Two brides in the California forest


Please Wear Your Ballgown in the Woods: Romantic California Forest and Ferns Engagement Session

What motivates and moves your wedding photographer will be reflected in your wedding images. Choose accordingly.

Bride cuddles 4 month old son on wedding day at Wedding Rock


Northern California Wedding: Casual Glam Sue-meg Elopement

If you are getting married on the Northern California coast, make sure your dress takes advantage of the frequent coastal tempests.

Redwood National Park engagement session photographed by Humboldt wedding photographer Kate Donaldson


Redwood National Park: Moody Winter Engagement Session

An off season engagement session can feel like you have an entire redwood forest to yourself.

Tattooed bride with floral crown on Luffenholtz beach


Golden Hour Chaser: Redwood Coast Elopement Session

Redwood coast elopement. Golden hour chaser. Spending time in the trees or dipping your toes in extremely cold water never fails to recenter at least a little bit of this bonkers world.


Humboldt Redwood Elopement Guide

From cathedrals of old growth redwood trees to rugged windswept coastlines cloaked in fog or bathed in that unmistakeable golden California glow, here are some fantastic locations and venues to kickstart your redwood elopement or intimate wedding plans.

Redwood engagement session with blue velvet dress


Mood Indigo: Blue Velvet in the Redwoods

If it rains on your wedding day, you know I’m going to encourage you to dance/run/walk or twirl in it. Not juuuuust because it makes for a great photograph but honestly, rain is fun. I won’t be spoiling any season finales when I tell you rain is also wet… so just be ready for whatever […]





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Forest Fancy: Pamplin Grove Wedding in Van Duzen Park


Such an incredible amount of care went into planning this Pamplin Grove wedding. The couple got ready at the groom’s Grandmother’s house. The pair hand made gifts for the bridesmaids, groomsmen and guests – resin bracelets, etched glass mugs and four leaf clover keychains. They were then driven to the ceremony by family members in vintage cars. Not to mention this was easily one of the most emotionally infused ceremonies I’ve photographed.

Black Tie Sci Fi: Intimate Benbow Historic Inn Wedding


You know that warmth that spreads into your bones after standing with your back to the sun for a little while? The definition of basking. That sums up this wedding. Glowy and warm.

Moonstone Beach Elopement in California


A sunny elopement with your toes in the sand is always a good idea. Sarah and Janet’s Moonstone Beach elopement had the added benefit of an ocean breeze to punctuate their vows. And to quickly dry the flowing teardrops. An early August low tide provided plenty of room for barefoot beach wandering post ceremony. We […]

Romantic Meets Rock and Roll: Prairie Creek Elopement


Y’all. This bride and groom. That jacket. And yes, they also have an extremely cute dog named RZA. This glam Prairie Creek redwoods elopement was everything the couple envisioned for their wedding day – a gorgeous setting and amazing food. Gia & Adam met and fell in love while working together in a Chicago restaurant. […]

Humboldt Backyard Wedding in McKinleyville, California


A low key backyard brunch wedding at the bride’s childhood home. And let’s not forget the four legged ring bearer.

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