San Juan Capistrano Engagement Photography – Yustine + Chris

Yustine and Chris’ San Juan Capistrano engagement session was pretty ideal in every way. We had several great locations to work with, a beautiful day with beautiful light, perfect weather, and Yustine and Chris couldn’t be any cuter together! When I first met these two last year during their consultation, Yustine and I bonded over our love for boba, and I was smitten with the two of them instantly. They were both so easy-going and friendly, it was impossible not to be! I was so happy when they wrote me afterwards to tell me they wanted me to photograph their wedding.

Because of that first meeting and subsequent exchange of emails, I knew the three of us were going to have a fun day during their engagement session, and I was not disappointed. We started at Mission San Juan Capistrano, which was a first time visit for all of us. The mission is incredibly gorgeous and a perfect backdrop for photos because there is so much variation. I truly felt like I could shoot there for the rest of my life and never get bored!

It was really hard for me to edit this session down – there were so many great ones to choose from! Here are some of my faves…

Mission San Juan Capistrano Engagement Photos

Mission San Juan Capistrano Engagement photos

Mission San Juan Capistrano Engagement photos

Now, I don’t use the word fabulous a lot, but there is just no other word to describe these two. Wouldn’t you agree?

Mission San Juan Capistrano Engagement photos

Mission San Juan Capistrano Engagement photos

Mission San Juan Capistrano Engagement photos

After finishing up at the mission, we headed to the Los Rios Historic District of San Juan Capistrano and took advantage of the adorable houses and storefronts found along the tree-lined streets.

Mission San Juan Capistrano Engagement photos

During our shoot, Yustine told me she made Chris practice poses with her for their shoot. I thought that was adorable and so funny to hear! Chris showed me his favorite “pose” – check out his form! Good work, Chris. ;)

Mission San Juan Capistrano Engagement photos

Mission San Juan Capistrano Engagement photos

Mission San Juan Capistrano Engagement photos

Mission San Juan Capistrano Engagement photos

Mission San Juan Capistrano Engagement photos

Mission San Juan Capistrano Engagement photos

Finally, I followed Chris and Yustine to Crystal Cove, which is where Chris proposed. I always love getting the opportunity to go back to the place where it all began with my clients. That’s a very special part of their lives that they’re letting me revisit with them and I consider it a great privilege. So, I was happy to head to the beach with these two, but I was absolutely floored when I discovered how amazingly gorgeous Crystal Cove is. SO. GOOD.

Crystal Cove State Park engagement photos

Crystal Cove State Park engagement photos

Crystal Cove State Park engagement photos

Yustine and Chris, you guys are so fun!! Thank you so much for being all-around great! I am so looking forward to your wedding day AND our boba/dinner double date! :)

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  • JB - Dig the signature Heidi Ryder jumping shot. :)

  • Catie Ronquillo - Yes, fabulous. I love that shot where they are jumping in front of the house. He has good hang time!

  • Wayne Toshikazu - Really beautiful work, Heidi!!! :)

  • megan welker - fabulous IS the only word to describe this!! What a stunning couple! Gorgeous locations and lighting :)

  • Sarina Love - awww what cute fun photos! San Juan Capistrano is such a great photo location!!

  • Charla - Gorgeous but FUN images! Love your photography! Fantastic locations too. :)

  • Keyonna - These images and the couple are too cute !!

  • Amy - fabulous IS the only word to describe this!! What a stunning couple! Gorgeous locations and lighting :)

  • Mission Inn Riverside Wedding Photography | Heidi Ryder Photography: The Blog - […] adorable and so much fun to be around. I had a great time getting to know them better during their San Juan Capistrano engagement session, and I was really looking forward to their wedding day. That day finally arrived this past Saturday […]

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