This was the most stunning Mendocino elopement of all time!!! Not only was it in the most gorgeous location, but it was just a few days before Christmas and I loved the subtle holiday details in the decor!
Sarah and Alex have the sweetest love story! They’d known one another almost their whole lives and were each other’s first boyfriend and girlfriend in middle school!!! They broke up before high school, but reconnected later in life and knew they were meant to be!
The whole day was such a beautiful testament to their story and everything was so thoughtfully personalized to the two of them!!!
First, the customized decor and handmade details were so perfect. Sarah handmade her Christmas bouquet and even put twinkle lights in it!! Alex’s suit had important dates and his officer number weaved into subtly. I loved it all!! Also, they have three dogs but unfortunately this location was not dog friendly. This was going to be the first weekend ever that Alex wasn’t with his police K9 partner, so Sarah decided to bring them creatively. After the ceremony, Sarah surprised Alex with cut-outs of them so it could still feel like they were there. Check out those pictures, Alex’s reaction is pure gold!!
My favorite moment!!
Lastly, one of my favorite wedding moments EVER happened too!!
Moments before we walked out for their ceremony, Sarah announced last minute she wanted a tequila shot so we grabbed Alex and set him on the other side of the wall and poured tequila into champagne glasses for them to toast without seeing each other…BUT as I counted down to 1 for them to throw it back, Sarah took hers like a champ and Alex waited for the OJ chaser to arrive in hand!! I started cracking up as I told Sarah he cheated and the photos really do say it all!!! hahah.
Let’s do this!
I feel so lucky I live in Northern CA so I can photograph amazing couples like Alex and Sarah in such beautiful locations! If you’re looking for a place to elope in Northern California, I could not recommend this location enough!!! It has everything you could possibly want for an elopement or just a weekend trip: oceanside cliffs, redwood forests, open meadows. It’s seriously a dream!!!
Photos by Rachel Christopherson, Northern California Wedding Photographer