burning man elopement (iris + arjen are married!) – burning man wedding photographers

There are 3 experiences in our lives that stand out as the most magical memories, and they are; trekking in the Himalayas in Nepal, visiting Antarctica and Burning Man.

If you’ve been, you know.

10 days of personal expression, radical generosity and love, and so much incredible art. Burning Man gets a lotta hate, but we had to experience it to have an opinion, and we will absolutely never be the same (in the best way possible). Your Burn experience is what you want it to be, and for us, that looked like a week of unplugged, unshowered bike rides into the vast open space, interacting with the art installations, meeting inspiring souls from around the world, and a whole lot’a photo-taking.

Enter: Iris + Arjen.

These loves also had their first Burn this year, and after getting engaged on the Great Wall of China, flew in from their home in the Netherlands to adventure on the playa. A mutual friend connected us, (his playa name is Armadillo.. I don’t actually know his real world name) as they decided to elope at Burning Man and asked us to shoot it! After 10 years together, the playa set the perfect space of love as Iris + Arjen exchanged vows.

We met and decided they would pick their wedding day based on the weather, (dust storms can make sight and photography a little bit challenging at times) and so on Saturday, just hours before the man burned, they came to our camp and said, “Today is the day!” I can’t tell you how fun it was to have the spontaneity of a wedding that only had a 2 hour warning. It will forever be a feeling and a memory that we treasure. (We’d only brought one camera, so many of these images were shot with our iPhones, too. We heart technology.)

It was such an honor to capture these moments in your lives, Iris + Arjen. (I still get weepy when I think about how you even asked me to be a witness and sign your marriage license! That was a first for me.) Jayden + I can’t wait until our paths cross again.. see you on the playa next year?!

To the friends + fam of Iris + Arjen, we’re so excited for you to hear the news that these loves are now one. Enjoy a few photos from their magical day! xx

[i got to wear this outfit while i photographed iris + arjen’s wedding. i’m now waiting for another one of our couples to ask me to wear this while i shoot them. *waiting* *crickets* … waiting patiently …] 😉

and how about a lil playa selfie from us before we sign off? xx


backyard wedding in san diego (mikaela + moses are married!) – san diego wedding photographers

Mikaela + Moses know their priorities and aren’t afraid to use ’em!

On a flawless Thursday afternoon this summer we drove from LA to San Diego to be a part of this magical day. M+M exchanged vows in Mikaela’s brother’s backyard and then celebrated with an intimate dinner with their families. When Mikaela first wrote to us, she said, “All we want are great photos, food, flowers, and family.” and that is exactly what they had, and we were pretty stoked to make the cut.

Here are a few frames from their gorgeous day.. x


Photos: Caroline + Jayden of Woodnote Photography

Florals: Diamant of Blue Ladder Botany

Dinner: Tom Ham’s Lighthouse

madison wedding (elise + ryan are married!) – candid wedding photographers

“We first laid eyes on each other at work in early 2005, but would not speak for six years—when the time was right.  Finally, in 2011, we found ourselves in the same circles, and quickly discovered we were dealing with more than a budding friendship!”

Elise + Ryan inspire us with their adventure [read: honeymoon climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro..!] and their incredible focus in creating an amazing life together. These two know what they want, and they aren’t afraid of the hard work it takes to make your dreams a reality.

Elise remembers their wedding day as, “The most beautiful day I could have never even dreamed I’d have” and Ryan said, “It was a perfect day and a perfect way to start out life together. (Corny, but I do actually feel this way.)” 

Rather than fill these lines with our own memories from the day, why not let Elise + Ryan take it from here?!  Here are a few of their own favorite moments as told by Elise.

“It was so windy, during the ceremony, my 10-ft chiffon train was OUT OF CONTROL! It blew into my dad the whole time.  My attendant had placed a bean bag (for the lawn games) on the end of it at one point and it turned into a sail!  I almost tipped over.

Ryan tells me he’s never heard me laugh harder than during my dad’s speech.  He led with a story he often tells about holding me as a newborn and how we made eye contact.  And then, with perfect delivery, he told everyone if he knew how much this day would cost, he’d have dropped me.  We all had absolutely the best time!

The party continued at a nearby bar/restaurant and we had shuttles scheduled to take everyone, except when Ryan and I and a dozen other guests got on the very last shuttle, the driver asked us where we wanted to go and told us it would be $40!  The driver was not from the hotel and we still don’t know where that rogue shuttle came from or if he makes the rounds to Madison wedding venues, or what!  But he got us to where we needed to go safely.”

And Ryan’s most memorable moment? When he “almost cried” when Elise walked across the lawn. [We tend to think there may have been a tear. Maybe. Just one.]

Any advice for future brides/grooms currently planning their wedding? “Don’t think about the wedding you always thought you want, just make your decisions and be flexible.  Be ready for plans to evolve! The wedding you end up having will be 10x more beautiful and totally “you.”  Don’t be afraid to buck tradition, either.  We didn’t have a wedding party or wedding cake, and we made sure guests had a cocktail in hand during the ceremony and served chicken and waffles for dinner. It can still be a wedding without doing everything everyone else does.”

We love these words + we love you guys! Here are a few of our favorite frames from your day. xo


Photographer – Caroline + Jayden of Woodnote Photography

Videographer- One Fine Day Productions

Elise’s Dress – BHLDN with a custom chiffon train attachment inspired by a similar Marchesa dress.

Elise’s shoes- Badgley Mischka

Elise’s Jewellery – Ben-Amun earrings, family heirloom opal ring

Ryan’s Suit –Suit Supply

Ryan’s Shoes – Allen Edmonds

Hair stylist – Renee (Tiffany) Halzworth of Ultimate Spa and Salon

Makeup artist – Caroline Buss

Flowers – Daffodil Parker

Stationery & paper goods-  The Paper Deli

Ceremony/Reception Venue- Bishops Bay Country Club

Celebrant/Officiant – Connie Engmann of Happily Ever After Weddings

Ceremony Music – Pecatonica String Quartet

Processional – Fix You by Coldplay

First Dance – Darling I Do by Landon Pigg + Lucy Schwartz