Just North of San Francisco lies the gorgeous oceanside cliffs and rolling green hills of the beautiful Point Reyes National Seashore. It is the perfect place for an intimate wedding with breath taking views for miles and makes it perfect for creating images that are out of this world. Exchanging your vows in a special place like Point Reyes offers more of an experience to couples. Where the vast ocean meets California’s most picturesque rolling hills covered in wildflowers and occasional grazing cows creates the most romantic backdrop for any wedding intimate or large.
Our inspirational shoot was shot in 2017 and it remains one of my favorite elopements to this day. Kellen and Melissa were a fun and beautiful couple and spent the day laughing and keeping warm on the windy cliffs while snuggling in front of the camera. Our styled shoot was staged at a beautiful private home not far from the main town. An airbnb mansion that was perfect for hosting a small wedding shoot. Airbnb and VRBO are the perfect places to rent for smaller intimate weddings. I think they save so much money as oppose to a larger venue and offer a place for a few guests or family members to relax and enjoy.
We began the day with the Hair and Makeup artist Emily of Faces By Emily, styling our gorgeous model Melissa while her groom to be Kellen hung out waiting for the excitement of the day to unfold. The gorgeous blush gown Melissa wore for the shoot was an incredible art piece designed by Claire La Faye . Once we were out on the cliffs for the couples portraits the wind brought the gown to life showing off the layers and creating gorgeous shapes in windy air. It was the perfect dress for a romantic cliffside elopement shoot.
The design and style was a soft blush pallet with gentle accents of greenery for the table decor created by Cali Nguyen of SmittenKiss Wedding and Events. Florals were styled and created by Vo Floral Design who did a wonderful job at creating a soft, elegant and timeless design adding gorgeous silks by the incredibly talented Poetry of Silk that lay across the tabletop décor by Lost and Found Vintage Rentals. The table settings were beautifully set under a gorgeous Oak Tree that looked ancient and offered a nice touch of rustic compliment. Calligraphed vows were an elegant touch flat lay for the delicate rings by IO Collective to rest on.
Once we were ready to shoot we drove about 20 mins out near a hiking trail not far from the parking lot. We hiked out for about 10 mins and found the perfect spot where there was a Rocky hill and the sun peered gloriously through the clouds creating a halo of golden light that wrapped around the couple. It was magical to see how Melissa and Kellen came together as we began shooting. The adorable pair were flawless in front of the camera and the surrounding natural elements played in perfectly. The clouds rolled in just before sunset giving us a bit of a break from the sun and when I pulled my camera back the perfect shot lent itself to me….like something out of a romance novel. I almost had to hold my breath as moments like this don’t always occur. Melissa’s dress whipping through the wind and her hair gently blowing across her face as Kellen clutched onto her bouquet of gorgeous glowers. They stood proud almost statuesque like unicorns in a magical meadow and the symphonic sounds of the waves crashed below them. It was heaven.
It is always a marvel at how the light can really add the narrative to every story. Wether it’s a sun flare that creates a whimsical romantic feeling or dramatic vibes from a diffused fog to that light can translate to after a big storm, light plays such an important roll in the images and the stories they convey. Being natural light photographer I must admit the light situations are not always ideal. However Mother Nature always knows best and just like the cliche saying “there is no bad weather only bad clothing options” I believe “there is no bad light, only bad settings on your camera”. Understanding how to work the angles in relation to the light and the settings on your camera are imperative to playing into the story of the light. I am so grateful for this shoot because we must have experienced 4-5 different lighting situations in the span of a few hours.
It a thrill to see how this gallery turned out and always return to them to review and secretly wish that I will get a call from an adventurous couple ready to head out into the natural and vast space of Point Reyes. We hope you enjoy the images I created….