Swami’s Beach Encinitas Elopement | Kim + Eric

August 25, 2022

Swami’s Beach Encinitas Elopement | Kim + Eric

As a San Diego elopement photographer, I love seeing couples make their wedding day about themselves and not about their guests. Weddings can sometimes get out of hand, and couples spend their wedding day going from activity to activity without a moment to pause and enjoy it for themselves! This is why I love when couples decide to have an elopement or a micro wedding so they can keep things simple and about celebrating their love! In these Swami’s Beach Encinitas Elopement | Kim + Eric brought their daughters and were married by a good friend! Simply perfect!

When planning a San Diego beach elopement, make sure to check the permit rules and regulations. I would also advise on a weekday if it’s during the summertime as there are many tourists visiting. An early or midweek wedding would more than likely have less people on the beach. Also, you want to plan it for low tide during sunset. I always suggest having your ceremony start two hours before sunset. This will give enough time for the ceremony, family portraits and then formal couple portraits. The magic hour light happens one hour before sunset.

When deciding how much coverage you need for your San Diego beach elopement, consider what parts you want documented. Some people want the “getting ready photos” captured while others prefer to have the beginning of their reception documented. It’s all up to you guys! The “getting ready” portion is really what I like to call “ready to go”. Why? Because you are almost ready or ready and it’s more so portraits of the finishing touches, portraits of yourself and portraits with your immediate family.

If San Diego is your destination elopement city, then I would consider renting a house on air b n b for everyone to get ready at. It’s much easier than a hotel and it can work as the getting ready location portraits if they have a nice back or front yard. Also, you can make sure you have everyone accounted for under one roof if you have a small number of guests.



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