You may remember Jess & Juan from their Central Park, New York City Engagement Photos and my International, Stylish, and in Love blog post. Considering that the love story of these two span the globe, one engagement session just would not do...We had to represent the West Coast!
Jessica Valentin and Juan Graham are one of those couple's that everyone falls in love with, and they have become somewhat of an urban legend. From the moment Jess called me in the fall of 2013, my inner Long Island girl clicked with her inner Bronx chick, and we were instantly a team. Add Juan to the mix - he's just dreamy, Jess' perfect match, and has a calming zen that reminds me of my own husband - and it felt fated for us to work together.
As we set off planning together, each person that met Jess & Juan became instantaneously smitten. Their story, their personalities, and their wedding plans (this one is going to knock you out!) became water cooler chatter for our wedding industry partners, and excitement has been building steadily ever since their visits in December and February.
So imagine how sad our friends at Altf Photography were when, in two visits, they had yet to meet them in person! Jess & Juan booked John Michael Cooper and Dalisa Cooper to shoot their wedding without ever having met them or even spoken to them. Their style was just such a perfect match! But Dalisa was growing curious about our new friends, and when Jess announced that she would be visiting in July Dalisa said, "Well, we just have to get them in the studio and in front of the camera!"
And so we did! And the chemistry was out of control! Jess's pink tulle skirt was captivating for someone like Dalisa, who loves all things girlie and editorial. Juan and John bonded over car pics and fancy, manly equipment. And because Jess loves my littles so much, we ever had the kids pop into the studio for a short but comical distraction.
When Dalisa and JMC finally got these two in front of the camera, it was just all magic! I've never seen so many gorgeous photos come together so quickly. One frame after the next, Jess and Juan were perfect together, and the chemistry of having another couple behind the scenes pulled it together with amazing results.
I love them. That is all. And I know that you will fall in love with them and their wedding right along with me and the rest of our team!
Only 43 days away from their sparkling and romantic wedding at the Mandarin Oriental!
Until then, we've got some behind the scenes video footage below!
Please feel free to leave your comments and your well wishes to Jess & Juan below. And if there is something you want to see a sneak peek of on the wedding day, let me know!