Feeling anxious or nervous on your wedding day is completely normal - even if you’re eloping or having an intimate wedding. For M + C, they had to navigate last minute location changes and trying to shuttle everyone in even with just 12 guests to Roaring Camp, a beautiful redwoods venue in the Santa Cruz Mountains. But the moment that they started their vows and the tears broke out, they just took it all in and were present in the moment. The formalities faded away and it was just them - two people who had built their lives together for the last 7 years and were so excited to start the next chapter in their lives. Check out the rest of their Santa Cruz elopement below!
It was the year 2020, and E + N had to change their plans just a few times - from a wedding in Mexico, to one in Florida, to a lakeside wedding in Austin, to a micro-wedding in their backyard. When none of the plans really fit what they envisioned, they decided to trade in a traditional wedding that felt more like them - an intimate elopement in Big Sur, which was perfect as they had always known that they wanted to get married by the water. Their day started with them reading their vows to each other. As they laughed and cried at all the little things that they loved about each other, they said that they couldn't have imagined getting married in any other way. The words that they said to each other were so intimately woven in their story, with the humor and quirks that were spoken from the heart. We then drove to Pfeiffer Beach in the most rad vintage car that they rented, where they popped a bottle of champagne, ate cheeseburgers, and read letters from their family. Check out the rest of E + N's Big Sur elopement below!
Like many other couples last year, M + R tied the knot over Zoom in the comfort of their apartment in the city, with their postponed wedding planned for May 2021. The day finally came, and with an intimate group of family and friends, they said their vows to each other under the trees of Stern Grove and planted a fiddle-leaf fig together as a tribute to their houseplant collection that had flourished just as they had grown together. It was a day so full of love and joy - every hug, every toast, and every handmade touch they had put into their day was worth the wait. The temporary tattoo bar was all the rage, the groomsmen were shook with awe when they opened up their gifts of custom made bobble heads, and the bubble guns became the new favorite photo prop. We ended the day watching the sunset over the coast, chasing the waves and taking in the beauty of the city that had held so many memories for them. Check out the rest of their San Francisco Stern Grove wedding below!
Did you know that coastal redwoods are the tallest trees on Earth? It's no wonder that people come from all over the world to see these trees in California. These two met in Mississippi at a crossfit gym - though at first she friend-zoned him, he quickly won her over with his quick witted sense of humor and determination in visiting every single crossfit class just to bump into her. They both loved hiking and adventure, so the redwoods became the perfect place to reflect the new adventure they were about to embark on. They brought together a small group of family and friends, including his dad who had never flown on a plane before! It was truly an experience in itself to see them all stare up in awe at the trees standing hundreds of feet tall. After saying their vows at Founder's Grove in Muir woods, they continued onto the Marin Headlands to watch the sunset over the coast. The night ended at Spark Social, where they had rented out the coolest double decker bus for a casual reception with their friends and family. Check out the rest of the Muir Woods intimate wedding below!
These two got married in a place that felt so familiar - he got ready upstairs and she got ready downstairs in their duplex that they had shared memories in for the last few years, her friend did her hair and makeup, and they said their vows amongst the wild fields and wildflowers at a place where they spent many evenings walking their dog. Just as we were walking back after sunset, an older couple taking a stroll congratulated them and said they got married on the same exact spot years ago. And just as that couple came back to re-live the memories of their wedding day, these two would get to do the same. Sometimes the simplest plans can be the best of plans! Check out the rest of M + D's intimate wedding at a local park in Oakland, California!
She might not have remembered the first time they met at school in Arizona, but they quickly became best friends and came back to her home in California to settle down. A pandemic proposal led to planning a sweet, intimate ceremony with a small group of 20 people, the rolling hills of the East Bay at Reinstein Ranch as the backdrop to their day. The best part was that they got to just slow down and take in each and every moment - no rush, no fast paced schedule to follow, but rather just a day spent with loved ones and with each other. Check out the rest of E + D's intimate wedding below!
These two originally planned on getting married at San Francisco City Hall last year, but had to change their plans. Instead they got married on their anniversary a year later under the giant redwoods at Muir Woods! Their love story had started 20 years ago when they first met, and just like the redwoods have withstood time, these two have built a beautiful family together and were so excited to finally tie the knot after 8 years together. Check out the rest of Y + T's Muir Woods elopement below!
Getting ready for a wedding day used to just be in hotel rooms and now Airbnbs, but now there are limitless options! R + C rented the most rad Airstream to start off their wedding day, where the bride got into her incredible blue and purple mermaid dress and slipped on matching Converse shoes. They spent the day running along the beach with their dog Indy, where they said their vows against the crashing waves. When I asked them if they wanted to have their ceremony farther from shore as the waves were unpredictable, they confidently said that they didn't mind getting their clothes wet - in fact, they planned on it! After the ceremony, their friends surprised them with a cake and custom cookies made to look just like them. Check out the rest of R + C's Half Moon Bay elopement!
Most couples are terrified at the thought of rain on their wedding day, but not these two. M + T loved every second of it - the moody fog that set into the redwoods, the pitter patter on the tent as they shared memories with an intimate group of loved ones, even the rain soaked dress that gathered bits and pieces of the forest with her as she walked. It was a day full of joyful tears mixed with rain, and nothing could dampen their spirits of how important this day was and what it meant to them. The sun even came out for them the next day for a session on the coast, where we ran into the ocean waves, got our feet soaked, and watched the sunset. Check out the rest of M + T's Santa Cruz redwood wedding!
J + Z knew they wanted an intimate group of family with them on their wedding day, so they rented an Airbnb with multiple rooms to spend the weekend with their family. It was a beautiful setting out in Carmel Valley - a barn decorated with a circle of flowers served as their ceremony site, and the wildflowers were blooming all over the hills. And of course they had to include their pup Winston, who stole all the attention and even made an appearance on their custom cake topper! Though they thought they wouldn't cry on their wedding day, the moment hit them when they said their vows, and the joy they felt when they finally got to call each other husband and wife was so incredibly beautiful. After toasting to their families, they continued onto the coast of Big Sur to spend some time with just the two of them. Check out the rest of J + Z's Carmel Valley and Big Sur elopement!