always jasmine! I liked the tire swing picture=)  09.24.07 - 12:50pm
Marlin Munoz - Great job Jasmine! I especially love the last shot!  09.24.07 - 12:30pm
sara anthony - I love those boots. If you can track down where she got them, I'd love to know. Really love to know. Really really love....... okay, you get the point! ;0) Awesome pix as always!  09.24.07 - 12:14pm
kara pennington - i LOVE all of these - especially the tire swing :)  09.24.07 - 12:08pm
Amy - I absolutely love these! So cute and romantic! What an awesome location!  09.24.07 - 12:03pm