andrea & kris - a san francisco elopement adventure

Okay, so let me start by saying that I love traveling. And then let me say how much I love San Francisco. And then let me say how freaking insane this day was.

Andrea & Kris have been together for about 10 years now and I've know them both for about that time. So when she asked if I would come up and shoot their elopement in SF, I just about died. 

They had no real plan for the day other than a ceremony at the City Hall (HOLY SHIT) and a lunch for their immediate family who flew/drove up for the day. We started at their hotel and they got ready together, side by side, cute as ever. Kris and I were both praying for rain and it misted on us steady, pretty much all day. That definitely helps crank up the magical factor. 

We ate and drank and decided to go check out the Sutro Baths, which were just so insanely beautiful. Especially with the mist in the air. I absolutely love what we captured, and I'm so excited to share it with the world!!! Shoutout to my #dreamclients <3

jill & alex - an intimate big bear wedding

Their wedding originally started out as an elopement, then an elopement with a very small guest list and then slowly morphed into a super intimate wedding, with all the bells and whistles. I honestly think this fit them so much better, because they had a great group of close friends and family. People who really knew and loved them, well. 

They rented out a rad little residence in Big Bear, CA that was complete with a barn for dancing and food and lots and lots of drinks. Jill had told me many times throughout the day how she didn't like to be the center of attention and how much they disliked anything cheesy or traditional and how they really just wanted to have fun. AND THAT THEY DID! I have literally never seen a groom tear up the dance floor like Alex did. So. Much. Fun. 

jenna & eric's romantic sedona wedding

This wedding is extra special to me because well.. the bride is my sister!

They wanted to elope but couldn't imagine tying the knot without their people, so they chose their favorite spot and invited all 13 of us to be there.

For starts, Sedona is beyond beautiful. But L'Auberge is some next level shit. So getting to document such a special day for one of my favorite people in such a gorgeous place is pretty freaking rad. 

venue: L'Auberge de Sedona

dress: Bowties Bridal

florals: Bliss Extraordinary Florals

becky & michelle's old orange county courthouse wedding

When you think of a "courthouse wedding", you definitely do not think of this gorgeous place!!! It had that old charm that is completely irresistible. It doesn't hurt to be in the heart of Southern California!

Becky and Michelle were so intimate and romantic and I just swoon over their images! 

It was a warm (and I mean WARM), late spring day for this wedding- and when I arrived these two were hiding out in a fire escape from the heat and the chaos that is two giant families on a wedding day :) They ended up walking each other down the "aisle" and met again up front for a ceremony led by a close friend. He went on to talk about their relationship and their engagement and how they had both planned to propose to each other at the same time (without knowing it of course!)  I love a personalized ceremony, especially since I don't know much about my couples until the day of when I start asking lots and lots of questions!

We got a chance to wander around after the ceremony with the place to ourselves. The moody window light combined with their romantic vibe just really made this day. When I say I want my couples to be in their own world and to ignore me- THIS IS WHAT I WANT!!!!

lindsey & ryan - an intimate winter wedding at lake las vegas

I don't get to shoot many full blown weddings, and that's totally by choice! I really prefer documenting couple's who spend their wedding day doing it their way and not just because tradition says so. 

So- when I met Lindsey and Ryan, I knew they were exactly the type of wedding clients I like to have. They cut a wedding pie instead of cake and we ran around on golf carts and I got to witness multiple dance-offs on the party floor. They also had a friend officiate for them, which has got to be one of my favorite personal touches. She wrote her own ceremony and it was funny and sweet and 100% "them". This day was cold and cloudy and just absolute magic. And did I mention Lindsey looks like a freaking supermodel???!

katie & eric's bright downtown las vegas elopement

When I envision my dream couple, I think Katie & Eric are probably as close as any couple could come! Their Vegas style is absolutely impeccable and their love is real and true and oh, so much fun. They opted for a little chapel ceremony and then portraits and champagne with me, Las Vegas elopement done right!

dress: Adrianna Papell

shoes: & Other Stories

gina & trevor - a rustic indian springs wedding

When I first saw this venue, I instantly fell in love. It's full of quirk and it's pretty rustic and it just had character. It's just outside of Las Vegas, in Indian Springs, NV and it's own little desert oasis. They've got an orchard and chickens and llamas and horses.. and the bride and groom ( and their people) brought all of their dogs. And now dogs at a wedding is my favorite thing ever. If you pay attention to almost all full body shots of Gina, you'll see Fred at her feet. 

On top of having their closest friends and family (two legged and four legged), they had a couple really personal touches to their non-traditional traditional wedding. They had two family members play an acoustic version of "Your Song" by Elton John while Gina walked down the isle. They also had Trevor's grandfather officiate for them. He's an old cowboy and just had the most incredible energy and style!!

Their reception was just as unique. There was absolutely no schedule, no plans for anything other than celebrating the two of them. They ended up sharing a first dance together- because they felt like it and I loved that. They are one of those insanely intimate couples that love just radiates off of. So everyone had a little heart burst watching them dance and be in love. They had a food truck there to feed everyone and just about every type of beer, wine & spirits along with lawn games. It was just a damn good time! 

venue: Indian Springs Ranch Nevada

dress: sweet caroline styles