El Matador Beach Engagement | Malibu, California
El Matador is a gorgeous beach right in the heart of Malibu. The landscape of the beach is so stunning and unique, featuring massive rock formations including the iconic arch rock. Sunset at El Matador provided us with some of the most dreamy golden light we’ve ever come across. The beach is extremely popular- and for a good reason! Don’t be fooled by these photos, there were tons of other photographers and beach goers occupying the beach that we had to work around, but we made it work (:
How They Met:
Natasha and Will met in 2013 at a party during the first week of a new school year at UC Santa Barbara. They clicked right away, talking and dancing all night and weren’t able to focus on anyone else at the party. Will was planning to study abroad the following year, however despite this they continued to see each other throughout the school year – going out together, meeting up at parties and school events and spending time at the beach. At the end of the school year Natasha confessed her love for Will and he revealed that he felt the same way about her. They decided their love was worth braving the difficulties and hardships of a long distance relationship and jumped in with both feet. While this time was hard for them, they worked through it together with our uncompromising love as the foundation.
Will had originally planned to propose to Natasha on their vacation in Phuket. Unfortunately, they were forced to cancel their trip due to COVID so Will had to get creative! The couple absolutely loves to travel, so although they were sheltered in place Will found a way to bring the adventure to Natasha. He took their travel videos from their GoPro and created a beautiful proposal video with all of their favorite memories from traveling throughout Europe and Asia. Natasha told us she cried listening to Ed Sheering singing Perfect Duet while reliving their best memories together- and of course said yes!
Natasha and Will are a very adventurous couple. They love to explore new places and cuisines, and challenge each other on who can eat spiciest food. They enjoy talking about political issues and world events, but spend most of their time joking and laughing together. They strike a good balance between being outgoing & spending quality time at home. They are thoughtful and expressive about what their relationship means to them, and they look for opportunities to continuously improve their communication and mindfulness. They naturally gravitate towards other funny people & couples who share their love of food & travel.
“Our first time traveling together was when she visited me in Spain for Christmas. We spent two weeks in Madrid and traveling throughout Italy with a mutual friend, visiting Rome and the ancient city of Viterbo. In the following years we spent every school day together and saw each other as much as possible over the summers (I am from Northern California and Natasha is from Southern California). Eventually Natasha left to study abroad in her final year, and I spent my time (as a recent grad) working & saving my money. Natasha finished her final semester of university while abroad just as I was finishing my work contract. We reunited in France and spent three magical months traveling through Europe, North Africa and Asia. Experiencing new cultures and trying regional cuisines is a passion we both share, and even now we’re always keeping our eyes out for juicy deals on airfare for our next adventure. In recent years, we’ve visited countless national and regional parks throughout Thailand, California, and Colorado and visiting New York as tourists. We love food, travel and adventure – and we generally prioritize shared experiences over material things. We also love experiencing music, art and comedy together.”
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