Ethereal Shipwrecked Themed San Diego Beach Elopement Photos {Brian & Marissa}

This wedding was the ultimate of intimate weddings. I loved the vision behind it. Marissa and Brian wanted to feel carefree on their wedding day. They didn’t want to worry about schedules and how much time they could spend with their guests. They just wanted a beautiful landscape to say “I do” and a fun celebration with those closest to them….and they definitely got their wish!
Their elopement was shipwrecked themed and took place in La Jolla. Marissa said that the theme was influenced by my Queen of the Marine session and it made my heart soar! It was a perfect choice for a festive, yet romantic, stylized elopement.
But more about Brian and Marissa. I fell in love with these two in the short time I got to know them. They are a perfect pair and it didn’t take long to see that.
Their love story started, when they began dating and Brian told Marissa, “I don’t want to waste my time, or yours, and I want to date to find the woman to spend the rest of my life with. If you think that can be you, stick around.”  This romance turned into a 4 year relationship…3 of which, were spent long distance. But they made it work. Marissa says this is because they define love as a choice. She went on to tell me this:
“We know not every day is going to be like the honeymoon, but we understand we have to make each other fall in love again every single day. And after spending 3 out of our 4 years together in a long distance relationship, we have had to learn that first hand. We know love isn’t 50-50, because if one person isn’t giving their part, then the relationship is not 100% met. We both have to give 100% everyday, especially long distance.
I love that. I love how they love each other. I love how this day was the perfect celebration of exactly that. True, deep, and unconditional love.

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Design- Lauren Sharon Vintage Rentals

Hair and Makeup- Blow Pop La Jolla

Video- Lucid Wedding Videography

Food- Not So Fast! Food Truck

Dress- Macy’s

  1. Belen Perez Mercer

    March 25th, 2014 at 3:23 am

    Ummmm….is this real life??!!??? How is this possibly a real wedding? Beautiful <3

  2. Nikki Faulkner Evans

    March 25th, 2014 at 4:01 am

    absolutely amazingly intimate and magical. Love it all.

  3. Alyce Berard

    March 25th, 2014 at 4:03 am

    Absolutely stunning!! Congratulations!

  4. Joni Kerby

    March 25th, 2014 at 4:46 am

    Kristen, these are gorgeous. Truly a fairy tale come to life!

  5. Mary Martin

    March 25th, 2014 at 5:15 am

    Gorgeous. You surely captured my niece’s vision of an intimate wedding on the beach.

  6. Gayle Fralick McThomas

    March 25th, 2014 at 5:20 am

    How unique and beautiful. What a special way to celebrate that all important special day!

  7. Isaiah Haynes

    March 25th, 2014 at 5:55 pm


  8. Shannon Morse

    March 25th, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    Lovely! Such a fairytale wedding!

  9. Helen Johnson-Peterson

    March 26th, 2014 at 4:37 am

    Never seen anything as beautiful and so intimate in photos, wow!

  10. Brent Deitrich

    March 26th, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    What a beautiful wedding! Great job.

  11. Kenneth Darcy Brown

    April 30th, 2014 at 9:18 am

    Beautiful Wedding and photography Kristen

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