There are three things you should know about this shoot:
1.) Oregon Dunes National Recreational Area outside of Coos Bay is hands-down my favorite place on the Oregon coast. With miles of dunes and beautiful grass as far as the eye can see, foamy white waves, and coastal forests hiding tiny campgrounds, its an absolutely breathtaking and sometimes eerie place to explore.
2.) This is a styled elopement shoot. Why set up a pretend elopement? Because I want couples to see how amazing it can be to simply forgo all the trappings of the wedding industry and focus on one thing: each other. Couples who chose to elope in modern times are usually doing such because they want to spend less money, get rid of the stress of planning a full wedding, and spend quality time with their partner, families and closest friends (if they are included). You can easily plan your destination elopement thanks to the internet, or you can opt for a quiet DIY backyard ceremony followed by a tequila and taco bar - the options are limitless, because with fewer people to worry about, you can quite literally get married anywhere. You can run to a grocery store hours before your ceremony and make your own bouquet (that’s what I did for this shoot AND my own small destination ceremony). An elopement or small, intimate wedding gives you the freedom to create a truly unforgettable day
3.) Nicole and Mike (my models) are a real-life couple who have such amazing in-love chemistry, that this shoot was a breeze. Hold up though - while the models were easy going, the weather was not! After weeks of planning this shoot and driving many hours to make it happen, we were not shocked to find that the April coast weather was abysmal. Giant shout out to N and M, because they were absolute gems and powered through some crazy rain, scary sneaker waves, and helped me eat the cake afterwards.
Models: Nicole & Mike Surber
Dress: Dress & Muse
Jewelry: Soulfire Jewelry by Rocky
Macrame: Em Fibercraft