I met Valerie and Donald for the first time at our engagement session even though they had already booked me for their wedding in July. They were coming to Santa Barbara from their home in Woodland Hills for the weekend to celebrate Valerie's birthday. We met at Starbucks, discussed the details of their wedding and got to know each other a little better before heading out to shoot some engagement photos. I have to mention that it looked like it was about to rain that day. Southern California is in a severe drought so I would have been happy for rain, but I was glad it held off long enough to get them some fabulous engagement session photos. They requested photos at Alice Keck Park and at Spoon Ice Cream Shop on State Street. It was a wonderful afternoon walking around Santa Barbara with this couple and I cannot wait to photograph their wedding in July at Stella Mare's Greenhouse and the SB Courthouse.