Nestled in a Redwood Grove, with the sun slightly peaking through, surrounded by their closest family and friends, Whitney and John said their vows to each other and celebrated the night away with the craziest dance party of all time. These two are the sweetest people on earth and I feel so honored to have been there to capture their special day in these magical California Redwoods.
These two came all the way from Ohio to elope on the beautiful Northern California coast. Their families stayed together at the Lost Whale Inn, an incredible bed and breakfast right on the ocean in Trinidad, CA. It had the coolest old school sauna that the men soaked in before the wedding. Everything on this day was so simple, full of emotion, love, connection, and natural beauty, just as an elopement should be. They said their vows under the towering redwood trees with tears streaming down their faces and family members encircling them. Then we adventured into fern canyon, walking through streams and jumping over logs in heels like it's no big deal. There was so much love shared on this day, I feel like the images can barely contain it.
Two of the best people I know. We parked as far as we could in Lassen National Park (the roads aren't fully open for the season yet) and walked into a meadow full of mosquitoes and incredible views. We spent the night just hanging out, talking about life, barefoot and drinking beer till the sun went down. This is what summer nights are made of.
When Tina + Matt suggested the idea of doing their engagement session here, I didn’t hesitate for a second, and we went straight to work, sorting out permits and travel details. The location itself is no easy feat. Driving from LA on only a few hours of sleep, Tina + Matt met us at the trailhead and we hiked in 10 miles to the most breathtaking waterfall we could ever imagine. The water was so unbelievably blue and next to the red desert rocks it’s like no other place in the entire world. We slept out under the stars, giddy as ever to shoot the next day. We woke up early before the other hikers arrived and had the whole place to ourselves. The whole trip was such an unforgettable experience, and the most inspiring place to capture their love and spend time together. This is definitely my favorite shoot of all time.
Not even sure where to start with this wedding because it was truly an unforgettable experience. Michiko + Daniel live in Dubai and brought a handful to friends over to Fukuoka, Japan (where Michiko used to live) to celebrate their wedding with their closest family + friends. We met them a few days earlier to hang out, get to know each other, take a few photos in this incredible tucked away Japanese garden in the middle of the city, and of course eat ramen. I knew right away that they were some of the most kind hearted people and I felt so honored to be the one to capture their special day.
The night before their wedding everyone went out to a pop up food stall to hang out, drink sake, and eat some of the craziest food like snail, whale, sea urchin, cow tongue, octopus, to just name a few. It was quite the experience and we felt so included + welcomed as part of the family. It was a complete cultural immersion to say the least and Rich and I fell so in love with this country and all of it's people.
On the wedding day, Michiko is from Japan and Daniel is from the UK so there was a bit of infusion from both cultures in their day. They said their vows out on the lawn next to the ocean with a view of the city in the distance, and then changed into traditional Japanese kimono's for the first reception. Their families came together to break open a barrel of sake from the bride's hometown and served it to every guest in appreciation of their friendship and love. Then they headed indoors for a second reception with more incredible food + danced to gangnam style like no other wedding party I've seen.
These two took me to Lake Tahoe for their engagement shoot and I couldn't believe I had never been here before! The whole area is so gorgeous and such a perfect place to meet and hang out with Valerie + Vedran. These two are eloping later this year in Yosemite and I absolutely cannot wait! It was so special to document their love and how much fun they have with each other. Valerie was just loving all the PDA, it was great.
Linda + Jake's story is a little different than most. They contact me a few months ago explaining how they spontaneously eloped last year and never got any engagement or wedding photos done professionally and realized they still wanted them. Re-creating this day for them was so special and no better place to do so than in the Redwoods of Northern California. Linda had always wanted to wear a veil, but didn't use one when they eloped at city hall, so she made sure she had one for our shoot together. We met and had their first look under the towering Redwood trees, and ended the night on the coast just as the sun was setting.
Last month, Rich and I had the opportunity to explore Utah a little bit in-between a few dreamy desert shoots. There were so many places that took our breath away.
These two adventurers know exactly how to live life. They came all the way from Chicago to meet me in Joshua Tree for their engagement session, and of course get a little climbing in. When Brooke first contacted me about shooting her wedding, I knew it was a match made in heaven because of how adventurous these two souls are, and how much they value enjoying life. Then when I met them and saw how they love being together, it was so obvious that this is the coolest couple of all time. I mean... when you're having this much fun with your person, you've got to be doing something right. We drank beer and listened to 90's hip hop on the windiest day of all time in Joshua Tree. It was perfect.
This was such a dream come true for me. I have been wanting to do a styled shoot for a while, but pulling together all the details in the midst of being so busy and traveling was hard. I wanted to do this shoot in the Redwoods because it's such a meaningful place to say your vows In the midst of these towering thousand year old trees that have withstood incredible opposition, you commit yourself to the love of your life. Does it get any more romantic? I also wanted to emphasize the laid back, boho bride, where everything isn't perfect, but beautiful all the same. The dresses are from Dreamers & Lovers, my all time favorite dress designer in Los Angeles, CA. The anklets are from Free People. The suit was mix matched from personal items to goodwill finds. The location is on the coast in Northern California in the Lady Bird Redwood Grove and the beach was just along the 101-N as you drive north of Trinidad, CA. Really excited to share this inspiration with you!