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!
Imagine standing amongst the giant redwood trees, a quiet stillness in the air, with just you and your partner breathing in the mountain air. The moment you look into each other's eyes, you know - you are so lucky to have found each other. No other eyes on you, no months of stressing over planning, no need to worry about tablecloth colors or chair types, just the two of you coming together to celebrate what your wedding day is all about. As a California wedding and elopement photographer, my goal is to help you create a day that reflects all the things you love about each other - a day that captures genuine and authentic moments. If that sounds like your perfect wedding day, read on for everything you need to know about planning an elopement in the California redwoods! P.S. Planning a larger wedding? Check out the blog post on Redwood Venues in the Bay Area & Santa Cruz.
If you've looked at wedding blogs or Pinterest, you've likely seen posts like "50 Must-Have Wedding Photos" or "The Ultimate Wedding Shot List." These posts provide you a comprehensive list of standard photos you might want on your wedding day. And while they can be a good place to start, I challenge you to re-think the list. Your wedding is not like everyone else's - it's your own unique day that celebrates all the amazing things that make your love story special. It's one that celebrates the ways you wrestle each other in a cuddle fight, the inside jokes with your best friends that should never be revealed to anyone else, the memories growing up with your crazy but still kinda cool family. So why should your wedding photos be any less unique? Dive into this step by step guide to rethink how to capture genuine, authentic memories of your wedding day.
Northern California is famous for its redwood forests, so it's no wonder that redwood wedding venues are one of the first options couples look at when planning an outdoor wedding. As a Bay Area wedding photographer, I've captured so many beautiful redwood weddings and am here to help you get started on your search! Check out this guide on Bay Area and Santa Cruz redwood wedding venues with information on pricing, guest capacity, location, and sample wedding galleries.
If you ask me if you can include your dog (or dogs!) in your engagement session, my answer is always "YES!!" Ok, it might just be my excuse to cuddle your fur baby, but as a former pet owner, I know how precious our animals are. From seeing W + T's sweet labradoodle Matilda on all their Instagram stories, I knew that we had to include her in their engagement session. Check out their San Jose engagement session below and tips on including your dog in your engagement photos.
When it comes to elopement locations in the US, Big Sur is one of the top places people come to get married. With its vast coastal views and redwood forests, it's a place full of wonder and natural beauty. As a Big Sur elopement photographer and a local who spends countless weekends exploring the endless trails in the area, I'm here to help you craft an epic day that feels genuine to your love story. Check out this guide for location recommendations, day-of timelines, and planning tips! Scroll to the bottom of the post for a map of all the locations mentioned.
San Francisco City Hall is one of the most beautiful places to get married with its grand staircase, elegant architecture, and romantic light streaming through the windows. As a local San Francisco City Hall wedding photographer, I've worked with so many couples to capture all the big and small moments of their wedding day. Whether you're looking to elope with just the two of you or want to have a full day wedding, check out this guide on how to get married at San Francisco City Hall for more info on common questions like different options (civil ceremony vs. 1-hour ceremony), costs, logistics, and sample timelines for photography coverage.
When you can't choose between the redwoods and the coast, opt for an adventure session like these two! Originally from opposite sides of the country, these two met in the Bay Area and explored every corner until they found their favorite spots. They chose a hidden gem on the coast to capture their engagement photos, a spot that encompassed everything they loved about the outdoors without the crowds. Though it was forecasted to rain and we were texting up until the minute we left to see if the weather would hold up, we even managed to catch a bit of sun streaming through the trees! These two were troopers even as we arrived to find out their favorite trail was closed and ended up hiking up high into the redwoods, rain and all. Check out the rest of their gorgeous coastal and redwoods engagement session below!
Y + J said their vows to each other at San Francisco City Hall on the memorable day of 2/20/20. Originally from San Francisco, the bride came back to her hometown to celebrate with an intimate group of family and friends. They shared their love for their outdoors by chasing the sunset over the Marin Headlands. With only 30 minutes left, I knew it was the perfect choice when she said, "This is exactly what an envisioned." What a beautiful way to end the day, followed by a dinner reception with their loved ones. Congratulations Y + J! If you're considering eloping, out this guide on How to Get Married at San Francisco City Hall.