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When K + T reached out to me saying they wanted to get married in a month, I said let's do it!! Though they had never been to the California redwoods before, I knew that we could put together an incredible day celebrating their 10 years together. They rented a beautiful redwoods cabin, where they got ready with just their parents and had an intimate ceremony on a deck under the towering redwood trees. It was everything they imagined - surrounded by the beauty of nature, in a place that they had only seen in pictures and now got to experience in person. Though the groom had thrown out his back that morning playing golf, he was such a trooper as we made our way to the coast. We adventured on the cliffside and climbed down rocks, exploring the epic views that left them in awe and wonder. To end the night, they hosted a dinner reception at a friend's house, where they shared moments of tears and laughter with their parents and enjoyed a beautiful night under the stars. Check out the rest of K + T's Big Sur redwoods cabin elopement below!
It was a week before their elopement, and I checked the weather forecast - sunny every day until Saturday...and then an all-day rain forecast. So they made a last-minute purchase for clear umbrellas, and we got ready for their day just as planned. Together with their family, they started their wedding day in a beautiful home just off the coast of Highway 1. We then all drove over to the Big Sur coast, where they had their ceremony overlooking the ocean, listening to the sounds of the raindrops on their umbrellas. Just as they started their vows, we noticed the rain stopped. As luck would have it, we got to spend the rest of the day completely dry - and even saw a bit of sun! Check out the rest of their Big Sur elopement below!
Who says you only have to have one wedding outfit - even for an intimate wedding or elopement? B + A knew that they wanted to celebrate their cultural traditions when they planned their intimate wedding in Big Sur. They started off their wedding day with a first look in their white dress and blue tux, and then had a beautiful ceremony overlooking the Pacific Ocean at Hyatt Carmel Highlands Inn where they said their vows to one another in a traditional American ceremony. After cocktail hour started, they slipped out for an outfit change and returned in their Nigerian attire, dancing to a special song they had picked out while the groom's parents showered them with money. And to make the most of getting married by the Big Sur coast, they changed into one last outfit that was perfect for adventuring for sunset. Check out the rest of their Big Sur intimate wedding below!
A midnight kiss on New Year's Eve, a sunset ride on the ferris wheel with Calvin Harris' "Summer" playing in the background, and a romantic getaway at Ventana Big Sur...these were just a few of the magical moments from M + R's love story. After they got engaged in Osaka, Japan, they started thinking about what they envisioned for their wedding day. They thought back to their trip to Ventana, and soon got excited at the idea of eloping in Big Sur, California. Together we crafted a day starting off at the resort, then continuing to a few new places in Big Sur that they had never been. It was such a relaxed, fun day - they ran around with their dog Miso on the beach, picnicked with pastries from Big Sur Bakery, and ended the day with sunset on the coast. Check out the rest of their Ventana Big Sur elopement below!
N + T proved that first impressions aren't everything. When they initially matched online, she was skeptical of him. But he didn't give up, and she eventually warmed up to him. With their shared love of travelling the world, exploring the outdoors, and trying new foods, they quickly found in each other an adventure partner through life. When it came time to planning their wedding, they knew they wanted to keep it simple. A day focused on what mattered to them, without all the complications and stress of planning a traditional wedding. Together we planned an epic adventure in Big Sur!
Their day started off with getting ready separately, N with his dad and her dad, and T with her mom and his mom. With just their parents attending, it was such a beautiful intimate setting for them to say their vows (cue all the tears!) After a short and sweet ceremony, I took them adventuring in the redwoods and on the coast. I had such a blast showing them my favorite spots and still remember them saying "This is the most beautiful place I have ever seen" - especially coming from world travellers! They wrote their new names in the sand, and she surprised him with a tiny diamond that she had put into his ring. Those were the little moments that made their day so unique to their own love story. We ended with sunset on the cliffs, where I gave them a moment to just watch the waves crash against the rocks and soak it all in. Check out the rest of their Big Sur elopement below!
Imagine standing amongst the giant redwood trees, a quiet stillness in the air, with just you and your partner breathing in the mountain air. The moment you look into each other's eyes, you know - you are so lucky to have found each other. No other eyes on you, no months of stressing over planning, no need to worry about tablecloth colors or chair types, just the two of you coming together to celebrate what your wedding day is all about. As a California wedding and elopement photographer, my goal is to help you create a day that reflects all the things you love about each other - a day that captures genuine and authentic moments. If that sounds like your perfect wedding day, read on for everything you need to know about planning an elopement in the California redwoods! P.S. Planning a larger wedding? Check out the blog post on Redwood Venues in the Bay Area & Santa Cruz.
Settle in, because you're in for a love story made for a romance novel. N + K met at a bar in San Francisco, but quickly realized that they only had 3 months before K had to move back to his home in Germany. They couldn't help but fall in love and spent the next few years flying back and forth to see each other. On their visits here in California, they would spend time in Carmel, hiking around Garrapata State Park and watching the sunsets over Soberanes Point. On 2/2/2020, he proposed at Point Lobos right on the Carmel coast.
D told me that they had been to Big Sur once before, and that they had loved their time there. So it only made sense to come back to a place they loved to propose there! I helped him plan locations, and he decided to bring her down one of my favorite proposal spots. Though she was a little skeptical of the steep hike down, she didn't suspect that it would turn out to be the day they got engaged! It was so sweet getting to see her genuinely react in surprise and joy as he got down on one knee. Check out the rest of D + T's Big Sur proposal below!
She was in San Francisco, he was in New York. One fateful work event brought them together, and though they were on opposite sides of the country, one conversation quickly turned into another and eventually a move to be in the same city. It was such a joy to get to see these two share an intimate wedding day in San Francisco, in the city where they shared so many memories and made a home together. They got ready at home, invited a small group of family and friends to witness them get married, and then adventured to the coast to watch the sunset. When we were taking portraits, they stopped and remembered that they had written vows that they wanted to read on their wedding day. In that moment, it was all that mattered. It truly felt like time had stopped for them and they couldn't help but tear up and smile from ear to ear. To top it all off, we got to watch an incredible winter sunset to end the day. Congratulations S + T! Check out the rest of their San Francisco City Hall and Golden Gate Bridge elopement below.