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January 2, 2020
Imagine a relaxed morning with your family and your love, eating pizza by-the-slice in a beach house overlooking the Oregon Coast. Then dressing up in clothes that make you feel your best and surprising your partner on the beach, feeling the ocean air and enjoying their embrace. Then taking an adventure over to the local Redwoods grove to have an intimate ceremony under the tallest trees you’ve ever laid eyes on.
This could be what your wedding day looks like.
For North Carolina-based couple, Nicole and Mike, their wedding day was just that! For them, making the decision to elope in the California Redwoods Forest was as easy as saying “I Do”.
“We had one of those ‘why not’ moments when choosing to elope in the Redwoods! Early on we decided for a small outdoor ceremony, and after discussing a few locations we decided why not do it under some of the biggest trees out there! We visited the park a few years back and it left a strong impression on us – it was amazing to share the experience with our families, some of who had never been before.”
“To us, simplicity played a huge role in our wedding. An intimate elopement allowed us to focus on the things we truly wanted, and not stress about some of the formalities that come with larger ceremonies.”
Mike – “Seeing my wife in her wedding dress on the beach for the first time was awesome. The ceremony was nice, but I had more fun walking through stout grove taking pictures and trying to make it a fun little adventure. Other things that stick out were family time, pizza, laughs, all the sights and smells. An all around kick ass day!”
Nicole – “After the ceremony was over and all the photos were taken it was time to head into town to meet everyone for dinner. I’ll never forget the drive out of the park – there’s a one lane road that goes straight through the middle of the park, engulfed by some of the largest trees. Mike raced through it to fill our bellies, but it was such a fun moment for the two of us!”
“Keep it simple! Prioritize the things you really care about, and everything else will fall into place.”
“We were quick to choose Marissa Solini Photography to photograph our wedding! She was recommended by a family member who told great things about their experience with her. We loved her photography style and really appreciated that she was willing to travel to our wedding location!
Marissa was thorough and detailed about what to expect beforehand, which took all the stress out of it! We’ve never had professional photographs taken and I was worried it may be awkward, but she made us feel comfortable and relaxed. She communicated every step of the way and delivered beautiful work.”
Photographer: Marissa Solini Photography
First Look Location: Brookings, Oregon
Ceremony Location: Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park (Crescent City, California)
Bridal Outfit: Lulu’s
Officiant: Bride’s Brother, Cliff
P.S. This bride, Nicole, is an AMAZING creative who runs her own woodworking business builiding magical works from locally salvaged materials!
You can check out her work here at Solstice Woodworks (Photos below not mine! Just some pics to show you her awesome skills!)
Can you find a more perfect location?! These photos are so beautiful and I love how the light was shining through on them throughout the day. Beautiful work!
Wow this is just amazing! I have never been to the Redwoods, but it is on my list of places to visit! Love love love!
Man, what a beautiful and intimate day. So gorgeous!
Oh gosh these are all so gorgeous, especially with all the mixed lighting situations! You did those California redwoods justice 🙂
Oh my gosh the redwoods loo like an actual playground! You handled that harsh light on the beach so well, too. Looks like such a lovely day!
These are really great pictures and I really love how you put them together to tell the story. The Redwoods look like an amazing place to elope and your pictures and lovely tones do justice. The couple is amazing and so laid back. The dream elopement day!
Love the red woods for elopements so beautiful!
What a beautiful redwoods elopement! And let’s talk for a second about how talented the bride is!
You really got an amazing perspective for how grand the redwoods are for this beautiful elopement! I can’t believe they had such meaingful moments at the beach AND in the redwoods in one day! dream
Wow, okay this wedding in the Redwoods is unreal! I love how you captured them in the trees!
I love Jedadiah State Park! What a beautiful Redwoods wedding you captured. That picture where the bride is being pulled up the giant fallen tree in her sandals says it all. Adventure!
this is such an incredibly beautiful elopement! the redwoods couldnt have been a better backdrop for this day!
I am DYING to shoot in the California Redwoods! What an intentional and beautiful elopement, Marissa!!
GOALS!!!!! Love this elopement. My favorite part of this entire blog is how you included quotes from the couple’s about their favorite part. So sweet!
So pretty! You were able to capture so many beautiful moments between the couple and showcase the scenery as well. Great work!
Such a stunning elopement in the Redwoods! I love seeing your work! You are such a genuine and talented human being and I adore these elopement photos SO much!
these are so beautiful! i love the sunny beach wedding photos! These California Redwood Elopement photos are gorgeous – love all the exploration you did in the woods together!
I love how you use the natural lines of the red wood trees to frame your shots. Beautiful elopement!
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