20 Aug

Stahl House engagement

categories Engagements

stahl house poolside engagement

One of the best things about Los Angeles, if you’re a modern architecture nut like us, are all the Case Study Houses. You can spend an entire weekend driving around from house to house, jaw dropped, and day dreaming of a life within those walls. It’s kind of not fair. Sarah + Scott were smart. They snatched up Patrick Moyer to photograph their e-sesh up in the Hollywood Hills at Case Study House #22, aka Stahl House designed by Pierre Koenig. Gorgeous!

stahl house engagement session

50s classic pleated ivory dress and black heels

gold, gray and black tablesetting

vintage 50s style engagement session

The proposal went a little something like this…

Scott proposed to me on a Saturday morning at Pasadena City Hall. It was cloudy, dreary and I couldn’t have asked for more perfect weather. We were planning to walk to breakfast but I was cranky and wanted to drive, so we hopped into my white VW beetle and took off for what I thought was breakfast. After a veer off our usual route and a declaration that I had to get out of the car, I was convinced Scott was crazy. But after a few more steps, I caught on. We walked into the beautiful gardens of City Hall and he asked me to be his wife!

outdoor pool engagement shoot

outdoor engagement session

Following Scott’s proposal, he whisked me away for a weekend at Hotel Lautner in Desert Hot Springs. Technically the hotel was not open to the public but Scott pleaded his case to the owner and we ended being the only two people there at this small boutique hotel. Felt like we were the only people in the world that weekend.

stahl house engagement session

stahl house night view

Scott had taken me to the Stahl House for Valentine’s Day a couple years ago, and we could think of no other place to take engagement photos than at this home. I think I feel a special affection for the home as the original owner, who leveled the land perched at what feels like the highest point above Los Angeles by himself, also played for the Chicago Bears… who says football players can’t love architecture? Scott played football in college and quite possibly the only other thing he loves more than architecture is football.

night view engagement session

stahl house engagement session

night architecture engagement session

Although neither of us are architects, Scott is in finance and I studied graphic design/business and work for a museum, we both share a deep affection for and admiration of architecture. It’s only really now as I sit down to write our story that I realize the pivotal role architecture played in both the proposal, engagement and falling in love experiences.

nighttime engagement session

They fit right into that house, don’t they? More engagement photos at Case Study Houses, please!

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  1. What a stunning engagement shoot! Seriously to die for… XO Kellee & The Lover.ly Team

  2. This is amazing! Credits on her outfit and makeup, perchance?

  3. Wow. I rarely click on engagement posts but something about the first photo made me want to look. This is absolutely gorgeous! I love the shot of him looking out to LA and her seated. Looks like a magazine spread. Beautiful proposal too :)

  4. truly gorgeous ! I second the request for more e-sessions at Case Study Houses and similarly modern venues. xo!

  5. Beautiful and timeless – love you Sarah xo

  6. I love this shoot!! I love the location and the couple. The photography: soft romantic meets city lights and modern architecture. Just gorgeous.

  7. This is absolutely gorgeous!!!

  8. Simply amazing!!!

  9. absolutely stunning. thanks for sharing such a unique engagement session, it does get a little old seeing couples wander through fields at sunset. I had never heard of these houses before, and I just moved to LA, so I can’t wait to visit them myself.

  10. What an amazing engagement session!

  11. Gorgeous.. love the pictures. Couldn’t have imagined that an engagement shoot could be like this.. very nice work by the photographer..

  12. This is one of the best engagement photos I’ve ever seen! Love the drama and artistry but still very romantic at the same time. Is there any way to find out about her dresses?

  13. that 6th black and white picture with him looking out at the city and her sitting in the chair made me gasp…..these are so beautiful! i love even more that she didn’t realize how pivotal architecture was until she was writing this………………too sweet. oh and i’m in love with her ring! so simple and lovely.

  14. Sarah and Scott: Stahl House Engagement Shoot – http://t.co/MCKNHSna #wedding

  15. I die for this engagement shoot! This is, hands down, my favorite I’ve ever seen. It’s so stylish, and it captures the coolness and mysteriousness of L.A. so, so well. LOVE.

  16. Amazing. The pale dress with black sash and black courts is a to die for combination. Where is the dress from!?

  17. Amazing, I love all the furniture and accessories from Design Within Reach. Beautiful shoot in a dream location.

  18. Awsome post and straight to the point. I don’t know if this is in fact the best place to ask but do you people have any thoughts on where to employ some professional writers? Thank you :)

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