Sarah Ellefson - Los Angeles + New Mexico Wedding Photographer

NEW MEXICO//Photographer//LOS ANGELES

Wedding and family photography based in Los Angeles + New Mexico. Available for travel worldwide!

Walnut Creek Catholic Wedding at The Gardens at Heather Farm: Clare + Sal

Clare + Sal's wedding day was perfection from start to finish. Their ceremony at St. Margaret Mary's Catholic Church was filled with beautiful light from the antique stained glass windows, and the joy of the bride and groom was reflected in the church full of friends and family. Clare + Sal's goal for their wedding was to focus on the guests and have lots of fun in a beautiful, natural setting. The Gardens at Heather Farm fit the bill perfectly tor the reception, and the weather gave us gorgeous, glory sunlight! Guests enjoyed outdoor cocktails in the sunshine, and strolled around the beautiful grounds. The lovely gardenscape was an incredible backdrop for the beautiful couple, showing off Clare's classic BHLDN two piece dress which was perfection! (She rocked the Jessica Bodysuit + a sold out skirt, similar to the Effie Skirt. Lovedddddd it!)

When dinner rolled around, their family and friends enjoyed delicious tacos from El Molino, and then finished off with an incredible cake from Alpine Pastry which tasted as good as it looked! Clare + Sal also paid attention to the details, with a Polaroid guest book, Jenga blocks for everyone to sign, personalized lip balm for party favors (GENIUS), and beautiful hand lettered signs. After the dancing started, they handed out glow rings and glow sticks, which is something EVERYONE should do at their weddings! It really amped up the party vibe. By the time Clare + Sal exited, every single guest was full of good food, laughter, and was hyped up from the dancing! Congratulations to you two beautiful people, and enjoy your honeymoon at Lake Tahoe!

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A wedding at St Margaret Mary's Catholic Church in Oakland, California.
 
Bride twirling her dress outside St. Margaret Mary's Church in Oakland California moments before she walks down the aisle.
 
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Couple sitting at the altar right after saying their vows at St Margaret Mary's Church in Oakland, California.
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Newlyweds kneeling after communion at their wedding mass held in St. Margaret Mary's Catholic Church in Oakland, California.
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Newlyweds exiting St Margaret Mary's Catholic Church in Oakland, California.
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Bride laughing in the grass at The Gardens at Heather Farm.
Newly married couple sharing a tender moment at The Gardens at Heather Farm | Sarah Ellefson Photography
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Happy couple with their bridal party at the gardens at heather farm before the wedding reception starts.
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Couple exiting their wedding at the gardens at heather farm.
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First dance during a modern, elegant wedding at the gardens at heather farm.
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Beverly Hills at Home Family Session: The Patch Family

Where to begin with this sweet family?! Shooting in and around their home in Beverly Hills was absolutely perfect for our session. I absolutely loveeee shooting around a family's home because not only is everyone more comfortable, it also tells the story of what your life feels like and captures such a little sweet slice of life. Take a peek below!

A mother holding her toddler and soaking in the quiet moment on the floor of their Los Angeles home.
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Little girl playing in the window of her Los Angeles home.
Two sisters hugging in an in home session in Los Angeles.
Mother holding her baby on the floor of their Los Angeles home.
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Mother and daughter cuddling in the windowsill of their home in Los Angeles.
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Joyful family with children hugging their parents in Los Angeles.
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Family stitting on the stoop of their Los Angeles home, playing with one another.
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Family playing on the floor of their Los Angeles home.
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Mother running with her three children across the grass.
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CSU Channel Islands Wedding: Taylor + Jeff

Taylor + Jeff's wedding was a boho fiesta dream come true and pretty dang perfect from start to finish! Each detail during their day represented what mattered the most to them. From the taco truck and fresh guacamole made from a family avocado orchard, to a bouncy castle and dedicated kid's area, T + J thought of everything! Taylor's biggest dream was to have an alpaca to pet during cocktail hour. After countless hours of searching, they finally found one! (Her name was Vanna White, HOW AMAZING IS THAT?) When I asked Taylor if she had any tips for future brides, she said, "Stay focused on what matters. I got to marry Jeff, and at the end of the day that's what is really important. He's absolutely the greatest human I've ever known." If that's not #GOALZ guys, I don't know what is. I absolutely loved capturing every moment of this day! Take a peek below!


