Lake Almanor Intimate Elopement: Brittany + Ricky

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Driving into the Lake Almanor area, I was stunned and taken aback by all the beauty that I was going to be able to shoot. I remember looking over at my husband Tanner and feeling so grateful for the opportunity we were about to have of shooting an elopement in such a beautiful spot. Northern California never disappoints and this elopement was no different. We were able to see Mount Lassen’s reflection on the water, the lush greenery from the trees and the lake’s blue waters.

Not only were we able to capture Brittany and Ricky’s love so specific to their relationship but we were able to do some fun shots in the water with incredible sunsets and sunrises that showed the fun these two have together, just like two best friends should. Basically the Redwoods and Lake Almanor treated us well.

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Brittany and Ricky kept their elopement intimate with only close family and a few friends that were more like family anyway. Brittany got ready for their ceremony in Ricky’s family cabin right beside Lake Almanor with her family and best friend. One thing that stood out to me about her was how calm and relaxed she was, she knew this day was going to be something so special and so personal to her and her soon to be husband. She was a beautiful bride and her joy was infectious. I think while she got ready she realized that her and Ricky had made the completely perfect decision to elope.

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Later we shot their first look, and it was SO SWEET. It was so so beautiful, Ricky’s reaction was just precious when he saw his beautiful bride to be. Brittany’s whole look was so timeless and simple, it was an absolute match for the surrounding area. I’m a sucker for a good first look reaction, but Ricky was so so sweet, their bond could be felt from miles away.

There was this tree that had been struck by lightening, and it was such an epic symbol of strength, even though it was once hit hard it’s still standing tall and strong, just like in a relationship, when two people come together things get hard, but it’s how the couple comes out stronger together that makes their bond that much more special. This tree was such an important symbol to them, and I’m sure to many others in the Lake Almanor area.

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After their first look shoot, we were able to hang back and relax and get to know their families better. You could tell how much family meant to these two. Walking up to the ceremony there was a sense of intimacy and calmness. It was so personal to them and their families, yet so beautiful and elegant. Then it was time for these two lovebirds to get married on the beaches of Lake Almanor with their closest friends and family. Their vows were beautiful, and they were both so giddy and excited to become husband and wife.

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Once Brittany and Rickey were husband and wife, we had a delicious dinner on the lake. The atmosphere was out of this world, so magical with a to die for setting. The next morning is when pure magic happened, we got up at 5 am for the sunrise and these two had a blast. Brittany and Ricky got in a canoe on the lake and paddled around, just enjoying the sunrise and each other’s company.

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And then they ended the weekend in the most epic way possible, they JUMPED IN THE LAKE. What a rad way to end their weekend of love and adventure. I sincerely believe that all weddings should be like this one-simple, elegant and perfect for their relationship and really showing what the couple loves about their lives.

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