UC Berkeley Botanical Gardens Engagement Session

Rebecca & Chris

February 2020

Botanical Gardens Engagement Photos

Rebecca and Chris chose the UC Berkeley Botanical Gardens for their engagement photos for a few reasons. Firstly, this beautiful garden was the location for one of their first dates. Secondly, they are both avid plant lovers and spent hours discovering new favourites. It is also where they taught each other their native languages of French and Spanish and, later, spoke of the future.

As bridesmaid for the lovely Amy, Rebecca was wearing a giraffe onesie when we first met. When she got in touch with me about shooting her wedding to Chris I was over the moon. Not only am I incredibly happy for them, I couldn’t wait to see Rebecca again!

The smell of the redwoods was strong as I left the car to meet Rebecca and Chris. I miss the nature and rugged outdoors Northern California has to offer so it’s always so nice to return. Added bonus – I get to have dinner with my friend Miriam as well. She was one of my first brides in America and is now one of my closest friends.

Love in the Redwoods

The three of us had such a lovely time meandering through the gardens. I could see this was a special place to them, and it didn’t take long to relax in front of the camera. Side note – I’ve started shooting film again on my medium format Bronica. Having the viewfinder at waist level is perfect because I can easily talk to my clients without a camera covering my face. It is so much more personal.

Spending time checking out the different areas of the botanical gardens was a fabulous way to get to know Rebecca and Chris better. I laughed so much in fact my cheeks were sore! There were even a couple of times I fully expected one of us to end up in the pond. The love between them was as obvious as the giant cacti and I adored spending time in their company.

I hope you enjoy these botanical gardens engagement photos. Please join me in wishing Rebecca and Chris all the joy in the world. I am beyond excited for your wedding next year!

Still want more?

If you’d like to see more engagement photo sessions, take a look here at Irving and Christi’s engagement photos on Laguna Beach. After that, you can click here to see Dani & CJ’s epic Disneyland engagement photos! Check out this blog post for advice and inspiration on getting the perfect engagement photos.

Amy and Kyle chose UC Berkeley Botanical Garden for their wedding portraits. Click here to see! My favourites are the ones in the cactus greenhouse. For more information about the Botanical Gardens at UC Berkeley, click here.


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