H + K met in a whirlwind romance with their shared love of stargazing and kayaking on the ocean waves, so it was only fitting that they chose to elope on the coast of Big Sur. Though the day started off with a near-disaster - somehow K's pants got lost in the packing - he pulled off a last-minute outfit change and couldn't have been more excited to marry his bride. We started off at Glen Oaks Big Sur, where they said their vows by the Big Sur River in a sweet ceremony in the redwoods. They shared a first dance on the beach and ended the night on the coast with all the laughter and smiles of newlyweds. Check out the rest of H + K's Glen Oaks Big Sur elopement!
What's more romantic than saying your vows under the giant redwoods of Big Sur? J + J decided to elope in the midst of COVID-19. It was such an emotional day - they teared up at their first look and shared the sweetest private moment as they said their vows together. We then adventured to the iconic Bixby Bridge and Big Sur coast for a surprise - J surprised her groom with serenading him. They ended their day with a first dance overlooking the cliffside as the sun set in a fiery glow. Check out the rest of their incredible Glen Oaks Big Sur Elopement!
J + L were planning for a city hall wedding in 2020, but COVID-19 changed their plans. So instead of saying their vows on the grand staircase, they decided to have the sweetest redwood ceremony. As a toast to their original plans of having food trucks, they roasted s'mores over a mini bonfire and then returned home for an awesome wedding meal of mac + cheese and snuggling with their fur baby. Check out the rest of their short and sweet California redwood elopement below!
Their Hawaii wedding got postponed, so instead of letting another year go by, A + B decided to elope while still having their big celebration to look forward to on their 1 year anniversary. We started the morning at sunrise and headed out to the coast, where the trail became their wedding aisle and the coast became their ceremony site. And how do you adventure to the steep cliffside in a wedding dress, you might ask? By throwing on sweatpants over the dress and changing into hiking boots. We then headed out to the beach, where their friends set up the sweetest picnic, complete with milk tea and all the desserts - what better way to celebrate their wedding day?!
For the past 3 years, I’ve photographed weddings at Slowcoast, a beautiful cabin venue in the redwoods near the Santa Cruz coast almost exactly a year apart. Coincidentally when K + C’s larger celebration had to be changed due to the pandemic, they decided to get married in an intimate setting at no other than Slowcoast on September 14, 2020. But then their plans were changed again - my heart was broken when I heard that Slowcoast was one of the casualties in the CZU Lightning Complex just a few weeks before their wedding. It was a place where so many of my couples had gathered with their family and friends, said their vows under the giant redwoods, sat around bonfires cooking s’mores and sharing stories, and danced under the moonlight and stars. It was a place that held so many memories, stories, and magic.
But that didn’t stop K + C from getting married in 2020. Somehow the world had brought them back to their original vision - getting married where they grew up, having their first look at the fallen tree where they used to hang out, chasing the sunset where they used to sneak out to before it became an official landmark. It was a day of absolute magic and joy, as they reminisced over the places that had held so many memories and created new ones together as husband + wife.
It was over a year ago when we had first talked about their SF City Hall wedding, and when the day finally came in 2020, it turned into a Zoom elopement where they laughed and cried and shared stories with their loved ones. And while it wasn’t what they planned, one of the most heartwarming things I heard them say was that it was so much more meaningful than they had imagined and they had never felt more loved. When we finally got to capture their wedding photos on a foggy day in San Francisco, I could immediately tell why their family and friends were so excited to see them get married. They showed love in the very best ways - from the silly quirks and ridiculous laughter, to the comfort and sense of home they felt in each other. To great love stories and even a greater adventures ahead!
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!
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.
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!
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!