Jessica and Dave currently live in Pennsylvania and have family on both the east and west coasts. They realized that, no matter where they decided to get married, they would have to fly family in to celebrate. That’s why they chose to fly everyone to an incredible location—the Redwoods National Park—and focused on giving them a great experience!
They chose to elope in the Redwoods because, while they each had been there separately, they wanted to experience the beauty of this park together. In addition, neither of their families had been there, which added to the excitement. Everyone loved the adventure!
The day prior to the elopement, Zach—my husband and second shooter—and I scouted the area to find the most private and stunning area near Jessica and Dave’s ceremony location for their first look and portraits. The grove we found was perfect! Quiet, minimal foot traffic, and absolutely gorgeous.
The wedding day was surprisingly warm and clear for autumn in Northern California. We met Jessica and Dave at their Airbnb, shot a few photos of Jessica getting ready, and then headed to the grove for their first look and portraits. Jessica really wanted their bride and groom portraits to show the majesty of the Redwoods, sun streaming through the trees and all. I think we nailed it!
Next, we headed to Organ Donor Grove, where the ceremony was to be held. It was the perfect place for family to join us, just a two-minute walk into the forest. Capturing Jessica and Dave’s huge smiles throughout the ceremony was precious!
After Jessica and Dave exited the ceremony through a tunnel of bubbles, Zach and I followed them to their last stop of the day — a kayaking tour! The Redwoods Rides Adventure Tours accommodated their special request of adding a canoe, which they decorated with a “just married” sign and trailing tin cans. After a few photos in the canoe, they took off to join the rest the family on the water for yet another adventure!
Congratulations Dave and Jessica!