Baylee + Caleb | Salinas, California | Vineyard House [Video]

How it beganBaylee + Caleb emailed me last March with the DREAMIEST destination wedding plans - a welcome party in Sayulita Mexico, a catamaran cruise to Punta de Mita, a beachside wedding at Don Pedros Palapa, and an adventure session to high peaks + secluded beaches. Their plans were practically perfect! The only problem was a little bug called COVID-19. Baylee + I exchanged emails at least 59 times during the summer of 2020 as we monitored COVID-19 and determined how it would affect her wedding plans. By the time fall rolled around it was clear that a destination wedding simply wouldnt work. It was heartbreaking news of course, but we scheduled a zoom call right away and began crafting a plan B. Baylee + Caleb were going to secretly elope + then resume their destination plans on the anniversary.The elopement planningThere were so many Instagram worthy places to choose from, so we chatted about what Baylee + Caleb valued most. Baylee emailed me one afternoon letting me know that a winery was their #1 priority. She said, I think it just tells a special story of us and what we love. It feels like the calm after the storm of relaxing with a glass of wine and my best company ;). She also mentioned shed like to make the most of an elopement and visit some places she had never been. It became pretty clear that California was where wed be heading for the elopement. Baylee found a charming chateau in Salinas that offers picturesque vineyard views and is about an hour's drive from popular destinations like Carmel-By-The-Sea, Big Sur, and 17 Mile Drive. It wasnt their dream Sayulita wedding, but plan b was undeniably a gorgeous option.The secret elopement was dreamy af.To maintain the original plan of a November wedding, Baylee + Caleb secretly eloped on 7 November 2020. It was just the two of them, their photographer Taryn Baxter, their pastor Jason Green from Celebrations Church, and me! We all flew into California the day before to get ready for the secret elopement. I met up with Baylee + Caleb at Mantranga Floral Market and we chose out some California native florals to make her a bouquet. Taryn and I drove through 17-mile drive and down to Big Sur to scout out the perfect location for the ceremony. As the sun was setting we discovered the oh so gorgeous Garapatta State Park. It was a clear winner for the elopement location. It has the perfect I am getting married on a cliffside by the ocean and it isnt going to get more beautiful than this sort of feel.The elopement day was simple, sweet, and meaningful. Baylee included thoughtful details in her planning including wearing her mothers wedding earrings. She surprised Caleb and contacted his father who wrote a poem for them to listen to after a first look. They face-timed their parents, who had agreed to keep their elopement secret. They rented a light blue classic Thunderbird, which had a little difficulty starting, but we made it work like we always do. The ceremony at Garrapata State Park was everything and more. The ceremony began right at sunset. Vows were given and tears were shed. We returned to the vineyard chateau and the married couple shared wine and a first dance. Some of the keywords: Beach Ceremony, Benjamin Gustafsson, Bride + Groom, California, Carmel-by-the-Sea, Casual, Chateau, Christian, Dormiveglia, Elopement, Emotional First Look, Garrapata State Park, Honey Fox Films, Intimate, Jason Green, Love in the times of a pandemic, Magical, Monterey Touring Vehicles, Non-Denominational, Romantic, Salinas, Simple, Taryn Baxter, To wake up, United States, Vineyard, Vineyard House, Wedding Videos

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Tracy + Sean | Los Angeles, California | Private Estate [Video]

Tracy and Sean first began planning their wedding in October of 2019, navigating all of the typical decisions that come with putting together the big day. Fast forward a few months, and the pandemic hit. Venues were shutting down. Stay-at-home orders were put into place, and everything Tracy and Sean had planned suddenly had a big question mark next to it.Thankfully, they had a wonderful coordinator in their corner, Kathleen Britsch of RMBO Collective! Despite all of the challenges and the month-to-month uncertainty, she worked tirelessly to pivot their plan and communicate the situation to all of their vendors. What started as a full blown celebration, slowly scaled down to a micro wedding and then eventually became an intimate elopement.With deep emotion, Tracy and Sean read their vows as their entire family watched from home via live stream, all dressed up with champagne in hand. Overlooking a sweeping view of Los Angeles, it was so clear that love would not be stopped that day and that life and happiness would go on!. Some of the keywords: Amy Hollier Beauty, Amy Hollier Beauty, Bride + Groom, California, Elopement, Endeavor, Estate, Intimate, Jana Williams, Los Angeles, Los Angeles String Quartet, Love Catering, Inc., Love in the times of a pandemic, Love Story, Nu Leaf Design, Peter & Bridgette Weddings, Private Estate, RMBO Collective, Romantic, Ryan Taubert, Soft, Stylelab, United States, Wedding Videos

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Justine + Michael | San Diego, California | Mission Beach Women’s Club [Video]

Justine & Michael have known each other since we were 16 years old. They were always close friends. Then when they were 19 they realized they couldn't live without each other and they've been together ever since! Since then they have moved to NYC to live out their city dreams, and had a dreamy intimate micro wedding back in San Diego California with all of their closest family and friends !. Some of the keywords: Adventurous, All I Wanted, Beach, Bohemian, Bride + Groom, California, Coastal, coming alive, Destination, DIY, Elopement, Fun, Heartbreak Kid, Intimate, Jordan Elizabeth Photo, Love in the times of a pandemic, Love Story, Mission Beach Women's Club, Natural, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Olive James, Romantic, San Diego, Soft, United States, Wanderland Media, Wedding Videos, Whimsical

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