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Jess & Steve’s Pre-Wedding Shoot in Los Angeles

Jess and Steve got engaged while they were on vacation in France and felt torn about what they wanted to do for their wedding plans. Should they have a big wedding in California? A small wedding near their hometowns in Massachusetts? A combo of both? Or should they elope?? Once COVID-19 hit, a lot of their decisions were made for them since they knew they wanted to get married in 2020. They opted to do a small micro wedding in Topanga Canyon at Inn of the Seventh Ray, but they planned this pre-wedding shoot a couple months beforehand to kick off the celebration!

Jess and Steve also happen to be two of Mike and my very best friends. I’ve known Jess since we met as transfer students at Emerson College in Boston, MA in Fall of 2005. We hit it off immediately! She is incredibly creative, curious, kindhearted, and she has a giggle that instantly brings a smile to my face. I introduced Jess and Steve to Mike at a mutual friend’s birthday party. Mike was instantly intrigued by Steve and knew they had to be friends once Steve belted out karaoke – which, coincidentally, is also how Jess fell for him! Mike and Steve now play music together in The Emerald, and the four of us love spending time together, having game nights, and going on adventures big and small!

Bride and groom among sunny palm trees | Los Angeles Arboretum Elopement | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples in Southern California | #LosAngelesElopement #elopement #LAarboretum #LAskyline #elopementphotos

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles Couple in boho Los Angeles living room on a couch with their cat | Los Angeles Arboretum Elopement | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples in Southern California | #LosAngelesElopement #elopement #LAarboretum #LAskyline #elopementphotos

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles Bride and groom in front of lush bougainvillea | Los Angeles Arboretum Elopement | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples in Southern California | #LosAngelesElopement #elopement #LAarboretum #LAskyline #elopementphotos

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles Elopement with Los Angeles skyline | Los Angeles Elysian Park Elopement | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples in Southern California | #LosAngelesElopement #elopement #LAarboretum #LAskyline #elopementphotos

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles
We started their pre-wedding portraits at their house in Los Angeles! Shindig Chic created this neutral boho bouquet out of a mix of dried and fresh florals. Jess’ pink diamond rose gold ring looks so pretty with it!
Rose gold pink diamond engagement ring on boho bouquet | Los Angeles Arboretum Elopement | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples in Southern California | #LosAngelesElopement #elopement #LAarboretum #LAskyline #elopementphotos

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles
Fun fact: Jess and I once walked across Abbey Road together, and Jess was also barefoot in that photo!
Couple sitting on leather couch in boho living room with plants | Los Angeles Arboretum Elopement | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples in Southern California | #LosAngelesElopement #elopement #LAarboretum #LAskyline #elopementphotos

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles Neutral boho wedding bouquet on leather couch | Los Angeles Arboretum Elopement | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples in Southern California | #LosAngelesElopement #elopement #LAarboretum #LAskyline #elopementphotos

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles Engagement photos at home on the couch | Los Angeles Arboretum Elopement | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples in Southern California | #LosAngelesElopement #elopement #LAarboretum #LAskyline #elopementphotos

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles Neutral boho bridal bouquet by Shindig Chic | Los Angeles Arboretum Elopement | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples in Southern California | #LosAngelesElopement #elopement #LAarboretum #LAskyline #elopementphotos

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles
Their kitty, Montana, makes an appearance (their other cat, Frida, was unfortunately camera shy)!
Couple with their gray cat on the couch | Los Angeles Arboretum Elopement | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples in Southern California | #LosAngelesElopement #elopement #LAarboretum #LAskyline #elopementphotos

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles Engagement photos at home with cat | Los Angeles Arboretum Elopement | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples in Southern California | #LosAngelesElopement #elopement #LAarboretum #LAskyline #elopementphotos

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles Boho bookshelf close up | Los Angeles Arboretum Elopement | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples in Southern California | #LosAngelesElopement #elopement #LAarboretum #LAskyline #elopementphotos

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles Couple playing with their cat at home | Los Angeles Arboretum Elopement | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples in Southern California | #LosAngelesElopement #elopement #LAarboretum #LAskyline #elopementphotos

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles Wedding bouquet on the couch | Los Angeles Arboretum Elopement | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples in Southern California | #LosAngelesElopement #elopement #LAarboretum #LAskyline #elopementphotos

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles Couple laughing at home with their cat | Los Angeles Arboretum Elopement | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples in Southern California | #LosAngelesElopement #elopement #LAarboretum #LAskyline #elopementphotos

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles Pink diamond rose gold ring | Los Angeles Arboretum Elopement | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples in Southern California | #LosAngelesElopement #elopement #LAarboretum #LAskyline #elopementphotos

