Keeana & Daniel's Engagement Shoot: Regional Parks Botanical Garden, Berkeley & Lakeshore and Lake Merritt, Oakland, CA

Keeana and Daniel are getting married this summer. They are both East Bay natives, and they take advantage of all that the East Bay has to offer. They frequently enjoy going on weekend hikes in the hills and relax by grabbing some iced teas and strolling around Lakeshore and Lake Merritt.

Their engagement shoot was basically a relaxing afternoon of exploring the Regional Parks Botanic Garden, then heading down to Lakeshore and visiting the restaurant where they had their first date. 

We caught a gorgeous spring day in the Botanic Garden. I love it when my couples have such a relaxed vibe and are able to enjoy their surroundings together. I get to be the third wheel, but they didn't seem to mind too much!

After taking in some sunshine and flowers, we headed down to Rolling Dunes, the restaurant where they had their first date. I loved the casual cafe style, as well as the warm brick walls with bold and fun artwork. 

Then we took a walk down to Lake Merritt as the sun was getting low. Seeing as this was a warm spring evening in April, there were lots of people out at the lake, as well. But we were still able to capture some peaceful moments in this bustling area of Oakland. 

I typically do most of my shoots in a natural setting, but had been wanting to do something more urban for quite a while. I was so glad when Keeana was open to the idea and suggested Lakeshore as an area that was meaningful to them. 

After spending the afternoon with them, I'm looking forward to their summer wedding even more!