VENDORS

Venue//California State University, Channel Islands Dress// Rue De Seine from Moondance Bridal Hair// Sarah Gilmer Florals// Fleur de Rye Hand Lettering// Coté Collective Rentals//  Otis and Pearl Makeup// Noelle Baddeley Food Truck// Tacos El Caporal Churros// Fernando's Churros Cake// Becca Stankis 

CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
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CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
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CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
 
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
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CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
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CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
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CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
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CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography

El Matador Beach Family Lifestyle Session: The Roth Family

Oh my goodness, I just LOVED every single moment I spent with the Roth family! Melinda is an incredible family photographer herself, take a peek at her stunning work here! We first connected over Instagram, and I'll be forever grateful to social media for bringing us together. The Roths loveeee hanging out in Malibu, so it was a no brainer for us to shoot at El Matador Beach! Give me all the sun soaked, sand filled sessions, they are such a joy to capture!

Sarah Ellefson Photography: Malibu Lifestyle Family Session
Sarah Ellefson Photography: Malibu Lifestyle Family Session
Sarah Ellefson Photography: Malibu Lifestyle Family Session
Sarah Ellefson Photography: Malibu Lifestyle Family Session
Sarah Ellefson Photography: Malibu Family Lifestyle Session
Sarah Ellefson Photography: Malibu Family Lifestyle Session
Sarah Ellefson Photography: Malibu Family Lifestyle Session
Sarah Ellefson Photography: Malibu Family Lifestyle Session
Sarah Ellefson Photography: Malibu Family Lifestyle Session
Sarah Ellefson Photography: Malibu Family Lifestyle Session
Sarah Ellefson Photography: Malibu Family Lifestyle Session
Sarah Ellefson Photography: Malibu Family Lifestyle Session
Sarah Ellefson Photography: Malibu Family Lifestyle Session
Sarah Ellefson Photography: Malibu Family Lifestyle Session
Sarah Ellefson Photography: Malibu Family Lifestyle Session
Sarah Ellefson Photography: Malibu Family Lifestyle Session
Sarah Ellefson Photography: Malibu Family Lifestyle Session
Sarah Ellefson Photography: Malibu Family Lifestyle Session
Sarah Ellefson Photography: Malibu Family Lifestyle Session
Sarah Ellefson Photography: Malibu Family Lifestyle Session
Sarah Ellefson Photography: Malibu Family Lifestyle Session
Sarah Ellefson Photography: Malibu Family Lifestyle Session
Sarah Ellefson Photography: Malibu Family Lifestyle Session
Sarah Ellefson Photography: Malibu Family Lifestyle Session
Sarah Ellefson Photography: Malibu Family Lifestyle Session
Sarah Ellefson Photography: Malibu Family Lifestyle Session
Sarah Ellefson Photography: Malibu Family Lifestyle Session
Sarah Ellefson Photography: Malibu Family Lifestyle Session
Sarah Ellefson Photography: Malibu Family Lifestyle Session
Sarah Ellefson Photography: Malibu Family Lifestyle Session
Sarah Ellefson Photography: Malibu Family Lifestyle Session
Sarah Ellefson Photography: Malibu Family Lifestyle Session
Sarah Ellefson Photography: Malibu Family Lifestyle Session
Sarah Ellefson Photography: Malibu Family Lifestyle Session
Sarah Ellefson Photography: Malibu Family Lifestyle Session
Sarah Ellefson Photography: Malibu Family Lifestyle Session
Sarah Ellefson Photography: Malibu Family Lifestyle Session
Sarah Ellefson Photography: Malibu Family Lifestyle Session
Sarah Ellefson Photography: Malibu Family Lifestyle Session
Sarah Ellefson Photography: Malibu Family Lifestyle Session
Sarah Ellefson Photography: Malibu Family Lifestyle Session
Sarah Ellefson Photography: Malibu Family Lifestyle Session
Sarah Ellefson Photography: Malibu Family Lifestyle Session
Sarah Ellefson Photography: Malibu Family Lifestyle Session

Malibu Engagement Session: Briana + Alex

As a child, I thought (and still do) that red hair was the most beautiful thing in the world. I went so far as to desperately pray to God that he would transform my hair á la the Little Mermaid/Anne of Green Gables. Well, I'm still blonde (ish) so we all know how that turned out. I have to say though, when a red headed bride books me that inner kid wakes up and gets reallllll excited. Briana + Alex were SO much fun to hang with, and they even brought their aussiedoodle puppies Bonnie & Clyde!! (Links to official puppy instagramz here & here.) And now, let the cuteness overload begin.

