I was looking forward to Abby and Tim’s wedding since they first reached out. A Morro Rock Elopement always sounds dreamy, but they as a couple are extra sweet. Their story? Abby is a figure skater and Tim was one of the Zamboni drivers when they met (even though Abby’s first message to me pointed out how cliche that is, I felt like it was far from being cliche and it made my heart melt in a big fat puddle). All three of us call Chicago home, even though neither of us live there now. They currently reside in North Carolina, my birth state. Communicating with the two of them with a whole country in between over the past several months kept making me more and more excited for this day to finally come.
Small intimate weddings are my favorite. No bridal party. No hassle. Just you committing forever to your favorite person and celebrating with those who are considered closer than family into the night. Throw in a beachside, sea otters and a reception with amazing food and drink – and it’s all anyone could ask for.
There are so many moments throughout the day that I loved, but even while going through the images, watching how Tim looks at Abby – there are no words for that. Their wedding ceremony was on the south side of the rock, partially blocked by a pretty chilly wind that hung around maybe a lil too long that day. Despite the chill in the air, the words shared throughout the ceremony made us all well up.
“Today, you are adding to your life. You are agreeing to share strength, responsibilities, and all the dirty dishes. It takes more than love to make this relationship work. It takes trust, to know in your hearts that you only want the best for each other. It takes dedication, to stay open to one another, to learn and grow, even when it is difficult to do so. And it takes a strong belief in each other to handle whatever the future holds.
“Happiness in a marriage is not something that just happens. A good marriage must be created and nurtured. In the art of marriage, the little things are the big things. It is never being too old to hold hands. It is remembering to say, “I love you.” It is not marrying the right partner; it is being the right partner. It is standing together facing the world.”
We run away from the cold seaside and on our way to SLO Brew’s The Rock, we stopped on the side of the road to check on two of Abby + Tim’s friends who got a flat heading to the reception too. The lighting was perfect, so why not take advantage and do a lil shoot along hwy 1?
Abby + Tim, thank you so ardently for letting me document this day for you guys. It has been so much fun to get to know the two of you and I know without a shadow of a doubt your life will continue to be such a beautiful adventure. Don’t be a stranger and be sure to come back and visit the otters and all the rest of us. xoxo
The Loveliest of Vendors: Wedding Location Morro Rock | Reception Venue SLO Brew – The Rock | Hair Nichole Potter | Makeup Alex Evans | Dress Grace Loves Lace | Suites Bonobos | Bride’s Ring Moissanite Co,| Grooms Wedding Band Manly Bands | Invitations Paperless Post | Sign AmoreCustomGifts | Florist Wilder Floral | Guest Book Woodlack