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lynn + bill’s engagement session | mission trails & balboa park

Another couple who love their dogs! 🙂

As most of you know, we are huge fans of couples with furry children. We love our pup (Mace Windu, if you didn’t know his name), and we are always so pleased when our La Vida Couples choose to include their best friends in their engagement session. Lynn and Bill are close friends with Amanda and Nate, whose wedding we photographed last June. We met up with Lynn and Bill over at their home to meet the furry family before heading off to their favorite spot to hike in Mission Trails!

I love the PURE CANINE JOY on Sadie’s face! She and Dakota happily trotted along with Lynn and Bill as we photographed. So good-natured and friendly! Their collars are actually equipped with a remote-controlled “pager” system that vibrates a little bit to get their attention when you press a button. Um, think we could come up with some uses for that. Brilliant!

Lynn and Bill hike up here quite a bit. When we first started to discuss locations for their session, we mentioned that hiking would be a fun activity to include… Lynn told me that they were actually on their way to Mission Trails while we were on the phone, so it made PERFECT sense! Betsy and I are used to moving around a lot during a session, but this was GREAT exercise that day! 🙂

SOOOOOO very in love. The way that Bill looks at Lynn and the way Lynn talks about Bill is so endearing. Love is awesome. 🙂

Seriously, don’t these two just make you SMILE?!

It was so peaceful and quiet on our journey through Mission Trails! Beautiful scenery. No city noise. Fresh air (which takes some getting use to!). Loved it.
And what is really cool about this part of the hike is that the entrance is about a 3 minute drive from their house. Not bad for a backyard, eh?

Dakota’s got a little Chow-Chow like our pal Mace—who can resist a curly tail shadow? 🙂

When they are not having fun playing with the pooches, Lynn and Bill have always enjoyed having a nice glass of wine and conversation over at the Prado Restaurant in Balboa Park. Since they work very close to the Prado, it makes for a perfect wind-down to a long day.

The facial expressions they give each other are classic! Bill really knows how to make his girl smile!

As the light escaped for the evening, we wandered over to the Naval Hospital (where they both work) for a few more fun shots. Lynn and Bill actually met MANY times before they realized how perfect they were for each other.
We love their story and how Bill just started with a friendly wave and a “hi” every day their paths crossed in the parking lot there. That turned into friendship. That friendship eventually grew into a deep love. Seriously, these two just warm our hearts!!

We definitely needed to incorporate Bill’s HAWT jet-black ‘Vette. When Lynn first realized that Bill owned a Corvette, she thought to herself: “Oh…. he’s one of THOSE kind of doctors…” She realized VERY quickly that Bill just liked to have a cool toy to play with on the weekends… the Corvette definitely does not define his caring and generous personality. 🙂

OK. This next image definitely requires a little explanation and ties back into their engagement story, which is definitely one that goes down in the books. 🙂

Bill and Lynn headed up to Big Bear for a weekend getaway and their first “pet” vacation with the furry kids. Secretly Bill had been plotting to propose to Lynn during a lovely sunset hike had planned for them. They climbed up to the perfect vista point and sat down to enjoy the turning colors while Lynn enjoyed her Slurpee. Just then, another couple approaches, they strike up a conversation with Lynn. Great chatting takes place, the sunset slips by unappreciated and barely noticed. Bill couldn’t really bring the conversation to a halt and he certainly didn’t want to share their private engagement session with other people. FOILED. You know that ring was just burning a hole in Bill’s pocket!

After heading back to the cabin to enjoy the rest of the evening, they strike up a game of pool. Bill wins. Lynn asks him, ‘so what do you want’? He told her he wanted her to MARRY him. Well-played, Bill, well-played.

Their blissful weekend is winding down and they realize there’s still a bunch of firewood, so why not enjoy one more cozy fire in the fireplace, a nice glass of vino and a soak in the jacuzzi on the deck. Sounds like heaven, right?

‘Heaven’ quickly took a turn SOUTH… Bill had stacked ALL the wood in the fireplace and while they were out in the jacuzzi, that fire got crankin’!! Next thing they know, fire alarms are going off, the glass fireplace door shatters into a million pieces, they’re scrambling for a fire extinguisher, and when the foam settled, they had QUITE the mess to clean up. Not exactly a relaxing ending to your engagement weekend, right? It was a huge mess, but they didn’t let that chaos overcome their excitement about spending the rest of their lives together. All they could do was laugh about it and just vow that Bill is not allowed to build anymore fires 😉 Quick side-story… Apparently, Lynn attended another wedding some time ago where one of the other guests leaned over a candle and set himself on fire. WHAT?!? I think that Betsy and I better be on our toes for their wedding… these two have a weird thing going with the fire gods. 😀

So with these two stories, we had to end our session together with a bang: Bill brought out a fire extinguisher and fired it up in the sky for us. SO COOL! We were dying with laughter as we were all covered in that stuff, but TOTALLY. WORTH. IT. We hope this helps even the score with the fire gods, you two!

Lynn and Bill, you are a couple after our own hearts… dogs, wine, funny stories… we love you guys. 🙂 Can’t wait to photograph the big day at Los Willows!

To Lynn and Bill’s friends and family: Have you signed in to their Pictage Event Page yet? You will be notified as soon as the individual images go live in a few weeks, and you will receive a gift certificate toward your first print purchase!

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  • Lynn Boulanger - Great work guys! Amazing photography! You guys are real artists! I knew you took more than 12 shots! (inside joke) for the readers. Dakota and Sadie “woof” the pictures!

  • Kari - hope you win! Great photos!

  • Aurora - Oh my goodness, such BEAUTIFUL photos!!!!! They are stunning, Lynn and Bill you look amazing! And so happy the puppies are in the photos too 🙂 xoxo!

  • Jenne - Beautiful pictures = wonderful representation of a beautiful couple… xoxo

  • Jennie - Oops…’Jennie’ said beautiful couple… Not ‘jenne’ 🙂

  • Greg Jones - i am a chevy man… but my favorites are the 5th and 6th photos on the wood fence!! 🙂 All the pics look great. cya soon.

  • Patty - Too Sweet! You look as beautiful as always. You too Bill! 😉

  • Jillian Wills - Lynn, So good to see you and your man. You two look so happy together. Best of luck on the big day!

  • Evan Bishop - Love it! Love the couple, love the story. Love Mission Trails Park, and it’s looking so good right now!!!

    Great job, as per usual!

  • Laurel - Wonderful photos and capture the joy between the two of you. Love how you included so much of your lives into the photo shoot!

  • Josh and Dita - All the pictures look amazing! Your love is captured in every one. We are so happy for you two. Besos muchos besos!!

  • LISA JENNISON - WOW!!! How romantic, the perfect storybook pictures.

  • Tommy P - These are cool……..see lynn i didnt write anything bad hahaha

  • Mark Z - Very cool, good luck and the best wishes to you guys!!

  • Linda Rod - Love the pics, they are fantastic

  • Linda Rod - Love the pic’s, They are fantastic!

  • Amanda - Lynn, these pictures are great! You 2 and the dogs are so cute together.

  • Veronica Tejada - Cute Pics!!! So in love!!!

  • Ken Roth - Lynn, As I said I would, I will blog…but, I never know what to say. So I wish you and Bill well and a long,happy marriage. Remember, I won’t be in town on the 16th of September, so you needn’t send me an invite.

  • Lupe - Your true love shows in the pictures. They are great.

  • Patsy Oneal - It makes me happy to see your sweet romance.

  • Megan - Lynn, these look AMAZING! I love them all. One of my favorites is you on the fence holding Bill’s face but they are all so beautiful. You’ll have a hard time picking on for the announcements.

  • tina - i love the black and white pics!!! it looked like the photographer really captured real moments! they are beautiful!!!

  • Jane Tam - Nice photography! Caught the best moments with perfect lighting & composition. Loved reading the funny stories and the oops! Liked the fire extinguisher one the best. Congratulations on your engagement!

  • Helen Boulanger - Congrats Lynn, and Bill!!! The pics are wesome love the one of you sitting on the fence.

  • Ellen - Lynn and Bill – The photos are amazing and express your love and happiness! I also enjoyed the photos with your pet children.

  • Tommy - Great pictures

  • Suzanne - Beautiful!

  • John Flynn - Great pics Lynn! Congratulations, and enjoy your day. P.S. Our dog Summit was in our wedding. 😉

  • Adrianna - Lynn!!!!! Those are so stinkin cute!! 🙂 Seriously looks like it was so fun!

  • Melissa - I can feel their love through your images!!! Another great session!!!

