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Sunset Cliffs, San Diego, CA Beach Destination Elopement Photo Story Award

Sunset Cliffs San Diego Wedding Gallery Image of Bride and groom saying vows to one another in an intimate destination elopement

Sunset Cliffs of San Diego - Wedding Gallery Portfolio Pics | Bride and groom commit their vows to one another in an intimate destination elopement

While holding hands on the edge of Sunset Cliffs, Erika and Edwin commit their vows to one another in an intimate destination elopement ceremony overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

Erika and Edwin first met when they were children growing up in New Jersey. After more than a decade of dating, they decided they wanted to return to their native New Jersey and host a grand wedding with all of their family members and friends. However, when the pandemic swept in and changed nearly everything, they decided to change their plans. 

Instead of postponing their wedding and delaying their marriage, they opted for an intimate and breathtaking wedding on the Sunset Cliffs in San Diego. It was a day filled with personal touches, virtual experiences and even a few hilarious jokes along the way. While it wasn't the elaborate wedding they had always thought they would have, it was still memorable, moving and beautiful — just as it would have been if it had been in New Jersey.

Sunset Cliffs San Diego California Wedding Image of bridesmaids signed onto Zoom wearing matching robes

Sunset Cliffs San Diego California Wedding Image | bridesmaids signed onto Zoom wearing matching robes

In a show of solidarity, Erika's bridesmaids signed onto Zoom wearing matching robes and offered her words of support as she got ready for her wedding day. To commemorate the moment, the bride took a screenshot portrait with her bridesmaids on Zoom.

Sunset Cliffs BW Wedding Photo from San Diego, CA of bridesmaids via Zoom to bride getting dressed in her gown

Sunset Cliffs BW Wedding Photo - San Diego, CA | The bridesmaids react via Zoom to the bride getting dressed in her gown

The bridesmaids react via Zoom to Erika getting dressed in her wedding gown. Despite the distance, they were fully immersed in the moment — it was as if they were in the room in person.

Sunset Cliffs Beach Wedding Vow Prep Image of groom call to mother and brother

Sunset Cliffs Weddings - Beach Vow Prep Image - The groom calls his mother and brother

Edwin calls his mother and brother, who are back in his home state of New Jersey. He takes a moment to compose himself during the emotional conversation.

San Diego Wedding Image of Mr. Potato Head costume outside the San Diego County Buildings

San Diego Wedding Photographer | a Mr. Potato Head costume outside the San Diego County Building

Edwin had been ready to be wowed by his bride during their first look, but Erika decided to pull a prank on him instead. She showed up in a Mr. Potato Head costume outside the San Diego County Building, which Edwin found absolutely hilarious.

Beachfront Wedding Photography at Sunset Cliffs San Diego, CA of bride reacting with joy and laughter to grooms vows

Beautiful Wedding Photography at Sunset Cliffs - San Diego, CA | The bride reacts with joy and laughter to grooms vows

Erika reacts with joy and laughter to Edwin's vows during their cliffside elopement.

Zoom Wedding Photo from Sunset Cliffs, San Diego as couple took time to wave hello to everyone who signed onto the live stream

Wedding Photos from Sunset Cliffs, San Diego | they took time to wave hello to everyone who signed onto the live stream

The bride and groom broadcast their wedding ceremony on Zoom, which allowed all of their friends and family in New Jersey to be present for the moment. At the end of the ceremony, they took time to wave hello to everyone who signed onto the live stream.

Sunset Cliffs Intimate Wedding Photo from CA of groom opening bottle of champagne to toast his new bride

Sunset Cliffs Intimate Wedding Photographer of CA | The groom pops a bottle of champagne to toast his new bride

Edwin pops a bottle of champagne to toast his new bride, as Erika reacts with awe and amazement to the flying cork.

Sunset Cliffs CA Couple Portrait Session w couple walking Hand in hand as they cross the beach cliffs

Sunset Cliffs Couple Portrait Session | Hand in hand as they cross the beach cliffs together

Edwin takes Erika's hand as they cross the Sunset Cliffs together. It was a candid moment during their destination elopement, but it seemed to symbolize the fact that they would be traversing over cliffs and journeying across bridges together for the rest of their lives.