Shelly and Brett : Engagement

s the sun set behind the large, beige stones of the San Juan Capistrano Mission, Brett looked to Shelly with a teenage smile and said, I thought I was too old to still feel butterflies! She looked up to him, with sun falling on her pretty face, and sheepishly smiled. Brett explained the first time he saw Shelly, his stomach fell a few feet. And although his doctor instincts could have medically explained such a feeling, his heart was trying to decipher the mix of emotion.

Brett began his medical residency in Oklahoma, but returned to Orange County for his friend’s wedding…and lucky for him, Shelly was a friend of the bride. There was an instant spark between them, but whether the spark could remain lit thousands of miles apart from each other was another issue.

While Brett roamed the fluorescent-lit hallways of his hospital, a part of his heart remained constantly with Shelly. They employed every mode of communication and, though hard at times, they allowed themselves to fall in love. Again, Brett’s doctor instincts could have medically explained such a feeling, but this time his heart knew exactly how to decipher the mix of emotion. And the best part is that Shelly's heart did too! :)

Shelly and Brett have an awesome wedding planned at Rancho Las Lomas and I’m excited to be working with the fantabulous Courtney Toney of Joyful Weddings and Events again for their special day. Being around such a fun and loving couple makes me love what I do and I feel so blessed to be a part of their wedding!

Here are a few favorites from their engagement session...

To see more of their engagement session, CLICK HERE for a slideshow!
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kay english - She's so tall and pretty! Did you do their wedding recently? I feel like I've seen this couple before  07.29.09 - 11:56am
jasmine - you look happy   12.05.07 - 10:34am
angel swanson - the ones on the beach are SO insanely beautiful! the light is perrrrrrfecto!! xoxo  12.03.07 - 6:02am
Melissa Koehler - Awesome, Awesome, Awesome! Your light is killer!  11.30.07 - 7:13am
Regina - LOVE LOVE THE 10th Picture down!   11.30.07 - 6:15am
Simply Modern Weddings - Shot #2 is so beautiful! I also love the last shot...NICE!  11.29.07 - 10:33pm
kymberli q. - Unreal!!!! 4, 6, and the last one are FAVORITES. But they all are beautiful. You R-O-C-K!!!!!!!!  11.29.07 - 9:05pm
Angela Fielding - Do you ever get tired of people telling you how beautiful your work is? I've been sitting here reading all your blog entries to my husband. We love reading the stories.  11.29.07 - 8:24pm
Shelley - Thanks Jasmine for making the shoot so easy and enjoyable. You are truly a wonderful photographer and an even more wonderful person :)  11.29.07 - 4:20pm
kim le - hi jasmine! you're photos are breathtaking and inspirational! what lenses did you use for this shoot?? thanks!   11.29.07 - 11:42am
Korey - She looks like Sandra Bullock! And you are amazing, as usual...blah blah blah. :)  11.29.07 - 11:02am
Jennifer - gorgeous couple, and absolutely fantastic photos. you're so incredibly talented. How do you get people to be so relaxed and interact? it's like you're invisable how comfortable people look that you photograph.  11.29.07 - 8:08am
Brianna - How come my doctors never look like that??!! Good job jahbs.  11.29.07 - 7:29am
carrie@urbanbaby - gorgeous! gorgeous couple, absolutely gorgeous images. -c  11.29.07 - 7:18am
Isabelle (from Brazil) - The most beautiful pics I've ever seen. Very creative and well done! All the colors and people's expressions, wow!!! Congratulations for this wonderful work. And keep doing it.  11.29.07 - 5:09am
Alysia - your pictures are beautiful and inspirational. i LOVE #12 with his arms around her!   11.29.07 - 4:03am
Kacey Luvi - Jasmine.. what an incredible insipration you are! I gave you props on my photography blog, just in case you ever google yourself and find your name on someone else's photo blog.. it was me :) -a big fan, Kacey  11.29.07 - 12:02am
cassandra m - oh definitely we should hail thee "light master"...these are awesome. the light between the walls is amazing. very impressive! i love the beach pics too. this is simply a beautiful couple and all your photos reflect that very well.   11.28.07 - 11:31pm
courtney toney - Love them! Beautiful pics jas. Can't wait for this one!  11.28.07 - 8:28pm
erin - Impressed yet again. I love the beach shot!  11.28.07 - 7:16pm
jean luc from paris - hello from paris, you do amazing work, when will you come to my country? soon, yes?  11.28.07 - 6:58pm
Jasmine - Thanks for the feedback...I totally appreciate it. In response to a couple of questions, I used only natural light for this shoot. However, I often search for walls to be used as natural reflectors and this area worked out quite least I hope so... :0  11.28.07 - 6:53pm
ksen :) - just awesome!! fantastic use of lighting -- image #12 is my top fav.   11.28.07 - 6:09pm
ellen - The lighting is awesome. Do you just use natural light or did you use fill-flash in any of these?  11.28.07 - 4:31pm
gabriel ryan - another rad shoot on the books!  11.28.07 - 4:29pm
david & kimi b - love #6. you really know your light!  11.28.07 - 4:12pm
Scott - I see I'm not alone with the absolute love for the lighting in the alleyway! Was it all natural?  11.28.07 - 2:35pm
David B, Hoffman - Location, Location, Location. :-) Great stuff. -D  11.28.07 - 2:31pm
Rylee - What was your light source for the 3rd and 4th shots (between the walls)? Beautiful shoot!  11.28.07 - 2:17pm
cathy - oh, the arms around the them love them! wonderful stuff chica! :)  11.28.07 - 2:17pm
Bianca - Ham, those are great! I love the bird shot... totally fun. Shelly looks like Sandra Bullock in some of the shots. Beautiful!  11.28.07 - 2:16pm
kristin - Whoa, too weird. The last 2 engagement sessions you have posted are both my clients and both at RLL. Too crazy! Brett and Shelley are a stunning couple, and you have captured them so well. Looking forward to it!!!  11.28.07 - 1:52pm
amanda - i love when you post new pictures. i think you get better and more refined with each session that you do. cant wait to see you again in may!  11.28.07 - 1:43pm
ashley - love the peaceful vibe you get from this engagement session! great job jasmine...  11.28.07 - 1:35pm
Chris L - Beautiful dress at the beach! Love the colour and how it blows in the wind!  11.28.07 - 12:56pm
Emily DeWan - The light between the walls is beautiful! Love their story.  11.28.07 - 12:34pm