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Lovers Lane, San Francisco Elopement: Molly & Lauren

let me start off by saying how grateful i am for google.
that is how molly & lauren found me.

without question … this day was easily one of my favorite days of last year. and some of my favorite work … ever.
you will not find a fancy dress, perfect hair, or an extravagant reception. it was pure emotion. pure heart. pure meaning.

molly and lauren drove from portland, oregon to marry in san francisco. under the eucalyptus trees of lovers lane, surrounded by their closest friends + poppy and emma, they made it official. everything about their simple elopement was true to them — filled with sentiment and meaning. isn’t that rainbow flag amazing?!? and the rainbow ribbon used to passed their rings around?!? how lucky i am to have been a witness to it.

lastly, molly’s mom was the person who brought molly & lauren together. and while she’s no longer on this earth, her presence was felt so deeply. you will see little mementos incorporated throughout their ceremony to remember her. as i’ve come to understand the true depths of pain and loss myself, i cherish and connect with that aspect of their day that much more.

molly and lauren, i can’t wait to see you two again. forever thankful to google for connecting us in more ways than one.
thank you for showing me how love wins and heals. much love to you both…x
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San Francisco City Hall Elopement: Karla & Andre

Karla reached out to me 6 days before their trip to SF saying,

I am trying to plan a surprise elopement (like…i mean, my fiancé doesn’t know about it. lol)”

Ummm..WHAT?!?

She followed it up with, “We’ve been trying to plan our wedding, but he is a very private person, so I figured we’d have this moment to be ours.”

It all made sense after that. By the way, she told him a couple of days before their ceremony ;)

Turns out, they were coming to SF to celebrate their anniversary. And what better way to celebrate, than to say I do to your best friend of 13 years.

Karla is excited, and absolutely lovely. Andre is sweet, and soft-spoken. During our time together, I saw how perfectly they balanced one another. So happy and thankful she found me just 6 days before their trip, and we were able to connect. Sigh. I just love elopements!

xx

On the day of their 13th year together, they married in foggy San Francisco…

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Bouquet: Farmgirl flowers
Dress: Rent the runway

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Destination City Hall Elopement: Hannah & Oliver

Oh, Hannah & Oliver.

Sweet, sweet Hannah and Oliver.

These two darlings came from the UK and eloped while on their two week holiday in the states. The day before their elopement, we met up for coffee & toast to get to know each other a bit. We spoke about their travels, how their relationship began, and what they were looking forward to in the future. It was a sweet first meeting, only to be followed by an even sweeter elopement.

Their joy and excitement to be married was the absolute best! As you can see below, Oliver was jumping for joy after their ceremony.

Just the sweetest. Okay, onward…

It’s not everyday that you see a parrot & a surprise singing flash mob at city hall. Only for sweet Hannah & Oliver…

x

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I’ve shot at city hall many times before, but what happened next was a first for me. Upon seeing the empty grand staircase, I instructed Hannah & Oliver to take a seat at the bottom for a few portraits. Seconds later, a group of people came up behind them. At this point I thought to myself, “Don’t they see that I’m taking pictures?”

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Moments after, they busted out in a cappella, Bruno Mars’ “Marry you” We had no clue what was happening, as you can see in their reactions. It was the most random, fun, and wonderful surprise for Hannah and Oliver. Talk about one hell of a memory to take home to the UK with them.

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And just like that…they were gone.

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Absolutely loved being there for Hannah and Oliver!

Elopements. They have my heart! <3

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