Breathe in. Ahhhhhhhh, October. The fog disappears, the sun confidently emerges, the coast comes alive, and Northern California wedding season really gets into gear. What a joy it was to kick off the month by documenting the sun-drenched wedding of Ani and Val in Carmel. They picked Carmel Mission Inn to host their celebration, but for the ceremony, Ani and Val picked a gorgeous, meaningful spot called Stewart’s Cove. A steep sand staircase led down to the expansive beach and blue water below. Chairs were arranged for an intimate ceremony, and rose petals marked the circle inside which the bride and groom, with a close friend officiating the nuptials, joined their hands – and their lives. Ani, Val, you guys really have a wonderful yin and yang thing going on. Not only with one another, but also within your individual selves. You’re both confident, elegant, charming, stylish, and yet you’re not afraid to frolic and get absolutely silly. I loved the relaxed mood of your day, and its warm energy and cool ocean hues will continue swirling in my memory for years to come. You’re surrounded by an incredible community of family and friends, and I hope that the love and support they brought on your wedding day will be the most important, lasting gift you could have received.