California Love ~Hillary + Connor

We are head over heels in love with the sweetest proposal we’ve ever seen. We met up with Hillary to get the scoop on how Connor was able to hide all these details from her!! See what she had to say and feast on these gorgeous captures by Sara Klepacki. And of course our team is pumped for their LA wedding at 440 Seaton!
What is the significance of the location where Connor took you? 
Connor loved Palos Verdes Cove and came here growing up.
Describe the day? The black dress and shoes? 
“A week ago Connor asked if we could get breakfast in Palos Verdes with some good friends who were visiting California from out of town. Halfway along the hour long journey from southern Orange County, we received a text from our friends that they were running a bit late so Connor suggested that we walk along the cliffs until they were ready to eat. Completely oblivious as to what was about to take place, I agreed but complained about my feet (in heels) as we journeyed down the steep cliff edging the Pacific. As we were walking I noticed what looked like a small sign. When we neared I heard the notes of the song we first danced to years back on our first date. The sign read “Put on your old black dress and grab your dancing shoes”. There hanging on the sign was my favorite black dress and a pair of vans (my favorite kicks). Before I could say a word, I heard my name and turned to see my best friend, Holly Beth, from Charleston who I hadn’t seen in a year, headed down the hill towards us. I knew at that point what was happening and could barely breathe. Holly held up a towel while I changed into my dress. As I sat down, Connor began putting my shoes on. In the first shoe, I felt something in the toe. Connor pulled out the box, opened it and slid my grandmothers ring on my finger. The next thing I know we are dancing and I see my sisters headed down the hill towards us as well as more than 40 of our closest friends cheering from the top of the cliff. After many hugs and tears from my sisters we walked up to the top of the cliff to a perfectly set table.”
Who was in on the surprise? 
“I think everyone I know was in on the surprise. I found out Connor has been planning everything since he asked for my grandmothers ring back at the beginning of March. All of my family and friends were there and had helped out in making the day what it was!”
What was your favorite part of the day? 
“My favorite part of the day was eating with all my family and friends after the proposal. The long community setting overlooking the Pacific Ocean atop the most beautiful cliff. It was the most beautiful and awe-inspiring moment to be able to look around and feel so undeservingly loved and supported. I have the most incredible family and friends and most of all the Lord for creating it all to begin with.”
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Planned Proposal designed by Grit+Gold

We were so excited to be a part of this very special styled shoot. John reached out to us to help design a styled shoot for his girlfriend Janet. But not any styled shoot. He wanted her to think that they were just doing a shoot together but it would actually end up being his proposal to her. OMG! We were elated and ready to get to work designing a concept!  It’s a sign of true love when your fiance-to-be sets up a photographer, a stylist, a hair and makeup artist, and even rents some very cool vintage props. Our shoot took place at the shop of Sugar Bee Sweets where we set a ice cream parlour themed table. We started with just shooting in the car, Dolly, which Janet was well aware of. Then we moved to the ice cream portion of the shoot. They were adorable as they played with sprinkles and toppings. Then the moment came where John got down on one knee and asked Janet’s hand in marriage. Ya’ll it was the sweetest moment and were were just overjoyed to be part of it. Congrats you two!

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Vendor Lineup:

Design + Planning: Grit + Gold

Photography: Jonathan Ivy Photography

Vintage Props: Rent My Dust

Makeup and Hair: Lashes & Curls by Cerly

Location: Sugar Bee Sweets

Classic Car Rental: Bowtie Vintage Classics