This was one of my favorite trips of the year, partially because Norway is insanely beautiful and it was on my bucket list for forever, but mostly because Kinga + Radu are two of my new favorite people ever.
This couple spent 3 days adventurous around the island of Santorini in Greece, finding the perfect cliffside spot to elope and ending their trip on a sunset cruise around the island.
An intimate elopement in Santa Barbara. I met Rachel + James last year at the coffee shop where they had their first date and within minutes I knew that these two were the most carefree + intentional couple.
Do you dream of eloping, but know that it means too much to your family + friends not to?
You're not alone.
The elopements that you see all over instagram and the internet where a bride + groom plan an epic trip to some far off land with cliffs and waterfalls have only really been a thing for the last 5 years. That's probably why your parents don't get it.
The thing about eloping that really is so incredible (and what I love so much about them) isn't the killer photos or even the money that you will probably save on catering and an open bar, it's the intimacy.
An adventurous elopement in the desert near Morocco. This wedding was inspired by that desert beauty that I have seen in National Geographic magazines.
A rainy day on the Oregon Coast with the sweetest, most adventurous and carefree couple who love and enjoy each other like no other.
A little rain didn't stop these two from having the best day ever.
I only got to go to Yosemite twice last year, both were for weddings that were within a week of each other and both times were so, so different from each other it was crazy. Yosemite in the fall is just breathtaking, the roads are clear, kids are back in school, the leaves are changing colors, and you have this whole magical landscape all to yourself.
Valerie and Vedran are probably the most easy going couple of all time and hanging out with them and their east coast family who were experiencing Yosemite for the first time, shot gunning canned wine in the valley, was the best ending to an amazing summer. You know when you meet people and you think - we would absolutely be friends if you lived in the same place as me - well it happened to me countless times this year and these two are no exception. They planned their whole day to just take it as it comes and enjoy each other in one of the most beautiful places and that's exactly what they did.
These two had their big, traditional wedding planned for the end of the year, but in the midst of planning it, they caved and decided to elope instead and have a reception afterwards and I was so happy when they called to tell me the news! They decided to elope in Yosemite in the fall when the tourists had gone, but the park is as beautiful as ever with glowing orange leaves and frost covered fields. We woke up while it was still dark out and drove into the park to a field where Half Dome was towering behind us and with thermals on under their wedding clothes, they had their first look.
We started our adventure in Vegas, driving out to Zion National Park for a first look at sunrise, but kind of left late and ended up in the full desert August sun aka 100 degrees. Not to worry, we wiped off all our sweat in Lake Powell for a little afternoon dip. Addie clipped up her hair and got in too. This is the most BA couple every by the way, they are nuclear scientists and I hardly felt worthy to be hanging with them.
The big event was their personal vows they wrote to each other that they planned to say while the sun set over Horseshoe Bend. These two had initially wanted to elope, but realized that having a wedding was just too important for all their family + friends, which I think is the case for most people. So instead, they met up with me a week before their wedding to say personal vows in the desert on the side of a cliff and it was nothing short of incredible. We all cried.
The next morning, we timed it just right and went to Antelope Canyon right when the sun was peaking through. The adventure of the year.