Kali & Brandän || La Jolla, California Elopement
There is just something so special about an elopement. Don’t get me wrong, I love every type of wedding but there’s just something so special about two choosing such an intimate option for the biggest day of their life. I hung out with Kali & Brandän as they got ready for their special day in different rooms of their seaside air b&b. We coordinated a first look that brought me to tears as Brandän had such a beautiful & strong reaction to his gorgeous bride in her wedding dress. We headed to the beaches of La Jolla soon after where we found their officiant performed a beautiful & personal ceremony for them on the edge of the seaside cliffs overlooking the pacific. After they were officially pronounced man & wife, we snuck away to a secret little beach for some sunset photos celebrating the love these two have for one another. The joy that radiated from them was infectious and I was so honored to be witness to what can only be described as real, true, crazy love. Kali & Brandän also shared with me that one of the reasons they chose an elopement was because some of the people in their lives did not accept their relationship due to the fact that Kali & Brandän did not share the same color skin. My heart both sunk for them when she told me this, and also filled with pride as I realized that these two were overcoming something together and refusing to allow anything to stand in the way of their life. The truth is, love knows no color and I hope their story inspires others to love as freely and wildly as they do.
I also wanted to take a different direction with this blog post and have Kali & Brandän describe their day & their love in their own words, so scroll through to see the story of their wedding unfold and read a quick q&a with the bride and groom.
Dress Designer: Hayley Paige IG: @misshayleypaige Hair: Hair by Kayti IG: @hairbykayti
Makeup: Kali did her own! IG: @kali.lifestyle Dress shop: Luxe Redux Bridal IG: @luxereduxbridal
Grooms suit: Pursuit Yourself IG: @pursuityourself Rings: Diamonds Direct @diamondsdirect
Officiant: Bill Martinez
Q: How did you & Brandän meet one another?
A: We met on Tinder
Q: Kali, what was your first impression of Brandän?
A: His smile was infectious, stretching from ear to eat. He was so genuine and kind. He truly seemed interested in me and getting to know me.
Q: Brandän, what was your first impression of Kali?
A: She was the prettiest girl I’d ever met and I thought she was way out of my league. She was also super down to earth and so true to herself.
Q: What makes your relationship special?
A: This is a hard one to answer because there are so many things that make it so special. We share such a strong bond. We work on our relationship daily to help it thrive and continue to grow even stronger. We have stood up for each other and by each other’s side through thick and thin and always put our family first. We’ve lived in four different states together and have two adorable golden retrievers.
Q: Kali, what is your favorite thing about Brandän?
A: His heart. He has such a big heart, loves so deeply, and cares so much about other people. He makes me feel safe and at home whenever I am with him.
Q:Brandän, what is your favorite thing about Kali?
A: Everything that I lack in, she thrives in. I love her smile and big blue eyes. This is a hard one, it’s just so hard to describe the pure feeling of love when you love someone this deeply.
Q: What made you decide to elope instead of doing a big, more traditional wedding?
A: We decided to elope because wanted to take our marriage and wedding back to its true purpose — love. [We felt that some members of] Kali’s family did not approve of her marrying someone whose skin color was different than her own, so we really wanted to focus on the true meaning of marriage and our genuine, one of a kind, knock your socks off love. We love each other so much and so we felt that just getting married, just the two of us was the best way for us to celebrate and demonstrate our love for one another.
Q: What made you choose San Diego?
A: It was always Kali’s dream to get married on a beach, so what more beautiful of a setting than sunny California. With the waves crashing on the rocks around us and the sun setting on the horizon beside us, it couldn’t have been a more perfect day.
Q: What was your favorite part of your wedding day?
A: I don’t know if we can pinpoint one specific moment, the whole day was so special and surreal. From waking up and going to Trader Joe’s to pick out flowers, to the first look, to saying “I do”, to Brandän spinning Kali around in her dress, it truly couldn’t have been a more magical day.
Q: Where do you see your relationship 40 years from now?
A: Wow, 40 years from now… we imagine our spunky, crazy love still burning bright. We hope that our love and passion for one another can inspire others to follow their hearts, to not care what others think and to love the one who you are meant to be with.
(Kali & Brandän also run an amazing fitness business together where they do personalized training & nutrition programs, even long distance! Make sure to check them out on instagram at @mrmrsjonesfitnessnutrition)