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A Wonderful Monterey Elopement On Wave Street | Lauren & Collin

bride and groom cypress trees kissing eloping

No doubt, it’s a wild time for the wedding industry but Lauren and Collin’s love story has been such a dream to capture for this local Monterey elopement photographer! These two are really made for each other. Collin is an attorney and Lauren’s a pastry chef, not your typical bride to be sure! I totally felt an immediate connection with them both. They’re a superstar couple and spending the day with them for their Monterey elopement was a real treat!

elopement day portraits of the couple at the Jabberwock Inn; they laugh and share a kiss by film photographer AGS Photo Art

The Elopement Route Is A Sweet One

the bride and groom sharing a kiss, one in front of the harbor near the water with boats in the background, another under a tall tree in a grassy field by film photographer AGS Photo Art

It’s my number one recommendation for all wedding plans that have had to be rethought to consider taking the elopement route. For Lauren and Collin, their Monterey elopement is just the tip of the iceberg until their real wedding at The Berkeley City Club. That isn’t to say, of course, that their Monterey elopement fell short of anything magical and dreamy!

portraits of the bride and groom laughing

Love Is In The Details

solo portraits of the bride and groom; the bride is wearing a white Ralph Lauren gown with a bouquet of white, pink, yellow and orange flowers; the groom is dressed in a blue wool suit with orange buttons and an orange pocket square
Monterey Elopement table details; an orange, pink, white and yellow flower bouquet tied in ribbon with a ring looped into it; a small bottle of hand sanitizer with the initials "L+C" on the front in green ink and green leaves by film photographer AGS Photo Art
Jabberwock Inn venue palm trees; portraits of the bride and groom hand in hand walking along a golf course; the bride looks over her shoulder smiling at the camera while her groom kisses her cheek by film photographer AGS Photo Art

Capturing their getting ready and the first look at the Jabberwock Inn (peep the Alice in Wonderland reference!) was such a whimsical, fairytale feel. From the trees growing up and around the whole property, to the picturesque views of the ocean and Monterey Bay, they couldn’t have picked a better place to stay!

Jabberwock Inn venue details on elopement day- a worn wooden door, tall trees, and brick pillars
couple embracing by a stone wall with pink flowers hanging overhead; another portrait of the couple sharing a kiss on a stone walkway with palm tree branches above them
Jabberwock Inn venue palm trees; portraits of the bride and groom hand in hand walking along a golf course; the bride looks over her shoulder smiling at the camera while her groom kisses her cheek by film photographer AGS Photo Art

Lauren is truly done up to the nines with moons and stars in her hair. And her Ralph Lauren dress has these epic arm capes for this gorgeous celestial look that’s SO stunning! Collin was looking dapper too with his handmade wool suit. It even has a pocket watch! Capturing all these thematic details as their local Monterey elopement photographer gave their special day such an intimate and quirky feel!

portraits of bridal details like the moon and star clips in the twists in her hair as well as her bouquet and diamond drop earrings by film photographer AGS Photo Art
groom's details including a blue wool suit with orange buttons and a gold pocketwatch by film photographer AGS Photo Art

“The ring itself was designed by us both after the proposal. Collin proposed with a “travel ring” that I can wear when we travel so I’m not neurotic about my “real” ring. It’s an emerald that Collin’s dad had purchased back in the 80’s. Apparently he was in the emerald business for a brief time, which I found out AFTER the proposal! One of the diamonds on the side of the band is from on of my grandmother’s rings. She passed away but I was extremely close with her. Collin had already asked my mom if we could use it before the proposal. His band also has an emerald in it from his dad.” – Lauren

photos of the groom's elopement day details such as brown loafers, gray sock with blue designs, and an orange pocket square on his blue wool suit

Monterey Elopement Portraits & The Ceremony That Made My Day

groom kissing his bride's cheek while she smiles and holds her bouquet; the couple walks down a brick paved road hand in hand at Jabberwock Inn, the sleeves of the bride's Ralph Lauren flow behind her as she smiles and waves by film photographer AGS Photo Art
close up of the groom's handmade blue wool suit and his orange and blue pocket square; the couple smiles and touch their noses together by film photographer AGS Photo Art
bride and groom looking into each other's eyes and smiling on their elopement day in Monterey, CA

After their getting ready and first look, we took off to City Hall. I captured some beautiful portraits there and at their cozy ceremony at Wave Street Studios. These two wanted to get married at Wave Street from the get-go, but it was just too small for their initial wedding plans. Since they revised and went way smaller, they ended up going with it after all! Their vows were simply lovely. It was all about the honor and blessing that Collin felt to marry Lauren, his best friend, and getting to spend the rest of their lives together.

outdoor Monterey Elopement reception photos at Wave Street Studios by film photographer AGS Photo Art
elopement day details: teal tablecloth with green branches, small candles in cups and a bottle of hand sanitizer; portrait of the bride and groom sharing a kiss at the end of their Monterey elopement reception at Wave Street Studios; the front of Jabberwock Inn

Everything about Lauren and Collin’s Monterey elopement made me feel so bright and full. Especially after a prior accident had ruined a lot of my equipment. While admittedly I had a rough start to the day that morning, I always strive to have positivity in spades for my couples. Lauren and Collin ended up giving that back to me! I loved seeing their Zoom call hellos to their friends and family. It’s a privilege for me being their local Monterey elopement photographer that I could see their special day in person.

bride and groom portraits with their parents at their side plus two children arm in arm wearing green masks while standing on a stone bench by film photographer AGS Photo Art
bride and parents walking down the aisle as their guests in masks watch them fondly
bride and groom saying hello to their elopement guests virtually via Zoom on a large TV screen in Wave Street Studios in Monterey, CA

While it may not be feasible to have a grand ol’ wedding at the moment, don’t lose hope that it WILL happen. I’d love to be your elopement photographer, you can reach out to me here and I’ll happily capture your love story!

Monterey elopement portraits at Jabberwock Inn; the couple is walking through a grassy field, then holding a cloth banner reading "just married" as they share a kiss by film photographer AGS Photo Art

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