Be My Valentine {Mallory + Cody}

We’re digging these surprise engagement photos, sent over by Tonya Joy Photography.

This engagement shoot was inspired by Veronica Lake, old Hollywood, and mixed together with vintage valentine touches. The decor was styled for Cody, so that he could propose to his girlfriend Mallory in a surprise engagement shoot. The styling is breathtaking and the idea truly sweet.

Here’s what Cody had to say, “During the months leading up to December 11th, 2010, I was desperately trying to figure out a way I could cleverly propose to my girlfriend. I was in contact with Tonya asking her for inspiration on a proposal shoot. She was extremely generous in her help, and with me planned one of the most beautiful days of my life. Convincing my girlfriend that it was just another shoot, and long day of modeling was the easy part. The difficult part was figuring out how I was going to propose at a photo shoot! We took amazing pictures around the Nixon Library in Yorba Linda for a couple of hours and then the moment came. Tonya stood me behind Mallory and “fixed my tie,” this is when she handed me the ring, and I got down on one knee. The sun was setting just beyond the palm trees and the weather was perfect. Tonya asked Mallory to turn and face me, and caught up in the moment I froze! Tonya swiftly motioned for me to propose and the most beautiful moment of my life happened. I am now engaged to my high school sweetheart, the most amazing woman in the world.”

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Mallory and Cody’s Style Guide

Photographer: Tonya Joy Photography

Caterer: The Richard Nixon Library

Event Designer: Kristina Kendig Design, Tonya Joy

Invitation Designer: Wiley Valentine

Cinema and Video: hivideography

Heirlooms and Extras: Sadie Olive

Calligrapher: Larry Orlando

Makeup Artist: All Made Up Team

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“I’m Marcela, an Aussie expat living in Hong Kong. This space is where I share my love for weddings and bits and pieces from my family’s life and adventures. I love celebrating weddings, motherhood, family, travel and life’s simple joys.”