San Francisco Elopement + Jordan and Katie

I met her in September.
I was at a wedding, walking down a hallway at the reception when I heard,
“Lea! Lea!”  I turned around and found Katie.
She proceeded to exhale everything she thought about my work (in a good way)
and it brought me to tears. I couldn’t believe someone was so moved by something I did.
It was a moment and feeling I will forever remember.
Then she introduced me to her then boyfriend and her mom. I was at their table, remembering I have to get back to work!
But I want to talk to these amazing people!
I walked away knowing she was going to be my friend!
Less than a week later they were engaged and we started having the wedding photography conversation.
January rolled around and I got a text, ‘are you available in two weeks!?!?!’
They orchestrated flying each of their mom’s to San Francisco for the “elopement”
and didn’t tell them about the wedding plans until a few days prior!
They rented a condo on the ocean for their little crew for the weekend….
everything about it was magic. Even the weather!
It was 100% chance of rain and Friday in San Fran was NASTY.
High winds, pouring buckets.
Through it all, I asked them to keep replaying the FEELING as if the weekend already passed:
their hearts full, busting at the seams. “Their” perfection.
We bought umbrellas, ponchos, everything…… But it didn’t rain!!!!
And we could see the bridge despite the fog and clouds!!! I hear that’s unheard of.
It’s a real fairytale because I still cannot believe some of what I am writing.
The power of intention. Focusing on the feeling of the weekend-
divine, heaven on earth, bliss, almost too good to be true. And it was.
(For the record- Sunday was back to the nasty windy, rainy weather)

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Katie put together all the flowers and boutonniere’s!!

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Katie made sure there was no shortage of details in the condo: )

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Singing happy birthday to Jordan’s mom with a mini cake….
ahh they are beyond thoughtful!

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One of my favorite non-traditional elements is when couples get ready together…
it provides an amazing time for candids so you can spend the wedding day TOGETHER! whhhhat!!?X92A1339

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Jordan stepped to the side and asked Katie to remember how it felt the moment he proposed at the Sleeping Bear dunes….

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Thank you to my friend Amanda who joined me on this trip to capture moments like this:

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Katie’s mom writing “The Bridgeman’s” in the sand….
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There was no timeline…. Just PLAYING!

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The umbrellas we never needed…I still can’t believe it….

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