I was beyond fortunate to have witnessed two of my close friends join their lives in the most genuine and heartfelt way possible.
Traveling to Big Sur with these two (plus my husband, Ronnie, who was actually the officiant!) was an adventure of a lifetime. It’s really hard for me to not gush about this trip. Big Sur is so beautiful and it seems to mirror the personalities of Michaela & Trevor. This day was special for so many reasons.
Michaela & Trevor’s vows were based on a Tom Robbins book that they were both reading as they fell in love. They took their favorite excerpts from the book and incorporated them with their own words to make something truly unique. As I photographed them speaking these words, I could barely see through my tears. With their heartfelt words and this epic scenery, plus seeing my husband cry as he listened to them speak, I can’t imagine a day more filled with love.
Rewind 24 hours. The four of us road-tripped to Big Sur from San Diego where M+T currently live. Ronnie and I were actually celebrating our 6 year dating anniversary the day before, so we stopped off along the way to have a good meal and drinks. You could feel the anticipation in the air for what was about to happen, and when M + T showed me this ceremony location that they had scouted on a previous trip to the area, my eyes lit up. (Edit: I get a lot of questions about this location and I regret to let you know that this area is no longer accessible, but there are many other great places along the Big Sur highway).
Elopements are awesome because they allow you and your loved one to celebrate your relationship in a very personal way. The day becomes less about logistics and more about spending time together. I can speak from experience that eloping in an epic, natural landscape adds so much emotion to these moments vs. just going to the courthouse. We eloped in Iceland this past August and it was truly the most amazing day of my life. Because of that, these are my favorite kinds of weddings to shoot.
I hope the story below does justice to the feeling of love that lingered with us during that weekend in Big Sur. After the photos were finished, we sipped on wine, had dinner and then headed outside to gaze at the most beautiful starry sky I’ve ever seen. We watched shooting stars while laying on the ground together, drunk with happiness (and saké).
Thank you for this experience, M+T. I’ll never forget it.