Social media influencer Carly Cristman first met Cody Carson in December of 2013 when mutual friends introduced them. "He came over to my apartment for my New Years Day party and we went on our first date a few days later," Carly says. Four years later, on March 8, 2017, Cody dropped to one knee at Skyspace in Los Angeles, surprising Carly with a sunset proposal overlooking the city, surrounded by over 250 white roses.
While Carly's dream wedding locale is Paris, it's important to both the future bride and groom that their families be present for their big day. "Both my fiancé and I are very close to our families, and since everyone couldn't make it out for an actual destination wedding, we decided to take our engagement pictures there instead," the bride says of her stunning engagement photo session, captured by Elsa Mesot, and exclusively seen here.
As a brand ambassador for L'Oreal, it was only fitting that Carly trust their team to deliver on her picture-perfect wavy hairstyle and barely-there makeup look.
If Carly's white gown is giving you bridal vibes, it should! Designed by Alvina Valenta, the figure-hugging silhouette features an embellished open back and delicate cap sleeves.
"My favorite part about taking the photos was having the chance to celebrate our engagement and love for each other in the most romantic city in the world!" Carly says. "We got to have that amazing experience together, but can still include our families back home for the official celebration. I'm so happy we took these amazing photos when we had the chance."
Even as someone who is frequently in front of the camera for work, Carly was surprised by the experience of taking engagement photos. Her advice is to remember that the best pictures are the most natural ones. "I tried to let go and just be in the moment with my fiancé instead of thinking about the final result," she says.