We are excited to show you these fun California engagement photos taken by Leah with Leah Valentine Photography from Santa Barbara, California.

James and MJ’s California engagement session was shot at the Ellwood Butterfly Preserve in Goleta, California. The couple  has a unique story to how they met. Leah thoroughly enjoyed photographing them. Let’s hear what she has to say about them.

“It had to be pure fate that brought James and MJ together. MJ was visiting family in New York City and decided to head out one evening with friends, one of whom happened to be James’ roommate. James was feeling tired that night, so he opted to stay home. At the end of the evening, MJ missed the last train out of town so she had to return to her friend’s apartment for the night… and that is where she met James for the first time. Now, five years later they are engaged, living together in sunny California while MJ finishes grad school at UCSB. They will soon be married in downtown Santa Barbara.”

That first meeting between the two of them sounds just like a scene from a movie, doesn’t it? You can see the love that James and MJ share with one another in each of these photos. Leah captured their true happiness in each and every one.

california engagement, Leah Valentine Photography

california engagement, Leah Valentine Photography

california engagement, Leah Valentine Photography

california engagement, Leah Valentine Photography

The wildlife and surroundings of the butterfly preserve are used beautifully to create amazing backdrops in all of James and MJ’s California engagement photos. And how fun are they? Just by looking at these photos you can tell they had a blast during the session.

california engagement, Leah Valentine Photography

california engagement, Leah Valentine Photography

california engagement, Leah Valentine Photography

california engagement, Leah Valentine Photography

california engagement, Leah Valentine Photography

Thank you so much, Leah, for sharing this engagement session with us! Be sure to check out more photos from Leah Valentine Photography and see what other services she offers.

We have so many different types of photography to inspire your own creativity for your entire wedding celebration. From the wedding photos, to your engagement and bridal session, or even if you are looking to do something fun like a boudoir shoot or trash the dress session, we can provide inspiration.

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