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles Couple relaxing at home in fancy attire | Los Angeles Arboretum Elopement | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples in Southern California | #LosAngelesElopement #elopement #LAarboretum #LAskyline #elopementphotos

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles
We had a reservation for the LA Arboretum that afternoon. Just as we were heading out, the other dress Jess had ordered from BHLDN for the session arrived in the mail! She threw it on and it was a perfect fit! The Arboretum is such a hidden gem for photography. Their photo permit cost is very reasonable, and the grounds are so diverse! The bamboo forest alone is gigantic!
Wide shot of couple in bamboo forest | Los Angeles Arboretum Elopement | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples in Southern California | #LosAngelesElopement #elopement #LAarboretum #LAskyline #elopementphotos

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles
Mike and I scouted the botanic gardens the week prior – since the Arboretum is 127 acres I wanted to have a solid game plan for where we should go during our session. This blooming bougainvillea was off the beaten path and I knew it was a must!
Bride and groom dancing in front of bougainvillea | Los Angeles Arboretum Elopement | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples in Southern California | #LosAngelesElopement #elopement #LAarboretum #LAskyline #elopementphotos

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles Bride and groom near pond | Los Angeles Arboretum Elopement | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples in Southern California | #LosAngelesElopement #elopement #LAarboretum #LAskyline #elopementphotos

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles
That light!! This beauty is why I included the gardens on my Best Southern California Garden Venues list, seen here!
Bride and groom in lush palm garden at sunset | Los Angeles Arboretum Elopement | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples in Southern California | #LosAngelesElopement #elopement #LAarboretum #LAskyline #elopementphotos

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles Groom in suit kissing bride | Los Angeles Arboretum Elopement | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples in Southern California | #LosAngelesElopement #elopement #LAarboretum #LAskyline #elopementphotos

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles Bride and groom standing in prehistoric garden | Los Angeles Arboretum Elopement | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples in Southern California | #LosAngelesElopement #elopement #LAarboretum #LAskyline #elopementphotos

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles White and neutral boho bridal bouquet | Los Angeles Arboretum Elopement | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples in Southern California | #LosAngelesElopement #elopement #LAarboretum #LAskyline #elopementphotos

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles Bride and groom in front of lush magenta bougainvillea | Los Angeles Arboretum Elopement | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples in Southern California | #LosAngelesElopement #elopement #LAarboretum #LAskyline #elopementphotos

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles Bride and groom in lush prehistoric forest | Los Angeles Arboretum Elopement | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples in Southern California | #LosAngelesElopement #elopement #LAarboretum #LAskyline #elopementphotos

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles Bride walking among palm trees | Los Angeles Arboretum Elopement | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples in Southern California | #LosAngelesElopement #elopement #LAarboretum #LAskyline #elopementphotos

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles Bride and groom being playful in front of bougainvillea | Los Angeles Arboretum Elopement | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples in Southern California | #LosAngelesElopement #elopement #LAarboretum #LAskyline #elopementphotos

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles Bride with red wavy hair and natural makeup | Los Angeles Arboretum Elopement | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples in Southern California | #LosAngelesElopement #elopement #LAarboretum #LAskyline #elopementphotos

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles Couple walking among blooming trees | Los Angeles Arboretum Elopement | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples in Southern California | #LosAngelesElopement #elopement #LAarboretum #LAskyline #elopementphotos

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles Groom wearing burgundy suit in front of cacti | Los Angeles Arboretum Elopement | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples in Southern California | #LosAngelesElopement #elopement #LAarboretum #LAskyline #elopementphotos

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles Bride and groom dancing in front of bougainvillea | Los Angeles Arboretum Elopement | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples in Southern California | #LosAngelesElopement #elopement #LAarboretum #LAskyline #elopementphotos

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles Groom lifting bride in palm garden | Los Angeles Arboretum Elopement | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples in Southern California | #LosAngelesElopement #elopement #LAarboretum #LAskyline #elopementphotos

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles Bride and groom walking with ducks | Los Angeles Arboretum Elopement | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples in Southern California | #LosAngelesElopement #elopement #LAarboretum #LAskyline #elopementphotos

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles Bride with red hair in front of cacti | Los Angeles Arboretum Elopement | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples in Southern California | #LosAngelesElopement #elopement #LAarboretum #LAskyline #elopementphotos

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles Joyful couple in front of lush bougainvillea | Los Angeles Arboretum Elopement | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples in Southern California | #LosAngelesElopement #elopement #LAarboretum #LAskyline #elopementphotos

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles
Steve looks so dapper in his burgundy suit!
Groom in burgundy suit with black tie | Los Angeles Arboretum Elopement | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples in Southern California | #LosAngelesElopement #elopement #LAarboretum #LAskyline #elopementphotos

