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Cafe Firenze Engagement, Moorpark | Nina + Zak

When we first started talking about engagement session locations, we had thrown around a few ideas; maybe a beautiful park or down by the beach.  But then we started talking about the things they enjoyed doing together and about some locations that might hold a special meaning or have some significance to them and their relationship.  They came up with a few fun ideas and then both of them looked at each other and almost at the same time said:  Cafe Firenze.

These two met at this beautiful bar/restaurant in Moorpark.  They had both been frequents at the bar but had never noticed each other until one evening back in 2014 when Zak sat in the empty seat next to Nina and as they say it, the rest is history.

Not only did they meet at this bar, but they still go nearly every week… so naturally, this was the absolute perfect place for their engagement session and I’m so excited to share some of my favorite images from it!

Cafe Firenze Engagement Photos

Couple sitting at bar with drinks in hand at Cafe Firenze in Moorpark, photographed by Stefani Ciotti Cute couple sitting at table in restaurant laughing at each other Fiancé toasting soon to be wife at bar counter Engaged couple toasting each other at bar in Moorpark, photographed by Stefani Ciotti

From her:  “Our first date happened the day after we met at Cafe Firenze, he called me and asked if I wanted to go for sushi with him.  He took me to Omino in Northridge.  It was delicious and we laughed pretty much the whole night!”

Engaged couple toasting to each other at cafe in Moorpark Man standing next to woman sitting at bar with wine Couple holding wine and martini glasses at bar Engaged man and woman standing at bar smiling at each other

From her:  “After we had been dating for a while he invited me over to BBQ and to watch football.  I knew that he was the one when I was perfectly content and not wondering what my friends were doing.”
From him:  “I had known for a while, but it was over dinner one night when she ate tomatoes for me.  She hates tomatoes!!”

Woman looking at man sitting at bar in cafe in Moorpark Boyfriend kissing girlfriend on head at restaurant in CA Engagement diamond ring on grapes


“We went to dinner in Beverly Hills at Wolfgangs.  Enjoyed some martinis and appetizers.  He wanted to get the tomato and onion salad ( as previously mentioned, I hate tomatoes ) but I said it was fine.  Apparently that was his big “I love you moment”, haha!  He gave a little speech and told me that he loved me.  I cheersed him and told him that I loved him too and then he said “So is that a yes?”  He hadn’t asked me anything, haha, and then that’s when he asked “Will you marry me?””

Engaged man and woman hand holding while sitting at the bar Engaged couple snuggling at bar in cafe in Moorpark Man gazing lovingly at fiancée at restaurant in Moorpark, CA Hands with wedding rings holding wine and martini glasses Couple smiling at the camera with alcohol in hand while sitting at the bar

From her:  “My favorite date was when we went to Nobu at the Hard Rock in Vegas.  Amazing food, great drinks, the service was awesome, and we laughed the entire time.  It was perfect.”

Engaged couple standing at bar and smiling at camera Woman linking arms with fiancé at tall table in cafe in Moorpark Engagement diamond ring on wooden table

Nina:  “What I admire most about him is his kind heart/generosity, and his love for his children and animals.” 
Zak:  “I admire her kindness, integrity and devotion to her family.”

Couple laughing over drinks at a cafe and bar in Moorpark

From her:  “I’m most looking forward to finally being married and enjoying the special day with everyone we love.”
From him:  “I’m looking forward to Nina being able to have the special day she has always dreamed about.”
Um, can we all just give a big “awwww!”

Diamond ring on wine grapes Couple smiling at bar during engagement session at Cafe Firenze

When your best friend crashes your engagement shoot… haha!

Engaged couple laughing at bar at Cafe Firenze in Moorpark, by Stefani Ciotti

Nina and Zak, I am so excited for your wedding next year!  I had such a blast with you two and I cannot wait for your big day next March!!  (Update: they are officially married!!  Check out their beautiful wedding here!)

And a huge thank you to Cafe Firenze for letting us shoot in your beautiful space!  It was perfect!!

Stefani Ciotti

  1. Kelli kamph

    May 17th, 2017 at 10:33 pm

    I love the setting. These two look like two peas in a pod!!!!

  2. Mindy

    May 18th, 2017 at 8:02 am

    Stefanie! What a fun session. Love the lifestyle take, and you completely nailed the indoor lighting. What a sweet couple.

  3. Joanna Moss

    May 18th, 2017 at 9:39 am

    This is such a fun session. I love the guy in the background hahaha

  4. amy

    May 18th, 2017 at 2:51 pm

    These two look like such a fun couple!! Love this!

  5. Misty

    May 18th, 2017 at 5:09 pm

    I love how you told their story!! What a fun shoot!

  6. Ashley Durham

    May 19th, 2017 at 10:12 am

    What a fun idea for an engagement session!

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