Jon Klassen Inspired California Forest Elopement


Jon Klassen’s I Want My Hat Back is one of my favorite books to read to Sienna, so when I saw this ridiculously sweet styled elopement pop into my inbox, I have to say, I was super excited to share it with you all! While this shoot is only loosely based on the story, I’m convinced it will seriously inspire any of you who are planning an elopement or vow renewal. Imagine a beautiful, relaxed day slowly unfolding + filled with charming, yet simple, details: a hand-tied wildflower bouquet, a ride in an old VW bus to a secluded mountain top setting and fun paper goods based on your favorite children’s book.

Big thanks to Samantha Smith Arroyo for the beautiful photography and to Virginia Smith for the planning + design. Are any of you fans of I Want My Hat Back?

Jon Klassen inspiration

Jon Klassen inspiration


Jon Klassen inspiration

getting ready

picking flowers

If you are a fan of the book, you will recognize the sweet pup in the red hat as a nod to the book. He looks so adorable, doesn’t he?! :)

Jon Klassen inspiration





The shoot took place in the California mountain town of Idyllwild. Such a breathtaking setting, perfect for a romantic elopement.




flower crown


And be sure to check out this sweet video by Arroyo Films to see even more!

Thanks so much to the following artists for creating this inspiration + sharing their talents with us today!

photography: Samantha Smith Arroyo // planning + design: Virginia Smith // videography: Arroyo Films // paper goods: Design Smith Paper Arts // handmade paper mache’ masks: Miesmesa Berni // dress: Urban Outfitters

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  1. Super Super Cute. What an adorable couple. Its beautiful from start to finish. xxx

  2. Oh, I love this! I love wes anderson movies, and this, to me feels like moonrise kingdom!

  3. I just love this!! Great job sam josh and virginia!!

  4. Beautiful photos. And love the VW bus!

  5. That is a stunning setting – Now I just have to find out about that book!

  6. Effortlessly beautiful! Their adorable dog is icing on the cake :)

  7. everytime i enter green wedding shoes i just know i’ll find stunning photographs. it just happened again!

  8. Oh wow, can’t believe this is an inspiration shoot! It has everything I love about elopements!!

  9. seriously? this is freaking brilliant. and it is one of my absolute favorite books to read my son. if someone does a “dragons love tacos” wedding next (not a bad idea!) you’ll hit our two favorites :)

  10. Where is this dress from?!

  11. goodness, if this isn’t a case for putting some budget towards proper photography and styling I don’t know what is. What a beautiful and memorable time!

  12. Hi,

    Do you know where the flower crown comes from?



  13. I Want My Hat Back is a GREAT book and an inside joke between my fiance and I. I was so delighted to see this and literally ran with my laptop to show him the post.

  14. Love this! They are so sweet together and the scenery!! Love the video as well. I too want to use “Flowers in her Hair” if we do a video for our wedding!

  15. Love this! Any chance I could get a location on that branch tunnel?

  16. Those boots are perfect! Any ideas where I can find such boots for my own wedding?

  17. My fiance collects kid’s books for our future kids and this one is one of his favorites! So awesome and such beautiful photos! :)


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