Pre-Wedding Vows on the Oregon Coast

Pre-Wedding Vows on the Oregon Coast

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. 

Morocco Elopement at the Sahara Desert

Morocco Elopement at the Sahara Desert

An adventurous elopement in the desert near Morocco. This wedding was inspired by that desert beauty that I have seen in National Geographic magazines.

Oregon Coast Adventure

Oregon Coast Adventure

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. 

Laid-back Yosemite Elopement

Laid-back Yosemite Elopement

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.  

Sunrise Yosemite Elopement

Sunrise Yosemite Elopement

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.  

Horseshoe Bend + Antelope Canyon Elopement

Horseshoe Bend + Antelope Canyon Elopement

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. 

Remote Iceland Vow Renewal

Remote Iceland Vow Renewal

One of the most meaningful shoots I've ever been a part of.  Erin + Dirk spent 10 days adventuring around Iceland for a belated honeymoon/anniversary and asked if I could come out and capture their vow renewal - I couldn't have been more excited.  Dreams came true in every way for me here, flying to Iceland, hanging out with the sweetest couple in the world, complete creative freedom, and honestly just the best few days spent together.

Megan + Alex

Megan + Alex

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.  

Linda + Jake Elopement

Linda + Jake Elopement

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. 

Luke + Meredith

Luke + Meredith

On the warmest January day in San Francisco, these two eloped in the most perfect way.  They met at city hall and said their vows with their families encircling them.  Meredith's mother chose the flowers in her bouquet based on the flowers that grew around the homes where she had grown up.  Their families walked towards each other at the beginning of the ceremony symbolizing the union of not just two people, but two families.  Both father's officiated the ceremony.  And everyone shared little tears.