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Carrie and Ian’s wedding was all about fun from the start. After 6 years together, there was so much excitement and joy behind their wedding day. They wanted it to be a party their friends would never forget. Ian and his groomsmen started the day with drinks and cartoons, while the bridesmaids watched the sun make its way towards the ocean from their hotel balcony. A friend officiated the sunset ceremony, the couple wrote their own vows, and Carrie DIYed every little detail- it was the perfect day. Here are just a few favorites:

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Photographer: Jessica Hickerson Photography

Second Shooter: Sincerely A.

Venue: King Harbor Yacht Club

Wedding Dress: Watters from BHLDN

Bridesmaids Dresses: Rent the Runway

Caterer: In N Out

Florals + Design by the bride and her family!

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The first time I met Ilyce and Daniel was the day they got engaged. The next few months were a whirlwind of wedding plans, happy jitters, and planning for their future. They found out Daniel had been accepted to medical school on the East Coast so their wedding became a going away party for their closest friends & family as well. It was a perfect May day filled with happy tears and the sweetest, sentimental details put together by the bride. Daniel and Ilyce are the kind of couple that make you believe in soul mates, and I couldn’t be more grateful they asked me to capture their intimate celebration! Congratulations & love you two!
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Mara and Matt were engaged for almost three years. They met in New York and knew right away they wanted to get married. They jumped into wedding planning, putting together a traditional New York wedding with everything from the ballroom to huge flower arrangements and 250 guests. But something felt wrong. She wanted their wedding to be a celebration of their unique relationship + love for each other and that surely wasn’t a big wedding. So they threw away those plans and kept living the engaged life, waiting for something to feel “right.”

They started playing with the idea of eloping and one day decided to just go for it. It would need to be close to the ocean because the two of them spent so many early mornings watching the sunrise together. Italy sounded like a dream, but they wanted their family to be able to attend.

Late last year they stumbled across Big Sur and immediately knew they wanted to elope there. They found a gorgeous home to rent, booked me as their photographer, and told a select group of friends and family in case they wanted to make the journey with them.

Their elopement became a small, intimate wedding because of how much LOVE surrounded them! Their family was so happy to forget the traditional wedding and go along with this adventure. The entire day was filled with tears and so much joy for these two people joining their lives. Mara and Matt, I am so grateful for the two of you inviting me to tell your story. Your elopement was an absolute dream and I’m looking forward to photographing your family in the years to come.

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Nicole and Jason offered to model for a coaching session I taught last week. From her sweet style and New York accent to his trademark smirk and eyes he couldn’t take off of her, every moment of their mini engagement session was filled with love. In the middle of my teaching, the two of them practiced their favorite dancing-in-the-kitchen moves and instantly stole my heart. I am so grateful to know them and am excited to share a few favorite images:

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So here’s the thing: our honeymoon was actually seven months ago. We went to Hawaii and I decided to bring an old 35mm film camera instead of my “real one”. It was so fun to be in the moment and capture some memories in this sweet & simple way. But somehow in between home projects, holidays, work, and just life in general, I never developed the film. Until this week! I sent the rolls in to The FIND Lab and today these pretty memories flooded in to my inbox.

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