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Amanda & Jesse – Foggy October Elopement

Amanda and Jesse - these two. First off - I would love to say that these two humans are so incredibly sweet and thoughtful and full of light! I am so blessed that they chose me to document their big day and even though we had to jump through a few hurdles (cuz ya know, COVID!) - they were so patient and kind throughout it all.  

Their wedding was supposed to originally take place in April 2020 at the fantastic Roche Harbor resort in the San Juans, but with COVID hitting the world like a pile of bricks - it was decided that they would postpone to October when hopefully things got a bit back to normal. And as we all know, things did not get back to normal. So with the postponed date being pushed to October 2020 and venues shutting down again, they decided they couldn't wait anymore to be husband and wife and decided to elope. As we were looking at place for their elopement, and racking my brain for all the places in the beautiful state of WA to elope at, Amanda and Jesse decided on West Point beach in Deception Pass, Oak Harbor.  

Leading up to their elopement date, we found that we would be drenched in sunlight on a warm and sunny early October date. While I was getting a bit nervous, since shooting in direct sunlight may not always be the most flattering light, I was so dang excited to see these two finally say "I do!". The morning of their elopement, much to my surprise, I wake up to find everything covered in a deep and dense fog. As I set out north to Oak Harbor I thought the fog would lift and it would be a sunny day. Oh boy was I wrong!! It ended up being one of the foggiest days for Seattle and WA that night and it didn't lift all day long. In the end, the fog ended up being a gorgeous backdrop for this Deception Pass wedding. It gave us moody vibes (especially with Amanda's killer jacket!) and a nice, even light all around and I can't be mad about that! 

Surrounded by just their parents, these two said some heartbreakingly beautiful vows to each other and tied the knot. Seriously, I was a mess behind the lens (but yet again, I always am - WHOOPS) and felt so much of their love for each other. Toasts were made around the picnic table with individual bottles of champagne and sparkling cider, for a social-distancing friendly toast, and treats were had all around. These two had their "cake" from Cafe Besalu, a local little pastry shop in Fremont with the most delicious pastries (be forewarned they sell out fast!), with a backdrop of florals from Trader Joes in a lovely bouquet the bride designed herself! 

After parents said their goodbyes, the three of us were able to explore the rest of the beach nearby for some totally epic photos among the fog that still lingered around. These two crawled over rocks, ran through the sand, and danced their little butts off - which is all I can ask my couples for. I can't wait to celebrate the reception portion of their wedding in the next couple of months to come and dance my little butt of with them! If you're looking for a sign to elope - look no further HERE IT IS!! ELOPE!!! It will be amazing and still so much fun! <3 

Dress is Willowby By Watters , Coat is Unreal Fur (thrifted!!), Florals from Trader Joes, Cake from Cafe Besalu

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