I started talking to H before they were even engaged, so when B proposed at Christmas, I was so excited to start planning their day with them! December was always a special time for them, so they chose to elope on 12/1/21. They were inspired by something near and dear to my heart - the Lord of the Rings - and even brought some elf ears for the memories. I mean, do they not look like they walked straight out of Lothlorien?! There wasn't a moment in the day when they weren't making each other laugh. What an incredible way to celebrate getting married - check out the rest of H + B's Glen Oaks Big Sur elopement / intimate wedding below!
It’s engagement season! Though I had closed my calendar for engagement sessions for most of the year due to being so booked for elopements and weddings, it’s finally starting to slow down as we get into the wintertime. Loved getting to show W + H (who had travelled all the way from Singapore) all of my favorite redwoods and coast spots in Big Sur!
These two fell in love one summer working on a yacht in the Hamptons, and the rest was history. When they saw S + J's Big Sur elopement, they immediately knew that they wanted to get married in Big Sur - it was the perfect reflection of the way they met watching sunsets over the water, and the best way to share slow moments with each other. We started the day getting ready in Glen Oaks Big Sur and continued our way to the coast to watch one of the most beautiful winter sunsets I have ever seen. Check out the rest of S + S's Big Sur elopement below!
Did you know that sunsets look different at different times of year? When you shoot at the same locations year round, you learn to notice how important the direction of the sun is. A winter sunset will look different from a summer sunset on the coast because the angle of the sun affects which views get soaked in the golden light. When shooting on the cliffside, you're also limited by where you can stand. But the very nuances of Big Sur are exactly what make it so magical in the first place. Check out the rest of A + G's Big Sur coast engagement session below!
There are few places in the world where you can see so many diverse landscapes all in one day. For D + J, they wanted to spend their day going to the places they loved - hiking up to the mountains, wandering amongst the redwood trees, and catching a view of the Golden Gate Bridge. We started off early in the morning and watched the golden glow of the sunrise shine through the windows of the glass-encased balcony of their Airbnb. After a sweet first look with her dad, we headed up to Mt. Tamalpais for their first look. With a few of their guests arriving late, we had to make a few last minute changes to make up for lost time, so D + J told Keith - my husband and also the officiant! - if he could shorten the ceremony. But even in the quick 10-minute ceremony, I watched these two get emotional and loved capturing every second of it as they teared up at the years of memories they shared since high school until now. After they said "I do," I took them adventuring to some of my favorite spots as we made our way back to San Francisco. Check out the rest of their Mt. Tamalpais elopement below!
What do you do when you want to have an intimate ceremony and an adventurous elopement in Big Sur? Do it all in one day! D + C imagined a sunset ceremony with just their family overlooking the Pacific Ocean, so I took them adventuring before their ceremony at the Hyatt Carmel Highlands. I asked her how adventurous she wanted to be, and she said she was down to get the dress dirty. You got it girl! (But don’t worry, you can’t even tell it got dirty from the gorgeous ceremony shot on the gazebo). They spent the rest of the evening dancing the night away with their loved ones at a beautiful reception (all of which was handmade by the bride's mom - the floral arrangements, agate placecards, and prints of Big Sur!) Check out the rest of their Hyatt Carmel Highlands wedding below!
As a photographer himself, J told me that the photos meant a lot to them. One important way that they chose to personalize their day was documenting parts of the day themselves - I arrived to see him standing on the bridge capturing epic landscape shots above the trees, and loved watching the way that J would photograph his beautiful bride, while A would in turn have the sweetest smile as she lit up in his presence. As luck would have it, their day was also full of some of the most incredible weather and light after a storm the night before. They had been worried about the rain, but the skies cleared up and we got to watch the waves overtake the beach as the last light dipped below the horizon. Check out the rest of A + J's intimate wedding in the redwoods at Glen Oaks Big Sur!
There is something so beautiful about multicultural weddings - the blending of two families, the sharing of traditions, and warmth and welcoming of family and friends coming together to celebrate love all make weddings all the more meaningful. For N + S, they chose to honor both sides with their wedding outfits, ceremony, and incredible dances to kick off the night. Their wedding day started with the gowri puja, a prayer ceremony with the women to pray for and bless their marriage. After sharing a first look together, these two were ready to get the party started! Their ceremony started with an epic baraat, with the groom on his bike as their loved ones cheered in excitement, and was followed by traditional Indian wedding rituals to celebrate the start of a happy marriage. As the ceremony came to an end, they incorporated Western traditions of saying their vows to each other and exchanging wedding bands. And of course no Indian wedding is complete without traditional dancing, one of the most fun parts of the night! Check out the rest of N + S's Indian and Western wedding below!
When C mentioned in passing that she would love a wedding planned out for her as a surprise, A took it to heart and secretly reached out to vendors to start planning their intimate wedding in Big Sur. On her birthday, a month before the big day, he finally told her - they were going to get married in just a few weeks. It was an insane rollercoaster of a ride getting to the wedding day (and not without a few bumps along the way), but the day finally came with all the details ironed out. He perfectly summed it up in his vows to never plan a surprise wedding ever again as they laughed in unison at the crazy adventure that brought them together - it certainly was a a day they would never forget! Check out the rest of their Big Sur-prise wedding at Glen Oaks Bridge House below!
Sometimes things go wrong on wedding days. Ok, oftentimes things go wrong on wedding days. For K + J, their day started off with the soft pitter patter of rain on their window after spending the day before exploring Big Sur without a single raindrop in the sky. They had planned to have their ceremony at the Sur Vista at Ventana Big Sur, a beautiful overlook with mountains in the background. But as we got closer to the ceremony time, they went from moving their ceremony indoors, to back outdoors when the sun came out, and to back indoors when the rain started falling even harder. And as if things couldn't go more wrong, right before the ceremony, one of the wedding rings got lost. With guests waiting on Zoom, they decided to move forward with the ceremony using the other ring (luckily she had duplicate rings). Through rain and sun, thick and thin, these two shared their vows from the heart - even the unexpected, stressful circumstances couldn't take away the emotional moments forever captured in their photos. It was a true testament to the strength of their love as they continued with their day, taking in the fresh smell of the redwood trees on a romantic walk under trees, and exploring the coast where the rain let up. Check out the rest of K + J's Ventana Big Sur elopement below!