Romantic Santa Monica Elopement

This gorgeous beach + roof elopement in Santa Monica is one to remember

I love shooting elopements, because they are so intimate! Not only for the bride and groom, but also for the guests. This couple was from Northern California and loves to travel so they had their wedding in Santa Monica and reception at Shutters! This simple, fun and intimate wedding was the second wedding for both the bride and groom – and they wanted the day to be relaxed and casual! What’s more casual and intimate than a ceremony on the beach facing the beautiful Pacific Ocean! There were about 40 or so guests that were there to witness the love of this amazing couple.

They were the sweetest, couple. So fun and energetic! And so were there families! It was so incredible to see their blended family mesh so well, and there were moments that just melted my heart. The bride’s 5 year old son got up and gave an impromptu speech and had the crowd roaring! It was darling! One of my favorite images from their day, as well as the bride and grooms, was the sweet moment where the couple and all the kids come in for a hug! How cute are they!? Look at the adoring way that Don is looking over at Nicolie! Doesn’t that say it all? Those looks from the groom get me every time!

The couple did handwritten vows, and all of the guests were tearing up with happy tears. The bride’s daughter was so happy that she couldn’t stop sobbing during the ceremony, it was the sweetest thing ever. These are the moments that I love being able to capture and share with the family for them to be able to keep for a lifetime! They also did a sand pouring ceremony with their kids to signify the unity of their blended family.

Such a beautiful day for a beautifully blended family!

Planning: Simply Natural Events – Annette Garcia Kerslakes // Florals: Arts District Florals Sophie Sikora // Desserts: Sweet Lady Jane // Music:
Keith Erickson

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