Are you planning a short-notice, small wedding or elopement?

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. 

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Harbor House Inn, Elk, Mendocino, CA Elopement Photo Story Award

CA wedding ceremony image of The bride tearing up and the officiant loaned his handkerchief

Harbor House Inn, Elk, Mendocino, CA Elopement Photographer | The bride teared up and the officiant loaned him his handkerchief

Janice and Aloysius were traveling from Singapore to get married at the Mendocino Coast's Harbor House Inn. It was only the two of them and they wanted to share their story with family and friends when they returned home. They hoped for photographs that could tell the story of their elopement.

In addition to the ocean, the surrounding environment added dimension and texture to the ceremony site.

There were moving, emotional moments during the ceremony, when Aloysius teared up and the officiant loaned him his handkerchief. The spectacular location of the ceremony, the Harbor House Inn overlooking the Pacific Ocean and the Mendocino coast, made it easy to capture the drama of their California dream wedding. A beautiful sunset developed, for a perfect end to their elopement day.

The Harbor House Inn is a 2019 Michelin Star Inn award winner and 2020 James Beard nominate restaurant featuring one of the most picturesque backdrops on the California Coast and sea-to-table coastal cuisine. 

Mendocino, California wedding image taken as the groom becomes emotional

Mendocino, California Elopement Ceremony Photo | The groom becomes emotional

The groom becomes emotional during the ceremony.

California Beach ceremony photography overlooking the Pacific Ocean

Mendocino, California Beach Elopement Ceremony Image |  ceremony site overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

The ceremony site at the Harbor House Inn overlooking the Pacific Ocean. A spectacular view looking onto the ceremony from the porch of the Harbor House Inn.

Black and White Wedding Ceremony Photography at a California Beach Elopement

Ceremony Picture from a California Beach Elopement | the bride and groom kissing their rings

Both the bride and groom kissing their rings to show their devotion to each other.

Outdoor Ceremony image at a CA Beach Elopement event

Ceremony Photography from a CA Beach Elopement | Outdoor wedding ceremony image

The ceremony site at the Harbor House Inn facing up toward the Inn.

CA Beach wedding image of the couple having champagne and elopement cake

CA Beach Elopement Photography | The couple enjoys having champagne and cake.

The cake was baked by a local bakery Franny's Cup and Saucer. The couple enjoys having champagne and cake.

CA destination wedding couple Portraits at Navarro Ridge Trail

CA Elopement Couple Portraits at Navarro Ridge Trail | A couple portrait along the Navarro Ridge Trail

A couple portrait along the Navarro Ridge Trail in Mendocino, overlooking the Pacific ocean.

Wedding couple photo from Van Damme State Beach, Mendocino, CA

Van Damme State Beach, Mendocino, CA Elopement Photo | Two abalone divers walk the beach with the couple

Two abalone divers walk the beach with the couple at sunset on the Van Damme State Beach in Mendocino.

CA wedding couple portrait at sunset on the Mendocino Headlands

Mendocino, CA Elopement Photographer | A couple portrait at sunset on the Mendocino Headlands

A couple portrait at sunset on the Mendocino Headlands. It was a perfect night for a perfect elopement.