In January, Rich and I went on an adventure of a lifetime. Patagonia is a place that I have heard of and knew it was as beautiful as ever, but never in my wildest dreams did I imagine myself actually going there. After long days and multiple flights, we finally made it to the most southern part of the world I had ever been to and our flight landed right next to the craziest blue lake with glaciers, mountains, and alpacas running around. It's pretty surreal.
I'll just start out by saying if you don't know who Dawn is, then you probably should. She's an amazingly driven photographer who lives in Oregon and has a huge love for adventure and the outdoors. I was so honored when she asked me to shoot her engagement session and her plan to go into the mountains and adventure around for an afternoon was so perfectly her, I didn't expect anything less.
We drove out towards Sisters, OR, stopping along the way when we found pretty forests, braving some epic winds that left our hair in one giant dreadlock, and laughing so much my abs were sore by the end of the day. If you can't tell through the photos, Dusty is a character and these two together is an experience to be had.
It was so cool to be a part of their story, not only because I think Dawn is the sweetest/coolest/most bad-ass photographer, but because as a wedding photographer, you know the ins and outs of the whole industry, and every decision you make for your OWN wedding is well-informed and thought out. That being said, they are doing everything exactly the way they want to, no outside pressure or following obligation, but making it just about the two of them, and I love this so so much.
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.