Sara & Bennett’s San Francisco engagement session was absolutely beautiful, beginning in the city and ending on the sandy oceanside dunes. Movement and fun can be felt as you view the images, and you feel as if you’re witnessing this experience firsthand as they enjoy their evening of celebrating this new chapter!
How did you two meet? What were your first impressions of one another? We met at a bar in college. We hit it off immediately, went bowling, and spent the rest of the day with each other. Sara’s first impression of Bennett was that he is very handsome, kind, and very charismatic. He could talk to a wall for an hour. Bennett’s first impression of Sara is that he thought she was stunning and very fun. He enjoyed chatting with her and felt there was an immediate spark.
Describe a hurdle you had to overcome in your relationship or during your wedding planning. We had to do long distance for about a year and a half between Ohio and North Carolina. It was really difficult only seeing each other for one weekend per month, especially when we weren’t sure what the end date would be or what our plan was for the future. That year and a half consisted of a lot of texting, phone calls, and FaceTiming. We knew we wanted to stay together and Sara wasn’t loving her job in North Carolina so when Bennett found a job in San Francisco, Sara followed a few months later. It was worth the wait!
What is your favorite thing about each other? Sara loves how Bennett is so optimistic, genuine, and just loves life. He lives every day to the fullest and always sees the best in people. He takes life one day at a time and approaches everything in a calm, cool, and collected way, which helps balance Sara’s tendency to over-plan and over-think.
Bennett loves Sara’s intelligence and intellectual honesty paired with her compassion and empathy. She is a really good person.
If you had one piece of advice for other couples, what would it be? It’s important to have difficult conversations and be honest with each other but your relationship should also be fun and light-hearted. Plan to have quality time together, whether that’s a date night once a week or an activity that you enjoy together. This was something we had to make a priority during Covid, when we spent all day every day together but a lot of that time was not necessarily quality time.
What is the most honest thing you can say about love? Love is about being a team, having the same goals, and being with a partner who helps you achieve those goals. It’s imperative to support each other through thick and thin and listen in order to understand one another.
Photographer: Stephanie Lynn Co
Venue: Fort Funston
Dress Boutique: Black Dress: Aritzia
Dress Designer: Pattern Dress: Rails