Many of you probably don’t know this, but I was born in southern California and lived there until I was about 4. We lived about 30 minutes from Disneyland, had annual passes, and Mom would take us all. the. time. I’m pretty sure the only thing I cared about up until our move to Memphis was that I ride on Dumbo and It’s a Small World as many times as Mom could stand it. I don’t think it was a coincidence I ended up working in Fantasyland. ;)

I know I’ve said it before, and maybe it’s ’cause the grass is greener on the other side, but I’m madly in love with Disneyland. I think my deep affection stems from the fact that when I walk the park, I have all these muddled childhood memories and emotions pouring in. It’s my favorite ever, and can’t wait to be back in ~102 days. But who’s counting?

Lucky for me, Nate loves it, too. I’m really hoping these yearly trips keep on comin’. Disneyland brides- Need a photographer? ;)

Until then, I’ll have to vicariously visit the park through these engagement photos we took of Victoria and Brian last September. Comparing Disneyland and Walt Disney World is like comparing apples and oranges. Disneyland wins, as far as I’m concerned, if just because they allow photographers in to do photo shoots. :)

*Sigh* I could shoot here every day of the week and twice on Sunday! My favorite.

When we met Victoria and Brian for their shoot, it was right around 3:30. On a Sunday. On Main Street, USA. You Disney readers know what that means! We weaved through the parade crowds and did our best to find hidden nooks and crannies not packed with guests. Did I mention it also happened to be the first day season passholders were allowed in the park since their blackout?

New Orleans Square- My favorite place in Disneyland!

My favorite “moment” from their session:

Oh, hello, there! :)

Thank you, 85 1.2, for making this scene so much less chaotic than it was!

Victoria, you’re gorgeous.

Victoria and Brian in front of what I’m convinced inspired my unhealthy fear of whales.


Part one of their charming Grand Californian wedding coming up next. :)

14 Responses to “Victoria + Brian : Engagement”

  1. YAY Victoria and Brian, love them! “can’t wait to be back in ~102 days. But who’s counting?” ;)

  2. Mindy on February 6th, 2012 at 10:43 am | Reply
  3. These are so much fun! I love how casual and intimate the photos seem…like you guys were the only ones in the park.

  4. Emily on February 6th, 2012 at 10:44 am | Reply
  5. In that first N.O. Square picture, Victoria looks so much like Emma Watson.

    I totally get your love for DL. It has such a different vibe-can’t wait to get back there.

  6. Suzanne on February 6th, 2012 at 10:50 am | Reply
  7. These photos are awesome!! It’s a dream to do a shoot at Disneyland!! I love how you are so in love with Disneyland! So many people who have been to Disney World think Disneyland is just nothing in comparison. I too grew up 30 minutes from Disneyland until I was 8 so I have a huge attachment to the place. My favorite part is New Orleans Square too!! I absolutely miss that when we go to the Magic Kingdom. This post just makes my heart happy <3

  8. Lauren on February 6th, 2012 at 10:57 am | Reply

    It’s the best. These are ADORABLE photographs! I can’t wait to see their wedding. P.S.- I am loving the 85 1.2 :)

  10. Lydia on February 6th, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Reply
  11. Ohhhhh, great timing!!! I am heading to Disneyland for my first EVER visit this weekend!!! (Been to WDW too many times to count). I was already excited but these pictures make me so much more excited…..Can’t wait for the wedding photos!!!!!!

  12. Anna G. on February 6th, 2012 at 5:32 pm | Reply
  13. I’m so glad that Brian and I were a good excuse for a Disneyland visit (we’re SO glad you were able to come to CA)! :) Even though it was incredibly hectic with all the crowds we had a great time hanging out with you guys! Thank you so much for the wonderful photos, and thanks for the compliments too! <3 Looking forward to tomorrow!

  14. Victoria on February 6th, 2012 at 9:37 pm | Reply
  15. That’s were you learned to walk!! Once again Beautiful Pictures!! You would never know that anyone else was in the park!! Perfect!!

  16. Mom on February 12th, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Reply
  17. I am in love with these photos! My favorite were the pictures with Jack and Sally! I don’t know if they planned it or if that was just perfect timing! Either way it made me smile. Congratulations and I hope you have a wonderful life together!

  18. Kyra on January 18th, 2013 at 12:15 pm | Reply
    • So glad they made you smile, Kyra. We had no idea they were about to come out, so it was definitely a fun surprise!

    • Nathan on January 18th, 2013 at 11:28 pm | Reply
  19. I can tell you why you love Disneyland so much, your first steps were there! Beautiful pictures!! I couldn’t tell anyone was at the park with you. Just Beautiful!!

  20. Mom on February 6th, 2013 at 9:41 am | Reply

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