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."
San Francisco, CA Wedding image from a Golden Gate National Park covid elopement ceremony with masks
Masking up before heading out to get married.
Walking through the Presidio near the aptly named lover's lane.
Finding joy in the trees near Andy Goldsworthy's Wood Line.
Muir Beach San Francisco Overlook Wedding Ceremony photo from a private tearful elopement for the bride and groom
Despite the absence of an audience, the nerves are still very real.
Golden Gate National Recreation Area Wedding image showing an emotional beach cliff ceremony elopement
At this emotional moment, Monika's laughter kept her from completely bursting into tears.
An impromptu beach blanket cocktail hour for two.
Muir Beach Wedding Couple Image from a San Francisco Bay Area Elopement as the couple walked on the sand by the water
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
Just us, a few swimmers, and this father and son playing in the surf as the sun sets on their wedding day.