Carmel Beach Engagement Session | Laura Hernandez Photography

There are certain couples you just connect with right away, Erin and Michael are one of them. We strolled Carmel listening to their love story. This Oregon boy joined the military and ended up in Alaska ,where online, met this amazing girl from California. The weekend before his six month deployment, Michael decided it was time to meet this girl who was pulling on his heart strings. It was love at first sight, and that she took him to a Giants baseball game for their first date. He knew right then, she was a keeper! In all seriousness, Erin sadly didn’t say goodbye, but more of until next time, as Michael was deployed. They stayed in regular contact while he was abroad, but once he returned, they’ve been inseparable. We cannot wait for their dream wedding next year!

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Big Sur Wedding | Laura Hernandez Photography

Talk about a dream couple! The first time I spoke with Tara, she told me she wanted to drive the coast of Big Sur, stopping for portraits where ever we wished. She loved our work and trusted our judgement. BOOM! That’s the moment you know you have a deep connection with a bride. By leaving the locations up to us, we were able to stretch our creativity and go placed we had only dreamed of going! Wedding day morning, we woke up to a torrential downpour. We live in California during one of the largest droughts of all time. How could this be happening?!?! For a moment my heart sunk. I was on the weather channel app refreshing the hourly forecast every few seconds to see when it would stop. As we left the house, a ginormous rainbow covered the entire sky. It was seriously the largest rainbow we had ever seen. Rachel and I looked at each other like, let’s do this! By the time we drove down the driveway of the oceanfront home, there was hardly a cloud in the sky. The day was perfect. They say rain on your wedding day is supposed to be luck, right?

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There’s a story behind this dress. Tara found two dresses that she loved certain things about each of them, so the designer made her a custom gown. It was made perfectly for her and just stunning.Big Sur Wedding | Laura Hernandez PhotographyBig Sur Wedding | Laura Hernandez PhotographyBig Sur Wedding | Laura Hernandez PhotographyBig Sur Wedding | Laura Hernandez PhotographyBig Sur Wedding | Laura Hernandez PhotographyBig Sur Wedding | Laura Hernandez PhotographyBig Sur Wedding | Laura Hernandez PhotographyBig Sur Wedding | Laura Hernandez PhotographyBig Sur Wedding | Laura Hernandez PhotographyBig Sur Wedding | Laura Hernandez Photography

And for the record, I want this bathroom. The tub is to die for, the light is AMAZING, and just outside that window is an incredible view of the Pacific Ocean. Can’t you just image soaking in a hot tub by candlelight listening to the waves crashing… So dreamy!!!

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We drove the down to Pfeiffer State Beach in Big Sur to start off our journey. Tara and Chris were in separate cars to do a first look once we arrived. Tucked away on a secluded hillside, Chris waiting for his beautiful bride-t0-be. Once he laid eyes on her, he couldn’t take them off. He spun her around, then into a tight embrace. Big Sur Wedding | Laura Hernandez PhotographyBig Sur Wedding | Laura Hernandez PhotographyBig Sur Wedding | Laura Hernandez PhotographyBig Sur Wedding | Laura Hernandez PhotographyBig Sur Wedding | Laura Hernandez PhotographyBig Sur Wedding | Laura Hernandez PhotographyBig Sur Wedding | Laura Hernandez PhotographyBig Sur Wedding | Laura Hernandez PhotographyBig Sur Wedding | Laura Hernandez PhotographyBig Sur Wedding | Laura Hernandez PhotographyBig Sur Wedding | Laura Hernandez PhotographyBig Sur Wedding | Laura Hernandez PhotographyBig Sur Wedding | Laura Hernandez PhotographyBig Sur Wedding | Laura Hernandez Photography

Gah….. This light!
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And this bouquet took our breath away. Lilify does such AMAZING work!

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At sunset, we ended up back at the ocean front home where they exchanged wedding vows just as the sun touched the water. B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L!
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 Many thanks to this amazing creative team who brought this wedding together…

Florist: Lilify
Hair & Makeup: Jasmine Loren Salon
Photography: Laura Hernandez Photography

Big Sur Wedding | Laura Hernandez Photography

These two are the most adventurous romantics we’ve met to date! We pulled off the windy Big Sur highway into the seclude parking area of Andrew Molara State Park not knowing what to expect. We hadn’t even met the bride and groom before, but figured they might be easy to spot bing the ones in a wedding gown and suit. Family ran to us with open arms and welcomed us over to the car where Crystal was waiting. We met with hugs and laughter. Crystal and I had been chatting over email for months and months and it was wonderful to finally meet face-to-face. She was just stunning! Family walked us to the other side of the parking area where Humberto was stashed away in another car so he wouldn’t get a peek at his beautiful bride-to-be. With Humberto, Rachel and I began the mile and and a half hike (that’s right – 1.5 MILES!) to the ocean cliffs where vows would be exchanged. The entire time we’re walking, I can only image Crystal following us not to far behind in a wedding dress and heels. That’s right, she hiked this entire thing in HEELS! You go girl!
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Slowly the forest ended and opened up to this. AMAZING! Now I knew why this was where they wanted to wed.
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With only a handful of family and friends, they said their I Do’s and began their new life together.Big Sur Wedding | Laura Hernandez PhotographyBig Sur Wedding | Laura Hernandez PhotographyBig Sur Wedding | Laura Hernandez Photography

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Oh Big Sur, how I love thee!Big Sur Wedding | Laura Hernandez PhotographyBig Sur Wedding | Laura Hernandez Photography

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