What a beautiful La Jolla beach elopement Quiara + Darnell had! We were a little worried that it would be an overcast morning, but it was overcast at the perfect time and then the sun shined through! Their wedding ceremony was surrounded by blue skies and blue waters as they exchanged their vows. Such an emotional ceremony, tears were shed and so much love was felt all around!
Originally, they were having a big wedding with lots of friend and family but due to COVID-19, they had to change their wedding plans. That is how the idea of eloping on the beach came about. They were surrounded by their immediate family but you could feel the extended guests who were participating remotely via zoom and other social media platforms.
We chose an early start time, not too early, to avoid the crowds and the harsh sun. It was on a Friday morning, so I was expecting less people but it’s still a summer Friday so you never know. Right before the ceremony, a city truck came up that was going to work on something nearby and be in the background of their wedding photos! Before I had a second to freak out, I calmly asked if they could wait 15min for the ceremony to occur before starting to work. They were super nice and agreed. The power of a wedding dress!
Before the ceremony I took portraits of the bride. There is a beautiful house nearby the ceremony site that makes you feel like you are on a hacienda! I always shoot brides there if they are getting married at the La Jolla beach. It has a great mix of color and texture! Quiara was glowing, such a stunner!! I took Darnell’s portraits while we were shooting the formal portraits.
For their formal portraits I took them over to La Jolla Cove. We started at the Wedding Bowl and to our good fortune, there was no wedding going on, so we took some portraits there first. I like the different backdrops it provides. It was probably due to the face that it was midday when we were shooting the wedding portraits at Cuvier Park that it was empty.