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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South Lake Tahoe, CA Elopement Photo Story Award

South Lake Tahoe, CA wedding day image of the couple riding bikes to the County Clerk's Office on their COVID day

South Lake Tahoe, CA Elopement Photographer | riding bikes to the County Clerk's Office, the ONLY acceptable form of transportation on their wedding day

Kierney and William ride bikes to the County Clerk's Office, the ONLY acceptable form of transportation on their wedding day.

Kierney and William had a large outdoor beach wedding planned for September 2020, but when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, they decided a few weeks that what they really wanted was to just be married.  Kierney and William are incredibly relaxed, adventurous people, so the day was incredibly representative of who they are: they walked their dogs to a nearby meadow before riding bikes to the county clerk's office for a simple civil ceremony with their family members watching from a Zoom call.

While the couple was planning on keeping their original plans to hold a ceremony and beach reception in September, only a few weeks after their civil ceremony, the wedding venue would cancel on them, permanently altering what little plans they did have.  They rolled with the changes though: they bought a camper as their honeymoon gift to themselves and are spending their quaranlives fixing up their backyard and intend to hold a reception there instead.

COVID-19 CA Wedding Photography showing that Dog parent duties are never done, even on your elopement day

COVID-19 California Elopement Photography | Dog parent duties are never done, even on your wedding day

Dog parent duties are never done, even on your wedding day. Kierney and William enjoy some quiet time with their dogs before they head to the County Clerk's Office to be married. The couple walk their dogs while enjoying a COVID-19 wedding-themed adult beverage.

South Lake Tahoe Civil Ceremony Wedding photo of The bride and groom showing ID's to the county clerk at the office

South Lake Tahoe Civil Ceremony Elopement Image | The bride and groom show their ID's to the county clerk before their civil ceremony

Kierney and William show their ID's to the county clerk before their civil ceremony.

CA Zoom Wedding Ceremony image of the bride and groom chatting with family on Zoom

CA Zoom Elopement Ceremony Photo | the bride and groom chat with their family members on Zoom

Kierney and William chat with their family members on Zoom while they wait on their paperwork to be completed before their ceremony.

CA Civil Ceremony wedding image of Laughs during their County Clerk vows

California Civil Ceremony Elopement Kiss Picture | Laughs during vows during their civil ceremony in South Lake Tahoe, California

Kierney laughs at William's vows to her during their civil ceremony in South Lake Tahoe, California.

CA County Clerk Office Zoom Wedding Ceremony Photo of The newlyweds showing off their rings

County Clerk Office Zoom Ceremony Photo from CA | The newlyweds show off their wedding rings

The newlyweds show off their wedding rings to their family members who are on a Zoom call from all over the country.

CA Beach Wedding Reception image of the couple enjoying each other with champagne

CA Beach Elopement Reception Photo | They enjoy each other's company with some champagne

They enjoy each other's company with some champagne in celebration post-ceremony.