Intimate Bodega Bay Elopement | Sarah + Scott

Sarah and Scott contacted me a week before their St. Patrick's Day wedding. They were on the hunt for a photographer for their small wedding, but hadn't found a photographer they loved. March 17th was their 13th anniversary together. Sarah, a firefighter, and Scott, and policeman, had met through work. They had both been married previously so they weren't looking for anything crazy in terms of their wedding day. They simply wanted to be at the coast, with their closest family and friends. Sarah and Scott had picked a spot on a bluff overlooking Bodega Head. They got ready in the town of Bodega Bay at a house they rented for themselves and their friends. It was perfect. We spent the afternoon hanging at the house while everyone got ready. We then drove the 10 minute drive to Bodega Head and took at 10 minute trail walk out to the bluffs. The weather was incredible and the waves serenaded us all as Sarah and Scott said their vows to one another and finished the ceremony with a Celtic Hand Fasting. We couldn't have imagined a more amazing afternoon on the coast.

Let's Talk About Bouquets! - /bōˈkā/

The wedding bouquet has been a concept used in weddings for centuries and possibly even millennia. It’s a tradition that has traveled its way through almost every culture in Europe and Asia while forming new roots in the Americas.

Originally, a bouquet was carried during a wedding to ward off evil spirits. Brides and bridesmaids would collect flowers and create bouquets and headbands to bring good luck on the wedding day. One tradition followed for decades was to carry sage for wisdom or dill for lust so that a bride may have the patience to grow her marriage and the lust for her husband forever. Did it work? Who knows! But have you ever considered adding herbs or other plant life to your bouquet? How cool does that sound!

These days, a bouquet can mean many things to brides and grooms. Certain flowers may bring you a memory of a loved one, or a nostalgic scent from earlier years. Whatever it may be, your bouquet should be special to you. Wether you want simple, extravagant, large or small, your bouquet will be a centerpiece of your day. You'll carry it through the ceremony and into the evening before tossing it through the air to a future bride! (If the bouquet toss is your thing.)

Now this isn’t to say that a bouquet always has to be flowers, and trust us we’ve seen lots of stuff! From ferns to lanterns, there really are no rules for creating your dream bouquet. When it comes to developing your arrangement, remember it’s yours - rock it, flaunt it, and let it be a symbol of you and your awesome new partnership! To get you started though, here’s some awesome bridal bouquets we had the pleasure of capturing in 2016!