I’m super excited to announce that after eight years of knowing each other, and about seven years of dating, Matt and I eloped this week to Napa, CA!


Image courtesy of Jennifer Emerling Photography

No, it’s not a joke! We really did!
And if you’re feeling left out of the loop completely, relax!  We actually didn’t tell anybody.  Not our friends. Not our siblings. Not even our parents.  That’s part of what made it so incredibly fun for us….it was a HUGE secret!

And yes, we are very well aware of the irony.  We photograph weddings, but did not take the “wedding route” ourselves.  There were several reasons for this, but I believe the most important was that working in the wedding industry has clearly taught me that regardless of what you do when it’s your turn, make sure you do it your way.  Whenever I thought about a wedding of my own, I would get anxious and frustrated. Whenever I thought of secretly eloping, I would feel elated, and excited.  I knew it right down to my core: Eloping felt absolutely right. It was only about two months’ worth of “planning”, and the only stress I really felt was when we would have to gently maneuver family and social plans away from our travel dates without letting on what we were really doing.  LOL!

The only two people on earth who knew about it besides Matt and myself were Michelle my super awesome travel agent, and Jennifer, my friend and masterful photojournalist who drove from Fresno to meet us.  Because this wasn’t a wedding, I didn’t want wedding-like photographs…I wanted someone who would document it, but who also knew how to take a few portraits as well.

All in all, it has been sooooo much fun.  We got up close and personal with some African wildlife at Safari West (seriously, I am such a sucker for activities involving animals), had a hot soak in a mud bath, a little wine time, and a lot of together time enjoying holiday decorations, quaint downtown streets, and the splendor of one of California’s most beautiful destinations.  We have been staying at the Avia in downtown Napa and I can’t recommend this hotel highly enough. It’s beautiful, comfortable, with impossibly polite and friendly staff who, along with our agent Michelle, surprised us with an upgrade to a suite with a fireplace and enormous bathtub. Best vacation ever!

We’re overwhelmed with all the excited comments we’ve been getting on Facebook, too. I’m not sure who’s more excited…you guys or us!

  • MOOLLYYYYYYYYY!!! AAAAAAAAHHHHH!!! congratulations to you both!!! you sneaky monkeys you.

  • Hey Molly and Matt —

    You brought tears to my eyes reading your blog. You have such a way of expressing yourself, it was a wonderful read!! Congrats to you both! I’m so happy to hear you did it “your” way! Looking forward to toasting to you both soon! If you don’t make it to the Holiday Charity Open house Sunday then maybe at the mixer in January!!

    Love you gyys,
    Cindy Lieber

  • SQUEEEE!!!
    Couldn’t be happier for you guys, you’re such an amazing team and even more incredible couple. Congratulations for following your heart, down to the last detail!

  • That’s freaking awesome! Congrats. You guys are perfect for each other! I love that you did it YOUR way.

  • I am so very happy and proud of your beautiful celebration and union. It is fantastic that you did it YOUR way… The true celebration is that you have someone to spend the rest of your days together. Someone that ‘gets you’, someone that loves you and someone that makes you happy.
    Congratulations on your wedding and beautiful statement about what weddings are really about… love.

    Next Taco Tuesday is my treat!

  • Congratulations again! Jen did an amazing job. I hope to see more photos in the future. Sending you love from Baton Rouge – from Sugar, Marvin, Zach and myself!

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