It was a pleasure hanging out with Melissa and Daniel for a few hours in this stupendous afternoon light. I happened to find out that they went to my alma mater (Biola!) The older I get, the smaller the world gets. It seemed especially small on this particular Saturday because I'm pretty sure that 98% of Southern California's residents were crowding the 3rd Street Promenade and Santa Monica Pier - leading us to escape to some creepy/cool back alleys for a few shots - (and by "shots" I mean, photographs. Not alcohol. Just to clarify.) But the colors of Santa Monica never fail to inspire, even in the in between spaces. And really, when photographing such happiness, the backdrop is pretty secondary.