Just because you elope doesn’t mean you have to skip having any photos snapped.
Traci & Jeremy may have decided to bypass a big wedding for eloping and later hosting a small reception, but they still wanted to capture those special moments to remember forever. They booked us for that very reason, to take some formal bride and groom portraiture at Point Fermin Park and its historic lighthouse in San Pedro, and in front of the downtown Long Beach skyline after they had previously tied the knot.
The young couple couldn’t have been happier to slip back into their wedding attire and have some fun during our all-day and evening shoot. As a result, we got some great photos of them embracing, sharing longing gazes, dancing under the sunset, and showing everyone how much in love they are.
The locations they chose were perfect: Point Fermin Park in San Pedro consists of 37 landscaped acres of tree-shaded lawns, sheltered pergolas, colorful gardens and a promenade along the edge of the palisade. The vantage point atop the rugged bluffs affords a breathtaking view of the coast toward Santa Catalina Island. You may even be able to spot playful dolphin and harbor seals from the cliffs.
We also used the historical Point Fermin lighthouse built in 1874 as a backdrop; it was the first navigational light into the San Pedro Bay. The couple embraced in front of it some of the best shots we took that day.
They also danced, held hands and to top off the perfect night, Traci was dipped by Jeremy in front of the Long Beach skyline that was breathless thanks to the many colorful lights reflecting off the waterfront buildings.
The couple clearly enjoyed taking these photos (so did we) and will long remember their time in San Pedro and in downtown Long Beach even though they did not say their vows at either of the landmark sites.
Eloping never looked so beautiful!