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Stahl House engagement

August 20, 2012
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!