San Juan Capistrano Engagement : Breanne+Dan

hey agreed. In a school with over 10,000 students, there wasn't a single cute guy anywhere. Breanne and her roommate walked the University of Michigan campus their freshman year together and quickly agreed the odds of finding a suitable date was near to impossible. A few months into her studies and Breanne gave up entirely until one afternoon in the dining commons when she noticed the cutest boy she'd laid her eyes on in months. Breanne quickly reported her good fortune to her roommate and hope to see him again soon.

When school began the following semester, Breanne walked into an auditorium filled with hundreds of students. A self-proclaimed over-acheiver, she sat in the front of class and casually turned to look at her peers. And there he was. Ten rows back sat Dan surrounded by a group of friends.

Breanne curled her hair, wore makeup, and sat further back in class with each passing week. She finally developed the nerve to sit directly in front of Dan and when she heard him ask a question to a friend, she turned around, flashed a dazzling smile, and responded as if he was talking to her. The following week Breanne and Dan sat next to each other and have remained by each others' sides years later.

I'm incredibly honored and excited to document their wedding in Michigan this summer and throughly enjoyed our time together in Orange County last week for their engagement session...

Shortly after graduating the University of Michigan, Dan took a job in Southern California while Breanne remained on the east coast...she traveled back and forth to visit him and much of their love story is buried in the west coast sand...

After the wedding, Breanne will be joining Dan in Indiana (where he moved for work) and enjoy waking up every day to her best friend...

...and many thanks to the ever fabulous Melina of Reign of Beauty for an amazing job with hair and makeup...LOVE HER!

Dan and Breanne booked me online and their engagement session was a perfect way to get to know them better before the thing is for certain: Dan is one of the nicest guys I've met with a great sense of humor...and he's soft on the eyes, too! ;)

Breanne and Dan chose to have their engagement photos taken in San Juan Capistrano because fields, open space, and greenery feel like home, but they also made time for a stop at the beach later...

I absolutely adore how much fun these two have with each other...

I'll end this post with one of my favorite photos from the engagement shoot...Breanne looks happy and content and I couldn't dream of more for such a wonderful person. When she contacted me to shoot her wedding in Michigan, she confessed to reading my blog for a few years and gave me an awesome idea of who she was and how much she loved Dan (she also added a Golden Girls reference for good measure so I liked her even more). Being a part of their day is a huge honor and I'm thrilled to document their love.

To see more of their San Juan Capistrano engagement session, feel free to CLICK HERE for a slideshow with Allie Moss music provided by The Music Bed, or simply watch it here...

