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MICRO WEDDINGS, ELOPEMENTS, MINIMONIES Big Sur

Big Sur is a small town situated in the heart of the California’s central coast about 2 1/2 hours south of San Francisco. And so, it is iconic California on every level. Consequently, if you’ve seen just one copy of Sunset Magazine photography over the past 50 years, you’ll immediately recognize the central coast jewels of Big Sur, Carmel, and Monterey.

From the rugged coastline of Big Sur, to the legendary links of Pebble Beach, to the farms and vineyards of Carmel Valley, to the serene redwoods of Julia Pfeiffer-Burns State Park, certainly California’s Central Big Sur Coast is always near the top of the list when it comes to the most scenic highways and byways. Because Big Sur and the Carmel coast are ideally suited to smaller events, a Big Sur micro wedding, elopement or minimony have always been amongst our favorites. That is to say for a wedding with rugged natural beauty, Big Sur is hard to beat.  And with accommodations ranging from camping to glamping to luxury with full spa services, you’re covered here! Just give plenty of advance notice when booking because the town is small and services are limited.

Here are some of the places that work seamlessly with couples eloping to Big Sur

Warm and woodsy Ventana is perched atop the Pacific ocean and can accommodate smaller weddings, intimate weddings, and welcome elopement photography. Their luxury Big Sur wedding venue offers everything you need for an all-inclusive wedding with incredible dining, world class views, and luxury accommodation.

Further up the coast, Carmel Valley weddings are the warmest of the Big Sur, Carmel, and Monterey weddings because of their distance from the cool Pacific breezes. Bernardus Lodge weddings offer all-inclusive wedding accommodation, wedding ceremony, wedding reception, and wedding photography portrait options for the discerning couple who place priority on great food and great wine for their wedding reception.

If you’re looking for redwoods wedding photography on an exclusive nature preserve in the heart of Carmel, Santa Lucia preserve is a perfect option. Set in a private community, your Santa Lucia preserve wedding can take place in several beautiful natural locations with your Santa Lucia wedding reception held in the rustic luxury of their lodge.

This location is right for you if you want:
  • Coastal sunsets
  • A secluded escape into nature
  • Dreamy getaway
 
Your package will always include:
  • Stunning professional photography
  • Online web gallery of images to share with family and friends
  • An officiant to oversee your vows
  • Access to our handpicked vendors in and around Big Sur
  • Location consulting to help you choose the location that is best for you
  • Complimentary bottle of champagne or wine
  • Flowers for the two of you – either bouquets, boutonnieres or a combination
  • Amplified music for your ceremony
  • Concierge services to help arrange lodging accommodations, services and more
Package upgrades available:
  • Live-stream video of your ceremony
  • Wedding stationary for thank you cards or announcements
  • More photography time
  • A small cake
  • Hair & Makeup
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Planning How it works

We are here to make planning a breeze and to create images that will make your guests feel like they were there with you! Eloping is all about keeping things simple. We are here to help.

Here’s how it works.

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Choose your destination

October 31, 2020

Do you have a location already in mind? If not - discovering gorgeous elopement destinations is a specialty of ours. Will you choose a redwood forest for your intimate wedding ceremony or a wine country elopement amongst the vineyards? This could be the hardest decision in planning your elopement, we are here to provide you with a range of options that fit your personalities/style.

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Customize your package

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We aim to make your wedding day simple and unique. All packages come with an officiant, location consulting, amazing photography, flowers for two, and champagne! We have some great add-ons and a list of highly curated resources to to make your day uniquely yours!

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Let us handle the rest

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With our diverse elopement locations list, our team of Sonoma county photographers, wedding planning experts, and vendors, we have all the details covered…all we need now is you!

Big Sur Featured Locations

There are many great venues throughout the city, each with their own unique characteristics. Below are a few of our favorite venues from our preferred vendor list. Our location consulting service can help you choose the perfect hidden spot in the city to say I do!

Secluded and Rugged Coastal

Private and cozy Redwoods

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Intimate Minimony

Intimate Minimony

$ 4600

A mini ceremony designed for you and your closest ten friends and family.

PRE WEDDING

  • Location consult
  • Marriage license info
  • Planning of Ceremony and Champagne Toast
  • List of curated resources

 

DAY OF

  • Officiant
  • Flowers for Two
  • Mini cake or cupcakes for 10
  • Champagne for 10
  • Amplified music
  • Up to 3 hours of photography with 300+ edited images
  • Up to 3 hours day of event coordination
Elopement

Elopement

$ 2500

A perfect elopement for just the two of you!

PRE WEDDING

  • Location consult
  • Marriage license info
  • Planning of Ceremony and Champagne Toast
  • List of curated resources

 

DAY OF

  • Officiant
  • Flowers for Two
  • Champagne for Two
  • Amplified music
  • Up to 90 minutes of photography with 200+ edited images
  • Up to 3 hours day of event coordination
Micro Wedding

Micro Wedding

$ 5600

A micro wedding designed for a small, intimate wedding under 20 guests.

PRE WEDDING

  • Location consult
  • Marriage license info
  • Planning of Ceremony and Mini-reception
  • List of curated resources

 

DAY OF

  • Officiant
  • Flowers for Two
  • Mini cake or cupcakes for 20
  • Champagne for 20
  • Amplified music
  • Up to 4 hours of photography with 400+ edited images
  • Up to 5 hours day of event coordination

We Tell Your Story, you tell us yours!

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