So yes, trash-the-dress bridal portrait sessions ARE a thing – albeit not too frequent (for me at least). The most common way to "trash" the dress here along the coast is to get wet. In the ocean. Safety is always top-of-mind, and we save the wet part for the very end of an otherwise normal bridal session at the beach. I found a rock outcropping that was making for some pretty good splashes, and of course once I positioned the couple in front of it we had to wait like FIVE MINUTES for a decent wave – but man was our patience rewarded with an epic splash! Alicia and Dylan, thanks so much for trusting me with this special shoot, I had a blast with you both!
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Jennifer and Ryan got married in their backyard today, then drove over to my neck of the woods for a post-wedding engagement-style couples session – in their tux and (Jennifer's mom's) gown. This whole week has been pretty much guaranteed to rain, but we were gonna move forward no matter what. Not only did they get married today, but it's also BOTH their birthdays – how cool is that? I'm always honored to capture these moments for couples, but this was definitely extra-special, so glad everything fell into place to make it work. Enjoy my faves from their bride and groom sunset portrait session at Panther Beach (Santa Cruz) below: