Sunshine-Filled California Engagement: Vanessa & Daniel {Danielle Capito Photography}

Things I love: love, bright colors, sunshine, pretty happy faces. OK, everything about today’s shoot is what I love. Submitted by the amazingly talented {and super sweet} Danielle Capito of Danielle Capito Photography, these images just make me happy. I kind of needed this today, didn’t you?

Vanessa and Daniel met down at San Diego State and now live in San Luis Obispo. They are fun, spunky people {with some great fashion sense} and they’re getting married this September at an old mission with a reception afterwards in a ballroom. I seriously cannot wait to see their wedding pictures! But first, let’s take a look at their gorgeous, sunny engagement shoot. Or as I call it: Why You Should Get an Engagement Shoot. And keep reading to hear their advice to other couples, and all about their engagement :)

I know, right?? Love that shoe pic. Shoe pics get me every time.

The Proposal

On October 7, 2010, Daniel decided to take Vanessa out to dinner for her 27th birthday. Little did she know, Daniel had been planning for 3 months to propose on this night.

Daniel took Vanessa  to one of her favorite restaurants, The Galley, in Morro Bay.  During dinner, Vanessa didn’t seem to notice anything unusual about Daniel…except that he was drinking more than usual! She thought, “he must’ve had a hard day at work.”  When dinner came to an end, Vanessa was full from dinner but Daniel insisted on Vanessa ordering dessert. Instead of dessert, the waitress came out with a plate with a beautiful flower, a red box and a card that asked, “Will you marry me?” Vanessa immediately started crying into her hands and eventually said yes without opening the red ring box! Daniel pleaded,  “You didn’t even open the box.” She responded, “I don’t care what the ring looks like…of course I’ll marry you.” At that moment, Daniel and Vanessa were engaged… and Vanessa finally looked at the ring and thought it was perfect.

From Vanessa & Daniel: When engaged, cherish your time together. This is the beginning of a new chapter of your lives together!

Advice to other couples:

  • Have a date night at least once a week, no matter how busy your schedule is.
  • Never keep track of score (who did what for who, who’s fault is it, etc…)
  • Take care of each other and love each other.

Thank you guys for sharing your images with us today, and Danielle, thanks for submitting, you are amazing!

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  • kristi says on June 21, 2011 Reply

    Oh these two are just darling together! And love their advice. Can’t wait to see their wedding pics also. And yes, the shoe shot is fabulous!


  • Jenna says on June 21, 2011 Reply

    I love her necklace in the first pics. I think the pics of them smiling and laughing are my favorite. They look like fun!

  • Steph says on June 21, 2011 Reply

    I’m really loving her outfit. So summery and bright!

  • Jill@TeenageBride says on June 21, 2011 Reply

    oh what a great way to start my day!! Love this couple!

  • claire says on June 21, 2011 Reply

    I NEED HER DRESS. So cute.

  • Tammynize says on June 21, 2011 Reply

    Truly love all the pretty light…and the bride’s first dress is sooo cute.

  • Danielle Capito Photography says on June 21, 2011 Reply

    Thanks for the feature!! I love it :))

  • The Perfect Palette says on June 21, 2011 Reply

    I really love her dress. it’s so fun and colorful! xo, chrissy.

  • Nikki {Perpetually Engaged} says on June 21, 2011 Reply

    Love her sunny dress! Beautiful photos and great advice!

  • Nicole-Lynn says on June 21, 2011 Reply

    Super cute couple! What a lovely engagement session!

  • Liesl says on June 21, 2011 Reply

    Holy cuteness! Love the bright, fun colors and it looks like it matches their personality too! I am just loving engagement sessions…can’t wait for mine next month!

    Liesl :)

  • Lena says on June 21, 2011 Reply

    This shoot is so great, but the couple is even better! Those two are so sweet together!

  • Chandra ~ Oh Lovely Day says on June 21, 2011 Reply

    LOVE the light in these photos. And the couple is so sweet. Great e-sesh!

  • alicia@Charitywedding says on June 21, 2011 Reply

    She has such a gorgeous smile! Such a cute session!

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