{ ashley + erika // sunrise elopement }

The streets were still empty at the time I was driving, the sky was a shade of dark grey. When we all congregated at the observatory around 6am, it was still quiet, the sidewalks vacant if not for the occasional runner. We walked to the lawn, and as the sun peeked over the Hollywood hills, surrounded by just their closest family & friends, Ashley & Erika exchanged vows.

I had someone ask me once about the future success of my wedding photography business – based upon the kind of fancy venues I could hope to shoot at, or the kind of high-end expensive weddings I could “grow” to shoot. And I was confused about their question at first, and then surprisingly overjoyed as I realized I consider myself immensely successful already, because I get to shoot weddings like this, this very one you see below. That somehow in the past few years I’ve been drawn to and gotten to be a part of these types of days – the ones that have their sights constantly set on the right thing, the ones that are all about the love. These days have been both big and small, short and long, filled with details ranging from just a bouquet to quite a bit of lovely decor – but they are all the same in that the couples are warm, and the emotions are open and real, and there is just so much love in every corner.

I teared up more than a few times while editing these photos, and I feel very very fortunate to have been able to document this day.

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6 Responses to “{ ashley + erika // sunrise elopement }”

  1. ala cortez Says:

    such warm images. and the black and white image of her hugging her dad KILLS me!

  2. Elena Galaviz Says:

    It’s a wonderful world we live in when somewhere a day starts off like this. Beautiful!

  3. Harrison Says:

    Beautiful post and lovely couple. You have a wonderful way with words, I enjoyed reading this one!

  4. Ashley S Says:

    SO SO beautiful!!!!

  5. Megan Welker Says:

    stuuuuunning Adrienne! AND, so proud of you for getting up that early! ;)

  6. Theresa Says:

    Beautiful photos! I love the emotions you captured. Your photos have such a wonderful organic feel to them. Keep up the great work! :)

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