    PS….@Betsy…first reflections and now shadows??? C’mon? That’s genius!!!!

  • Amanda Williams - Such great photos!!! I wish you both a lifetime of happiness, laughter, love and health!!

  • Jami - Beautiful pictures!

  • Francie - Beautiful pictures! I’m looking forward to the wedding!

  • Francesca - The photographers did amazing! You two are so cute together! 🙂

  • Keith Fuller - Great photos! Lynn smiles from the inside out and her happiness is Bill’s.

  • Laurie and Josh - Fabulous pictures!! Love them all special the hot sexy nite ones. Love you guys!

  • Neil - a lovely couple

  • Jacque - Great photos, guys! So happy for you.

  • Debbie Romero - Great photos-love the story and the black & whites. Furry friends are the best! – Debbie

  • Nate Asaro - We love the engagement photos. It looks like you guys had a great time taking your Engagement photos with Betsy and Jeff. They are truly fabulous photographers!

  • Hof - Wow, what aweosme photos! Thanks for sharing!

  • Ryan Gilfillan - It looks like some of these photos came from an eharmony commercial.

  • Jen - Best. Pictures. Everrrrrr! Love, Love, LOVE!!!

  • Colonial Home Daycare - Incredible! If I HAD to pic a favorite, which thank goodness I don’t have to because they are all so wonderful…I would have to say the one with Lynn sitting on the fence holding Bill’s face…I love the expression on her face and even though I can’t see Bill’s face, I can picture it because I LOVE the way he looks at her, it’s one of the things I have really noticed about him, how he just adores my dear friend.

  • renny roo - These pics are WON-DER-FUL! Love how you captured their love so casually. And of course, the dogs…gotta love the dogs! 🙂 -Top Notch!!!

  • Dena Cassel - Great shots Lynn & Bill, you two look so happy as always 🙂

  • Sonja - Luv the pics! Conrats and have fun in Hawaii! Aloha!

  • Michael Gerstel - Amazing photo’s! You guys are so awesome, can’t wait for the wedding! Love you both for everything you do, keep up the amazing life 🙂

  • Danielle - I wish you two the best for many years to come!

  • Mitchell - Congratulations Lynn and Bill. Love the pictures, the captions, and the couple 🙂

  • Joe Aguirre - Awesome pictures! You two look great together!

  • Unae Moore - These pictures are asolutely beautiful. You guys make a great couple. Also it is nice to see the car out of the garage.

  • Margaret Olson - Lovely photos of a fabulous couple.

  • Chinh - Absolutely beautiful! Can’t wait til the wedding. 😉

  • Jeff - Thank you, everyone for the awesome comments! We had such a great time with Lynn & Bill. They’re such a fun couple. Looking forward to the big day with (obviously) a GREAT group of people!

  • Samantha Johnson - Lynn and Bill-You’re pictures are amazing, I especially love the ones with your dogs. Lynn-you look beautiful, Bill-you look handsome, you two are perfect together. Congratz!

  • Jillian Boulanger - I am totally blown away by these photographs. You got a fantastic photographer auntie!! I wish to some day take as beautiful photos as these! I love you and miss you very much. I hope I can see you soon and meet Bill!! You, Bill and the dogs make a beautiful family …Love always Jillian <3

  • Fred Boulanger - To my Most Beautiful Daughter & her Handsome man .You two look great together. Beautiful Pictures in a beautiful setting.You make me proud to have you for my daughter.You & Bill belong in the spotlight with the Prince & his Bride. Good Luck & Best Wishes to both of you . Love you both “Your Dad “

  • Rita Manfredi - Lynn & Bill the two of you are meant for each other & your beautiful pictures capture your love for each other .I am looking forward to your wedding day .”Love You “Rita

  • Terri Rex - Beautiful photos! They are a family already
    I hope to use this photographer someday soon;-)

  • Jessica - these pictures are beautiful, and so is the way you two are around one another. Ryan and I miss you and Bill and the furry cutey puppies! Hoping to see you soon! love you! ~~Jessica

  • Amy - Great photos, great stories! Looking forward to September.

