Halfway between the Bay Area and Big Sur is the town of Santa Cruz. It's one of my favorite coastal towns, with laid back outdoors vibe. Imagine staying in a treehouse, brewing coffee in the morning to start your day as you breathe in the fresh mountain air. You walk outside and the giant redwoods surround you everywhere you look. A short drive up the coast and you'll find yourself gazing at coastal bluffs that jut out to the ocean. As a Santa Cruz elopement photographer, I'm here to help you craft your dream elopement day! Whether you imagine adventuring in the redwoods to say your vows, having your first dance and ending the night with a bonfire on the beach, or even starting your day surfing in the ocean, you get to choose what you want your wedding day to look like. Check out this Santa Cruz elopement guide for more ideas on how to plan your Santa Cruz elopement!
Sometimes life gets in the way, and instead of getting to adventuring to the coast on your birthday weekend like you planned, things go awry. J + A had booked a cute getaway on the March weekend we planned to capture their engagement session, and of course it ended up raining on us. We planned to reschedule a few weeks later, and then the COVID shutdown hit. Months later, the stars finally aligned and J was able to get her hair, makeup, and nails done (and of course right before everything shut down again, good timing!) Despite the slightly larger crowds than we expected, they didn't let it faze them and we even made it back up to the coast in time for a few quick moments before sunset. Check out the rest of their session below!
Anyone else ever find their couple twin? When V + M first reached out, I immediately fell in love with their vision of a whimsical, magical forest wedding. The moment they mentioned that they were thinking about walking down the aisle to Lord of the Rings, I was in - one of the special touches we had chosen for our own wedding was walking down the aisle to Concerning Hobbits. As we chatted over ideas and got to know each other through the months, we couldn't have shared more similarities, from travelling to the same places, down to even coincidentally cooking the same exact Taiwanese Beef Noodle Soup recipe during quarantine (here it is in case you're curious, 10/10 would recommend). So I had no doubt that we would have the best time when we finally got to meet and capture their engagement session in the Santa Cruz redwoods! Check out the rest of their engagement session below.
10 years together. T planned the sweetest surprise for her husband - an intimate vow renewal right in their backyard. Little did he know that she had been planning this for weeks! And though COVID-19 had its own plans and turned their intimate vow renewal into an even more intimate event with their loved ones on Zoom, it couldn't have been a more beautiful evening. They didn’t say their own vows the first time, so they took this chance to reminisce over their last decade together - from holding each other through the hard times to laughing together in the good times, from traveling the world to enjoying all of life’s adventures with their little ones. Their love had only grown stronger through the years, and it couldn’t be more obvious from the way they teared up as they said their vows to each other and their children, had the best dance party with their best friends, and toasted to end the night with good food and good company. If you’re planning a backyard wedding, scroll through for some inspo!
Who said you couldn’t have two engagement sessions? We first met a year ago and captured their engagement session overlooking the hills. When these two had their Mexico wedding postponed to 2021, they reached out to do another session, this time by the coast. What a perfect way to document love stories even in these crazy times! Check out the rest of their coastal engagement session below!
Two years ago, M + C met at CSU Monterey Bay and knew quickly that they had found the love of a lifetime. From a mountaintop proposal to a redwood wedding, these two couldn't have picked a more fitting place at the Felton Guild cathedral to say their vows to one another in front of their family and friends. There were so many tears, from the bride's first look with her father to their own first look, and special touches like passing on a coin that had been in the groom's family for generations. Congratulations M + C!! Check out the rest of their Santa Cruz redwood wedding below!
Raise your hand if your wedding plans were put on hold for COVID-19. For J + C, their June 2020 wedding at San Francisco City Hall became June 2021. But a year can feel like a long time, and they knew that they were ready to be married and start their lives as husband + wife. So we started chatting about what an elopement could look like - they had always loved the coast, and happened to coming out to San Francisco for a business trip. One problem: most beaches were still closed, and I knew I wanted someplace epic for these two to say their wedding vows to each other. When our first choice of the Marin Headlands was rendered impossible due to the entire road being closed, I searched and searched until I found this hidden gem - a short trail that led down to the ocean and fit everything they had described.
When you're stuck inside for months to quarantine during COVID-19 and trying to plan a wedding at the same time, it can feel overwhelming. S decided to surprise his fiancee by scheduling an engagement session - without her knowledge! - as a way to get excited for their 2020 wedding. The look on her face was priceless when she walked out of the car. We adventured out to the Presidio, and even road blockades in our originally planned spot couldn't stop us from finding a last-minute spot to capture them on the coast. Check out the rest of the sun soaked San Francisco engagement session below!
There's no surprise that San Francisco - a place that often tops lists for best places to visit - is also a favorite for many couples choosing to elope. Whether it's a destination you've always wanted to travel to or a place you call home, this city is a cultural hub with things to do for everyone. Imagine exploring the coast with just the two of you, the ocean breeze in your hair as you read your vows to each other, sand in your toes as you run into the ocean after. Or this - a weekend getaway with just 10 of your closest friends and family, having your favorite people witness you get married and sharing memories together over good food and good company. As a Bay Area elopement photographer, I'm here to help you craft your dream San Francisco elopement - a day that feels genuine and authentic, a day that encompasses everything you think about when you hear "Best Day Ever." Check out the guide below for more information on where you can elope and how to plan your elopement!
Our favorite time of year - allergy season. As the April showers brought May flowers, I knew we wouldn't have long before the green hills turned brown and the beautiful blooms faded away. So we trekked up to this hidden spot, one that I had just scouted out the week before, to capture these two's engagement session up in the hills! Sure, we had to walk along the road to get there, there weren't exactly many trails, and I had to Photoshop out some power lines, but L + D didn't skip a beat as they cuddled in the fields and didn't start laughing the whole way there. Check out the rest of their sweet engagement session below!