May 23, 2024

Adventure Weddings + Elopements, Catalina Island, Portfolio

Getting Married on Catalina Island // Sunshine & Rick

It was a beautiful day to capture Sunshine and Rick getting married on Catalina Island! Sunshine and Rick’s love story is a testament to the enduring power of true love. College sweethearts at the University of Indiana, their lives took different paths after graduation, leading them in separate directions for most of their adult lives. Despite the years and distance, they never forgot each other. Five years ago, fate intervened, and they reconnected, rekindling a love that had never truly faded. Their journey is incredibly inspiring, proving that love can withstand the test of time and that it’s never too late to find happiness with the one who has always held your heart. Sunshine and Rick’s story reminds us that true love knows no boundaries and can flourish at any stage of life.

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Memorable First Look Moments

Their elopement day began under the bright, warm glow of a beautiful sunny morning. Sunshine, radiant as ever, had her hair and makeup professionally done, transforming her into a vision of bridal elegance. The anticipation built as she and Rick prepared for their first look moment. When they finally saw each other in their wedding attire, it was a deeply heartfelt moment that neither will ever forget. The emotions overflowed, bringing tears to both Rick and Sunshine’s eyes as they stood in awe of one another, profoundly moved by the realization that their long-awaited day had finally arrived.

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Cliffside Elopement Ceremony

After their emotional first-look moments, we made our way to the cliffside overlooking the bay. It was there, with the serene ocean as their backdrop, that Sunshine and Rick spoke their vows to each other. As they exchanged rings, Sunshine saw her wedding ring for the first time – a beautiful piece adorned with her mother’s four diamonds. Overcome with awe and heartfelt tears, she radiated with joy as Rick gently placed the ring on her finger.

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Wedding Photos at Wrigley Memorial Botanical Garden

Following their intimate and lovely ceremony, we ventured to the Wrigley Memorial & Botanical Garden. This picturesque location serves as an ideal backdrop for elopement photography on the island. The garden’s lush landscapes, vibrant flora, and the impressive Wrigley Memorial create a serene and enchanting atmosphere. It was perfect for capturing the newlyweds’ joy and love. Amidst the tranquil beauty of the garden, Sunshine and Rick’s happiness was beautifully highlighted, making every photograph a timeless keepsake of their special day. The natural elegance of the botanical garden perfectly complemented their love story.

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Sunset Beach Elopement Photography

After a quick clothing change, Sunshine and Rick transformed into a more casual yet effortlessly chic attire. Sunshine donned an adorable jean jacket adorned with keepsake broaches that once belonged to her mother. Adding her own touch of flair, she slipped into her favorite brand of shoes, Converse sneakers, a playful and personal statement that reflected their laid-back style. It’s moments like these, where couples infuse their elopement day with personalized touches, that truly make it unique to their tastes and love story. With the sun shining down on the sparkling water, we made our way to the beach. The tranquil ambiance set the stage for capturing happy memories. As Sunshine and Rick relaxed and enjoyed each other’s company, I had the pleasure of freezing these cherished moments in time. Each photograph a testament to their love and the joy they shared on this unforgettable day.

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Celebrating with an Elopement Cake

As the day drew to a close, we gathered to celebrate with Sunshine and Rick! We indulged in the sweetness of their elopement cake and the effervescence of champagne. To commemorate the remarkable 44 years they have known each other, Sunshine and Rick adorned their cake with the number “44.” A poignant symbol of their enduring love and journey together. With the sun gently setting over the mountain top, they shared fun moments as they cut into their cake, savoring each bite and toasting to a lifetime of love and happiness. As the evening descended, marking the end of our session, Sunshine and Rick headed off to dinner in town. Hand in hand, their hearts full of cherished memories from a day filled with love, laughter, and joyful celebration.

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