Carissa and Brian : Engagement

have dibs on Hot Brian! Those were Carissa’s exact words when her friend asked who she was going to dance with at an upcoming wedding. Carissa had never met Brian and though having only seen him in a picture, she knew there was something about this Missouri boy that made her stomach drop.

While students at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, Carissa and her best friend often spoke about Brian. Brian this, Brian that, Brian’s so amazing. Carissa didn’t care if there was umpteen states dividing them, she was going to get to know this Brian guy on no uncertain terms.

The first time they formally met each other was at the Los Angeles Marathon. Carissa told him she’d be wearing overalls and a blue hat, a fashion transgression she regrets to this day. Please don’t ask me why I wore overalls…I swear, that was the last time I EVER wore them! As Brian hears this, he looks over to Carissa and suppresses a smile. She entertains him with her endless energy and charm, even when talking about fashion.

It’s so evident how Brian loves Carissa. Quietly, rationally, beautifully. She’s a talker, he’s a listener. She guesses, he corrects. She’s out, he’s in. But just seeing the way interacts with her is like watching a needle and thread keep together a brilliantly colored quilt. Without the thread, there is nothing to keep the patches unified. Brian’s love unifies Carissa’s life and their love leaves an indelible impression.

I’m SO excited for Carissa and Brian’s wedding this August!! Not only do they have an absolutely spectacular day planned, I know nothing is going to be overlooked because Carissa is owner of JL Designs…this girl has been planning her wedding before Brian was even in the picture! ;)

We started their engagement session in Downtown Los Angeles penthouse which was nothing short of amazing!

Isn't Carissa going to make the most gorgeous bride ever?!

We then went outside for rooftop images and had a blast! :)

Indicative of their personalities, Carissa is reading US Weekly, and Brian is reading Architectural Record! :)

If you've been coming to the blog for a while, you'll know that dark and moody pictures aren't my thing, but I saw gorgeous afternoon light pouring in through the vintage windows against the staircase and I just couldn't resist!

We ended their fun engagement session at Union Station along the subway...loved it! For more images, be sure to check out their slideshow!

