Saturday, December 27, 2014


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Just found this gem in the huffington post..

Is that rain?

Yeah, I know, I didn't have any in this series,
we still had some pretty great images for our couples who decided to
Elope  To San Diego with us this year on Coronado Beach...

You can see the photographs here...I should say masterpieces...

and here are some of my fav pics from our weddings we were part of:
you can see more on our website at:

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

MERRY CHRISTMAS from all the Lucky Pups !

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Merry Christmas from all the Lucky Pups!
When we're not on the beach celebrating with couples getting married,
we're saving death row dogs from high kill shelters around California.

We're the founders of Lucky Pup Dog Rescue in San Diego.
The neighborhood dog rescue in North Park and Hillcrest.

So many great dogs available for adoption !
check them out:

We give death row dogs a fightin' chance!

christine and steve 

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Has YELP lost all credibility?

Is Yelp is finally getting the blow back they seem to deserve?

When people review "Yelp" itself (read reviews here) 
 6600 reviews with a 2+star rating???

That's some food for thought....

If you're a small business owner you know how frustrating it can be to work with Yelp.  They send you form letters when you ask about something, they call and call to get you to advertise, they manipulate your reviews. And now, people from all over the country, and all types of businesses are tired of their business model. If you don't pay to advertise.... you'll see a big change in your account, and it won't be good.

Yelp in the REAL WORLD: 

I think it's safe to say that a small company like ours -- who work with about 250 couples a year are bound to have a few misunderstandings.   We work quickly to resolve any challenges, and have a 99.9% customer satisfaction rating.
Over 3500 couples over the last 27+ years, a handful who weren't over the top happy.
But you wouldn't know that by reading Yelp.  

After declining to pay to advertise with them, they moved 46 of our 5 and 4 star reviews to the filtered section.  Leaving only 14 reviews on the front, several from brides we choose not to work with, so they did not use our services.  Out of 72 reviews, only 14 show on front. 

We are also penalized because often our brides and grooms
don't have a big account with Yelp and they are often writing their first review. 
We just thought we'd speak up. 

Friday, December 19, 2014

Launching a BRAND NEW beach wedding website!

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Just created a super cool website for us! 
with our new name that fits exactly what we do
Tiny San Diego Beach Weddings

It was so fun to learn a new program.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Fancy, Schmancy Update for Elope San Diego!

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Elope San Diego
has a new updated website

Just Married... Just Eloped    Beach Weddings San Diego
We did it!  
Our website finally got the face lift you've been asking for -
easy to navigate, pretty pictures and very informative. 
So easy to plan a tiny beach wedding in San Diego,
or a elopement in just a few minutes.

Remember, we offer active duty military discount
have dog friendly options, 
and Last Minute Wedding ceremonies 
are no problem at all

Coronado Beach!  Tiny, tiny boutique style weddings

San Diego Dog Beach Wedding
"Elope San Diego" is the home of the offbeat, fun, no stress beach wedding

Military Weddings on Coronado Beach
No Stress Beach Elopements in the San Diego California area

San Diego Beach Weddings

Happy Coronado Elopement Packages

Sunset ceremony Coronado Beach

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Mission Bay on a boat !
Just think of all the fun you could have eloping in San Diego with us! 

Christine and Steve
And baby makes three :)

Monday, November 17, 2014

Unplugged Weddings! LOVE !

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NOT one, but two great articles have been published recently . . .
Love these articles, for very personal reasons.  

It's often very, very difficult to do my job as a wedding photographer tripping over packs of people with i phones, i pads and even with Uncle Bob's 12 incher telephoto lens.  Instead of focusing on being creative, I'm forced to be thinking about dodging a guest with their camera or iphone stuck up in the air.  Or worse having a clueless guest jump right in front of me during the kiss.  Just sayin' in the end, it can really take toll on the couples wedding images.

We're offering tiny weddings with few than 25 guests, yet the challenge seems to have become 10 fold over the last several years.  Sadly, after almost 30 years taking wedding photos and I've watched as people seem to care less and less about ruining their friends wedding photos. Many have no qualms about getting the shot at any cost.

My favorite unbelievable story is this one:  Small wedding on Coronado beach, out of no where there is a tall kid in board shorts, he's every where, in all of my shots.  Oddly, I didn't remember him when we first arrived on the beach.  It was a small group of about 15.  So during the ceremony, when he became so obnoxious I had to ask him to stay back.  He says to me :  " But that guy (brother of the bride) over there gave me $ 5 to take as many photos as I could with his camera".  I said,  REALLY ???   You don't even know these people?  I sent him on his way--- so he could get back to surfing. 

Needless to say, I am pretty happy to see this getting a little press.  

Why not consider an unplugged wedding on the beach? 
just making it the two of you? 

"A Blissfully Simple Elope"

Another great article here from a fellow wedding photographer in the trenches.....

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Great Article Sent To Us By One of Our Happy Brides !

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What The Cost of Your Engagement Ring May
Say About Your Marriage???


Great little article....

Yet another reason not to go
into debt over the
BIG day. 

wedding alternative

We offer a great alternative to the 
high pressure, high price, high stress wedding day
wonderful elopement packages
for groups under 25 ! 

Christine and Steve
our website here:
Elope San Diego  
Since 1987

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Love... 63 years in the making!

Marcella and Johnny Vick when they were young. 

Such a great love story!

We'd love to make your love story come true -
with an happy, low stress, fun wedding celebration


Tiny beach weddings in San Diego
christine and steve 
married 27 years, joining happy couples in marriage... 27 years!

San Diego's Most Trusted Elopement Company
Steve Haslet 
Wedding Officiant

Christine Haslet
Wedding Photographer
Since 1987

Best marriage proposal ever?

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Dog Friendly Weddings in San Diego by "Elope San Diego"

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The Summer Edition of San Diego's "A Pet Life" 
 features a great little story about pet friendly weddings. 
We were honored to be asked to share some
photos and tell our stories.

Steve and I have been including couples beloved pets for over 25 years,
and our little elopement packages often include dogs. 


We were happy to be included! 

Article is here   

If you've got a tiny wedding or elopement
in your future here in San Diego....and would like to include your dog (s)
we have a page on our website dedicated to just that:


christine and steve

We are the dog lovin' wedding peeps, in fact...

we are also the founders of Lucky Pup Dog Rescue,
San Diego's neighborhood  501c3 non profit dog rescue.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Now the ENTIRE world knows you're a Creep !

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Back in the day, you could have pulled a stunt like this, 
and a few people would have known you were a creep and a coward. 

 Fast forward to today.  
Your dirty laundry is in the street.

Dang internet....

 (no photo credit available )


Sunday, August 10, 2014

We LOVE Our 8.8 "Elope San Diego" Weddings....

Call 858 945 8341 for easy elope packages & tiny weddings in San Diego, CA. elopement packages on san diego beaches and boats. a beautiful wedding with no drama

We were remembering back to our first 8.8 wedding in Seattle,
it was 8.8.88
..... that's 1988 for those us you who are too young to remember. 

In fact, we almost had to jump in the "way back machine"
to get so far back!! 
 Since that time, we've always loved that day, 
the weather is gorgeous and 8 
turned sideways is the sign for infinity.  
Fitting for love and living happily ever after....

Looking for an easy, no stress way to
celebrate your love your each other? 
Our elopement packages are perfect !
Just ask Kate and Randall....

Congrats to Kate and Randall and their families :)
Thanks for being so much fun to work with. 

christine and steve 

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