Capturing these two lovers running away to Catalina Island was a highlight of the year for sure! Catalina Island is one of California’s Channel Islands just southwest of Los Angeles; it is best known for its wildlife, diving, and its highest peak, Mt. Orizaba. This intimate island is only about 21 miles by 8 miles in size, but features breathtaking scenery and beautiful spots to capture all the moments between these two — all the sacred, sweet, and passion-filled moments.
Because the couple wanted their wedding to be so personal, Sam and Nikki chose to elope on Catalina Island with just the two of them. Neither of them could wait to be married, as you can see on their faces. They took in the sites, but mainly they only had eyes for each other. We walked through Avalon taking photos and soaking up glorious sunshine. Their ceremony spot overlooked Lovers Cove, a gorgeous rocky cove with a narrow little beach. After they made their marriage official, we spent more time discovering the town of Avalon and taking photos by the courthouse and the water’s edge. The water seduced these lovers as Sam and Nikki couldn’t help but wade in still wearing their wedding attire. The ensuing photographs were some of my favorites!
Sam and Nikki chose Catalina Island mainly because they visited the island a year before. They never forgot how much they enjoyed it, and they knew it was the perfect spot for them. Wanting to avoid the stress and drama of planning a big wedding, Nikki mentioned they thought it would be a beautiful place to run away together! She was absolutely correct. Everywhere we turned on this lovely island, we found amazing backdrops for photos that captured every emotion of the day — from regal and solemn to playful and flirtatious. It was such a lovely day memorializing all the love-filled moments as their wedding photographer!
Read more about this elopement in the feature post Wandering Weddings did!