California elopement photography on Santa Cruz Beach - Davenport Beach

An Adventurous California Elopement on Santa Cruz Beach

This summer California elopement on Santa Cruz beach, more specifically, Davenport Beach was perfect! Hayley and Josh are such beautiful couple, and I loved how adventurous and minimalistic their elopement was! They even had one of their best friends Sara as their officiant, and you could tell just how special it was for them that she was present. We all loved the overcast skies and the crazy amount of summer wildflowers along the beautiful cliffs! It was literally the perfect day to celebrate Hayley and Josh!

Hayley & Josh’s Adventurous Santa Cruz Beach Elopement

Seeing Hayley and Josh interact with each other and their tender, sweet love was one of my favorite parts of the day. We got some great shots by the coast, and Hayley wore a minimalist Jenny Yoo dress, subtle makeup, with a vibrant summer bouquet by Mahina + Soul! She looked stunning! After their ceremony and portraits, the two of them went out to dinner together to celebrate and spent the weekend in the area! My favorite types of weddings are intimate elopements and weddings, and capturing Josh and Hayley’s day was an amazing experience. Each and every couple I serve has a unique love story, and so do their weddings. I always appreciate the opportunity to capture such a momentous and intimate moments behind the camera!

Sweet Words From Hayley:

“My husband and I hired Rachel to take both our engagement and elopement photos (and it’s one of the best decisions we’ve ever made)! Rachel was so professional, communicative, and most importantly such a gem to work with. She made us feel at ease in front of the camera and captured our day in such a special way. We had a very small, intimate elopement and Rachel couldn’t have been a more perfect person to come along for the journey – she was so thoughtful, kind, and the ultimate hype woman! We will absolutely be using her for all of our future photo events.”

I’m Ready To Capture Your Adventurous California Elopement Next!

Planning your own adventurous elopement or intimate beach wedding? It was be such an honor for me to be a part of your special day, too! One of my favorite things about being a California elopement photographer is the couples I meet along the way, and I hope you’re next! You can learn more about me here. If I sound like the perfect match for your and your future spouse, then inquire with me here! I truly cannot wait to hear from you and all about what you envision for your California elopement or intimate wedding! In the meantime, make sure to check out other intimate weddings and elopements on the blog and get inspired!

Rachel C. Photography | California Elopement Photographer

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Wedding Vendors:

Photographer: Rachel Christopherson Photography – @rachelcphotos_ | Florist: Mahina + Soul@mahinanadsoul | Dress: Jenny Yoo@jennyyoonyc