Coastal California Elopement Inspiration | Shark Fin Cove Elopement Photographer

One of my favorite things about all the traveling I do is getting to photograph couples in the beautiful places I visit. The California coast has been on my bucket list ever since I explored San Diego on our honeymoon a few years ago. Actually, Big Sur has been calling my name for years. It’s such a dreamy location with incredibly beautiful redwood forests paired with the rugged rocky coastline that California is so famous for. I had picked out the perfect place in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, but as I started planning with Nathan + Cassandra, I found out the the park was closed due to landslides and heavy erosion at the time. So sad!

 So I began cruising down California’s coastal Highway 1 on Google Maps, in search of the perfect spot for the photo shoot. There were so many great places to choose from – redwood forests, picturesque hills to hike, and beautiful beaches. But as soon as I saw Shark Fin Cove, I knew I had found the perfect location! Rocky cliffs envelop this beautiful hidden cove. The distinctive “shark fin” rock in the middle of the cove’s waters is the main attraction, but the rock tunnel that the ocean water rushes through is pretty awesome too. While location scouting earlier in the day, we even saw a sea otter playing in the waves along the cliffs!

 Nathan + Cassandra drove down from the San Francisco Bay area for our afternoon at the cove. It was definitely chilly and windy, but well worth it for such a beautiful location. I could photograph elopements in northern California all day, every day! If you have suggestions on more beautiful places to elope in California, send them my way!

Hair + Makeup | Iyanna at Cassandra McClure Mobile Beauty

Florals | A Bit of Earth

Dress | Modcloth

Are you planning an adventure wedding or elopement in northern California? I’d love to be your adventure wedding photographer and help you plan the perfect elopement at Shark Fin Cove! Email me, and we can chat about your awesome elopement!

Hey, friend! I’m Julie – an adventure wedding & elopement photographer who loves the outdoors and traveling! My photography is fun and heartfelt while highlighting the beauty of love and nature. I’m based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, but wedding photography takes me throughout the southwest, to national parks, and all over the world! To find out more about destination wedding photography, check out my travel page. And if you want to get some great elopement planning tips, check out planning and advice section of the blog.

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Julie Haider is an adventure elopement photographer + planner based in New Mexico and photographing destination elopements worldwide.


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