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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Sutro Heights Park, San Francisco Elopement Photo Story Award

Sutro Heights Park, San Francisco CA beach wedding portrait of The couple near the water

Sutro Heights Park, San Francisco Elopement Couple Portrait | The couple chose to have a small wedding ceremony

Jeanne and Stewart flew in from New York City to celebrate their union with close families and friends. The couple chose to have their small wedding ceremony at Sutro Heights Park in San Francisco. Their parents also flew in from Hong Kong to share their day with them and, while the wedding was short and sweet, it was no less heartwarming and emotional.

The couple stands by the sea surrounded by sunshine as they kiss and the breeze lifts the bride’s veil up into the air behind her.

San Francisco Beach wedding photography of family members and friends at the outdoor ceremony in the park

Sutro Heights Park, San Francisco Beach Elopement Ceremony Image | family members and friends flew in from various places around the globe to witness the couple’s union

Various family members and friends flew in from various places around the globe to witness the couple’s union, and the two are married outdoors beneath tall trees, standing before a modest altar.

CA beach wedding ceremony image of the groom reading his vows in the SF park

San Francisco, CA Elopement Ceremony Photo | the groom reads his vows

As the groom reads his vows, the sweet bride struggles to hold back her tears.

San Francisco CA Outdoor wedding image of The maid of honor who couldn’t quite stop the tears

San Francisco Outdoor Elopement Ceremony Picture | The bride’s maid of honor, her sister, on the other hand, couldn’t quite stop the tears

The bride’s maid of honor, her sister, on the other hand, couldn’t quite stop the tears, and she tries to cover her face with a handkerchief.

San Francisco wedding image of The bride listening to the officiant as he speaks

San Francisco Park Elopement Ceremony Photography | The bride watches and listens to the officiant as he speaks

The bride watches and listens to the officiant as he speaks about the meaning and significance of the wedding ring.

California Outdoor wedding image of The couple sharing a sweet moment at the altar

California Outdoor Elopement Ceremony Photos | The couple share a sweet moment as they finally get to hold hands at the altar

The couple share a sweet moment as they finally get to hold hands at the altar, and the groom grasps the bride’s left hand in both of his.

SF, California wedding image from post-ceremony of the couple walking off together as their guests watch

SF, California Elopement Couple Shot | After the ceremony, the couple walk off together as their guests watch

After the ceremony, the couple walk off together as their guests watch. They cannot hide their happiness as they smile at each other.

SF, CA outdoor wedding photo showing The mother of the bride helping fix her daughter’s veil

SF, CA Elopement Bridal Image | The mother of the bride helps fix her daughter’s veil

The mother of the bride helps fix her daughter’s veil and secures it in her hair, which is decorated with a pink rose to match her bouquet.

CA wedding Couple Portrait of The couple showing their silly side as they have a private minute of affection

CA Elopement Couple Portraits | The couple reveals their silly side as they have a private minute of affection

The couple reveals their silly side as they have a private moment of affection, making faces as they press their noses together.