Big Sur Elopement Guide – The Best Places to Elope in Big Sur, California

Imagine spending your wedding day in a place where the waves crash into the cliff below you, the wind sweeps your hair all around you, and you say your vows surrounded by coastal Redwood trees, ocean breeze, and sweeping coastal views. If you’ve got chills as I do, consider tying the knot with a Big Sur elopement! If you elope in Big Sur, California, you’re guaranteed a dreamy location and a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.

This guide will tell you everything you need to know to elope in Big Sur, and to make sure your wedding day is one of a kind, and an absolute once-in-a-lifetime experience. Here’s what you need to know to plan a Big Sur elopement

Couple Eloping on the Dramatic Cliffs of Big Sur California

The Best Time to Get Married in Big Sur

One of the first steps to planning your Big Sur elopement is to decide when you actually want to get married! What season should you elope in Big Sur? What month? What day of the week? Each season on the California coast has its own unique advantages and disadvantages, so there’s really no wrong answer—it’s all about choosing which season is right for you and your one-of-a-kind day. 

You don’t have to get specific yet and choose an exact date! Keeping it general can actually help when it comes time to find your elopement vendors, as many vendors (especially photographers + planners) book out fairly far in advance. This means that if you only have one date as an option when you inquire with your dream vendors, you may be limiting your options, and your favorite photographer/planner/officiant/etc. may not be available for you. I recommend narrowing it down to a certain season, and then maybe a specific month, but not going any further than that until you start your vendor search.

What is the Best Time of Year to Elope in Big Sur?

Unfortunately, there’s not a simple, black and white answer! I want to start this guide out by saying that there isn’t really a “best” or “worst” time of year to elope in Big Sur—it’s all about what your unique priorities and desires are! Some couples may be dreaming of a warm, sunny elopement on the beach, so the best time of year for their Big Sur elopement might be June-July. Other couples may be envisioning an intimate gathering in the woods, surrounded by fall foliage and crisp autumn air; September or October may be their ideal timeframe.

It’s important to keep that in mind as you read this guide, because I’ll simply be presenting you with all of your options + sharing the unique opportunities that each season brings! It’s impossible to make a “right” or “wrong” decision, so relieve yourselves of that pressure/those expectations and let it be a fun process. Big Sur is kinda always in season!

However, if I had to pick a “best” and “worst” time of year to elope in Big Sur, I’d say that April/May and September/October are the best times to elope in Big Sur, and November-March is probably the worst time to elope in Big Sur. This is because April/May and September/October are considered Big Sur’s shoulder seasons—these months are less crowded than the warmest summer months, but you’ll still usually get good weather and plenty of opportunities to explore the beautiful outdoor landscapes. November-March may be the “worst” due to the fact that this is Big Sur’s rainiest, stormiest season, and storms can sometimes cause mud slides and road closures. But truthfully, winter can still be amazing in Big Sur because you’ll encounter the fewest crowds, the cheapest travel costs, and you might get lucky with decent weather!

A graph of weather averages in Big Sur, showing each month of the year and average highs and lows. The weather is pretty consistent, with lows in the high 40s throughout the year, and highs in the 60s and 70s.

If you already know what vibes you’re going for, and you’re simply looking for a quick, general list to help you narrow down your options, I’ll do you a favor and give that to you below!

Here’s the best time of year to elope in Big Sur if you want. . .

—Abundant sunshine + long days: Summer

—Great weather for outdoor recreation: Summer, early fall

—To go whale watching: Late fall, winter

—Foggy beaches: Summer

—Clear skies for stargazing: Summer

—Cheaper travel + accommodations: Winter

—Privacy + fewer crowds: Winter

—Lush greenery: Spring

—Wildflowers: Late spring, summer

—Little to no rain: Summer

Now that you’ve got a general overview of Big Sur’s seasons, let’s go a bit deeper into each one + what your elopement could look like at different times of the year.

Summer Elopements in Big Sur (June-August)


The weather in Big Sur is pretty hard to beat, with lots of sunny days and very little rain. Highs usually stay up in the 70s, and in the 80s further inland, with lows never really getting below 50! One important thing to know about summer elopements in Big Sur is that California often gets wildfires this time of year. Because Big Sur is bordered by national forests and a ton of woods, it means that smoke and fire can easily reach the coast and result in unhealthy + unpleasant air quality. If you’re considering eloping in Big Sur in the summertime, you’ll be better off eloping earlier in the season, as late summer is very dry and hot, so it’s usually the most common time for fires to start. Wildfires can also cause mudslides, which could potentially block off entire portions of the road—so having backup plans is key, in case you can’t access your planned route.

Another thing to note about summer in Big Sur is that the coast is typically covered in fog most mornings! This can be a positive or a negative, depending on how you look at it; sure, foggy beaches may mean that the ocean views are obstructed, and you can’t see as far out into the horizon as you want, but I actually think that coastal fog is really beautiful and magical. Especially when you’re in your gorgeous elopement attire!


Summer is by far the most popular time to get married in Big Sur thanks to the incredible weather—which also means it’s the busiest time of year! Everybody wants to experience the gorgeous weather and stunning coastal landscapes, so people will travel to Big Sur from all over. Because there are lots of crowds in Big Sur in the summer, especially at popular locations, it can be a lot harder to find a private place to tie the knot. But don’t be discouraged—it’s definitely possible, and you can trust that I’ll work hard to find a secluded, off-the-beaten path location for you if I can! 


Summer in Big Sur is absolute heaven for outdoor lovers! With all the dramatic, coastal landscapes and the spectacular weather, there are truly an endless amount of things to do in Big Sur in the summer months, whether you’re looking for an easy hike or a more thrilling adventure. I personally am a bit of a surfer girl myself, so you bet I’m obsessed with summertime in Big Sur 🙂

Here are some of the best activities + things to do in Big Sur in the summer, that would be amazing to incorporate into your elopement timeline!

