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Santa Claus Beach Elopement

Gina & Michael | Santa Claus Beach Elopement

Gina & Michael had planned a three-week vacation to the United States from Germany. However, Michael was keeping a secret from Gina. He had asked her father if he could marry her just hours before catching the plane to the States. He knew he wanted to propose but didn’t want her learning of his plans before they left so he saved it for the last possible minute. As the two of them traveled through California Michael got down on one knee and popped the question of a lifetime; which led them to their Santa Claus Beach Elopement!

Hours after getting engaged Gina told Michael she didn’t want to wait any longer to be able to say “I do” and spend the rest of her life with him. So, they started planning their elopement! They found her a dress, him a bowtie, a great spot by the sea, and a couple more details to add to their day.


we are so happy for you and hope you never forget your time spent in California


Ute, from Keani Wedding Design planned a beautiful ceremony for Gina & Michael’s Santa Claus Beach Elopement. A bottle of sparkling cider (non-alcoholic, if you’re wondering!) and two glasses sat on one of the two round white tables near the altar. On the second were two sand dollars, a clay heart with “love” written in multiple languages, and two large shells filled with different colored sand to pour into a heart-shaped glass bottle to signify the couple joining together as one. A variety of different colored flower petals and a special blanket lay on the sand just before the altar.

Gina & Michael, we are so happy for you and hope you never forget your time spent in California! Thank you for choosing us to celebrate such a happy and special time in your lives together! We feel honored to have been your photographers and the ones to experience your first moments as husband and wife. You are both so sweet, and we’re wishing you a lifetime of happiness!

a bottle of non-alcoholic champagne in a bucket of ice with grapes hanging off to each side. And a second photo of the bride's colorful bouquet. Gina holding her bouquet and stomach on the beach with the waves in the background. A second photo of the bride holding her umbrella with the waves in the background during her Santa Claus Beach ElopementA close up of Gina & Michael's rings on a mirrored table with her bouquet of flowers in the background. And a second photo of the bride's heels and rings on a mirrored table with the sand and waves in the background. Two sea shells filled with red sand in one and yellow sand in the other on a mirrored table next to sand dollars and a glass bottle in the shape of a heart. The ceremony location at Gina & Michael's Santa Claus Beach Elopement Michael wearing a black bowtie and light blue shirt and shorts. He is smiling at the camera in one photo and adjusting his bowtie in the second.The ceremony location with the mountains in the background. A second photo of the glass bottle in the shape of a heart filled with both colors of sand and the shells sitting next to it. Gina & Michael during the ceremony of their Santa Claus Beach ElopementThe couple holding hands during their ceremony. And a second photo of the couple sharing their first kiss as husband and wife with the sand and ocean waves in the background. The couple holding hands during their ceremony with their officiant Ute, in the background. Second photo of the couple filling the heat shaped bottle with sand. The couple holding hands as they walked out to the waves to throw in a sand dollar. A photo of them throwing the sand dollars. Black and white photos of the bride's bouquet and of the couple pouring sand into the glass bottle. Black and white photo of the couple throwing their sand dollars into the waves. Second photo of the couple sharing a kiss The couple tossing the sand dollars into the waves. The ocean waves at Santa Claus Beach and a photo of the couple walking on the beach arms around each other. The bride and groom becoming husband and wife during their ceremony while at their Santa Claus Beach Elopement The couple popping their bottle of non-alcoholic champagne and holding onto each other. The couple sharing a kiss on the beach and smiling at the camera during their Santa Claus Beach Elopement Michael holding red balloons shaped like hearts and Gina holding an umbrella while sharing a kiss with each other. A second photo of Michael smiling at Gina and Gina smiling at the camera with a flower crown on her head. the newlywed couple holding a sign that says "just married" with the waves of the ocean behind them. And a photo of the couple holding the American flag between them while smiling at the camera. The couple sharing a kiss with flower petals in the air falling around them. A second photo of the newlyweds kissing and Gina is holding her bouquet of colorful flowers. Gina & Michael kissing and holding her bouquet together. Below them is a heart drawn in the sand with flower petals along the edges.The heart drawn in the sand with flower petals along the edges. And a photo of the couple smiling at each other with the ocean waves behind them during their Santa Claus Beach Elopement Gina & Michael sharing a kiss with the ocean waves behind them. She is holding an umbrella and he is holding red, heart-shaped balloons during their Santa Claus Beach Elopement The newlyweds sharing a kiss while being surrounded by the American flag. Gina & Michael with their arms around each other sharing a kiss and a second photo of the couple smiling at each other while walking on the beach holding hands during their Santa Claus Beach Elopement. A black and white photo of the couple sharing a kiss while posing with the American flag and a photo of the Gina holding her bouquet and looking at her stomach. The couple's hands holding the bouquet showing off their rings. And Michael with his nose to Gina's temple smiling at her and her smiling at him during their Santa Claus Beach Elopement Michael holding Gina and sharing a kiss. Gina & Michael smiling at the camera while standing together closely and a close up of the couples hands on Gina's stomach showing off their rings during their Santa Claus Beach Elopement A black and white photo of the couple sharing a kiss while flower petals fall around them during their Santa Claus Beach ElopementThe couple standing on the beach smiling at the camera. And a second photo of the bride wearing sunglasses and holding her bouquet behind her looking just off camera with the groom standing in the reflection of the glasses. The couple sharing a kiss with their backs to the camera and arms around each other. A second black and white photo of the couple holding a sign that reads "just married" Black and white photo of the couple holding their glass bottle filled with sand during their Santa Claus Beach Elopement. And a black and white photo of the couple's rings on a mirrored table with flowers behind. The couple with both of their hands on Gina's stomach and smiling at the camera with the sand and ocean behind them during their Santa Claus Beach Elopement The couple smiling at the camera with palm tress behind them in the distance. Michael & Gina standing close together while smiling at the camera. He is holding her bouquet and she is holding onto her white dress.

And if you peep really close to the left side of the next photo, you’ll see a black speck in the water. It’s a dolphin!!! It’s also in the center of the photo after!Gina & Michael holding the American flag between them with a small dolphin fin in the distance in the waves. The happy couple during their Santa Claus Beach Elopement Gina & Michael holding the American flag between them with a dolphin in the waves behind them in the middle of the photo during their Santa Claus Beach ElopementThe couple holding "mr." and "mrs." signs while looking at each other and looking at the camera. The couple sitting in chairs with signs that say "mr." and "mrs." Michael is giving her a kiss with his arm around her.

Special thanks to Ute from Keani Wedding Design for her planning expertise, wonderful creativity, and cute props that brought this Santa Claus Beach Elopement to life!

Gina & Michael with Ute during their Santa Claus Beach Elopement

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