Kameko & Dan’s Oyster Beach elopement was a happy convergence of circumstance and genius planning. The two had initially planned to say their vows in a redwood grove… but Humboldt winter storms had other ideas! Fortunately, they had the foresight to book a stay at Oyster Beach and held the ceremony in the living room while the rain provided accompaniment.
The rain subsided in time for a blustery portrait session on the beach and a little bit of puddle jumping. In case you were curious, I am adept at carrying three umbrellas and all of my gear at the same time. While 8 months pregnant. As this was the last wedding I shot before my son was born and dude definitely had news anchor hair on the ultrasounds, there were plenty of weather reports from Duck Donaldson.
“Then come the wild weather, come sleet or come snow, we will stand by each other, however it blow. ”- Simon Dach
The Humboldt Bay Social Club is an absolute Humboldt gem. Thoughtfully designed and located on a still active air strip just a minute or two from great beach wandering. Oh, and the lobby bar is kid friendly and cocktail magic. The perfect place to take refuge in a winter storm!
Kate Donaldson is a fine art wedding and elopement photographer based in Arcata, California. Serving Humboldt County, San Francisco and Mendocino. Specializes in creative portraits paired with cinematic moments creating vibrant, soulful, unscripted wedding photography. Humboldt County is home but available for travel.