Elegant Greystone Mansion Engagement Session

"Geoff proposed at the Dallas Arboretum on December 16th. The arboretum was a special spot to us as we had been there multiple times, and took his parents there when they came to visit Dallas. Geoff had told me all week he wanted to go to the "12 days of Christmas" at the Arboretum and I thought nothing of it seeing as we would go often. Upon walking around to each of the 12 days we would stop and take a selfie at each one, and after we just walked through other parts of the gardens talking and holding each other close. Then, we stopped at a garden spot and Geoff pulled me in close and started to tell me how much I meant to him, have completely changed his life and how he would be honored and humbled to spend the next 76 years of his life with me ( Because I was 24 at the time and want to live until I am 100 so it is a running joke with us) and got down on one knee and without hesitation I said "YES!" From there, my very best friend jumped out of the bush as she was taking photos, and we walked around the corner and my family was there! Then we drove "to lunch" where all our friends in Dallas (including Geoff's sister in from Boston) was there waiting to surprise us! All planned by Geoff, it was a very emotional, wonderful day!" -bride & groom

How did you meet?
We met in Cabo San Lucas on memorial day weekend 2016. Geoff was there for a bachelor party and I was there with a group of friends just getting away for the weekend. Little did either of us know we would be meeting our forever partners out on the town in Mexico..  We spent the weekend together getting to know one another both romantically as well as with friends, but left unsure of what was next for either of us. I was living in Dallas and Geoff was living in LA. The week after leaving Cabo we began to talk daily, just enjoying each others communication for about 2 months until I finally decided to take the leap and go visit Geoff in LA, because why not! And you guessed it... the rest was history. We spent a wonderful weekend together in LA, and from there would visit each other all the time, traveling to new destinations or simply going to each others cities. Long distance has been our whole story until recently when I moved to LA to start a new life with Geoff!

Tell us about your attire:
Engagement shoot outfit consisted of Geoff in black jeans (Saint Laurent) with black boots (John Varvatos), a white button down and blazer(Barney's NY).  Emma wore a red dress by Badgley Mischka, and a black dress by Aidan Mattox. Shoes were beige heels by Steve Madden. Engagement ring and gold/diamond cuff bracelet were both Retrouvai.

Where will you be getting married?
Our wedding venue was an easy call, we looked up many places in Southern California as I (Emma) was moving from Dallas to LA to be with Geoff. Our vision was either a vineyard with stunning views, or a view of the ocean but not exactly a beach wedding. Upon finding Bel-Air Bay Club online the pictures truly stood out to us as we knew we could see ourselves being married on the lawn of the club with the beautiful ocean view. It was our last place to tour and we signed immediately. The staff there went above and beyond to inform us of all the details, and everything just felt right!

Photography: Bonphotage | Ceremony Venue: Greystone Mansion | Beauty: Designed Elegance | Engagement Ring: Retrouvai | Submitted via: Matchology