Love Wins Out Elopement – Maja + JD

Maja and JD wrote to me the week after the election because they had decided to move their wedding date up by 18 months and wanted to elope while we were still under Obama’s presidency. Their timing was perfect because I was already in the early stages of planning an elopement event called Love Wins Out with other concerned and compassionate members of the LA Wedding Vendors & Creatives Collectives. After explaining the event to Maja & JD, they were delighted to participate and roped several of their friends into eloping there too! I’ll have a full post about Love Wins Out and all the amazing people who were a part of it next week, but in the meantime here are some of my favorite images of Maja and JD. I love that they got ready together, that their children were able to witness their ceremony, that Maja was a barefoot bride, that they jumped over the broom in their ceremony, and they both have the best laughs and smiles. I feel such a connection to these two and am so overwhelmed with love and joy to have been a part of making their wedding day happen in such a special way!

So many thanks to the vendors that participated in Love Wins Out (credits at the bottom of this post) and stay tuned for more photos from the full event!

Venue: The York Manor
Coordinator: Renée of Moxie Bright Events and Jessica of Art and Soul Events
Designer: Winston & Main
Florals: Barnes Botanicals
Ceremony arch and decor: Thrifted Sister Rentals
Portrait lounge decor: Circa Vintage Rentals
Hair: Hair by Tiphanie and Tawnny Rey Hair
Makeup: Karen Bates-Ashley
Officiant: Corkie Matson of Dearly Beloved Celebrations
DJ: Bibi at DJ Keelez
Videography: Wandering Study
Cake: Mwokaji Cakery
Sweets and favors: Sweet Art Bake Shop and Nicole Bakes Cakes
Refreshments: One Hope Wine from Jes Landau and Lindley Carlin
Sign: Calligraphy Nerd and The Duo Studio
Special Thanks: In the Clouds EventsHoneybook

  • Elissa said:

    These photos are gorgeous! And what an amazing space! I love all of this!!

  • Nicki said:

    Them snuggled on the couch is one my most favorite images. So much love! They are adorable!

  • I LOVE their style!! I want to live at their wedding. And those shots in the lounge area are my fave...and all the details!!

  • Maja Roble said:

    Jessica! I am speechless...this blog has taken my breath away AND caused tears to well in my eyes...You are not only an amazingly talented photographer, you are also an intuitive one. You photos capture spirit and some of your subjects' characters are revealed. You immortalize an experience as evidenced by the myriad of diverse wedding celebrations on your wedding album page. I almost want to transition into wedding planning myself. Cheers to you and the friendship that we have made. And thank you a million times for organizing such a beautiful event that shall be my most favorite day for years to come!


  • JD said:

    Jessica Jessica Jessica! You are amazing! Your vision, your creative eye, your talent!!!!! You cannot convince me we did not have a full blown wedding extravaganza! I humbly thank you repeatedly! I cannot get enough of these pictures. We thank you and we love you!

  • Hi Jessica,

    I love absolutely everything about this wedding! The styling, the venue, and the wonderful positive energy. We really miss Obama’s presidency. Much LOVE from London. Paolaxx

  • Jasmine said:

    Cried literal tears looking through all of these. Not only was the significance of this movement and plan amazing, but there was so much tender magic here. Amazing work Jessica!

  • Karen Bates-Ashley said:

    Jessica! This blog is absolutely beautiful! You've captured everyone's essence and joy that was present in their eyes and their smiles.
    I had the honor of meeting JD and Maja and they were such a joy to work with. I enjoyed them so much! Maja, with her beautiful easy going smile and JD with her swagger. Loved them! I'm so happy to have been a part of their special moment. Thank you to everyone that made this possible!
    Much love and much pride.

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