California Elopement // Shannelle & Lester

California Elopement

Shannelle originally contacted me to photograph a courthouse wedding in Ventura. She didn’t take much convincing to move her wedding to the beach and to have Adam officiate. The weather was perfect and their daughters stood by their side as they said, “I do.” It was a pretty amazing day. I asked Shannelle to share a little about why they chose to elope and this is what she said:

We chose to elope because we wanted this to be small and intimate and something our daughters would be able to witness and see.

It’s a memory they will have forever even after we’re gone. We wanted this day to be about US and not everyone else. We were looking for something more intimate with just our little family. It was important for Lester and I to take this next step in our life and important for us to do it on our terms in a setting that reflects us. YOU nailed the location for us perfectly and having Adam as the officiant was a plus! You two made us feel totally comfortable and at ease. The two of you are a great husband and wife team.

For Lester and I, we just wanted a ceremony that was simple, not to long and intimate. That is exactly what Adam delivered. I like how he emailed questions in advance to get to know you so he can cater the ceremony to fit you and your spouse. Its a nice added touch that shows he really cares about the vows he’s putting together for you on your special day.

When you elope, you get to do things on your terms.

You don’t have to stress about a wedding party, what anyone thinks or where anyone is sitting or which family member can sit with another. All that stuff screams headache to us. We just wanted the day to be about us and our dedication to each other. It’s just you and your soon to be husband/wife enjoying the moments/day and soaking up all the love. I swear Les and I were sooooo elated all weekend after we got married. We just felt good and we really liked you and Adam and the energy you two have.

You guys made it super easy for us and we felt like we could just be normal, calm, cool and relaxed. 

Montana de Oro
Elopement with daughters
Montana de Oro Elopement
Montana de Oro Elopement

If you’re interested in eloping, we’d love to help you! You can contact us here or e-mail We’re dreaming of some Yosemite and Big Sur elopements! You can see another recent elopement here.

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  • Shannelle ClayMarch 28, 2019 - 5:34 pm

    You and Adam are the absolute best husband and wife team to work with. We would do it 1,000 times over the same way with the two of you. ReplyCancel

  • Lynda TemsicMarch 28, 2019 - 6:57 pm

    What a great job you provided Shannelle, Les and their family with this special elopement ceremony. It WAS very personal, private and just the way they chose to spend their special day! 
    Love,  Mom ReplyCancel

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