Avenue of the Giants Wedding, Redwoods State Park Elopement Photographer

Avenue of the Giants Elopement Wedding in the Redwoods State Park
Redwoods State Park Wedding Photographer

Samantha and Josh eloped in the Redwoods State Park. While there are many destinations to view the epic redwoods, they chose the Avenue of the Giants, which is located in northern California near Humboldt. This destination contains some of the largest and tallest trees in the world. I have photographed other weddings in the Redwoods, like the Big Sur Elopement, but this was quite different.

When Josh and Sam called me, they requested an adventure photo elopement, which was something different than I’ve done. I was excited to venture with their intimate group of friends and family.

They opted for a first look before they exchanged vows in a private ceremony. We hiked a few trails and captured some images in the woods before the official event. However, we had no location yet picked out for the ceremony. We were just going to hike and wait until we were visually inspired. That’s kind of how I work anyway many times is waiting for the good light, atmosphere, and the scene to work. I’m a feeler.

As we made our way along the trail, we saw a few people along the trail just sitting and enjoying the views of the big trees. Some were even meditating. It is quite spectacular. When we finally found our location, which was epic, the ceremony begun almost immediately. The bride’s parents were along and a few friends. We had the forest all to ourselves.

After the ceremony, they celebrated, getting emotional and sharing long hugs. We left back on the trail, taking some photos before concluding our time with Josh and Sam. If anyone is interested in an Avenue of the Giants wedding ceremony or elopement, this destination has so many beautiful locations and landscape opportunties.

Congratulations to Josh and Samantha.

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epic redwoods elopement wedding photos at the humboldt national park
taking notes for vows
getting ready a the myers flat cabins
candids getting ready at weott cottage
mother and daughter kissing before ceremony at weott wilderness wedding
military marines wedding couple in redwood forest
first look of the bride and groom in the humboldt redwoods
emotional look before elopement of military couple
adventure wedding couple photos in humboldt state park
wilderness adventure elopement at the redwoods park
wedding photos at the avenue of the giants state park
wedding couple hiking in the redwoods
mom hugging groom
elopement ceremony in the redwood forest of weott
father walking bride in the forest down for the elopement ceremony
wedding ceremony in the humboldt redwood forest at avenue of the giants
epic elopement ceremony at Avenue of the Giants
bride smiling
groom smiling
bride reading vows
emotional bride reading
military elopement at forest elopement
marines groom reading vows
eloping in the redwoods
ring exchange
eloped in the redwoods
emotionally happy wedding couple kissing in the redwoods state park
the kiss in the wilderness couple
hugs and love
bride and groom hug
couple leaving the ceremony in the vegetation of the big trees wedding
couple photos
bridal fashion photos in the redwood forest
bride photos in the forest
creative bridal photos poses in the woods
pink bouquett in the green big trees forest
marines solo portrait photos after ceremony
a marine laughing for portraits
big trees redwoods park wedding elopement photos by photographer charleton churchill
trees down at the avenue of the giants wedding
epic giant trees wedding photos
wedding photos at the northern california redwoods
drive thru tree wedding elopement couples photos adventuring in the park
epic avenue of the giants redwoods wedding photographer in myers flat of humboldt, ca.


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West Shore Cafe Wedding | Lake Tahoe Photographer

West Shore Lake Tahoe
Lake Tahoe Wedding Photographer

Alex and Michael married in Lake Tahoe. With just a few family members and close friends gathered at the West Shore Cafe, it was elegant and personal. As you’ll see, it was beautifully designed and planned very well. They found me through another couple I had photographed for a winter adventure shoot in Alaska a few years back. As a result, they requested some type of Tahoe adventure with their wedding package, which is always good. So, a few days before their wedding date, we ventured around south Lake Tahoe for some hiking and adventurous photos together. We did the lake thing, no doubt, but then we traveled into some rugged locations I had explored earlier this year. I had only been there a few times with a few other couples; however, it was a different part of the mountain. We attempted one difficult area, but it wasn’t working out. So we discovered a new location and photographed there instead. Bonus.

That’s the intrinsic character about Tahoe and the mountains surrounding it; there’s always some place different on the trail to capture a couple uniquely.


After their rugged adventure session, we connected a few days later at West Shore Cafe. The West Shore is actually a gorgeous wedding venue that books up well in advance, and is one of Lake Tahoe’s only private lakefront venues. That is where Alex and Michael celebrated their vows together for an intimate ceremony. There was a total 16 people including Alex and Michael.


The West Shore also has delicious food where you can indulge on their private dock to enjoy the views. Our couple gathered with close family for a private reception. They had one large table allowing for 16 seats enclosed by beautiful awning and drapery, floral arrangements, and lights. The wedding was beautifully decorated with the coordination of Nicole from Sikora Events. The table decor was by Theoni Collection, party rentals by Celebrations, linens by La Tavola, and florals by Natasha Kolenko, which all made the lovely evening perfect.

I’m honored to have been part of an amazing intimate wedding, a good family, and a wonderful team to partner with in accomplishing excellence. Congratulations to Alex and Michael.


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Alex and Michael’s Tahoe Adventure Photo Session:

Here are some images from their adventure photo session just a few days prior to their wedding. An adventure session usually involves anywhere from four hours to a few days of hiking and photos in places that are epic in nature. For Alex and Michael, these next images were mostly from the later day session with wedding attire up in Lake Tahoe. I took them to a location where there were less crowds, plenty of epic views, and a great outdoor adventurous experience.

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Back at the West Shore Cafe

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