Niki + Dave’s Santa Cruz wedding

The bride and groom, Aptos, CA

I don’t normally shoot weddings, but I couldn’t resist saying yes when Niki + Dave emailed to ask if I would shoot their small wedding in Aptos- the tiny little beach town where I grew up. It is gorgeous there. Just south of Santa Cruz and full of big beaches where you can walk for miles and miles. I still remember seeing those surfer boys in homeroom with wet mops of hair, salt dried in little beads on their arms from their early morning ocean adventures.

This wedding was unconventional and thoughtful, every detail meaningful and beautifully thought through… All of it infused with love and play. Their spirits were contagious… At one point I found myself thigh deep in the ocean (in my jeans) whooping it up and photographing them.

It was pure pleasure to celebrate with them and I’m excited to share some of their joy with you!

Dave + Niki diving in, Aptos, CA

At the farmer’s market earlier that day getting the bride’s bouquet

The gorgeous bride and groom, Aptos, CA

bride and groom at the ocean, Aptos, CA

Lovely ceremony, officiated by a dear friend, Aptos, CA

Into the sunset they go…




  1. Posted October 3, 2012 at 4:50 pm | Permalink

    Their gorgeous energy speaks so loudly through your photos. Truly stunning Andrea!

  2. rebecca
    Posted October 3, 2012 at 6:05 pm | Permalink

    beautiful andrea!

  3. niki & dave
    Posted October 3, 2012 at 6:05 pm | Permalink

    We are SO VERY grateful to every single heart that joined in our amazing day! <3
    You are SO SO much more that ‘just a photographer’ Andrea.
    Your brilliant spirit, your loving energy and your ability to take on whatever the moment needed was truly a gift to me and us both. You were such a huge part of our day!!
    (the pictures are an added bonus ?
    love them!!
    love you!!

  4. jennifer
    Posted October 3, 2012 at 6:18 pm | Permalink

    I have no doubt whatsoever that your loving energy, Andrea, was a beautiful and awesome part of their day. Their vibrancy comes through so transparently in your photographs. And I LOVE how her bouquet itself is echoing their energy and joy — exploding all over the place. That’s so cool. And all the colors are so wild and free. You captured it all so wonderfully!

  5. Posted October 3, 2012 at 8:47 pm | Permalink

    Gorgeous photos of a gorgeous couple. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Posted October 4, 2012 at 2:36 am | Permalink

    what a lovely couple. beautiful pictures!

  7. Posted October 4, 2012 at 7:11 pm | Permalink

    What an honor to be asked to be apart of such an intimate occassion! Looks like a FUN and adventurous bunch! Congrats to all!

  8. H & L Olason
    Posted October 4, 2012 at 11:56 pm | Permalink

    You are a lovely couple that exuded happiness and peace. May you forever remember this day. Congratulations!

  9. Posted October 8, 2012 at 1:31 am | Permalink

    What beauty in their love and in your photos! Stunning!

  10. Barry and Darla Freeman
    Posted October 8, 2012 at 9:25 pm | Permalink

    I can’t remember when i have seen such happy smiles. May you both have a long and happy life together. Maybe see you at Spring training.

  11. barry & darla Freeman
    Posted October 15, 2012 at 4:15 am | Permalink

    Thank you for including us in your most special day. Your love , your love. Just keep that love that you both shared on that day and you will pass it on to all that are around you. AND SO IT WILL GO

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