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Pacific Coast Elopement Inspiration

San Francisco elopement on the ocean.

Wild Oceanside San Francisco Elopement

I’ve always loved the ocean. I grew up visiting the Atlantic at least once a year, and I always treasured the experience. There’s something about the smell of the salty sea air, the wind in your hair, and the powerful waves crashing. The ocean has a mysterious power, affected by the moon and the cycles of the universe. The ocean has healing properties- being near it leaves you feeling alive and refreshed.

Earlier this year I was in California for a wedding, and by luck happened to meet this amazing couple, Linda and Ken. They live in San Francisco and Linda is a wedding planner in the area. I mentioned that I’d love to set up a styled elopement with a couple, and they were totally up for it! So, backstory- Linda and Ken are already married. They have an absolutely adorable one-year old daughter. But they were really excited to meet me and help me make some beautiful elopement style photos in the bay area.

After doing some research and scouting locations in person, I decided on this spot- Mussel Rock Park in Daly City- just South of San Francisco. I instantly fell in love with the cliffs and rocky shoreline, the waves crashing on the rocks, and the delicate flowers all around! This place has an intense energy to it.

I asked the couple to write down some promises to each other, and turned the experience into an informal vow renewal for them. It was so heartwarming! We ended the day watching the most beautiful sunset over the Pacific Ocean. Even though the experience wasn’t a true elopement, the energy and intention was there, and it was a magical experience. I’m truly grateful for it.

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Lume Photography is an adventurous elopement and wedding photographer based in Michigan, travelling worldwide. Behind the camera you’ll find me (Andrea)- a girl who loves animals, the wilderness, and love stories. I believe in magic, soulmates, and the hidden forces of energy that connect everything and everyone in the universe. My favorite places are the woods, the mountains, and the ocean. My passion is documenting the moments, emotions and connection between two souls in love, in wild places. I travel to Arizona, Colorado, California, Scotland, and beyond to photograph wild elopements and small destination weddings.

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