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. 

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!!!!