The first time I’d seen their faces was on J&M’s blog– they’d had anniversary portraits taken in New York, which automatically made them cool people in my book (there should be a club for us J&M Manhattan anniversary couples…). And the first time I met them was at WPPI this past year- I saw James’ mustache and was like “HEY! I recognize you!” After one night of hanging out, I knew James & Jess were my kind of people. They can laugh at themselves, they’re both clever and sharp, and they’re also two of the most authentic people I think I’ve ever met. Hanging out with these two is a breath of fresh air.
So when we decided Matt was going to accompany me to Los Angeles for Steve & Kristin’s Manhattan Beach engagement session, I knew a trip to Santa Barbara should also be included- I’d been several times for UNITED and a leadership retreat, but Matt had never had the pleasure of seeing it for himself! And lucky for us, James & Jess were our hosts, and BOY were they amazing at it. It didn’t matter that this was the first time they’d met Matt- after a weekend of amazing dinners, conversations, and French 75s, it felt like we’ve known them for years.
James & Jess, Matt & I are both so incredibly grateful for you two. Thank you for hosting us with such warmth and authenticity! We’re bummed that you guys live on the other side of the country because we want SO much more time with you! Next time, let’s meet up in Paris, yeah? Yeah! Love you both SO much!
Film developed & scanned by THE FIND LAB, with one or two digital portraits thrown in as well