When C + D mentioned wanting to capture their maternity session in the redwood forests of California, I had just the perfect spot for them. They were amazed at how beautiful this hidden gem was, exploring the endless paths as they danced and laughed with each other (with her black Crocs strategically hidden by her dress, a smart move for adventuring in the forest!) Check out the rest of their redwood maternity session below!
A reconnection over the Great Chicago Polar Vortex, a custom board game proposal, and a fairytale wedding planned during the pandemic later, these two are MARRIED! One of the things I loved about capturing these two was just the way they were so in sync with each other, the way they busted out dance moves when there was no music, melted in each others' arms, and just enjoyed being with each other. Their wedding was a day spent celebrating the things that made their love story so special, with intentional touches like how she had practiced a verse to read to him during their ceremony - not in English but in his native German language - or how they couldn't stop smiling when they got to see their see family and friends from all around the world over Zoom, in each of their different breakout rooms, who woke up early or stayed up late to witness these two say I do. Check out the rest of their Nestldown wedding!
When these two met in Canada at a friend's birthday party, little did they know that their paths would bring them all the way to California where they would eventually get married under the redwood trees. Work brought him to work in the San Francisco Bay Area, and love brought her to join him on a new adventure. With the pandemic making their plans to have a wedding with family across international borders impossible for 2020, they decided to tie the knot in a way that just felt right.
Eloping doesn't always mean it has to be just the two of you. K + L knew that they wanted to include their little one on one of the most important days of their lives, so they brought along two friends to help make their day happen. It was the sweetest day spent with their family, adventuring in the redwoods, playing in the river, and exploring the incredible coast of Big Sur. K would run without abandon as we went from place to place, barefoot on the sand and ombré dirt coloring her dress. For them, it was a day to feel free, to feel loved, and to feel wholly connected to things that mattered the most to them. Check out the rest of K + L's Big Sur Elopement!
When COVID forced these two to cancel their wedding in Monterey, they chose to pivot their plans and elope on the coast of Big Sur with just their parents. But it certainly didn't make it any less special - in fact, it was so incredibly sweet to witness the moments they shared together. They treasured moments like Sarah practicing her first dance with her father in the hotel living room, walks through memory lane looking at childhood photos that they gifted the parents, and all the emotion and tears that started to well up as it started to truly feel real.
I've loved getting to see the unique ways that couples choose to include their loved ones on their wedding day - and for these two, they had their parents each share stories and blessings to them during their wedding ceremony. And while we battled a bit of wind on the coast, it didn't stop them from enjoying the moments and even sharing a first dance and dances with their parents before continuing on to chase the sunset with just the two of them. Check out the rest of S + R's Big Sur elopement!
To say that this year has been a rollercoaster would be an understatement - from the first emails back in April checking in with 2020 couples on how they're doing, to walking with them through changing their wedding plans, to pivoting with every new situation, to getting them excited again about their wedding day again. But when it all finally comes together, it's so incredible to see two people get married in a way that focuses on what's most important. Getting to witness and capture W + J say their vows with the most tears I have ever seen in a ceremony, chase the sunset over the hills, and return just in time for the best surprise visit (and more tears) reminded me of how deep and meaningful these 2020 weddings can be. Check out the rest of their beautiful backyard wedding!
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, best months to elope, day-of timelines, and planning tips! (Updated January 2021)
Every once in a while, I get the honor of capturing such special moments for friends. A + C were such friends - I had known A from our years of working at SJSU, where we spent many afternoons taking walks on campus, collaborating on projects, and even running career panels together for the arts and humanities. We weathered through job changes, rescheduling their wedding, and navigating the pandemic. With their original wedding scheduled for May, we knew we had no choice but to postpone. 5 months later, they got married in an intimate ceremony on the coast. It wasn't what they planned, but somehow it was perfect for these two who had grown up and met right where they got married in Half Moon Bay. Check out the rest of their Half Moon Bay wedding below!
K + C met freshmen year of college at a bowling alley on campus. The rest was history - five years later, he proposed on their dream trip to Bali at a secluded waterfall. They had always envisioned a low-key, intimate elopement with just a few of their closest loved ones, and the pandemic gave them all the more reasons to move forward with the day they dreamed of. I had the perfect spot for them to start their day on the coast of Big Sur, where C stood patiently waiting for his bride to arrive. They didn't need much - no venue, no decor, just the two of them in a place that reflected their love of adventure. And there was not a dry eye in sight when he saw her for the first look (one of my favorites of all time!) and when they privately said their vows as the sun set behind the horizon. Check out their emotional Big Sur elopement below!
One thing that G + P had shared from the very beginning of story was their love for the ocean. They sailed together on many adventures, and it became such an important part of who they were as a couple. When COVID caused them to change their wedding plans, they decided to get married in a place that felt right - in Big Sur, California. Together, we looked through different ideas and venues for where they could get married before finally settling on Loma Vista Gardens, a beautiful garden venue nestled in the woods. Though they couldn't have many of their family and friends attend, you could just feel the emotion and love flowing out from their loved ones over Zoom as they witnessed these two's wedding day, cheered them on, and toasted to them over video. Check out the rest of their Loma Vista Gardens wedding below!