Jessica + MatthewThe Mission Inn Engagement SessionRiverside, California

THE MISSION INN ENGAGEMENT SESSION

About 1oo miles inland, in southern California, there is a little gem of location.  The Mission Inn in Riverside was built in classic Spanish Colonial style in 1876 and takes up an entire city block – it’s an absolutely perfect place to explore.  This stunning hotel features several bars and courtyard restaurants, and it’s the perfect place to have a drink, have a stroll, and get a little lost.  For Jessica and Matthew’s engagement session, we did just that.

Having friends in the area, they decided to fly in from British Columbia, wanting something different than the landscape in their upcoming Vancouver Island wedding. Having mentioned an affinity for interesting architecture, we knew they would dig this place (if this place looks familiar, it’s because it’s been featured in a number of films, including “The Man in the Iron Mask”.  Former president Richard Nixon and Elizabeth Taylor were also married here (not to each other, obviously). We hope our photos do this beautiful location justice – at every corner there seems to be a new angle to photograph, bathed in beautiful California sunshine.

Jessica and Matthew’s Mission Inn engagement session was so lovely to photograph, not only for where we shot it, but for how much fun they made it.  They roamed the hotel, finding quiet corners and gleefully explored its more obvious accents too.  We’re so happy to have met these two and look forward to photographing their wedding day in Tofino later this year.

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