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.
Within 2 weeks, we had our new location planned and they got ready to say I do. We met at the pull-out, and I just knew it was going to be an incredible day. No wind and the perfect clear day (if you don't know the San Francisco area well, be prepared for the local celebrity Karl the Fog!) We hiked down to the lookout, where they had two close friends officiate their wedding and shared communion together. Then we adventured out to the beach to chase the sunset and capture their first moments as newlyweds, got soaked in the waves without a care in the world, and ended the day with them reading letters to each other just as the sun set over the horizon. Congratulations J + C!!
Not sure where to start in planning your own elopement? Check out the San Francisco Elopement Guide and Big Sur Elopement Guide to get started!
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