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Laura - They look soooo much like Will and Kate !!! They are adoooorable!!!  12.20.12 - 2:48pm
Cathy - Great shots Jasmine. Their love shows through with warmth and sincerity.  07.08.12 - 9:11am
Melissa Perry - LOVE these images! So naturally beautiful as always. And I have to say as soon as I saw this post I thought to myself they look just like Will & Kate! FAB as usual!  07.06.12 - 5:55am
LeighW - Breanne is honestly the long lost sister of a friend of mine. IDENTICAL I tell you!   06.28.12 - 9:49am
Breanne - yep, i STILL watch this slideshow over and over again :) it makes me smile...every single time!  06.27.12 - 7:57pm
Ashley - I absolutely love the pictures taken of Dan and Breanne on the beach. They look so happy, relaxed, and in love. Your works seems like it really captures the essence of their relationship. Truly great photos.  06.25.12 - 9:04pm
Hencer Oliva - Me gusta mucho tu trabajo Jasmine, es pasiĆ³n.. saludos desde Guatemala.  06.22.12 - 8:10am
Barrie Engagement Photographer - Beautiful images, beautiful couple! The relaxes shoot oozes romance.  06.12.12 - 6:56pm
Miguel Angel Photography - Me gusta. I honestly like it. Amiga. Romantic, intimate ,only two lovers nothing else matter let the love be lead the way.  06.03.12 - 12:18pm
Rayk - I love your emotional work and easy way to be :)  05.26.12 - 12:57am
Brooke - I'm 45 minutes from UM - I swear if you need ANYTHING, I'd love to help! I've been reading your blog a few years too :) only as a fellow photographer. I'm reorganizing my business (my husband is joining me, squee!) and I've learned so much from your journey. I know you will have a busy weekend but I had to let you know how fantastic it is that you're headed here. :)  05.23.12 - 9:37pm
Miles - Beautiful and sweet photos! I'm looking forward to see their wedding pictures. :D  05.22.12 - 10:59pm
milsztof - Greate story, fantastic pictures.  05.22.12 - 3:15am
Praveen - Your work is awesome. I wonder what lenses you used in this session?  05.21.12 - 9:19pm
Tarah - Beautiful! Love the first picture from the beach. Love their story too. He definitely is cute and she's gorgeous so obviously they'd be a perfect match!  05.21.12 - 8:33pm
Mayra Fiori - Shooting in front of a house with cactus. Brilliant!  05.21.12 - 7:58pm
Paige Overturf - Stunning!! Love the lighting and over-all feel to these photos!! I can almost feel the warmth just looking at them. :)  05.21.12 - 6:51pm
Sara - Your work is amazing. Its not just photos its telling a story:)  05.21.12 - 5:52pm
Bec - I can't look at her without seeing Kate Middleton. She is her doppelganger! Great session!  05.21.12 - 5:48pm
Mel Silva - WOW so glad I saw this post today. I have an engagement shoot this arvo in the bush (Australia) and this shoot has given me a lot of inspiration for the shoot. Thanks Jasmine :-)  05.21.12 - 5:22pm
Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking - These are such awesome photos! So glad that I discovered your blog!  05.21.12 - 4:34pm
Corinna - Great job, Jasmine... love the one of them standing in front of the house with the massive cactuses.   05.21.12 - 4:26pm
Melissa Avey - Want that house, mmmkay? :)  05.21.12 - 4:10pm
Amy Arrington - I love these photos! Just beautiful!  05.21.12 - 3:53pm
Yasmin Sarai - They totally look like Will and Kate! Glad to see other commenters saw what I did! ;)  05.21.12 - 3:47pm
Ela- Studio Finch - Holy Cow! SMALL WORLD! I went to high school with Danny. Amazing photos. Love love love the sun behind her hair! She's glowing! :) Best wishes in July!  05.21.12 - 3:35pm
Colleen - goodness...cannot believe that you are coming to Michigan...if you need a bag carrier, someone to get you water, or an old lady to just follow you around and me!!! :-) Or a 3rd shooter....I'm rocking 2nd shooting....ready for my big gig...hee, hee.... Beautiful photos, stunning light, love the poses. thank you for sharing!   05.21.12 - 3:04pm
Breanne - oh my goodness Jasmine...these are SO BEAUTIFUL! i can't stop looking at them and smiling! truly! and i absolutely LOVE the ones of us dancing on the beach. thank you for suggesting that; it totally encompasses who we are! :) your work is amazing and we are beyond blessed to have you capture our love. xoxo  05.21.12 - 1:58pm
Ashley Lynn - Beautiful!   05.21.12 - 1:24pm
Gabby / En Route Photography - Cute! The beach pix r my faves! <3  05.21.12 - 12:29pm
Kari Jeanne - LOVE! I can't even choose a favourite because they are all so amazing!! What an adorable couple :)   05.21.12 - 12:27pm
