Jillian & Ryan: Ritz Carlon Half Moon Bay Engagement

“It can’t get any better than this . . .” she stated to Ryan while looking out a balcony facing the gorgeous sunset of the Pacific. Meeting him was kind of like finding the second pair of a shoe . . . just when you’ve stopped looking, and talk about a perfect fit! They met one night while out in town and have never left each other’s side since. If you’d ask them, they’d say they met yesterday, and all the years in between seem like moments. That’s how strong and fresh is their love for each other. Standing together on the balcony watching the sunset from Ritz Carlton, moments after Jillian’s comment to perfection all around, Ryan disagreed with her with these words, “. . . yes it can, if you marry me!” and handed her a Tiffany blue box with a perfect bow on the top. Who could say no to that! Months later Jillian and Ryan are planning a wedding in Maui and I’m privileged to have captured their engagement session on the shores of Half Moon Bay, right where it all started.

Jillian and Ryan, wow, I’m blown away. I had the bestest time photographing you two last week. It was definitely one of the funnest session ever with your awesome personalities and good looks. It sure feels like we’ve spent months together rather than hours. Thank you for having me photograph your love and your sweet story. Wherever it is life takes you, I have a feeling I won’t be far away. Congratulations on your engagement and can’t wait to hang out with you guys in December! Lots of love, Yuliya.

Oh Jillian, do you have to look so gorgeous and give it all at the beginning of the shoot? Love you!

I instantly recommended Jillian’s hair for a shampoo commercial, and she said, there’s no need, she’s already modeled!


One of my favorites . . .


Thank you to the lovely Danielle for styling the shoot!



Gorge, that’s all.








The bling!

Personalized golf ball? Yes, please!



And that’s how I’ll always remember them! In love, taking in the views of Half Moon Bay . . .

To see more of Jillian and Ryan’s Half Moon Bay engagement session click HERE for a slideshow!

Cheers, Yuliya

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