Jayna & David // A San Francisco City Hall Elopement

 

Jayna & David flew in from Denver to elope at San Francisco City Hall with two of their favorite friends. David had lived here long ago, and the weight and romance of City Hall drew them back to the Bay Area to begin their marriage.

Mild introverts, and big fans of snacks, Jayna & David packed champagne and sweets for a post-ceremony picnic. We drove into Golden Gate Park and they laid out their spread in front of the Conservatory of Flowers. Jayna kicked off her shoes as David popped open their champagne and they toasted to the next phase in their lives. I gave them a bit of space to enjoy this quiet time together, and Jayna gave David a book of poems she had secretly been writing in the lead up to their wedding day. 

As we were getting ready to leave the Conservatory grounds, we spied two food trucks getting their grills going. With her sweet, sweet smile (and the help of her wedding dress), Jayna convinced the taco truck to serve them early, and they devoured marriage tacos in the golden light of the setting sun. 

 

Jenn & Alex in Joshua Tree // A Sunrise Engagement Session

 

When Jenn & Alex found out I was already in the desert (for one of my favorite Joshua Tree weddings of all time), they jumped at the chance to meet me the next morning for a sunrise drive through Joshua Tree National Park. Jenn wore a beautiful floral dress that moved with the wind and popped against the browns and greens and pinks and golds of the desert, and Alex looked sharp as all hell.

We drove into the park in the darkness, and moved south east along the road, stopping wherever our hearts (and casual pre-shoot scouting) suggested. It was a beautiful way to get to know them better - to be in awe, the three of us together, of the California sun rising in the desert sky.

 

Traveling through Ethiopia | 001

 

We left our hotel in Addis Ababa at 5:30am and waited in line for a german bakery to open, where we'd get a week's worth of pastries and our morning's breakfast and then begin the drive. We'd watch the sun rise over the city, leaving it behind us and once the buildings ended the land opened up on all sides.

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