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Irvine Regional Park | Joey + Paniz | Orange County Engagements

Irvine Regional Park

Can we talk about how these two picked out the most beautiful colors to wear at this location, the Irvine Regional Park, in southern California? I LOVE their photos almost as much as I love that spring is starting to make an appearance here in Utah. You know I am so done with winter. Take a look for yourself and you’ll see what I am talking about.  SOOOO beautiful!!!

Joey + Paniz Irvine Regional Park CA | Brooke Bakken | Orange County Engagement PhotographerHow They Met

Joey had been working for a pharmaceutical company when Paniz had happened to be training with the receptionist as a floater. After she first saw him in the kitchen she asked the receptionist “who is the guy with the green Hurley shirt and blazer?!” The receptionist then played Cupid and had him stop and chat every time he walked by the reception area. Later Paniz was in the kitchen eating lunch and he came and sat to eat too. They started chatting and somehow Instagram was brought up. She told him to follow her which he did and then he added her on FB too and messaged her his number! What would we do without technology!!

Yellow, burgundy and denim for engagements | Brooke Bakken | Orange County Engagement Photographer

Love Story

She actually sent her number right back. This is not normally something she would do because Paniz says she likes to play hard to get! She was feeling a little more carefree and decided she would open up and have a little fun!It was  good state of mind to be in because they soon were haning out! They hung out once with friends, but then she didn’t hear from him for 2 weeks! But the next time she was covering for the receptionist at his work again, he saw her and texted all excited and asked her to go to lunch with him. He admitted that after they had hung out and partied with all their friends, he thought maybe he had partied too hard and thought she probably wasn’t interested anymore. After that day, they hung out all the time. A month later she would meet his parents and they officially became boyfriend and girlfriend.

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Falling in Love

Joey and Paniz admit that they actually started saying “I heart you” to each other soon after they started dating. They both knew the “heart” really meant “love”, but neither of them wanted to take it too fast. Paniz knew she loved Joey because she instantly wanted to be a better person for him.

California engagment photo Brooke Bakken | Orange county engagement photographer The Proposal

Joey purposed on their 3 year anniversary. He told Paniz he wanted to catch the sunset and go to dinner. Little did she know he had a professional photographer posted and ready to capture his beautiful proposal at Treasure Island Park in Laguna Beach. They had a 2 hour long photo shoot after the proposal, then they went to dinner at Mozambique, where he had a booth set up with flowers. What a well laid out proposal. I’ve gotta give Joey props for that! When they got home he had more flowers and wine romantically setup. Well done Joey!

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What They Love Most

Paniz says, “We get each other. We always have. From the beginning we have had certain similarities that helped us understand each other, but we also have a lot of differences that helped us grow not only as a couple but also as individuals. Not to mention, we always have a BLAST together!!”

Beautiful Irvine Regional Park scenery Brooke Bakken | Orange county engagement photographer

What They Love To Do

Traveling around the globe!!! And playing any kind of game together! They said they are both very competitive so any chance they have to compete, they’ll jump on it! Whether it’s who can win the other person more stuffed animals at the fair, who can collect the most tickets at Dave & Busters, or who is best at bowling, racquetball, board games, ANYTHING!! They also dominate as a team which makes it even more fun!

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Looking Forward To

Building a life together! These two have spent the majority of their lives as two halves of a whole, working on their own individual goals and aspirations. This is the point where two becomes one and they get to work alongside each other to reach the goals that they set together. I LOVE this!  It’s the time when all of the most important, life changing adventures begin. It’s when the two halves finally become one whole.

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Wedding Day Vision

Garden glamour theme! A sophisticated, romantic night that they will never forget, shared with all of their closest friends and family.

Couples dances at the Irvine Regional Park Brooke Bakken | Orange county engagement photographer Taking a walk in the woods Brooke Bakken | Orange county engagement photographer

Wedding Colors

Mauve, ivory, a touch of burgundy and greenery!

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Paniz and Joey, you two are the cutest! I loved capturing all of these moments with you.

If you are looking someone to capture your moments, call me!

XOXOXO- Brooke