Julia and Justin’s simple yet stunning elopement at the Oregon Coast is an example of how truly beautiful an elopement can be without all the traditional wedding day pressure. Cape Kiwanda was an epic backdrop for the private nuptials for these two lovebirds looking for an intimate ceremony to tie the knot. Julia made her bouquet herself from a combination of flowers from Trader Joe’s and dried flowers she had pressed herself. She bought an inexpensive wedding dress and Justin wore an amazing blue suit from the clearance rack at Macy’s. This PNW elopement at the coast is proof of how to have the wedding photos of your dreams while spending less than a $1,000 on the entire day.
When we were planning their elopement back in December, Julia had said “just so you know, we are incredibly awkward.” Yea ok, Julia. These two were anything but awkward. They were full of love, charm, and adoration toward each other, and their joy in the day and in each other made my job as an elopement photographer very easy. Our initial date for their elopement at Cape Kiwanda had to be rescheduled due to a snowstorm. Julia was a little concerned that the weather forecast was going to cause additional problems on our new date, but that was not the case. This beautiful Monday in February was full of sunshine and we felt like we had the place to ourselves. Afterwards, they treated me to a beer and French fries at Pelican Brewery (best clients eveerrrr) and Justin shared stories of his prankster ways as a rebel teenager.
Sometimes after days like this, I can’t believe this is my job and I am so incredibly thankful for the people who trust me with their love stories. J+J, thank you for including me on your elopement and I hope your marriage is full of big laughs and dirty jokes, just like your wedding day. If you’re looking for an elopement photographer in the PNW who will join your day as a friend to ease the jitters and calm the awkwardness, I’m your girl. Get in touch with me me here