Imagine walking into the living room to find a dog with a tuxedo bowtie chasing down your camera lens, weaving between three children running around half dressed in casual wear and half dressed in formal wear, and pulling back a sea of white drapery to find the most beautiful, elegant flower arrangement and aisle lined with lanterns and candles. This was the definition of the most perfect, backyard elopement.
Between the daughter zipping up her mother's dress, the bride and groom reading poems to their children, the children running up before the kiss and asking why mom was crying during the ceremony, the gifts the children presented to celebrate their joined family, the dogs interrupting every scene to make sure they were in the family photos, the officiant guiding the oldest son to sign the marriage certificate, and the cake-smeared face of the groom (first by the bride, then of course by the children), I couldn't imagine a more precious, beautiful ceremony for this family. The stunning details so carefully planned out juxtaposed with all the laughter and jokes made every moment so memorable. They couldn't feel more at home, and it truly showed how much this day meant to them as a family. Check out the rest of the backyard elopement below!
If I told you this was Yosemite, would you believe me?
When you meet 10 years ago at Cragmont Rock Park in Berkeley, CA because you both are avid rock climbers, you know that you have to get married at one of the most epic spots for climbers - Yosemite National Park. But Half Dome was a little far away for an engagement session (plus you gotta save that magic for the wedding!), so instead we settled on the spot where they met. With the sun setting beyond the city views, you couldn't even tell that this wasn't the golden sunset hues of one of our most beloved national parks.
You know what else you can't tell? The very, very crowded top of the rock where we maneuvered our way into a spot right between another couple and a couple of kids running around. Now that's what you call what the photographer sees! (Ok I admit, there was a bit of Photoshopping going on).
When you meet on the first date with tiki drinks, pinball, and an run-in with the police for an expired registration, you know it's a love story for the ages. One sweet proposal by Sarah and spoiled elaborate proposal by Dillon later, they brought together their closest family and friends for a fall wedding that reflected all the little quirky, artistic sides that they loved about each other. Sarah and Dillon celebrated their Jewish heritage with an intimate ceremony, signing a beautiful ketubah with the most detailed, papercut frame. They honored his late father with a tie dye fabric draped over the chuppah and small photos of their loved ones hanging upon the doorframe. The wedding wouldn't be complete without the sweetest family photos and a couple of well-dressed groomsmen playing Uno as their guests danced into the night. Mazel tov to Sarah and Dillon!
Who needs a traditional wedding?! Lauren and Iggy traded tradition for an elopement at San Francisco City Hall and a wonderful wedding reception at a home in Aptos, CA. With all their friends and family gathered, they celebrated their new marriage with a no-stress reception where they read their vows to each other and ended the night with delicious tacos (worthy of leftovers - that's when you know it's good!), scrumptious cake (made by the bride!), and tear-filled toasts. Check out the rest of their reception below!
Originally from Topeka, Kansas, Blake and Sarah met in high school. From the very beginning, before they even started dating, he knew he wanted to marry her. Though separated in college, these high school sweethearts found their way back to each other. With their avid love for adventure, travel, and food, these two took a surprise trip to San Francisco where Blake planned the most picture-perfect proposal. Check out the rest of their sunset proposal session in the Presidio below!
P.S. If you're an avid dog lover, check out their precious dog's Instagram @mavtheaussie.
Kacie met Marlon on a missions trip to Nicaragua, despite the general advice given to not date the locals. Coerced by their friends, they talked one night, and quickly found how much they loved getting to know each other. But it was just a short weeklong trip, and she had to head back to her hometown of San Jose. So they parted ways, never expecting that one night would lead to one of the most beautiful love stories. Months later, a little bit of Facebook stalking, and many phone calls later, they were brought together again in Seattle where his family moved and she was going to college. From there, they fell madly in love with each other and tied the knot five years later in her hometown at the Ainsley House in Campbell, California. With details like cascading dahlias and eucalyptus, beautiful floral hoops (because who needs traditional bouquets?!), hiking boots as gifts to each other, handwritten vows read before the ceremony, the sassiest groomsmen, and a handpainted Bible, their wedding truly accentuated all the little things that made their love story unique. Check out the rest of their wedding below!
Linda and Rej met years ago as the wingwoman and wingman for their respective friends - but as luck would have it, they found their match in each other! They were married in their hometown of San Jose and just celebrated the cutest baby shower at the parents' home just nearby Pinchetti Ranch Open Reserve. We took a short walk out and were greeted by a herd of deer - just the perfect setting for her maternity session!
Rudy and Nere met years ago in high school, but sparks really flew when they reconnected during their college years. A few long distance years later, Rudy moved back to Dallas to be with her. These two dated for almost 5 years, when he brought her to the beautiful city of San Francisco to propose to her. With their love of nature, they just had to cross the Golden Gate Bridge for the unforgettable views at Muir Beach Overlook. As they walked along the trail, he subtly took off his backpack and hid in a bush (can't have that in the photos!). He couldn't wait any longer and proposed in the middle of the trail! The moment couldn't be any more perfectly them as she teared up and of course, said yes.
These two ER nurses drove all the way from San Diego - and back in one weekend! - to celebrate their engagement where they first took their first trip together. With stunning views surrounding us on all sides that make Big Sur such a popular destination, we were excited to see where Highway 1 would take us! Unfortunately Pfeiffer Beach was still closed after all of the road closures, so we instead decided to hike down to the Calla Lily Valley in Garrapata State Park which surprisingly still had some lilies left in bloom! We couldn't have picked a better spot - and ended the night with some epic smoke bombs! Check out the rest of their engagement session below.
Just a month ago, Jay proposed to Nancy in the most romantic hot air balloon proposal, where I got to meet this sweet couple and capture such a special moment! These two long distance lovers couldn't stop smiling and giggling, even though she had to return to her hometown in Canada when the weekend was over. Without a moment to waste and ready to start their lives together, they eloped at the stunning San Francisco City Hall and I had the honor of not only being their photographer, but also being their witness. As the judge left, they stood in the still silence just taking it all in. We then adventured out to the city to celebrate the start of their lives together, stopping at classic landmarks like the cable car and Golden Gate Bridge! Check out their gorgeous elopement below!