Style and elegance isn’t just reserved for large weddings; those qualities are completely within reach for a small affair, as seen in this stunning styled intimate elopement session in Shaver Lake, California. With the quiet mountains in the distance and the silvery lake at their toes, this bride and groom enjoy a peaceful wedding experience that focuses solely on them.

The textured, watercolor parchment invitation and envelope set the tone for this unique ceremony.

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wedding shoot

Stunning additions like a gorgeous ring box, spools of ribbon, peonies, and more are added for color and a touch of refinement in the rustic environment.

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The bride’s bouquet bursts with color. Assorted bright roses, peonies, thistle, and greenery create this dynamic collection.

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Clutching the unique arrangement is a bride dressed in a lovely A-line gown with a flowing skirt. Her hair is styled halfway up, perfect for catching the breeze off the water.

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The shore is jagged and rocky but that doesn’t stop the couple from experiencing what it has to offer. The groom, dressed in black pants, suspenders, and a white shirt, sweetly carries his bride’s bouquet as she gathers the hem of her dress.

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As he helps her atop one of the tallest boulders, they can see clear across the lake as they share a kiss. This is also where the ceremony will take place.

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wedding shoot

With vow books in hand, they each exchange promises of forever while standing barefoot under a gentle sun.

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wedding shoot
wedding shoot

The reception scene is simple and unassuming – a brunch that’s perfect for an elopement. A small blue blanket is set with blue and white china and a deconstructed bouquet in a wooden bowl serves as the centerpiece.

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The color palette of light blue and white, with the bright pops of color offered from the florals, is a beautiful combination in this outdoor location.

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wedding shoot
wedding shoot

Small touches like scripted place cards, lace linen napkins, and vintage glassware adds an air of decorum, an achievable characteristic for any wedding regardless of location, time, and budget.

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wedding shoot
wedding shoot

The cake looks like a stunning piece of rock. The marbled blue and white fondant impeccably covers the single tier while the top is embellished with a blush pink topper. It’s a dream dessert that echoes the beauty of the lake.

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As the water glistens behind them and the sand softens under their feet, the bride and groom hold hands along the shore.

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wedding shoot
wedding shoot
wedding shoot

Then, they turn their backs and head towards the water, brave and carefree. As the groom grabs the bride’s bouquet and walks with her, she turns back around once more to offer a knowing glance and begin the start of a new and wonderful life.

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Elopements are intimate and special and it takes just the right couple to appreciate this exclusive type of wedding. But one can truly have it all – beauty, charm, elegance – with an elopement. Take the most important elements, the bride and groom, and infuse personal touches. It’s a small wedding with a big impact – enough to last a lifetime.

Photography | Daphne Mae Photography 
Styling and cakeJade Magnolia
Bouquet | Brown Bunny Flowers
Dress | Lace & Liberty 
Ring | Susie Saltzman
Make upMake up by Dara
Ribbons and silkSilk and Willow
Ring boxThe Mrs Box
Papers and letteringHalo and Knot
Table wareThe Foundry Collective
Models | @alexandriavlima and @the_garistotle
Film scanned byThe Find Lab
Location | Shaver Lake, Ca

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    Keepsake Memories Photography

    August 7, 2016

    What a beautiful wedding shoot. I love all the bright colors and the details are lovely. Well Done!

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