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500 Days of… Lara & Allan!

500 Days of Summer - San Francisco Engagement Session by Chelsea Nicole

This is a story of boy meets girl. While Allan and Lara weren’t looking for love, it found them unexpectedly. March of last year they met in an online forum and instantly hit it off, starting a tradition of daily talks and weekly long-distance movie dates courtesy of Netflix. After three months of getting to know each other, Allan flew out to Florida to visit Lara in her hometown where she had planned a weekend of fun: mini golf, karaoke, Disney, the beach and the first of many IKEA dinner dates (where they became an official couple)! Fast forward to the present: Allan and Lara now share a cozy apartment in San Francisco and are getting married next May at the gorgeous Cornerstone vineyard and garden barn in Sonoma, California. I’m so excited for them, and can’t wait to be a part of their big day!

When brainstorming ideas for Lara and Allan’s engagement session, I knew we needed something that would match their quirky, fun-loving, creative personalities. We ended up deciding on a destination shoot in their home city of San Francisco, with the session being inspired from one of their favorite movies (and coincidentally one that shares a lot of similarities to their own relationship), (500) Days of Summer.

We started our day goofing off in the elevator at Lara and Allan’s apartment…500 Days of Summer Engagement Session500 Days of Summer Engagement SessionFrom there we were off to cause some mischief in one of their favorite places, IKEA!
500 Days of Summer Ikea Engagement Session500 Days of Summer Ikea Engagement Session500 Days of Summer Ikea Engagement Session500 Days of Summer Ikea Engagement Session500 Days of Summer Engagement SessionNext up on our adventure, we took stroll through the Haight district and ducked into a rad little record shop called Amoeba Music.

500 Days of Summer - Record Store Engagement Photos500 Days of Summer - San Francisco Engagement Session by Chelsea Nicole500 Days of Summer - Record Store Engagement PhotosWe topped off the night back at Lara and Allan’s apartment where we enjoyed a romantic view of the city coming alive from the rooftop.

San Francisco Rooftop Skyline Engagement PhotosSan Francisco Rooftop Skyline Engagement PhotosLara works for a greeting card company and made this sweet “I Love Us” card. :-) She’s also custom designing their wedding invitations. I got a sneak peek and can tell you it’s going to be awesome!San Francisco Rooftop Skyline Engagement PhotosSan Francisco Engagement Session

L + A: Thanks for a lovely day! I had a blast hanging out with guys on our mini-adventure and can’t wait to be a part of your wedding! :-)

  • October 25, 2013 - 4:07 pm

    Kristin - I LOVE these! Lara, you look gorgeous and I love how genuinely happy you both look!

    Also, adorable theme for your engagement photos. :) Love it!!!

  • October 25, 2013 - 8:54 pm

    Elise - This is the cutest shoot ever!!! What a fun couple!

  • October 25, 2013 - 9:26 pm

    Suzi Lighten - Oh Chelsea! I adore these! Great job! Adorable couple too!!

  • October 26, 2013 - 4:46 pm

    Lara - Aw Chelsea, these came out great! I especially love how you added in the hand-drawn touches to go with the movie. Thank you so much for spending the day goofing around with us. We had a blast.

  • October 27, 2013 - 9:46 am

    Sharon B - Each one of these photos is a treasure in themselves. My fav is the one where you are sitting at the little table, warm winsome chuckle me had! Congrats to L and A … great job Chelsea!!

  • October 27, 2013 - 5:12 pm

    Jane Borsik - Lara and Allan, loved the pictures and we are looking forward to the wedding!!

  • October 28, 2013 - 3:39 am

    Stacey - Brilliant work! What amazing photos!

  • October 28, 2013 - 9:30 am

    Abby Flinchum - Lara, I love your pictures!! I am so happy and excited for you!!

  • October 28, 2013 - 9:53 am

    Allan - Good job Chelsea! We enjoyed dragging you around town and creating this “love” story! Excited about the wedding!

  • October 28, 2013 - 9:54 am

    Jeremy - Loving the unique locations for the photoshoot! This totally captures the silliness of A + L!

  • October 28, 2013 - 9:57 am

    Rob - awesome pics. i love them. IKEA!!!!!!!!!

  • October 28, 2013 - 11:59 am

    Jackson - love it love it!

  • October 28, 2013 - 2:52 pm

    Stephanie - This is such a cute idea!! Love the pics!! Hope the wedding is amazing =]

  • October 28, 2013 - 8:19 pm

    Jen - best. movie. ever. love the pics, so cute! :D

  • October 28, 2013 - 10:22 pm

    Bridget - You’ve done it again! New favorite shoot!! LOVE!

  • October 29, 2013 - 6:39 am

    Susan - I love how you have captured this couple’s story and personality using the transitions of location, mood, color, expression, clothing and special effects. The contrast of the white and bright colors of IKEA, to the mellow tones of the music shop, to the sparkly pastels of the city as the day winds down is enchanting!

  • October 29, 2013 - 8:03 am

    GP and GM Borsik - Well, I am crying again…..Picture perrrrfect. Love and prayers always!!!!! Chelsea is a keeper!!!

  • January 20, 2014 - 3:35 am

    KIm - love the photos! where is that bench in the last photo located?

  • January 20, 2014 - 3:36 am

    KIm - love the photos! especially the last photo with the bench… where is that located?

  • July 6, 2014 - 6:51 am

    Emma - OMG this is so amazing! :D The people, the light, the colours, the concept: I love allllll of this! Wish you a life of hapiness and great movie’s night. :)

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