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Paulina & Simon | San Gabriel Mission Engagement Session

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Before I tell you about this EPIC San Gabriel Mission Engagement Session let me tell you a little bit about how I met this beautiful bride to be. Last October when I photographed Tiffany and Omar’s epic DIY wedding I met one of the most helpful and attentive maid of honor’s I’ve had the pleasure of working with. Paulina was a dream maid of honor for Tiffany. She was helpful not just to myself but to other venders. So when she contacted me asking for details about my wedding packages I about squealed because for 1, I was SUPER excited for her! 2, I knew she would be an amazing MFD Bride and fit right into my Bride tribe (just like her sister did in 2018!). 

Paulina and Simon really wanted to have a traditional Spanish feel to their session so we knew we wanted to shoot at a local SoCal Mission. We decided to shoot at the San Gabriel Mission in San Gabriel, CA. The traditional Spanish walls and gardens made for an amazingly beautiful location to shoot their engagement session. 

The San Gabriel Mission has a special connection to Paulina and her family. Her grandparents, parents and several other family members attend the mission for Sunday Mass and were also married there! The San Gabriel has a long standing family tradition so it only seemed perfect to be able to shoot here. 

While most photographers only have access to being able to shoot *outside* of the San Gabriel mission we were given access to the gardens… and even the iconic San Gabriel Mission bells on the roof. These bells haven’t been photographed from within the mission since 1940! To say that it was truly an honor to be given such access was a dream! Not to mention I was completely freaking out (in a good way!).

I could not have chosen a more perfect location for Paulina and Simon’s Spanish inspired engagement session. I absolutely loved being able to spend time with these two and getting to know them better. 

Paulina & Simon, you guys are truly a special couple. Watching you spend time together what so sweet and special to me to be part of. Thank you SO much for choosing me to capture such a beautiful time in your lives!

XO, 

Nataly 

San Gabriel Mission Engagement Session

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