  • Mike & Kathy - Great pictures! You two look great and nice touch adding the ‘vette. 🙂

  • Lindsey - These pictures capture you both for who you truely are…adorable and in love. I’m so happy that other people share our affinity for fuzzy kids 🙂 These pictures and the settings couldn’t have been more perfect, they describe you both and your realtionship to a tee! I love you both as friends and family and I’m so blessed to have been a part of your relationship thus far and look forward to sharing your love in September and on… xoxox Love to you both

  • Amanda Rodriguez - Lynn and Bill are adorable!!!

  • Mandi Linville - Such a cute couple!!!

  • Amanda Linville - Excited for them to get hitched!!!

  • Charlie Linville - Sweet couple!!!

  • Thomas Linville - What a beautiful couple!

  • Staci Rodriguez - Enjoy your lives together!!!

  • Travis Henschel - really like the old fashion color and black and white, extremely very nice photo shots…. GREAT JOB!!!

  • Luis R. Estrada - Congratulations in such a joyous occasion…
    Brilliant set of pictures… 😉

  • Holly - Aboslutely gorgeous! The pictures capture your love perfectly and tell such a wonderful story!

  • Anne - Such a perfect match 😀 the picture of Lynn’s dog is genius. I like the mix of colored and black and white pictures.

  • Le Lam - Nice shot with the Corvette! Dude, nothing can beat a nice car and a beautiful girl.

  • Daniel Riley - Great Pictures. Don’t worry I’ll save the date.

  • Kristin - Lynn and Bill… you both look fabulous. Enjoy all the good times together!!

  • Jack Browne - These pictures are really well done!

  • William shih - Have to admit the pictures are great and the woman in the picture is absolutely beautiful! We had such a great time. Thanks Jeff n Betsy.

  • Mary Elliott - OMG SOOOOO beautiful!!! Ya’ll look so great & the photos capture ur love!!

  • Kenneth Manie - Lynn, you both look so happy!!! Congratulations!!!

  • Amanda Manie - Lynn, good luck in the future! Your pictures are beautiful!

  • Melissa Berling - So beautiful! The pictures are amazing!

  • amanda, chris and kaiden - Those pictures are absolutely beautiful!!! I love the ones with the doggies 🙂 so cute and original!! Congrats to the both of you, cant wait to celebrate for this happy couple :)!!
    love you both!
    love, amanda,chris and kaiden

  • Carrie Ann Duprey-Culver - Congrats to you Lynn! Your pictures are beautiful…good luck to the both of you!! He looks like a great guy that will take very good care of you :)!!

    Congratulations 🙂

  • Audrey Fournier - Wow!! These pictures are fantastic! Best wishes to you guys! We miss you xx

  • Susan Boulanger Manie - Hey Sis…Looks like you had a great time….wish it could have been me taking the photos!!! From one photographer to another…she did a greaaaaattttt job!

  • Karri n Andy - I kept thinking “this is my favorite pic”, but it just kept getting better as I continued. How can there be a fav when you can see the LOVE in every photo? Best wishes always!

  • Debbie Patrick - Amazing photos! Love the whole set

  • Dawna - Very cool pictures! It was hard to choose but I think my favorite was the black-n-white from the hike where Lynn’s holding onto Bill’s arm.I hope Sadie & Dakota won’t be upset that I didn’t pick one with them in it!

  • ryndie - the pic were so great!

  • lindsey sides - Love love love these photos!!!!! You guys are amazing!!!!!

  • Stephen - Congratulations!
    The pictures look awesome!
    PAAAAAAAARTY!

  • alma avila - Great Job with this pictures.

  • Jason Hallett - Great pics and great therapist!

  • John W. Metcalf - Like the explanation abhiout the fire. Hilarious. Great job on the phjotos as well. I like that none of them look forced like most family photos, they look like they didnt even know the camera guy was there.

  • Jeffrey P. Grosky - Congrats you two!

  • Anthony McDaniel - I love all you guys pics you look soooo happy together, and nice dogs to!!!! lol

  • patrick - super cool photos nice locations

  • Meg - I love the photos, you are so cute together!! I wish you the both the best!!

  • Lammers - Love the pics, but I’m going to need you to return my car. 🙂

  • Theresa Maloney - Beautiful pictures! What a wonderful love story:)

  • John - Great photos!

  • Angie - Such beautiful pictures of a couple in love. I wish you love and happiness throughout your many years together.

  • Amanda Asaro - Betsy and Jeff did an awesome job telling your “story.” I love the photos! So happy for the two of you!!

  • Michelle - Wow ~ Beautiful pictures of an adorable couple!

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