An Anniversary Session in San Diego Plus Their Cinematic Proposal

I know we talk all about the wedding here on Green Wedding Shoes, but we all know it’s really about the marriage. I love that more and more couples are celebrating their years together with anniversary sessions! Such a fun + meaningful way to document your life together – and at some point maybe add cute babies into the photos as your family grows! :)

Well, Laren + Courtney decided to celebrate their first two years with an anniversary session photographed by Shelby + Stone Crandall. Laren is the founder of a non-profit in San Diego called Invisible Children. Through the use of film, creativity and social action, Invisible Children is actively contributing to the restoration of peace and prosperity in Northern Uganda. Courtney actually met Laren when she spent a semester in college volunteering on a team whose mission was to spread the word about Invisible Children. Two years later, using Southern California’s nature as the setting + their love as the theme, they spent an afternoon documenting their love for each other. :)

Anniversary photos in the woods

photos in the woods

couple in the woods

engagement photos in the woods

engagement photos with heart balloons

stone crandall photography

couple on the beach

girl blowing confetti from hands

And I just love their proposal story! Laren + Courtney’s love of film and incredible passion for the people of Uganda ultimately led to Laren proposing with a cinematic twist. Laren explains “I met the women of my dreams and we share tons of things in common, but none as important as our love for movies. So when I was dreaming up the engagement plan I knew it was going to have to include movies, Austin (where she lived) and a massive surprise. So I managed to sneak this short film into a film festival in Austin. She thought she was going to see some independent art film with some friends, what she got was a soul mate for life.”

Big congrats on two years Laren + Courtney! And thanks to Stone Crandall Photography for letting me share their work with us today.

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  1. What a truly adorable couple. Love the way he propsed the engagement, how could any woman say no to that? You are so right though it is not just about the wedding it is the marriage. Never straightforward, often challenging but also extremely rewarding if you are lucky enough to find the right person. Laren & Courtney do appear very well suited though. I wish them all the best. Stunning photography!

  2. love her dress in the first couple pictures. where from?

  3. the dress is from free people and it looks great on her (i wore the same in my engagement pics)! love love love these pics and love their story :)

  4. What a beautiful couple and story! So inspiring.

  5. stone crandall’s work is legit! phenomenal people doing incredible work.

  6. where is the striped dress from??? i love it!!

  7. How neat. I love black and whites. So classic and dramatic.

  8. I LOVE the photos and the video is adorable!

  9. I think it’s a French Connection dress called Susu…

  10. Hello! The striped dress is from Paul&Jo Sister. I love that everyone is so into the clothes… the real winner is Laren’s suit! Handmade by Thom Brown. Stone and I had so much fun shooting these two, they are such a beautiful couple. I have to say the beach photos are my favorite… so classic. We are so very appreciative to be featured here and thank you all for your sweet comments! :)

  11. Such a surprise to see Laren taking a break form saving humanity. I have done book drives and screenings for IC so this blog post just rocks. What a nice way to end the week.

  12. That is the best proposal video I’ve ever seen! Without knowing them, that video made my heart beat like…….. wow.
    Congratulations and wishing you more happy happy years together! K.

  13. So awesome. We are honored to be featured here in GWS. Thank you all so much for your kind words. Laren and Courtney are such beautiful people in so many ways so they really made it spectacular. Definitely go check out the work that Invisible Children is doing as well. A very worthy cause.

  14. I love these photos, such a great idea to celebrate an anniversary. LOVE the proposal video!

  15. WOW !! Amazing people and fantastic photography !!

  16. are you kidding me! These guys are adorable! That video was awesome. Good luck to them!

  17. that proposal video was the best way to start the day. p.s. i love her first dress!

  18. I love that you posted an anniversary session. I’ve been dying to do one!

  19. That video made me a little teary eyed and I don’t even know the couple! Amazing photos. Love them all.

  20. Woah, that brought a tear to my eye.

  21. ugh – such a sweet video!!! very well done.

  22. The photography by this beautiful couple is amazing! I am always looking at their website to see new photos from engagements and weddings! Everyone needs to check it out….! Breath-taking photos and beautiful stories! Loved the Laren and Courtney video/story as well!

  23. I love the images that Stone is able to capture. He is so creative and it is obvious he is passionate about his work.

  24. Always amazed by your beautiful pictures Stone…you have outdone yourself again! The pictures in the woods are amazing! You have a way of capturing love stories in beautiful settings!

  25. Nice! I love it when you feature Stone’s photos, he and Shelby are the BEST!

  26. what a freaking gorgeous couple!!! im loving both of these dresses too!

  27. Gorgeous photos!

  28. Those pictures are soooooo good. Wow. They really killed. Hard.

  29. You two are pretty people. Love the photos. Very fresh but not too googly abstract. We didn’t even do engagement photos but this makes me want anniversary photos. Also – my husband should not have let me watch that proposal video.

  30. Wow. Unreal photos. Thanks for taking these Stone, and thanks Green Wedding Shoes for posting them.

  31. wow…beautiful people and beautiful photos. these images are timeless.

  32. If a picture is worth 1000 words, these pictures are worth 2000 words.

  33. One word AMAZING! I love everything about this! Courtney you must feel like the luckiest girl in the world! Congrats!

  34. Is the dress still for sale on free people? I love it! Anyone know what it was called?

  35. WOW… these photos are AMAZING!! I am getting ready to take my engagement photos and these have inspired me in SO many ways. As others have said, her outfits are to die for!!! The photography is amazing and the couple.. SO cute together!!!

  36. where were the photos taken???:)

  37. Some really great images and a very lovely couple, thanks for sharing this with us all


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