They met on Cinco de Mayo at a mutual friend’s birthday party. While being introduced, Fernando interrupted to say that he & Marissa had actually taken a class together. Marissa was caught off guard as she had no recollection of Fernando…which was probably due to the fact that Fernando always sat behind Marissa in class. He knew the back of Marissa’s head much better than he knew the front. Little did Fernando know that after their introduction, he would not only get to know Marissa’s face exceptionally well, but he would become smitten with her flawless skin and her dark hair. And he would soon declare that her dimples were the cutest in all of mankind. And he wouldn’t just come to know Marissa’s face, but he would come to know Marissa…and fall in love with everything that she is.
On their first date (sushi), Marissa was drawn to Fernando’s sense of humor and friendly smile. But it was what happened after sushi that really sealed the deal for Marissa. Because after sushi, Fernando took Marissa on an impromptu trip to Target. And that, ladies & gentleman? That is how she knew they were meant for each other. The girl loves Target. And to that I say Amen! That Target stop lead to 3 more dates that week, and then Marissa & Fernando officially became…Marissa & Fernando. For the better.
After photographing these two in Long Beach over the weekend, one thing we can say is this: Fernando really just wants to make Marissa incredibly happy because she makes him incredibly happy. And judging from the way Marissa loves Fernando, we saw that he does exactly that. Their love is a beautiful thing.
Marissa & Fernando, thank you. Seriously. We both left Long Beach with huge smiles on our faces because your love is a blessing to us. We are so. dang. excited. for the wedding! Eep! Now stop reading this and go look at some pictures! ;) –Much love, A & N
Feel free to check out more images from Marissa & Fernando’s engagement shoot in the slideshow below. Happy Wednesday!