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Molly + Caitlyn’s retro toy camera engagement session | USA

Engagements / September 8, 2014

Molly and Caitlyn met during their freshman year of college at a very small, conservative Christian university where, according to the official handbook, anything that could be construed as “homosexual activity” was grounds for expulsion. It took about two years for them to get together properly and then, since they had two years left at the university, they had to keep their relationship under wraps until they had their diplomas firmly in hand. As of the wedding, they’ll have been together (in some form or another) for five years!

Molly had picked out a ring design that she liked about two years earlier, while they were still in school. Caitlyn kept an eye on the ring and figured that after a year the design would be discontinued, so she went ahead and bought it even though she had no plans to propose any time soon and ended up holding onto it for almost a year!

Back in March, Molly’s brother and his longtime boyfriend were in town visiting, so it seemed like perfect timing. Caitlyn wanted to make sure they had family around for the proposal since neither of their parents had been supportive. She decided to propose at Griffith Observatory because it was somewhere they had always wanted to go, but had just never made the time, plus Molly is a big science and astronomy buff.

On the day of the proposal, the four of them started off the day by touring the building and looking at the exhibits. Caitlyn had already been to the observatory a few weeks prior to figure out exactly where she wanted to propose and to determine the best vantage points for one of their friends to capture the whole thing on camera. Their route through the museum was meticulously plotted.

Once Caitlyn received confirmation that the cameras were ready, she took Molly down to the predetermined proposal spot which had a good view of downtown and wasn’t crowded. Caitlyn took Molly’s hands in hers, told her that she loved her, got down on one knee, pulled the (free floating!) ring out of her jacket pocket, and asked if she would marry her. Molly cried and whispered yes into Caitlyn’s ear. Soon after, Molly recognized their friend filming them from above, flipped him the bird and asked if everyone knew about this but her. The answer, of course, was yes.

The girls plan on getting married October this year in Orange County. The ceremony itself will be small and intimate, with just close friends and family. The rest of their friends will meet them at the reception, which Caitlyn’s aunt and uncle are hosting it in their backyard. Overall, the affair will be pretty relaxed and low-key — like them!

Molly and Caitlyn’s cute toy camera engagement session was shot in Los Angeles, CA by a talented photographer by the name of Jessica Schilling. Give the girls some love below.






Kristen Ashton
Kristen Ashton
Kristen is one of those silent but deadly types. With one foot firmly standing in the concert photography industry, the other in the wedding photography industry another in the digital design industry and another in the wedding blog industry. Yes. She has four feet. She’s one of those annoyingly talented people that is good at everything. We secretly hate her. @ F* yeah, Kristen is the design guy looking after the website’s ins and outs along with co-making big F* yeah decisions.




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5 Comments

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on September 28, 2016

Love this so cool.

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on September 9, 2014

Thanks so much for featuring this session! Doing engagement photos with only toy cameras was a different and fun idea, and I was really happy Molly and Caitlyn were up for it. I know their wedding next month will be equally fun and wonderful!

    Kristen Ashton
    on September 9, 2014

    You are very welcome, we look forward to seeing their wedding! Such a cute couple and lovely engagement story.

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on September 8, 2014

Love this, I’ve been using a wee Fuji instax camera this summers weddings and really chuffed with the results! :)

    Kristen Ashton
    on September 9, 2014

    It’s definitely fun to do something different and shake up your normal shooting routine!



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