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WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIOS ARE OPEN - Many couples don’t want to wait. They are planning to get married in the very near future, eloping, or rushing a small ceremony with their photographer, some close friends, and family but dispensing with or postponing the reception party. 

View WPJA photo stories from smaller weddings - WedElope | Choose love, not fear!

Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Muir Beach Overlook, CA Elopement Photo Story Award

Beach Wedding Ceremony image from a popular destination spot for tourists and locals

Wedding Ceremony Photo from a Beach View from the Muir Beach Overlook, Marin County

Typically a popular destination for tourists and locals, this cool afternoon was very quiet.

Inspired by the natural beauty of the San Francisco Bay Area, Monika and James had originally planned a Napa Valley wedding but first came the pandemic, then wildfires which nearly destroyed their venue and filled the bay with smoke for over a month. Needless to say, the wedding plans were off. Still madly in love with each other and their new nome, the couple reached out to us to capture some photos of their intimate ceremony high atop Muir Beach, with some pre-wedding photos around their San Francisco neighborhood. The day ended with some bubbles on the beach at sunset.

It's interesting looking back at their original questionnaire before 2020 changed everything and what was stressful at that point in time. Here it is... "We are most nervous at this point about following through on the logistics for our wedding weekend. We know that not everything will go to plan, but hope that the two of us and all of our family and friends will have a great weekend in Napa." 

Presidio, San Francisco Lover Lane elopement photo during A walk through the CA woods

Presidio, San Francisco - Lover's Lane Wedding Image | A walk through the CA woods

Walking through the Presidio near the aptly named lover's lane.

Andy Goldsworthy Wood Line Presidio SF CA Wedding image of the bride in the trees

Andy Goldsworthy's Wood Line - Presidio, SF, CA Wedding Pic | Finding joy in the trees

Finding joy in the trees near Andy Goldsworthy's Wood Line.

Golden Gate National Recreation Area Wedding image showing an emotional beach cliff ceremony elopement

Golden Gate National Recreation Area Wedding Photo | An emotional moment during the beach cliffs ceremony

At this emotional moment, Monika's laughter kept her from completely bursting into tears.

Muir Beach Wedding Couple Image from a San Francisco Bay Area Elopement as the couple walked on the sand by the water

Muir Beach Overlook Wedding Portraits - San Francisco Bay Area | a relaxing day as the couple walked and danced

Couldn't have been any more of a relaxing day as the couple walked and danced along the edge of the Pacific at Muir Beach.

Muir Beach, Marin County CA Beach Wedding image of the couple with a family playing in the Pacific surf

Muir Beach, Marin County - CA Beach Wedding Photographer | a few swimmers, and this father and son playing in the surf

Just us, a few swimmers, and this father and son playing in the surf as the sun sets on their wedding day.