Special event:

mini elopements

have you been thinking about going to the courthouse but want something more...


✓ Stylish




✓ Personalized




✓ Outdoorsy




✓ Beautiful




✓ Emotional




✓ & Epic?

join me for a mini elopement in

san diego!

Just like the courthouse, I’m offering weekday appointments to have a beautiful outdoor ceremony in the most epic of spots!

What does a mini elopement look like?

Your 1 hour mini elopement will look like this:


▶︎▶︎ 15 minutes of amazing photos to get you two warmed up to the camera. I'll give you fun games & silly prompts to bring out natural laughter and help you feel comfortable in no time!


▶︎▶︎ 15 Minute self uniting ceremony. It's just the two of you among an incredible San Diego backdrop, ready to commit yourselves to each other for life. You'll lead yourselves through your personalized vows, exchange of rings, and your first kiss.


All your tears, giggles, and special moments will be captured.


▶︎▶︎ 30 minutes of “just married” photos! Emotions are high and the excitement is very real! This is a great time to get dreamy photos of you two laughing, cuddling up, and enjoying the captivating scenery.


▶︎▶︎ Closing & official paperwork. I sign your marriage license as the officiant (I’m ordained!) to make it all legal. We part ways and you two enjoy the rest of your day as newlyweds! (read more)


where & when?

I’ll be offering mini elopements at 3 locations throughout San Diego County. Each has been hand-selected for its beauty, perfect lighting, and accessibility.


You can find descriptions and exclusive dates below:


Sunset Cliffs


My most well known location but with an added dose of adventure to beat the crowds! Expect rocky terrain and a bit of climbing to get to this spot!


Join me on:


▶︎▶︎ Date 1 ◀︎◀︎



▶︎▶︎ Date 2 ◀︎◀︎

April 29, 2021


▶︎▶︎ Date 3 ◀︎◀︎

April 30, 2021

▶︎▶︎ Put in a request for the dates you want to see next! ◀︎◀︎

▶︎▶︎ New dates launching all the time ◀︎◀︎

(including a Fall 2021 set coming soon!)

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Balboa Park


My most accessible location as the majestic Moreton Bay Fig Trees are found a short walk in the grass not far from the parking lot in a special section of Balboa Park called Golden Hill Park.



Join me on:


▶︎▶︎ Date 1 ◀︎◀︎

May 3, 2021

▶︎▶︎ Put in a request for the dates you want to see next! ◀︎◀︎

▶︎▶︎ New dates launching all the time ◀︎◀︎

(including a Fall 2021 set coming soon!)

Mini Elopement Form 3


Carlsbad Eucalyptus Forest

A peaceful neighborhood trail in the eucalyptus trees in North County, San Diego, perfect for your ceremony!


Join me on:


▶︎▶︎ Date 1 ◀︎◀︎

March 3, 2021

▶︎▶︎ Date 2 ◀︎◀︎

May 26, 2021

▶︎▶︎ Put in a request for the dates you want to see next! ◀︎◀︎

▶︎▶︎ New dates launching all the time ◀︎◀︎

(including a Fall 2021 set coming soon!)

Mini Elopements Form 4

What's included in a mini ELOPEMENT package?

For a limited time, I'm offering mini elopements for just $1500

You get:

  • 1 hour of photo time
  • 100 beautiful images of your special moments available as high-resolution downloads
  • Planning guide: tips on wedding dresses, marriage licenses, experience enhancers & more!
  • Artistic boho bouquets and/or boutonnieres (combination and style of your choosing) by Levant Lane
  • Props included: boho rug & pampas grass arrangement depending on location
  • Signature as officiant and/or witness if needed




The State of California requires one witness and someone who is ordained to sign your marriage license.

  1. As soon as you book your Mini Elopement, schedule your appointment with the county office to pick up your marriage license and bring it to your Mini Elopement
  2. You will perform a self-uniting ceremony (or have a friend read), exchange rings, and share your personal vows with one another.
  3. After, I can sign as your officiant as I’m ordained with the Universal Life Church.
  4. The State of California also requires one witness signature. Our florist, Paola, said she is more than happy to sign as your witness! If you bring any guests, they can also serve as witnesses.
  5. Mail your marriage license back to the county within 10 days of your elopement to make it all official!



Can I book more than one mini elopement session back to back?


Sounds to me like you’re looking for one of my Full-Day Adventure Elopement experiences! While my Mini Elopements are a wonderful courthouse alternative, I truly love creating and capturing custom full-day adventures for eloping couples! We can visit your favorite locations and fill the day with fun + meaningful activities. Inquire with me to hear all about the magic!



What all do we need?


While you only truly need yourselves, here is a list of ideas to help you prepare: wedding outfits + accessories, rings, vow books, marriage license, and water + snacks. You’ll have access to a curated guide to help you prepare for your day and give you fun ideas!


Feel free to make this your own!



Can we bring guests?


With the time allotted, full family formal photographs aren't feasible. However, if you would like to invite up to 4 guests to your Mini Elopement, they are absolutely welcome and will even be included in a few photos!


If you are looking to invite more guests, check out my Full-Day Adventure Elopement experience to completely customize your day to your desire!



How do we book our mini Elopement?


  1. Follow >>this link<< to the booking page and select from the offered dates and locations
  2. Choose your time slot and fill out any requested information
  3. The program will guide you through signing your contract electronically and paying your 50% retainer. The last 50% will be due 5 days after your elopement date. Payment plans can be arranged upon request.
  4. Enjoy planning your beautiful day with the help of your Mini Elopement Guide!



What if I'm not ready to book right now?


I'd highly recommend joining my Mini Elopement email list below to be the first to hear about new dates!!

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"You blew me away with your ability to capture the love, anticipation and the sheer joy that Ben and I felt."



Hi, I'm Joni

I'm known for my constant laughter, flowy dresses, and free-spirited travel habits. As an ENFP, spontaneity, surprises, and meeting new people makes me feel the most alive--I think I've landed in the right job! My warm, bubbly personality is guaranteed to make you feel relaxed and confident on your wedding day!


I'm passionate about the environment, veganism, having experiences over things, and ordering dessert. I love classic rock (The Doors, Janis Joplin, Fleetwood Mac), zero waste living, and music festivals. I'm covered in fluff in July, think hand-me-downs are the best, and dig a slow day in the sun.

"Joni was a breath of fresh air during my search for the right photographer."



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