I couldn’t possibly describe to you the honor it was to photograph my best friend getting married to the love of her life.

Even better, I recently got ordained so I could officiate their wedding too.

My love for Halston and Louis is unreal. They desired to elope before their full ceremony and reception the next weekend with all of their guests. I’m so thrilled that my husband Nathan and I got to be a part of both of these milestones and celebrations of their relationship.

Halston wore a GORGEOUS blue skirt as a part of her two-piece wedding dress. Louis matched his floral tie to her skirt color and they complimented each other beautifully. My favorite part is that they wore hiking boots for their elopement. AH. SO GOOD.

They held their elopement ceremony at a private residence near San Francisco. They spent a private moment with just the two of them (and us) to read their personal vows to one another, overlooking the water. It started as a rainy, windy, and very cold day, but as they read their vows, the clouds parted and the sun started coming through. The light pouring down on us would glimmer through the tall grass as the wind would push it back and forth. It was truly magical.

Their family members gathered around them as they exchanged rings and I announced them officially as husband and wife. After some hugs, tears, and family portraits, the family dismissed themselves to set up an intimate dinner for everyone in the woods. It was a picnic area we had found and knew it would be a perfect way to share a family-style meal with the ones closest to them.

The serve-ware came from family members, the wildflowers in vases had the vibe of being freshly picked – which always ends up being my favorite style of arrangements and bouquets. Twinkle lights strung between the trees created a backdrop for the bride and groom as they shared their first married meal together.

After dinner, we drove to the beach where we got the last 8 minutes of sunlight. It was freezing, so we kept it moving. I had them dancing and twirling and made sure that all the in-between moments were full of genuine laughter. As the sun officially set, we ended the evening with coffee in the nearby town. The sweetest ending for the sweetest day for the sweetest couple.

As we move into 2019, I have some more exciting news to share!

My husband, Nathan, is launching his own videography business, Ochoa Wedding Films! He has been photographing weddings with me for nearly 10 years now under TMinspired Photography. We’re so excited to announce that we are now offering another way to document precious memories for brides and grooms. Right now, he has a sneak peek ready from Halston and Louis’ elopement, and I’m loving the fact that I can share it here along side of my own highlights from their elopement day.

Halston and Louis – San Francisco from Ochoa Wedding Films on Vimeo.

Halston and Louis’ San Francisco Elopement