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Henry Chen

Henry Chen

Bottega Louie Engagement Session

Photos from Elaine and Jonathan’s Bottega Louie engagement session, which began with some urban portraits around Downtown Los Angeles. After capturing some shots at the restaurant where the couple had their first date, we headed to Vista Hermosa Park for a sunset e-session overlooking the city skyline.

ELAINE & JONATHAN

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Bottega Louie engagement session photos:

I first heard from Elaine and Jonathan earlier this summer about capturing their romantic Bottega Louie engagement session as they took a walk down memory lane. They’d actually met at a Los Angeles Kings hockey game at the Staples Center, but it was at this charming Italian restaurant where they’d had their first date.

Last Christmas Jonathan popped the question with a surprise proposal, gifting Elaine a diamond necklace family heirloom before getting down on one knee. They’re planning a traditional Catholic ceremony in the spring of next year, followed by a reception celebration at Lindley-Scott House in Asuza. But I was excited to finally get to meet them in person as we explored some of my favorite Downtown Los Angeles e-session locations.

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Capturing an intimate moment between Elaine and Jonathan at the bar of Bottega Louie in Downtown Los Angeles.

 

 

Walt Disney Concert Hall engagement sessions photos:

We began the afternoon at the Walt Disney Concert Hall where I captured portraits of the couple embracing in front of its distinct metallic architecture. I grabbed shots of the couple walking hand-in-hand up the stairs of this Downtown LA landmark and through one of its curved walkways before capturing a playful portrait as Jonathan jumped to catch a kiss blown by Elaine.

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Elaine leads Jonathan up the stairs of the Walt Disney Concert Hall during their Downtown Los Angeles engagement session.
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Elaine affectionately kisses Jonathan on the cheek during their Walt Disney Concert Hall engagement session.
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Capturing an intimate moment between the couple during their e-session at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Downtown Los Angeles.
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The newly engaged couple walk along a garden walkway outside the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Downtown Los Angeles.
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A playful portrait of Jonathan leading Elaine in front of the metallic architecture of the Walt Disney Concert Hall.
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Elaine and Jonathan embrace during their urban engagement session at the Walt Disney Concert Hall.
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A portrait of the couple amidst the sweeping metallic architecture of the Walt Disney Concert Hall.
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A close-up shot of Elaine and Jonathan walking hand-in-hand through the Walt Disney Concert Hall during their LA urban e-session.
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Jonathan jumps to catch a kiss blown by Elaine in front of Los Angeles’ Walt Disney Concert Hall.

 

Downtown Los Angeles engagement session photos:

We then walked over to the MOCA building for some portraits incorporating its ochre exterior, with the couple relaxing in the elegant hedge garden and kissing at one end of a reflecting pool. Jonathan has his pilot’s license, so we also incorporated an aviation-themed sculpture outside the MOCA building before heading to The Broad for some shots in front of its sculpted white walls.

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Elaine and Jonathan kiss at one end of a reflecting pool during their engagement session in Downtown Los Angeles.
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A portrait of the newly engaged couple kissing outside the MOCA building during their LA urban e-session.
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Jonathan shows Elaine an aviation-inspired sculpture outside the MOCA building in Downtown Los Angeles.
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Elaine embraces Jonathan on a low concrete wall during their urban e-session in Downtown Los Angeles.
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A playful portrait of Elaine covering Jonathan’s eyes during their Downtown LA urban e-session.
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Elaine and Jonathan hold hands in front of the distinctive white architecture of The Broad in Los Angeles.

 

Bottega Louie engagement session photos:

It was then time to see where Elaine and Jonathan’s love story all began at Bottega Louie, with the restaurant welcoming us inside to take some portraits. I captured shots of the couple embracing at the bar and looking lovingly into one another’s eyes across a table, as well as some images of them admiring the macaroons in the shop window.

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Capturing a tender moment between the couple while seated at one of the tables at Bottega Louie in Los Angeles.
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Elaine and Jonathan admire the colorful macaroons in the shop window of Bottega Louie in Los Angeles.
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The couple stand outside the shop window of Bottega Louie where they had their first date in Los Angeles.
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Capturing a tender moment between the couple at the bar of Bottega Louie during their romantic Los Angeles engagement session.
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Elaine and Jonathan look lovingly into one another’s eyes while seated at a cafe table in Bottega Louie.

 

Vista Hermosa Park engagement session photos:

Although rain had been forecast, the skies held out for us as we made the short drive over to Vista Hermosa Park for a sunset e-session. I captured romantic portraits of the couple embracing on the leafy walking trails and dancing on the grassy lawns, as well as grabbing a creative bird’s eye view shot of them lying together with their “save the date”.

We ended the e-session with some portraits of them looking out across the Los Angeles city skyline from a park bench, as well as a more playful one as Elaine held onto Jonathan’s hand as he (almost) fell off.

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The couple kiss on a bench in Vista Hermosa Park during their sunset e-session overlooking the Downtown LA skyline.
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Elaine leans on Jonathan’s shoulder while exploring one of the walking trails at LA’s Vista Hermosa Park.
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A bird’s eye view of Elaine and Jonathan lying on the grass with their “save the date” at Vista Hermosa Park.
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Elaine embraces Jonathan on a walking trail in Vista Hermosa Park during their Los Angeles e-session.
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The couple looks across the Los Angeles city skyline during their engagement session in Vista Hermosa Park.
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Jonathan dips Elaine while dancing in Vista Hermosa Park during their Downtown LA e-session.
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Capturing a playful moment between the couple on a Vista Hermosa Park bench, overlooking the LA city skyline.

 

Bottega Louie engagement session photos:

It was really wonderful to finally meet Elaine and Jonathan in-person during this Bottega Louie engagement session and I hope they enjoy these images. They were such an easy-going couple to work with and I look forward to reconnecting for their wedding in Asuza next April.

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