To see more of their engagement session, be sure to CLICK HERE for a slideshow!
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Natarsha N. Wright - I love love! This session is so sexy!  05.23.08 - 7:01am
Lori Davis - I'd have to say this is one of the more captivating sets I've seen of yours, though I marvel at nearly all your work! The way the blue dress contrasts with the wood flooring is simply beautiful, and you clearly captured this couple's natural beauty!  05.21.08 - 9:29am
amelialyon - Great engagement session! You made Carissa and her man look Smokin Hot!  05.20.08 - 7:26am
Simply Modern Weddings - I love these shots....can't wait to see the wedding photos!   05.20.08 - 12:56am
ben & laura harrison - beautiful couple, beautiful images  05.19.08 - 6:31pm
claire - cheers to hot kids from Missouri! we know how to WORK IT! These shots are amazing.... I LOVE the last one.   05.19.08 - 5:58am
Lan Bui - Photograph on the stairs is so cool!  05.18.08 - 10:33pm
Furious Photographers - Whenever I go to Downtown Los Angeles to take wedding or engagement pictures, I never find cool locations like that *glum* Amazing pictures as always!  05.18.08 - 10:32am
Erica Ferrone - you are just too GOOD! I know this because I stalk your blog WAYY too much  05.18.08 - 7:32am
Cathy Crawley - I like different style of this shoot. I am so glad you did the dark and moody shot, it is nothing short of perfect!  05.18.08 - 5:37am
Mary Nguyen - I have been admiring your work for months now and I finally decided to leave you a comment. You are truly inspiring and your work is absolutely breath taking. I love the hard wood floors in this engagement session.  05.17.08 - 11:57pm
Julie - Hey Jasmine, The pictures were gorgeous! I love the one of them jumping on the mattress. So much fun. I love looking at your photos. Thanks for sharing!  05.17.08 - 11:17pm
erwinwijanto - Awesome Pictures... the color, composition, the couple look so perfect together... What a beautiful images ... I love your NEW Blog.. Its soo Cool !!! ~erwin  05.17.08 - 10:22pm
Charmarie - I really love their photos the moody vintage one was really nice and the black and whites are gorgeous.  05.17.08 - 10:10pm
Jasmine* - @Vince: Duuuude, where have you been all my life?! SO great to see you here! Let's do pho soon...miss you!! @Natalie: It was great meeting you, too! Can't wait for our paths to cross again soon! @Jacqueline: I don't think posing is easy for anyone! :) It's something I struggle with, but I try to find inspiration from magazines and other photography genres. I find something that inspires me and then I try to make it my own. I hope this helps! :) @Brian: Sorry about not chatting at MNP's...we'll meet soon I'm sure and I'll talk your ear off enough for both meetings! ;) Thanks, everyone, for the feedback!  05.17.08 - 9:17pm
Vincent Nguyen - Gotta say, I love the location. I think I want to be married here as well! Great pics!  05.17.08 - 8:05pm
Natalie Williams - These pictures and the location are awesome! I had a great time chatting with you at MNP's!  05.17.08 - 6:53pm
ruby rideout - your words are always beautiful when describing the love between 2 people. i actually LOVE the dark moody one by the stairs! and the last one by the beautiful work.  05.17.08 - 5:08pm
christine b - i super big puffy heart love this photoshoot!! way to rock it, jasmine!  05.17.08 - 5:01pm
Mabyn - Wow Jasmine! Your work never ceases to amaze and inspire me! God has truely granted you with such a wonderful gift! you can't help but see His glory in your work!   05.17.08 - 4:56pm
Keith - Wow! These are really, really great.  05.17.08 - 1:21pm
joyful weddings and events - I love carissa and I love these shots!! What an amazing location!  05.17.08 - 12:06pm
Geanette - SOOOO fun! Great location!  05.17.08 - 11:38am
Charise - Ahhh, you never dissapoint jasmine! Love them!  05.17.08 - 10:44am
Tony Yu - What a gorgeous set and equally gorgeous couple. Job well done!  05.17.08 - 9:08am
Erinn Austin - As Usual LOVE LOVE LOVE this session.... can't wait to book you to snap some good ones of us!  05.17.08 - 7:42am
Cathy [C+D] - Loving the subway shot, mainly because there's no motion blur on the's just a crystal clear moment. Tres cool.  05.17.08 - 7:39am
Frannie - You are my inspiration Jasmine, really, you just totally bring sunshine to my days!! Cheesy but true. LOL. You are so awesome at what you do. I mean, there is something so much more about you and your work and I think you and I both know what that is. That's just God shining and reflecting through your work. :D You totally have His favor girl. *xoxo* I learn so much from coming here and I hope someday I can be half as great as you in photography, although writing is my number one passion. God bless you. *xoxo*  05.17.08 - 2:07am
tanya jose - oh jasmine...these are ALL soooo gorgeous! usually 1 or 2 stand out for me, but these are all so fabulous. the mood, their interaction, the lighting...GREAT GREAT work on this one!  05.17.08 - 1:59am
Alicia Brown - That darker one you mentioned and last subway one have WPPI print competition written all over it!  05.17.08 - 12:42am
Ashley - I must say, even though you say you don't like dark and moody pictures, you capture them quite well! That's my favorite shot.   05.16.08 - 11:01pm
Joan Solitario - hi Jasmine! You are absolutely right about the shot on the stairs! Beautiful lighting! Beautiful pictures!  05.16.08 - 10:51pm
Jacqueline Fronters - I have to ask you; where do you come up with such creative poses? Don't you ever feel a little burnt out after shooting so many amazing pictures? On my best day, I couldn't get these types of photos and by the looks of things, you shoot a lot more than I do. Help?  05.16.08 - 10:30pm
Kristin - Wow, those wood floors are SO awesome. Great pics! Love the train ones too!  05.16.08 - 10:09pm
Fabian Boente - Hi Jass, Congratulations for your new blog. It looks AWESOME!!!!, really love it and your picture WOW, your are very creative girl.  05.16.08 - 10:02pm
kelli eudis - incredible shoot. Love!   05.16.08 - 9:53pm
Jennifer Dunham Starr - I love your writing just as much as your pictures! I've decided to start commenting instead of being a silent blog reader. Great lighting!  05.16.08 - 9:04pm
Angela - Amazing..   05.16.08 - 7:29pm
Dennis Urbiztondo - "Good Stuff" :^)  05.16.08 - 7:20pm
erin. - I absolutely love the rooftop photos. Congratulations Carissa & Brian!  05.16.08 - 5:41pm
Brian Khang - Great seeing you last night Jasmine. I didn't get a chance to talk with you, but maybe next time. Great photos also!  05.16.08 - 5:41pm
david & kimi b ~ ohana photography - you rock the dark and moody too!!!!! have an awesome weekend j*!!  05.16.08 - 5:27pm
Navy Sou - Beautiful story!  05.16.08 - 5:02pm
jess@studio3z - this is one of my favorite sessions I have seen!! It is so fun, so personal, and you made it magic! the couple is GORGEOUS!! I can't wait to see this amazing wedding Carissa has planned. :) LOVED IT, LOVED IT!!!  05.16.08 - 5:01pm
B - Ultra. Fab.   05.16.08 - 5:00pm
Ken Burg - Jasmine, I really love your new logo and the look to your new blog. I second what NENA said, your images are consistently at such a high level and your new "look" reinforces that level that is a cut above so many that are supposedly in your league. Keep up the amazing and inspirational performance.  05.16.08 - 4:55pm
Nena - I don't know how you consistently produce gorgeous image after gorgeous image. Every, every, every photo session just makes my stomach turn with awe. =-)  05.16.08 - 4:32pm
christina LeMarr - Absolutely gorgeous!! I looove the look of the photos, the crispness, grooviness, sooo hot!!!   05.16.08 - 4:25pm
Ryan Christensen - Once again Jasmine brings home the goods! Beautiful images, I love the one with them on the red sofa!  05.16.08 - 4:17pm
Gena McMillan - Love that you showed us a different side to your photography with the staircase picture!  05.16.08 - 4:04pm