I had the pleasure of photographing this California fairytale elopement in Mendocino. The bride, Christina, is the owner of The Enchantment Box, which is a fairytale-themed monthly subscription box that includes vegan items from women-owned businesses. So it only makes sense that her own wedding day would be nothing short of a magical experience!
Christina and Matthew decided to sneak away to Mendocino for a romantic elopement. We did their first set of portraits in the forest, with stunning Friesian horses. Following this, we headed back to The Stanford Inn eco-resort for their ceremony. Finally, we ended the evening on the Mendocino coast with jaw-dropping ocean views.
The beauty of elopements is the flexibility in the day. You truly can have it all!
We did an impromptu first look and Matthew’s expression was priceless!
These Cinderella wedding shoes from Irregular Choice are fit for a princess. They even light up when you walk!
Christina’s Claire Pettibone gown had such a romantic and timeless vibe that fit right in with the storybook style of the day.
The couple’s Boston Terrier, Lily, made the sweetest little flowergirl! Would you believe that she locked herself in a truck at the end of the day?!
We had to call a tow truck and while we waited, Matthew somehow coaxed her to unlock the door!
My favorite thing about shooting by the ocean is the small window of time right after the sun slips below the horizon. During this time, everything looks like a painting! It’s a short and fleeting few moments, but it is so magical to take advantage of!
Here are the wonderful vendors who brought this gorgeous wedding together!
Venue name: Stanford Inn Eco Resort
Florals: Nye Ranch
Wedding dress: Claire Pettibone
Hairpiece: Twigs & Honey
Bride’s shoes: Irregular Choice
Bride’s ring: Jes MaHarry Jewelry
Makeup artist: Samantha Keefauver