Orange County Theater Engagement Session | Kelli-Rae+Dan=Engaged

Today, we share with you the beautiful love story of Kelli-Rae and Dan. I have known Kelli-Rae for a little over two years now, we used to work together. A few of us ladies got together from the old workplace for lunch a few months back so we could catch up on all that had been going on in our lives since we last saw each other. We had seen on Facebook that Kelli-Rae was engaged but finally got to get all of the details and see her fabulous ring in person. She told us the story of how the two made a little escape to the Embassy Suites for the night and as they arrived and took a moment on the balcony with some champagne, he gave her a letter that read:

“This is the day I ask you to be my wife” she looked down and he was on one knee and asked her “Will you marry me”. After 5 years of dating she said “YES”!

I was so happy when Kelli-Rae asked us to do her engagement session photos, they wanted to do something different and creative. I know Dan is a writer, he recently had a premiere for his horror film Farmhouse and Kelli-Rae loves theater and music. Since I have known her she has been in a few productions and also had the opportunity to get on stage and sing with the band Sugarland! We have had the opportunity to sing together as well, there has been a time or two of Karaoke together for office parties, good times. That is what she wanted the session to be all about, good times and so we decided on doing their session in a local Theater. It was something that represented both of them, they have a total love for movies, and that is one of the things they love doing together. She wanted them to just have fun, throw popcorn at each other and be in the moment. We ended up shooting in Garden Grove at the The Gem Theater where Kelli-Rae recently performed in the production “The Best Little Whore House in Texas”.

We had an awesome session in the theater and also walked around the house and downtown Garden Grove…as we documented the excitement and love of the two’s engagement. They were a fun couple, full of love, laughter and moments and so we share with you Kelli-Rae and Dan…we had an amazing time documenting your engagement and love, thanks for sharing with us. Congrats to you both! J+D

The two will be using one of these images with the marquee for their Save the Dates…so cool!

Theater E-Session…starring Kelli-Rae and Dan!

Love in the Theater!

These two are totally goofy…and throwing of the popcorn shall begin!

Popcorn in Dan’s face…

Popcorn in Kelli-Rae’s face…the guys always go Big…they do that with the wedding cake too!

After the popcorn fight, there is still love!

One of my favorite shots taken in the lobby of the theater!

A ring, it’s official…I love this shot!

What a beautiful moment!

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  • Hi Guys! Love this e-session!! My fav’s are #10 and 14! Sugarland is my favorite too…that’s awesome Kelli-Rae!

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  • Bev

    I love these pix. The theatre is so original as they are both in the business. The large black and white of the two of them is great – she looks so sweet and in love. The popcorn ones are a crack-up – especially since you caught the popcorn in mid-air!! Great job you two and congratulations to the newly engaged couple.

  • Wow, I really love the casual and fun vibes of these photos! They look great. The love the photo where she is munching on popcorn and her hubby-to-be is watching her from behind. 🙂 Cute!

  • melly

    Woohoo…. Awesome!!! I love seeing the pictures….

  • Amie Keefe

    I have the most beautiful best friend ever!!!! I can’t wait until May. I am SO excited.

  • Gloria

    This shoot is just so cool!

  • Kylee

    Looks fabulous, as J+D do it!! Love you guys!!

  • Dan & Kelli, We couldn’t be more proud to have such a wonderful son in law to be, for our most amazing daughter any parents could ever wish for. These pictures totally project the beauty and joy in both of you. These photos just show the love between you both. I am very impressed with the quality and originality of the photography. The shots are amazing! Kelli, you are the most precious and most stunningly beautiful daughter and we love you sooooo much. Great job to the photographer, and you and Dan! Love, Mom & Dad

  • Kelli & Dan, your pictures are the greatest, you two are going to make the best couple ever. Love you guys. Love Ellie, (aka Ketchup)


    I know them both, and I think these photo’s are adorable. Can’t wait Kelli and Dan to be at your wedding. It will be a most wonderful fairy tale wedding of a life time. LOL. You two are beautiful together. LOL

  • Maria Vidot-Brown

    They are all incredible pictures……My favorite one is the “after the popcorn fight their is STILL LOVE”, absolutely beautiful!!!!!

  • john j coughlin

    Dan, …to be happy and loved are the two major ingredience in a relationship. These pictures address both. Your mom and I couldn’t be more happy for the two of you. We love you both. Dad

  • Kay

    Kelli and Dan

    You two make the most beautiful couple. I love the pictures it is so you. I am so happy for you (my 4th daughter). Love you Kay

  • How fun! The shots in the movie theater are awesome! Great looking couple!

  • Such a great location for an e-shoot, so unique! Love it! And that marquee photo is so great for save the dates! Great work, I really like these!

  • These are great! I love the popcorn shots.

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