Abbey and James’ spring wildflower field elopement in Orange County started like this:
1.) Coronavirus (March)
2.) Venue cancels on them (March)
3.) “Liz, we found this really cool spot by our new apartment. We think we want to elope there. Can you go check it out?” (April)
4.) Elopement (May)
Not only is this how Abbey and James ended up getting married in a random field off the side of the road, but this is also how I found one of my favorite, super local-to-me photo locations. I will forever be grateful.
We started off their spring wildflower field elopement off with a first look. I don’t think James waited even a full second after turning around to pull Abbey into the biggest hug. He was in AWE of her (rightfully so, she’s a total babe). They laughed, shed a few tears, hugged some more. I cried, too. How could I not?
We then met their families in front of a blooming purple bush, where they stood next to for their intimate ceremony. Grandmas sat in lawn chairs, parents stood around, and siblings/cousins/best friends were planted right by their sides. I think one of my favorite moments of this entire day was when Abbey placed the ring on James’s finger. She lingered for a second, smiled at the ring super big, and then they continued on with the rest of their ceremony.
Afterwards, we weaved in and out of trails that ran through the wildflower bushes. We caught the most gorgeous golden hour that night (truly one of the best I’ve ever seen). And, once the light had dipped below the mountains and disappeared, we hiked back to our cars before they met their families at home for a short dinner reception. Abbey and James, CONGRATS! I am so stoked that you’re married.