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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!

A Foggy Dog Beach

Ellingsen Photography Huntington Dog Beach In the Waves

Last Saturday, after we had recovered from Thanksgiving, we drove out to the dog beach and met up with my cousin Sarah and her hubby Jim, who were in town visiting his side of the family. His dad came out with us too, and all together we were four dogs and six humans, enjoying the beautifully mild weather and each other’s company. Sarah and Jim’s dog is Taj, on the right in the top photo, a sweetheart of a doberman-German shorthair mix. He’s the biggest mama’s boy you’ve ever met, who’s scared to death of cats and loves to try and scare off/play with birds.

Ellingsen Photography Huntington Dog Beach The Fog

The craziest part was when the fog rolled in, really low and thick. We’ve never seen it do that midday! You couldn’t even see the pier to the south of us. It really moved fast too, reminding us of that Eddie Izzard bit. :) 

Ellingsen Photography Huntington Dog Beach Cassidy & Anja

Sarah and Jim live near a dog beach down in San Diego, and she was showing me this trick she’s taught Taj where she’ll point to a shell in the sand and he’ll dig it out for her. It’s too funny! We were entertaining ourselves, probably a bit too much, having him go digging up and down the beach. :)

Ellingsen Photography Huntington Dog Beach Digging All Together

Cassidy cracked me up by laying down and rolling in the sand the minute we got there. Her froggy pose is too cute!

Ellingsen Photography Huntington Dog Beach Cassidy Frog Legs

I swear Dante was there too, but I didn’t get too many shots of him since his favorite thing to do is sniff all the icky seaweed bundles that wash up on shore. He also loves to find dogs that are willing to chase him – both activities that take him pretty far away from my lens. ;)

How was your Thanksgiving/weekend, friends? Any good shopping deals? I only took advantage of the (extra) crazy coupons Michael’s had going on to stock up on supplies for Christmas gifts I’m making.