Cali Christmas Elopement Inspiration

cali winter elopement

Often when we hear of a winter wedding we usually think of snow capped mountains and bundled up guests. But for us Southern Californians, winter consists of only slight drops in temperature and a random day or two of rain amidst usually sunny skies. Lindye of Lindye Galloway Events wanted to bring that perspective of a winter wedding into this California winter elopement inspiration shoot. And what could be a better setting than the beach for this lovely inspiration!? Lindye created a beautiful winter elopement, an intimate evening for two, with tones of creams + golds along with a Christmas tree. And thanks so much to Jessica Claire for the gorgeous photos!

white and green bouquet

christmas on the beach

christmas on the beach

With Christmas approaching, they couldn’t resist bringing a tree to the beach. The white tree stood tall in the foreground of the waves, covered in gold and sequined ornaments. And of course gold wrapped gifts with custom gift tags sat under the tree in the sand. The darling couple was outfitted in less traditional wedding attire that reflected a California winter look that would be perfect for a sweet elopement.

christmas on the beach

winter boutonniere

winter beach photo shoot

The ceremony had a simple elegance with a custom chandelier made out of ornaments suspended above the couple, embracing the ever-popular ombre style.

winter elopement on the beach

couple on the beach

winter table scape

gold plates

The custom table set for two was made of logs built by Lindye. Atop the table was a faux furry fabric to bring a wintery softness to juxtapose the wood. The gorgeous centerpiece was full of winter inspired flowers, with the wood box wrapped in sequins to bring some sparkle. Each setting had a custom menu that wrapped around the plate for a unique look.

table on the beach with firewood

couple on the beach

white ruffled wedding cake

romantic cave by beach

romantic cave by beach

Thanks so much to all these talented vendors for showing us how lovely an intimate winter elopement In Cali could be!

photographer: Jessica Claire // designer + planner: Lindye Galloway Events // flowers: Honey and Poppies // rentals: This & That Vintage Rentals  // hair and makeup: A Lovely Bride // invitations: Copper Willow // cake + cupcakes: Design Cakes and Cupcakes // attire: H&M and Zara

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  1. How original! Love the colour palette.

  2. Seriously love this shoot, so unique and I love the colors and the fur elements:-)

  3. Jessica Claire, Lindye Galloway and all of the other vendors did a fabulous job making this shoot amazing…Thanks for letting my fiance and I be apart of it!!

  4. The concept is awesome! This has to be the best Christmas wedding I’ve ever seen – the photos says it all. I love it!

  5. Holy gorgeousness… the ornament chandelier, THAT bouquet, the flowers! AMAZING!

  6. Beautiful Jessica Claire! I love this couple’s style, so pretty for this time of year! Congrats!

  7. Creative, gorgeous – darling. Thank you for the inspiration!

  8. This is simply amazing… so dreamy. Loving it!

  9. So true about LA winters! Living here but being from Ohio originally I always find it hard to get into the holiday spirit and seeing Christmas lights in the palm trees still weirds me out. But this is so beautiful it makes me sort of LOVE the idea of an LA Christmas. Gorgeous!

  10. Which beach was this shoot taken at? I have to know!

  11. Ari- It was Newport Beach in Orange County, CA :)

  12. This is so beautiful and unique! I love all the chocolate brown and gold against the sand. Gorgeous!

  13. This is so beautiful. I love the normalcy of the event. Like nothing big happening here folks, just a wedding. Such a great shoot.

  14. This is such a beautiful photoshoot! It is so fabulously elegant. The colors are beautiful, the couple is beautiful…seriously awesome.

  15. Anymore specific info on her outfit other than searching through H&M and Zara’s websites…really cute!

  16. Great inspiration for those of us in the upper midwest- MN! A winter vibe but filled with warm and elegance. Very nice.

  17. Thank you to all of the vendors & to the happy couple! It was a pleasure to be a part of it & it was absolutely GORGEOUS! XO

  18. so so classy! :) love it!

  19. One of the most amazing pictures and weddings I have seen. So different and unique. LOVE IT~!!!

  20. so fun to re-live this shoot! thanks to all the amazing vendors for making it awesome…we had so much fun modeling!


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