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles Couple exploring LA Arboretum | Los Angeles Arboretum Elopement | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples in Southern California | #LosAngelesElopement #elopement #LAarboretum #LAskyline #elopementphotos

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles Couple walking away from lush bougainvillea | Los Angeles Arboretum Elopement | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples in Southern California | #LosAngelesElopement #elopement #LAarboretum #LAskyline #elopementphotos

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles Couple among cacti garden | Los Angeles Arboretum Elopement | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples in Southern California | #LosAngelesElopement #elopement #LAarboretum #LAskyline #elopementphotos

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles Bride in Jenny Yoo v-neck dress in front of cacti plants | Los Angeles Arboretum Elopement | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples in Southern California | #LosAngelesElopement #elopement #LAarboretum #LAskyline #elopementphotos

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles Sun setting behind bougainvillea | Los Angeles Arboretum Elopement | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples in Southern California | #LosAngelesElopement #elopement #LAarboretum #LAskyline #elopementphotos

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles Bride and groom in palm garden | Los Angeles Arboretum Elopement | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples in Southern California | #LosAngelesElopement #elopement #LAarboretum #LAskyline #elopementphotos

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles Bride and groom standing in front of bamboo plants Groom wearing burgundy suit posed in front of cacti | Los Angeles Arboretum Elopement | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples in Southern California | #LosAngelesElopement #elopement #LAarboretum #LAskyline #elopementphotos

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles Groom walking with the bride's bouquet | Los Angeles Arboretum Elopement | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples in Southern California | #LosAngelesElopement #elopement #LAarboretum #LAskyline #elopementphotos

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles Playful bride and groom in front of lush bougainvillea | Los Angeles Arboretum Elopement | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples in Southern California | #LosAngelesElopement #elopement #LAarboretum #LAskyline #elopementphotos

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles Elopement portrait in front of palms | Los Angeles Arboretum Elopement | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples in Southern California | #LosAngelesElopement #elopement #LAarboretum #LAskyline #elopementphotos

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles Boho wedding bouquet | Los Angeles Arboretum Elopement | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples in Southern California | #LosAngelesElopement #elopement #LAarboretum #LAskyline #elopementphotos

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles Elopement portrait in palm garden | Los Angeles Arboretum Elopement | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples in Southern California | #LosAngelesElopement #elopement #LAarboretum #LAskyline #elopementphotos

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles Couple kissing in cacti garden Couple in prehistoric palm garden | Los Angeles Arboretum Elopement | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples in Southern California | #LosAngelesElopement #elopement #LAarboretum #LAskyline #elopementphotos

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles Bride with red wavy hair and boho bouquet laughing | Los Angeles Arboretum Elopement | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples in Southern California | #LosAngelesElopement #elopement #LAarboretum #LAskyline #elopementphotos

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles
The Arboretum’s hours often change (especially during COVID), and after they closed we still had time left in the day to see the sunset with the LA skyline!
Elopement portrait with LA skyline | Los Angeles Elysian Park Elopement | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples in Southern California | #LosAngelesElopement #elopement #LAarboretum #LAskyline #elopementphotos

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles Couple walking in front of LA skyline | Los Angeles Elysian Park Elopement | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples in Southern California | #LosAngelesElopement #elopement #LAarboretum #LAskyline #elopementphotos

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles Playful couple giving bunny ears in front of LA skyline | Los Angeles Elysian Park Elopement | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples in Southern California | #LosAngelesElopement #elopement #LAarboretum #LAskyline #elopementphotos

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles Couple with boho dried bouquet in front of LA skyline | Los Angeles Elysian Park Elopement | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples in Southern California | #LosAngelesElopement #elopement #LAarboretum #LAskyline #elopementphotos

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles Elopement in front of LA skyline | Los Angeles Elysian Park Elopement | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples in Southern California | #LosAngelesElopement #elopement #LAarboretum #LAskyline #elopementphotos

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles Couple walking in front of LA skyline | Los Angeles Elysian Park Elopement | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples in Southern California | #LosAngelesElopement #elopement #LAarboretum #LAskyline #elopementphotos

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles Elopement portrait in front of LA skyline | Los Angeles Elysian Park Elopement | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples in Southern California | #LosAngelesElopement #elopement #LAarboretum #LAskyline #elopementphotos

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles Couple in front of LA skyline | Los Angeles Elysian Park Elopement | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples in Southern California | #LosAngelesElopement #elopement #LAarboretum #LAskyline #elopementphotos

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles
I couldn’t be happier for this sweet couple!! Stay tuned for Jess and Steve’s Topanga Canyon micro wedding!

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