Leah Valentine, one of our Santa Barbara, California wedding photographers, recently shot a delightfully inspiring Mad Men engagement shoot. Instead of searching for models, she and other Santa Barbara vendors decided to create a contest for all the Mad Men lovers out there and offer it as a giveaway to a real couple getting married in 2013.

“I knew Marissa and Borut were the perfect couple for this giveaway as soon as I read their email:

My fiancé and I are avid Mad Men fans. We actually go as far as to plan Mad Men theme nights and dress up and make themed dinners and cocktails.  Oh don’t worry, we have a Mad Men cookbook and cocktail guide to ensure complete accuracy!  Needless to say, this is right up our alley’.”

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“Marissa and Borut met on an online dating website…I totally picture Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan in You’ve Got Mail. From their first date in Santa Monica, they were inseparable. Last December they visited Borut’s parents in New York City where he surprised Marissa and proposed at the top of Belvedere Castle in Central Park. What a romantic! And as Marissa put it, ‘the rest is history’.”

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“As models, they were naturals. Getting into character from the start, you might as well name them Don Draper and Betty Francis. Thanks to their past Mad Men dinner parties, Marissa already had her own vintage dresses! We started lounge style utilizing the billiards room at the University Club of Santa Barbara, and then headed outside for a more ‘relaxed Sunday afternoon’ style with a 1966 Ford Galaxy. We evened added in some last minute shots with the hair stylist’s adorable scooter.”

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Shoot location: University Club of Santa Barbara http://www.uclubsb.org/

Hair Stylist: Taryn Bazzell from Mira Bella Salon and Spa taryn@mirabellasalonandspa.com

Makeup Artist: Rebecca Zavala from Unveiled Makeup & Hair http://www.unveiledmakeup.com/

Vintage Jewelry: Coast 2 Coast Collections http://www.c2ccollection.com/

Photographer: Leah Valentine Photography http://www.leahvalentine.com/

To see more from Leah Valentine Photography and her Mad Men engagement shoot, visit her original post.

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