Haley Johnston - AHHH gorgeous!!! Beautiful couple and beautiful lighting = perfection!   05.21.12 - 11:59am
ashley barnett - I LOVE these. The light is gorgeous and I adore how natural and easy-going these photos feel. They feel cozy and glamorous all at the same time :)  05.21.12 - 11:33am
Kimberly - Awesome! I live in Michigan and can't wait for you to be able to see the beauty that lies within here. Where is this wedding going to be?  05.21.12 - 11:12am
Christina Dely - What a darling couple! Can't wait to see their wedding images!!!  05.21.12 - 11:11am
Susan Evans - So pretty. Love your backlighting. Beautiful couple, too!  05.21.12 - 11:05am
Hailey - They are absolutely adorable.  05.21.12 - 10:47am
Jennifer Rice - One of my favs ever! (I think I always say that, lol). I love the setting, GORGEOUS! And the best part, their playfulness on the beach (seen the slideshow). Yet again, you managed to capture the beautiful spirit of love :)  05.21.12 - 10:32am
Naida Alvarado - Absolutely stunning!  05.21.12 - 10:19am
julie and andy - You two are stunning! The playfulness and fun you have together is telling to how much you care for each other. Very thankful to share life with you two. We love you.  05.21.12 - 10:13am
Mark Martinez Photography - LOVE Los Rios! ( I'll actually be shooting there this weekend :) ). This is a beautiful couple and a gorgeous set of images.  05.21.12 - 10:08am
christen barnes - So good! What a gorgeous couple!! And such beautiful images.  05.21.12 - 10:07am
Amber Wedding Photographer - Great photo shoot. Love all the nature around the in the pictures. Great idea to put their college back story down with the shots.   05.21.12 - 10:06am
Kristin - So pretty. What a lovely couple!  05.21.12 - 10:01am
Meghan - Gorgeous couple and amazing pictures! Great job Jasmine!   05.21.12 - 9:53am
Sue Gauthier - Jasmine ~ I love the fact that you ocassionally find the beauty around you just a fabulous as your clients. Awesome shoot, Jas!! Wish you were here for a field trip I'm putting on with the Sackville Photography Club, over the next weekends. It's our annual: "Trash the Dress" I'm taking my models, some with wedding dresses and others to different abandoned garages, barns, and as always, land ourselves in the Atlantic Ocean, for the "trashing" finale. Keep-on keepin' on....! Sue ~ Halifax, Nova Scotia  05.21.12 - 9:43am
Kim H - So beautiful! The first picture is my favorite!  05.21.12 - 9:39am
julie and andy - You two are stunning and it was so fun to look through these photos! The playfulness and fun you have together is so telling to how much you care about each other. We love you so very much.  05.21.12 - 9:32am
Jeremy - AWESOME job Jasmine! Can't wait to see their wedding pics.  05.21.12 - 9:28am
Claudia Lewis - Your photographs are timeless. Really beautiful. Great couple.  05.21.12 - 9:21am
Gail - A Midwestern couple who found their way to you? Oh you KNOW I'm in love with them!! (and a soon-to-be Hoosier connection? Awesome!) Love their laid-back style. And Breanne, you could give Kate Middleton a run in the looks department. That is, quite simply, the best compliment I know how to give a girl ;)   05.21.12 - 9:16am
April Doherty - great session. Looks like a lot of fun. What a great love story!  05.21.12 - 9:14am
Brennigan - Its lovely to see someone from my own state on your blog! Can't wait for their wedding!  05.21.12 - 9:09am
B - I think I drooled over their first picture. Love it!  05.21.12 - 9:08am
Lyn - Holy! She's a dead ringer for the Duchess of Cambridge! Great photos as usual, Jasmine.  05.21.12 - 8:57am
Claudia - I had seen that cute house before.... I love it. Gorgeous day and photos.  05.21.12 - 8:56am
molly - GAH! stunning! this couple is just fabulous  05.21.12 - 8:54am
Samantha June - B E.A.UTIFUL!  05.21.12 - 8:33am
mixedmolly - Can't wait to see the wedding pics from Michigan. There are some amazing places here! I love their engagement pics. The stories you tell with the photos really speak louder than words.   05.21.12 - 8:05am
mixedmolly - Can't wait to see the wedding pics from Michigan. There are some amazing places here! I love their engagement pics. The stories you tell with the photos really speak louder than words.   05.21.12 - 8:04am
Life with Kaishon - They seem like very good people : ) I liked them at once.   05.21.12 - 7:49am
Hannah Elise - such an adorable story + amazing pictures. love it.  05.21.12 - 7:34am
carlotta - jasmine! these are so stunning! such a sweet sweet couple. also...the music on the slideshow is perfection.  05.21.12 - 7:21am