Malibu Engagement Session - Briana + Alex
Malibu Engagement Session - Briana + Alex
Malibu Engagement Session - Briana + Alex
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Malibu Engagement Session - Briana + Alex - Sarah Ellefson Photography
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Malibu Engagement Session - Briana + Alex - Sarah Ellefson Photography
Malibu Engagement Session - Briana + Alex - Sarah Ellefson Photography
Malibu Engagement Session - Briana + Alex - Sarah Ellefson Photography
Malibu Engagement Session - Briana + Alex - Sarah Ellefson Photography
Malibu Engagement Session - Briana + Alex - Sarah Ellefson Photography
Malibu Engagement Session - Briana + Alex - Sarah Ellefson Photography
Malibu Engagement Session - Briana + Alex - Sarah Ellefson Photography
Malibu Engagement Session - Briana + Alex - Sarah Ellefson Photography
Malibu Engagement Session - Briana + Alex - Sarah Ellefson Photography
Malibu Engagement Session - Briana + Alex - Sarah Ellefson Photography
Malibu Engagement Session - Briana + Alex - Sarah Ellefson Photography
Malibu Engagement Session - Briana + Alex - Sarah Ellefson Photography
Malibu Engagement Session - Briana + Alex - Sarah Ellefson Photography
Malibu Engagement Session - Briana + Alex - Sarah Ellefson Photography

Princeton University Engagement Session: Carra + Luke

I absolutely love it when my clients take me somewhere special for their engagement session! When Carra + Luke asked if I'd be willing to fly to Princeton University to shoot them where they first met and fell in love, it took me about .5 seconds to give them an embarrassingly enthusiastic YES. When the weekend of their session arrived and brought an insane rainstorm with it, we just decided to grab some umbrellas and go make some photo magic happen anyways, and boy, I am SO glad we did! Everything just came together with soft, yet glowing light, perfectly splashable puddles, and the prettiest, dewy rose garden you ever did see. I'm so excited for their upcoming Taos, New Mexico wedding!

Princeton University Engagement Session
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Princeton University Engagement Session
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Princeton University Engagement Session
Princeton University Engagement Session
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Princeton University Engagement Session

Malibu Engagement Session: Taylor + Jeff

First of all, gotta love a gal who buys her wedding dress, then finds another one she loves more so she wears her original dress to her engagement session. Um AMAZING! To any brides who are having trouble picking one dress, buy them both. YOLO. You heard it here first. Taylor + Jeff were so much fun to hang out with and shoot! They were down to tromp through fields and play in the freezing ocean, and that's my kind of couple. We got some pretty amazing images from their session in Malibu Creek + El Matador Beach. Take a peek!

Malibu Engagement Session
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Can we also talk about how Taylor's ring?! Jeff mined the stones from the town where Taylor's grandparents live and had the ring custom made. Heart eyed emojis forever. Gentlemen, take note. That's how you do a ring.

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Dress: BHLDN

Hair: Fleur de Rye

Malibu Lifestyle Photography: Wil + Frida

Shooting for the Los Angeles based children's clothing line Wil + Frida was a dream come true! They JUST launched their Spring 2017 line and I had to share a few of my favorite images. Six-year-old girls may just be my new favorite type of client, can you tell how much fun we had together?! To shop Will + Frida's new line, click here

P.S. A big thanks to Mini Style Blog for featuring my images as well!

 
Wil + Frida Spring 2017
 
Wil + Frida Spring 2017
Wil + Frida Spring 2017
Wil + Frida Spring 2017
Wil + Frida Spring 2017
Wil + Frida Spring 2017
Wil + Frida Spring 2017
Wil + Frida Spring 2017
Wil + Frida Spring 2017
Wil + Frida Spring 2017