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brandye + jason’s destination beach elopement | mission bay, san diego

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Well, when you live in San Diego, you sometimes have a special knack for taking all that is San Diego for granted. This is paradise and a lot of people live to find their way out here, whether that is for vacation or finally having the chance to live here. Brandye and Jason were so excited to elope to San Diego from Illinois and declare their lasting love for each other out near the water’s edge. We were so honored to celebrate them with Ceremonies by Bethel at their San Diego destination beach elopement! bride is emotionally overwhelmed during her destination elopement with ceremonies by bethel


Brandye was so overwhelmed as things got started. It’s really, really happening!!! groom smiles at bride during their fun and personal elopement with with ceremonies by bethel

But as you can see, Jason is her rock and keeps her grounded. She just need to see his smiling face looking back at her and the smile and laughter returned!bride smiles and looks at groom during their intimate elopement in san diego with ceremonies by bethel


Then Jason started reading his vows to her… This time the tears came from Jason. And Brandye LOOOOOVED this, as you can see 😉
It’s always so fun to see when I’m deep in editing how the two of us capture the same moment from a different angle and perspective. Jeff capturing Jason losing it and Betsy getting Brandye’s sadistic giddy laughter at this taking place. Sounds about right!

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Just another beautiful day in paradise!! couple exchanges laughter and fun during their destination wedding in san diego


wedding couple both cry during their destination elopement with with ceremonies by bethel

Meaningful words. Tears of joy and excitement. Laughter. And then uncontrollable giggles.

Pretty sure we know what part of Jason’s vows to Brandye hit right here…
Brandye, we have been through a lot since we got together. And all the happy times we have had I wouldn’t have wanted to experience them with anyone else. Over the years we have been together I have been able to get know you inside and out. I have learned how much of a loving, caring and dedicated person you are. which makes me love you more everyday that passes. I promise to be there with you in the worst and best that life can throw at us. I promise to always support you except when the sharks play the hawks. You are my best friend and being with you has made me a better man. I promise to give you everything I am and I can’t wait to go through life’s journey with you. Brandye I truly love you now forever and always.

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couple exchanges rings during their intimate san diego destination beach elopement

From Brandye to Jason—
…In my darkest hour you were the light. I finally found someone who can keep up with me, deals with my down right stubbornness, and most of all deals with my crazy. I can’t always promise that we won’t fight or won’t wanna kill each other. But what I can promise is I’ll stand by you through everything life brings to us happiness, sadness, and every other emotion. I’ll take care of you when you need it.  And I’ll give you a kick in the ass when you don’t feel like helping with household chores. You know I had to put that in there. I’ll always stand beside you through everything. We may never like the same sports teams or agree on every little thing but that’s okay because we are insanely un-perfect, but perfect for each other.  I can never thank you enough for the love you give me and the support you give me. How you make me a better person for just being with you. Jason, I will love you forever and always. You are more than my lover you truly are my best friend. I can’t wait to continue this journey because the real party is just beginning.  And even though what I am about to say used to be my mom and my saying I know that she would be so happy for me to share this saying with you today life has now become Berkeley, you, and I against the world and I would not want that any other way.  I love you both so much.

couple exchanges intense looks during their elopement wedding ceremony in san diego


Brandye’s Guardian Angels were definitely smiling down on the meaningful moments shared and cheering these two on as they become one. couple exchanges rings during their private wedding ceremonycouple perform sand ceremony instead of unity candle at their intimate elopement at mission baywedding couple kisses at their hyatt mission bay intimate intimate san diego destination beach elopement

MARRIED!!! WOOHOO!! photographer signs the license at an intimate intimate san diego destination beach elopement

One of the coolest things about intimate elopements is that 95% of the time, it’s just the couple, the officiant (most of the time that’s Bethel of Ceremonies by Bethel of course!), the seagulls, and us. That means Jeff and I Roshambo to see who the lucky duck is who serves as a witness. Jeff was the winner today  😉 couple share a moment after being married as it sinks in at their intimate san diego destination beach elopement

How much do you love the absolute joy and giddiness these two shared in those post-ceremony glow moments?!  Adore. wedding couple toast with champagne photo of wedding couple at their intimate san diego celebration

After these two made it official, we had the opportunity to explore the property at the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay with them for portraits. During this time, it’s always so much fun to help them extend the excitement and emotions of the ceremony, keeping them in the moment and focused on each other and that shiny new married feeling 🙂
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These two clearly have fun together!! Give me some sugar, SUGAR!! fun playful candid photos of bride and groom having fun at their san diego destination beach elopement weddingbrandye-jason-san-diego-destination-beach-elopement023wedding couple bride and groom portraits among the tropicals at hyatt regency mission bay san diego


Keeping those Guardian Angels close to her heart  <3 <3 <3  bride wears angel wings for deceased family members during her san diego destination beach elopement wedding


Did we mention paradise? Love all those tropicals around the property to add a lot of variety and texture! bride and groom portraits amongst the tropicals at hyatt regency mission bay san diego

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Peek-a-boo! 😉couple walks hand in hand during their wedding portraits at their elopement

Time to get these two out to the water’s edge for the final portraits of the day. Such beautiful soft light in the final moments around sunset time. silhouette of wedding couple during their san diego destination beach elopementnewly married couple embrace during san diego sunset at their elopementgraphic artistic black and white of large palm trees and elopement couple in San Diego

Love Jeff’s shot on the right and then it’s always fun to see how we shoot the same moments in such different ways. wedding couple laugh and walk together during this candid elopement moment

Brandye and Jason really did so great at just enjoying each other totally and completely. So happy and it just radiates from them! bride flips colorful blue wedding dress along the bay in san diegocouple embrace and kiss along mission bay waterfront at their san diego destination beach elopement

Brandye and Jason—thank you SO much for inviting us to be a part of your personal and intimate elopement in San Diego! We had fun with you two and you made us feel like family from the get-go, which we appreciate and love! Congratulations and best wishes for all the good things to come ahead of you two. The joy you two share in each other is so obvious—never lose that! close up photo of couple

To Brandye and Jason’s friends and family, be sure to sign their guestbook to be kept up to date on the gallery release and print specials!

Brandye and Jason’s wedding team: 
Photography: La Vida Creations
Officiant: Ceremonies by Bethel
Venue: Hyatt Regency Mission Bay


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