He is from Hamburg, she is from Prague and together we gathered on a beach in California for a most intimate and surreal elopement. We ran around the Venice canals and headed back to the pier where just the officiant, the seagulls and I were there to witness Ivana & Christoph commit to each other for forever. 

During their vows as the wind was sweeping my hair, the ocean was crashing and the sun was a bit blinding, I had a moment of disbelief. People who were complete strangers just moments before and yet I was so happy for them as if I knew them my whole life. Our big world seemed just so connected and tiny there on that vast stretch of ocean.