Intimate Elopement on the Central California Coast

High school sweethearts Aubri and Matt's paths have been crossing for practically their entire lives, so when their wedding venue called to cancel their event due to COVID-19, after almost 10 years of being together they decided it still wouldn't stop them from finally saying “I do!” They turned their bachelor/bachelorette party weekend into the main event, inviting only their bridal party, parents, pastor, and Erin Marton Photography to celebrate with them first at Pismo Beach, and then afterwards for dinner at a private vineyard villa in Paso Robles. Pulling inspiration from the warm peach tones of terra cotta tiled roofs, Aubri sourced fresh local dahlias as well as dried flowers and grasses for the tablescape at their intimate reception where the party dined under twinkling cafe lights as the sun set. Enjoy these beautiful photos and read more about their absolutely perfect day in the bride's own words below!

How did you meet?

Our paths have been crossing since kindergarten (we attended the same elementary school for K-2), but we officially met in 9th grade and became fast friends. Two years of friendzoning on Aubri's part eventually led to a kiss that sealed the deal (almost ten years ago!).

What is your proposal story?

On a trip to visit Matt's brother in San Luis Obispo, we went on a drive up the coast. Little did Aubri know that Matt had been there the weekend before, scouting out locations for the perfect proposal spot (Morro Bay). When she said YES, he surprised her further with a weekend in Santa Barbara, where both families met to celebrate the engagement!

What was the most important to the two of you while planning? Was there anything that you chose to splurge on or skip?

When our initial date and location were cancelled due to Covid, it really put things into perspective. The most important thing was to get married with our closest family and friends! That made the planning a bit easier – we eloped with only our parents, bridal parties, pastor, and photographer.

What were your favorite parts of the day?

Our day was an absolutely perfect whirlwind. We actually didn't know the ceremony location until the morning of the wedding, when we drove around Pismo Beach looking for a secluded park! Somehow it all worked out! Our favorite part was sitting around the table with our closest friends and family, and having each person stand up to give us a toast. Truly so special.

What did you do for favors?

These weren't a top priority for us, but we did provide the accommodations and meals for the whole wedding weekend.

Did you include any family heirlooms or special traditions?

Aubri's parents passed down a ring to the couple as Aubri's wedding band. Aubri's grandmother's pearl necklace was wrapped around the base of her bouquet.

Do you have any advice for couples planning their weddings now?

Although we weren't initially planning on a small wedding, we are both so happy with the result and wish we considered it from the start. It's so intimate and magical – everyone at our wedding shared a story about us, which would never happen at a large wedding.

Why a Mountain Wedding?

California was our inspiration for this wedding, and that meant highlighting all of the amazing landscapes our state has to offer – from the beach to the mountains.

Credits

The below wedding pros made this amazing event happen. See more of their work by visiting their website.