Paige Nelson Photography San Diego

This industry can often feel like a well-oiled machine, spitting out cookie cutter images of what your wedding day should be. You need  this or need that.

I totally get it. But I want you to know, it doesn’t have to be that way.

It can be whatever
you want it to be.

If you want to get married in the redwoods or on the edge of a cliff, do it.
If traditions like a bridal party or cutting the cake don't feel right, skip it.

My couples are the ones who want to run away from the “conventional."
Who have a vision to declare their love- on their own terms.

We are all individuals and your love story is unique. You wouldn't try to fit a square peg into a round hole either...would you?

This day is about staying true to yourselves and setting the foundation for
an even more beautiful marriage. There's heart and intent in every choice.

You make your day meaningful by the way you show up to it. 

Paige Nelson Photography San Diego

Why intimate weddings?

The first small wedding I ever photographed became etched on my heart forever. There was something different about the atmosphere. These couples and their guests relaxed into themselves, fully present in the moment.

There wasn't that pressure to keep things moving along to stay on schedule. Activities weren't planned to be impressive, but only for the richness of the experience. Everyone rallied together as a community, to make the food, hand sew the dress, or piece together the bouquet. Personal stories were exchanged over an intimate meal.

Crafting an intimate wedding day allows you a safe space to be vulnerable.To be the real version of you.

The amount of heart that goes into days like this is what makes them so memorable. You don’t need to hold back pieces of who you are when you’re surrounded by your closest humans. Instead, you can truly focus on creating an experience for the people you love that you will all cherish forever.

This is why I choose to capture intimate wedding days and elopements. The real, the raw, the messy, the imperfect. And you, being your most authentic selves. It’s the most beautiful thing in the world.

California Wedding Photographer Paige Nelson

This is my heart, poured into every single step of the process.

Because that's what you deserve. I believe the best wedding experiences are collaborative in nature, and being able to relate to your photographer is a huge part of that.

And intimate weddings should be just that: intimate. Not impersonal.

The photographer you choose to capture this day for you should be able to meld into your inner circle. That takes time. And a whole lot of trust.

Connection is key in the work I’m able to create for you. I truly want to know you and be a part of your journey.

Kindred spirits aren’t for a day, they’re for a lifetime.

Here’s how it happens

my seven-step creative process

Here’s how it happens

my seven-step creative process

Becca & Bryan

Paige’s pictures stood out from the other photographer’s websites we checked out…they were artistic with a unique point of view. So beautiful and ethereal. Paige cared so much about us and didn’t make us feel like just another couple getting married. It was so nice to just let her do what she does so well without telling her what we needed…she just knew.

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Danny & Zack

When we got engaged, the only thing I was sure of was that I wanted Paige to be our photographer. We met up and she was so amazing! She takes her time to actually get to meet you as a couple and is so organized and professional about the whole process. You can definitely tell she wants to get the most out of these pictures and make sure she captures your special day perfectly. I can go on forever praising her, she is a definite must!

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Alyssa & Michael

We had a great experience working with Paige! It felt like she really got to know us and what we wanted, and was mindful of our unique preferences. She is a really unobtrusive as a photographer, but if you need more direction, she is able and willing! She provided exactly what we needed on our wedding day and we could not have been happier with the experience.

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MY experience


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kindred spirits?

Book someone who takes the time to get to know you and your story.
I want you to know, I’m all in. The question is, are you?

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