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Griffith Observatory Elopement

This Griffith Observatory elopement was the stuff my dreams as a photographer are made of. Cool couple? Check. Special secret ceremony spot? Check. Griffith Observatory at sunrise? Check check check!

An elopement like this does not come without a lot of planning. I had spent a frustrating afternoon driving around Griffith Park the month prior! Finding the most perfect secret ceremony spot was not easy. I wanted my couple to be able to watch the sunrise over downtown LA and the Observatory. I have to thank the park ranger for pinpointing the exact spot I had in my head and helping me access it.

Meghan and Tim flew into town two days before the elopement. We made use of the opportunity to meet up and get to know each other at LACMA. The museum currently hosts Urban Light. A cool installation made up of fully operational street lamps from the 1930s and 40s. And just like that, another ‘awkward on camera’ couple myth was joyfully shattered 🙂

A sunrise wedding

Elopement day started for me at 3:30 AM, as I drove through the dark empty streets of LA to their hotel. Luckily, they bought the most amazing donuts and coffee from Sidecar so we had something to keep us going. A startled coyote greeted us as we arrived at Griffith Observatory.  We then made the short walk up to my special secret ceremony spot. It was perfect, overlooking both Griffith Observatory and the Hollywood sign.

After I performed a brief ceremony, my couple chose to read the first of their notes to each other. They had planned this in advance. Throughout their elopement day they handed each other little notes that remind them about each other. This was such a sweet idea, even I got excited each time it was note time!

They had a first dance to the Zombies, then I left them at the secret spot to read more notes to each other. A quick minute run back down to the bench for me, and I got some gorgeous images of them as the sun rose over Los Angeles.

We arrived at Griffith Observatory as the sun had completely risen.  Due to Covid the Observatory is closed to the public, but our little area was perfect. Meghan and Tim shared donuts and coffee, and I gave them a quarter to look for UFOs through the historic telescopes.

It had been a bit of a dream for my Jurassic Park loving couple to head to Vasquez Rocks.  We spent a little time there before they cooled off on Santa Monica beach, for their wedding picnic.

Meghan and Tim’s elopement was such a great day. It was also the day England got through to the semi-finals of the Euros. Every time I got an update on my phone my couple cheered for England 🙂

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