A SAN DIEGO ENGAGEMENT / by Victoria Stipcak

Cora and Zach have a love story that’s made for the movies. And I’m not just saying that because Cora is my cuz and I think she and Zach make a beautiful couple… I am saying it because it’s oh-so-true!!! Cora is a flight attendant; Zach is a pilot. The pair matched up during a work trip to Key West over Thanksgiving a few years ago and “the rest is history.” It’s only natural that the two are carriers of the travel bug and, thankfully for me, decided to fly on over to San Diego for their engagement session!

This session was particularly special to me, not only because I love my cousin, but because it was the first session I’ve photographed since living in San Diego. The three of us traveled to the scenic Balboa Park; this area offered many gorgeous backdrops (almost too many) and gifted us the perfect Californian golden hour + sunset. It was also one of the most entertaining shoots I’ve had in awhile… some highlights include: almost petting a squirrel, coming inches to being decapitated by some flying ducks, and my favorite - Cora (accidentally) punching Zach in the face whilst attempting to spin…

While we’re all about flying over here, you WON’T wanna fly through these pictures! Check out Cora and Zach’s engagement session below!

Cora and Zach take on Balboa park in San Diego for their engagement session. Here they are back lit by the golden hour sun at the Spreckels Organ Pavillion.
Cora and Zach take on Balboa park in San Diego for their engagement session. Here they are back lit by the golden hour sun at the Spreckels Organ Pavillion where Cora shows off her engagement ring.
Cora and Zach take on Balboa park in San Diego for their engagement session. Here they are back lit by the golden hour sun at the Spreckels Organ Pavillion.
Cora and Zach take on Balboa park in San Diego for their engagement session. Here they are back lit by the golden hour sun at the Spreckels Organ Pavillion.
Cora enjoys a piggyback ride from Zach in Balboa Park’s Palm Court.
Zach dips Cora as they go in for a kiss. Palm Court Balboa Park San Diego
Cora and Zach pose for an engagement picture in the Palm court of Balboa Park in San Diego.
Cora and Zach share a few moments in the roots of a giant Fig tree in the Palm Court of Balboa park in San Diego
Cora and Zach share a kiss in the roots of a giant Fig tree in the Palm Court of Balboa park in San Diego
Cora and Zach soak up the golden sun shining in the palm court of Balboa Park in San Diego
Cora’s engagement ring displayed on a palm tree in the Palm Court of Balboa Park, San Diego.
The California golden light perfectly illuminates the couple. Photographed at Balboa Park in San Diego
Cora is frightened by the ducks who almost flew directly into me as I was taking this image. Balboa Park, San Diego
Cora laughs at the scene that just occurred. Scary ducks.
Cora and Zach in Balboa Park, San Diego, California
Zach lifts Cora in front of the Botanical building in Balboa Park, San Diego
Zach lifts Cora in front of the Botanical building in Balboa Park, San Diego
Zach and Cora share a dance as the sun goes down. Balboa Park Engagement Session, San Diego California
Balboa Park Engagement Session, San Diego California
Cora and Zach share a dance during their engagement session in Balboa Park, San Diego California
Balboa Park Engagement Session, San Diego California. Silhouettes.