Lars & Sarah :: Palos Verdes & Huntington Beach Wedding

When people talk about modern weddings, where couples are really thinking about what they want, scaling back, and remembering what's most important, I think my brother and his wife really hit the mark. They had a private ceremony in Palos Verdes on Thursday at sunset, at a stunning location that meant a lot to Sarah when she was growing up. It was just them, her brother officiating, and me, and it was so very special. They opted to stay in a lovely nearby hotel that night and really got to enjoy being married without any distractions.

Then Friday was the parrrrtay at the Newland Barn in Huntington Beach. It's the cutest location that you wouldn't even know was there, with food from one of their favorite vegan restaurants and all their favorite people. What more do you need, right? Being the amazing party planner that she is, Sarah made sure everything looked lovely without being fussy.

I've already shared their engagement photos and a few from the ceremony, so here's a selection of my favorites from those two days. It's always hard to narrow down favorites, but when it's family it's extra hard!

They really lucked out with the weather, it was perfect both days - not always a guarantee in March, even in SoCal!

Big thanks to my dad for taking a few shots that actually had me in them! :)

Family to the rescue when the groom cuts his finger!

They've been together 10 years, so I already know their marriage is going to be amazing - they need no luck wished upon them! I can't wait to see what life brings for them.

P.S. Hooray for adding two sisters-in-law to my family in 6 months!

Friday With Dante

The best news of the week, in case you missed it – Dante is free and clear! Clean bill of health! His smile was as big as it usually is at the dog beach when we left the vet. :)

Ellingsen Photography Dante Italian Greyhound at the Dog Beach

So that means Monday, after coming home, I actually finished a meal and slept through the night. Oh, the ups and downs of being a dog mama.

The other good news of the week – this weekend is going to kick bootay! I’m heading down to San Diego tonight because I’m shooting a lovely wedding tomorrow, which means I get to hang out with my cousin and her hubby (who are graciously housing me), and Sunday one of my anniversary giveaway winners is cashing in, and I can’t wait to photograph them as well!

Hope you guys have a wonderful weekend too!


P.S. Pro tip: don’t be an idiot like me and turn your back on the ocean (cardinal sin!) to get a photo like this, because you’ll wind up with your jeans soaked up to your knees.