Craig and Paulanee’s Bay Area Redwood Elopement

By Maureen Thomson | California Bay Area Elopement

Aug 22
Eloping in the redwoods of the Bay Area California

A Perfect Blending of Nature & City

Bay Area locals Craig and Paulanee knew they wanted a redwood forest elopement wedding, but they also wanted to be closer to home and they weren't willing to sacrifice access to Bay Area amenities like upscale lodging and dining.

A potentially tricky combination, but we had some ideas. Not all of the old growth redwoods are upstate in the Redwood Empire (although many of them are!). We guided them to a redwood forest deep in the East Bay--giving them a natural backdrop for their ceremony and photos within a 20 minute drive to a fabulous restaurant where they had their post-wedding meal for two.

They preferred a more manicured look for their redwoods, which this section of the park provides. A bit more walking (about 10 minute) would have brought them to sections of the park that were devoid of fencing and other man-made structures. But the meandering path amid the redwoods closer to the entrance was exactly what they were looking for.

eloping in the East Bay redwoods

The weather was perfect for their August evening wedding and there were smiles and laughter all the way around.

Our hair and makeup artist had met up with Paulanee at the Claremont Hotel to work her magic on Paulanee's luxuriously long hair.

The bridal bouquet was a combination of soft pinks, whites and light greens--which blended harmoniously with the natural surrounding of the redwood forest.

saying I do amid East Bay redwoods

Then it was time for some kissin' and some dancin' in the meadow.

dancing in the redwoods

Services Provided in their East Bay Redwood Elopement Package

  • Location Consulting
  • Officiating
  • Photography
  • Bouquet/Boutonniere
  • Bridal Hair & Makeup
  • Coordination

About the Author

Maureen Thomson is the owner of Blue Sky Elopements, which offers elopement weddings in California and Colorado. We offer our couples a stress free, all-inclusive fabulous, intimate wedding experience in outdoor locations of spectacular beauty.

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