BridalPulse - School Daze Engagement Shoot in Southern California - The reads a book to each other in the school's library- Photography by George Street Photography

School Daze Engagement Shoot in Southern California by George Street Photography & Video

by George Street Photo & Video

ridalPulse - School Daze Engagement Shoot in Southern California - The couple leans against a wall that has math- Photography by George Street PhotographyridalPulse - School Daze Engagement Shoot in Southern California - The couple leans against a wall that has a plus sign and a heart- Photography by George Street Photography
This fun and laughter-filled engagement shoot captures Jirusha and Andrew perfectly. The two are known to constantly try to make each other laugh…when they’re not rooting for their favorite team, the 49’ers, or playing sports themselves.
All kidding aside, it’s their sense of humor and innate sense of teamwork that enables them as educators to intuitively know how to capture a class’s attention, and motivate their students into achieving their best.

How They Met

Jirusha was a brand new teacher where Andrew worked as an after school coach for a charter school in California. They smiled at each other as they passed in the school’s hallways. The duo’s fifth graders started telling them they would be perfect for one another. Pretty soon, Jirusha and Andrew started to agree. Now, the couple are practically inseparable. They play softball together in a co-ed league, and Jirusha is always cheering on the sidelines at Andrew’s basketball games.  They have so much fun spending time in each other’s company, that if one of them is running an errand, the other tags along. Friends and family know that the ride will be filled with jokes and laughing. The two are kids at heart, so it was fun to bring out that out in this shoot.

BridalPulse - School Daze Engagement Shoot in Southern California - The couple plays in a bamboo field- Photography by George Street Photography
 BridalPulse - School Daze Engagement Shoot in Southern California - The couple plays on a slide/jungle gym combo- Photography by George Street Photography

Friend-Filled Proposal

For Jirusha’s 30th birthday, she wanted to do something a bit different, so the couple rented a house for the weekend and invited friends and family. The original plan was to host a big dinner for the crew on Saturday, Jirusha’s birthday, and Sunday, they were off to the big San Francisco 49ers v. Green Bay Packers football game. Saturday night, Jirusha walked down the stairs to join the dinner party and instead noticed a projector and giant screen set up outside by the gazebo. Meeting Andrew and their guests on the lawn, she was handed a remote that had a sign pointing to the power button saying “Press here.” The video turned out to be a compilation of her friends and family (and even a short clip of their two pugs barking!) each sharing a reason why they loved Jirusha. Reason number 30 was reserved for Andrew, who began his segment by stating that he would rather express his reason for loving Jirusha in person. The screen went black and Jirusha turned to Andrew standing below the Gazebo, prepared to deliver his speech and drop to one knee and propose. Her reply—Absolutely!

BridalPulse - School Daze Engagement Shoot in Southern California - The couple cuddles on a bench- Photography by George Street Photography

BridalPulse - School Daze Engagement Shoot in Southern California - The couple are laughing on a bench- Photography by George Street Photography

Back To School Engagement Shoot

The elementary school where Andrew and Jirusha met provided the perfect backdrop for their engagement shoot. They started off wearing 49ers jerseys with the numbers 12 and 3, their engagement date, and their married surname, Lopez. In others, they incorporated aspects from their lives as teachers; like the multiplication facts staircase and block carpet in Jirusha’s classroom. The couple’s playful personalities take center stage, especially in shots of them playing football together. Those ended up being Jirusha’s favorite, and we love a good action shot!

BridalPulse - School Daze Engagement Shoot in Southern California - The couple is wearing football jerseys front and back view- Photography by George Street Photography
BridalPulse - School Daze Engagement Shoot in Southern California - The couple is playing with a football- Photography by George Street Photography

BridalPulse - School Daze Engagement Shoot in Southern California - closeup of the couple playing with a footballl card- Photography by George Street Photography
BridalPulse - School Daze Engagement Shoot in Southern California - The reads a book to each other in the school's library- Photography by George Street Photography
BridalPulse - School Daze Engagement Shoot in Southern California - The couple holds hands sitting at student desks- Photography by George Street Photography
BridalPulse - School Daze Engagement Shoot in Southern California - The couple holds a will you marry me card- Photography by George Street Photography
BridalPulse - School Daze Engagement Shoot in Southern California - The couple kisses each othe sitting at studen desks- Photography by George Street Photography
 BridalPulse - School Daze Engagement Shoot in Southern California - The couple kisses by a multiplication staircase - Photography by George Street Photography

What’s Next

Next month, the couple is planning a rustic, elegant fall wedding at Hartley Botanica in Somis, CA. The couple selected the venue for its canopy tree–lined aisle and designated ceremony, cocktail hour and reception areas. Nature-filled paths are coupled with twinkly lights, and Jirusha has rustic wooden crates, candles, sequins and flowers planned for the decor in a navy and gold theme that will sparkle after dark. And with these two, you know the party will be hopping!

 BridalPulse - School Daze Engagement Shoot in Southern California - The couple cuddles by a basketball court- Photography by George Street Photography
BridalPulse - School Daze Engagement Shoot in Southern California - The couple smiles posing under a leafy tree- Photography by George Street Photography
BridalPulse - School Daze Engagement Shoot in Southern California - The couple has a close up and a full length photo- Photography by George Street Photography

 

About the Author

George Street started with three idea-filled, energetic artists who believed people should do what they love. Or, in other words, that nothing is worth doing unless you deeply care about it. The commitment that started in a basement on George Street over 10 years ago now defines George Street Photo & Video in over 40 different cities. Everyone who works with George Street is doing what they are both talented at and enthusiastic about. The three founders still like to tinker with retouching a photo here or shoot a home video there, but they know their talent is leading an ever-moving company that elates its customers. In the face of busy schedules, distractions, and the infinite to-do list, focus on what you love…and let us do the rest.