Shooting Kenah and Dale’s elopement on Balboa Island was one of our wedding highlights of this past year. These two are sooooo sweet and it was a little surreal when they reached out because hearing their story and watching how they were together felt like I was looking in a mirror at Dan and I. Just like us they connected through church, and then Dale proposed after they had been dating for only 3-4 months, which is almost exactly how long it was before Dan proposed to me! So we just saw so much of our own story in these two and it felt extra special to document their lovely elopement.
I know we have been using the terms “elopement” and “micro-weddings” interchangeably a lot recently, but this one was a true elopement – just Kenah and Dale, their pastor, 2 of their closest friends, and their adorable pup Hugo (just check out how cute he is in his puppy tux!). Kenah and Dale had wanted to keep things super intimate and laid-back so they could focus on the commitment of marriage, and it made the whole day so relaxing and grounding, without the usual pressures that can come with a wedding.
And just like everyone has been having staycations recently with COVID, this was a stay-elopement! Is that a term? Who knows, but these two got married walking distance from their home in Balboa Island off of Newport Beach. We haven’t shot on Balboa Island much despite being Orange County photographers, so I found new inspiration in this pretty area and can’t wait to shoot there more. But what struck me the most about in this location was the idea that Kenah and Dale can visit the spot where they got married whenever they want to. They can just take a walk to the beach, sit on the dock, and connect with all those feelings from their wedding day again. You don’t get that sort of experience with most wedding “venues” and I’m super sentimental, so I wish I could do that! And for a couple like Dale and Kenah who so clearly find their faith and connection in the little, quiet moments of life, that feels especially perfect to me. So I am so excited to see how these two walk through life together and know that great things are in store for them.