This elopement is one that is super personal for me….it’s for my own baby sister! When Kelsey originally told me about her plans to elope in San Diego I thought I would be the one capturing this special time in her life. But, after a little more thought, we both realized that it would be best if I attend as her sister and leave the photography up to the pros! So we brought in two of my Master Photographers, Gabby and Kellen, to capture their oceanfront elopement.
We started planning her elopement early in the summer and I knew we should enlist the help of Rae and her team from Silk and Sabal! She helped Lizy plan her amazing NC wedding, so I knew she could help Kelsey even if we live across the country! Kelsey chose a palette with Autumn tones like rust, orange and ochre. I loved that she wanted to pull in colors that she knew Mike could see (he’s color-blind).
Getting to San Diego was a little bit of a challenge, as we started on our travels just as Southwest was cancelling thousands of flights. And of course, we got stranded in Dallas with no baggage and no flights out. After about 24 hours in Dallas, we managed to find a flight on Delta and our journey was back on track!
They chose a beautiful private residence on the ocean in San Diego. Right when you walked through the front doors, you were greeted with a completely open view of the Pacific. Following the ceremony, we were greeted to a cocktail hour of charcuterie and wine while Kelsey and Mike took photos at a local spot on the water. For dinner, our private chef prepared a gourmet meal of salmon and braised beef short ribs over pappardelle and broccolini. We ended the evening with an incredible sunset and champagne toasts!
Kelsey and Mike are planning a reception in Ohio to celebrate with their extended families and friends, but I loved that they chose this special intimate ceremony for their vows!
I brought this blue birdcage veil from a hat I have of my grandmother’s. My mom and I pinned it under Kelsey’s dress as her “something blue”.