Engagement Session

Sutro Baths and Lovers Lane Engagement Session | Alex & Mel by Sonya Yruel

Sutro Baths and Lands End in San Francisco is one of my favorite spots in the city. I love traversing through the crumbling ruins (but be careful not to fall into the water). There you will find amazing views of the Bay and Seal Rocks. The outlines of different bath ruins tell a story of the history there, once a magnificent bath house and beach Playland. A cave and hiking trails into Lands End are on one side, and the historic Cliff House on the other. Sutro Baths is usually draped in fog; good ole Karl likes to stick around for a moody, misty engagement session. It was the perfect place for Alex and Mel for us to document a bit their own journey together.

Engagement session at Sutro Baths in San Francisco
San Francisco Engagement Session at the Cliff House and view of Seal Rocks.

The two met in San Francisco through a dating app. Alex had a special request on his Tinder profile: he was looking for a lady of a certain height and above, because he is quite a tall fellow himself!

From Alex:

“Despite living 5 blocks apart, we still met on Tinder and we like to use the hashtag #swiperightfortheheight.

Alex and Mel in front of the ruins of Sutro Baths.
Sutro Baths engagement session at ruins.
The engaged couples’ reflection in the water at Sutro Baths, with Seal Rocks in the background.
Walking along the borders of the Sutro Baths ruins in San Francisco.
Sharing space with a sea bird at this Sutro Baths engagement session.
A stroll along the beach at Land End with fisherman fishing below the cliffs.
A piggy back ride at Sutro Baths!

From Alex:

What I love about Mel!

Not even a year after we started dating I thought to myself "yep, this is the one".   Madeleine's heart is beautiful and she's passionate about our families and interests. She's constantly plotting out her travel goals and restaurants we need to try.  We complement one another, and I've grown as a result of being in her life. My focus has shifted from short term accomplishments to what we'll do in the next 10 years and I can't wait to marry her!

Goof off and have fun at your engagement session!
Sutro Baths engagement session in San Francisco.
Love amongst the ruins of Sutro Baths.
Alex being a ham for the camera. A San Francisco engagement session.
San Francisco Lands End engagement session.
In the tall grasses at Sutro Baths.
After Lands End we headed to the romantic Wood Line at Lovers Lane in San Francisco’s Presidio.

After Lands End we headed to the romantic Wood Line at Lovers Lane in San Francisco’s Presidio.

Engaged couple walking the Wood Line in the Presidio of San Francisco.
A happy engaged couple in the Presidio of San Francisco.
The engaged couple embrace and are reflected in the still water of Sutro Baths in San Francisco.

I can’t wait to see Mel and Alex get married next year!

Sonya Yruel is a San Francisco wedding and portrait photographer. Contact her here to book your engagement session!

Some images are film and were shot on my squishy Holga and were processed and scanned at Photoworks.

Sam & Ray's San Francisco Engagement Session! by Sonya Yruel

Sam and Ray first met and started dating in San Francisco, when Sam was going to school at USF. They now live in Texas, so they were excited to come back (we all leave our hearts in San Francisco) and spent a fun-filled day running around and visiting a bunch of their favorite and most memorable spots!

Alamo Square & the Painted Ladies was the perfect place to start Sam and Ray’s San Francisco engagement session.

Sam studied at the University of San Francisco...it’s such a beautiful campus for engagement photos!

Battery East with stunning views of the Golden Gate Bridge, and the classic Palace of Fine Arts was our next location for photos.

Engagement photos in front of the lagoon at the Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco.

No trip to San Francisco is complete with a ride on the classic cable car!

A walk along the Embarcadero at the Ferry building, Cupid’s Arrow, and the Bay Bridge is so beautiful at sunset.

Cupid's Arrow

A romantic stroll along Pier 7 at twilight, with views of the Transamerica.

"Will you be my best man?" Drinks at the Dirty Habit!

We concluded the day at Dirty Habit, where Sam and Ray had their first date!