  • Hiking
  • Cycling
  • Mountain biking
  • Paddleboarding
  • Scuba diving at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
  • Sunset sailing
  • Stargazing
  • Whale watching (blue whales, humpback whales, and orcas)
  • Kayaking
  • Surfing
  • Windsurfing/kiteboarding

Outfit Ideas

Now let’s talk elopement outfit ideas! If you’re eloping in Big Sur in the summer, you’ll want to opt for elopement attire that is pretty lightweight, flowy, and airy, as you’ll want to prevent sweat as much as possible + stay comfortable throughout the day. Especially if you’ll be spending lots of time outside, whether that be hiking, biking, or simply walking along the beach in the sand! 

For wedding dresses, you’ll want to opt for a breathable fabric such as charmeuse, chiffon, crepe, or illusion. As far as styles go, it really depends on your unique tastes, as well as the type of landscape you’ll be eloping in; for example, if you’re having an elopement on the beach, consider wearing something super flowy that you can play around + create movement with, and that won’t drag up a bunch of sand as you walk along the shores. I always love a good veil moment in the wind with beach elopements, especially if it’s paired with fluffing up a gorgeous train that ruffles around in the breeze! It’ll be pretty warm out, especially if you’re further inland, so opt for a sleeveless dress or something with detachable, lightweight sleeves that don’t add any heat or thick layers.

For wedding suits, fabrics such as linen, cotton, or lightweight wool will make great options to keep you as cool as possible out in the California sunshine, as will wearing as few layers as possible! I personally love a classic beige or white linen shirt worn under a suit jacket or blazer; that way, if you get too hot in your jacket, you can take it off and simply wear your undershirt tucked into your trousers. Color-wise, opt for earthy, neutral tones that’ll look striking against the greenery, sandy shores, and blue waves of the Big Sur coastline!


With the large amount of visitors who come to Big Sur in the summer, demand for travel and accommodations goes way, way up—which means the costs do, too. Peak season costs for hotels, Airbnbs, airfare, transportation, and sometimes even vendors, will be completely different in the summer than in the winter! So make sure to budget accordingly + pay careful attention to how the costs differ month-to-month, and even week-to-week. If you’re getting married at a traditional venue or any sort of private inn/hotel, rental costs will likely be higher during peak season, too.

Fall Elopements in Big Sur (September-November)


Fall is absolutely one of the most beautiful times of year for a Big Sur elopement! Because temperatures in Big Sur remain pretty mild throughout the entire year, fall days tend to be nice and warm, with highs ranging from the mid-60s to high 70s, and lows between the mid-40s to low 50s. I’d say September and October are the best months for a fall elopement in Big Sur, as the temperatures begin to decrease even more once November hits, which is also when the rainy season typically begins. I’m a big believer in embracing whatever weather comes your way on your elopement day and making the best of anything, so even if it does rain, be prepared to dance in it and let it be so magical! The universe knows what you need, and what will make your day the most memorable + special 🙂 It’s all part of the adventure!


September and October are still technically considered peak season in Big Sur, but by this time the summer crowds start to dissipate, and become much more manageable. So it’s a whole lot easier to find private, secluded spots to exchange your vows than it is in the summertime, when popular locations are often super busy from sunrise till sunset (which can also make parking pretty difficult)!


Fall is just as incredible as summer here in Big Sur when it comes to outdoor recreation; though with the slightly lower temperatures and increased chance of rain the further you get into the season, you may choose to swap kayaking, swimming, or surfing for a warmer and drier inland activity 🙂 But by all means, take a dip in the ocean and go for it if you luck out with a super warm and sunny day! Here are some of the most amazing things to do in Big Sur in the fall months:

  • Hiking
  • Cycling
  • Mountain biking
  • See the calla lilies
  • Camping among the Redwoods
  • See the monarchs at Andrew Molera State Park

Outfit Ideas

My recommendations for fall elopement outfits in Big Sur are pretty much the same as they are for summer elopements; however, you’ll want to be sure to bring more layers with you in the fall. The days will still be fairly warm whether you’re on the coast or further inland, so I’d stick with outfits that are easy to move around in and made of breathable fabrics, but don’t forget to bring a couple of light jackets along with you. You’d be surprised at how chilly the coast can get in the mornings and evenings, or if you even just have cloud coverings instead of sunshine—you never want to be left unprepared! 


If you’re trying to keep your elopement costs a little bit lower, airfare & hotel prices in the fall are typically lower than in the summer, especially further into late October/November. However, there likely won’t be too much of a difference since Big Sur is beautiful year-round, and summer isn’t too much warmer than the early fall months! So while it’s good to pay attention to travel costs, don’t force yourselves to elope in the fall if you really, really want to elope in the summer—you won’t be saving a ton of money unless you elope in the winter. Vendor costs are also likely to be just as high in the early fall as in the summer, but may go down later in the fall when many vendors’ schedule begins to clear up and elopement/wedding demand decreases.

Winter Elopements in Big Sur (December-February)


If you’re from somewhere that gets snow, ice, and freezing temperatures come wintertime, you might be shocked to learn that Big Sur doesn’t actually get too cold in the winter—making it an amazing year-round destination to visit! On average, highs between December and February hang at around 60 degrees, and lows typically stay in the low 40s. You’ll be hard-pressed to find even any night temps that get below freezing, unless we’re having an unusually cold season! Although it doesn’t get very cold, winter is pretty rainy in Big Sur; the coastal weather is known for being unpredictable and pretty moody, with dark clouds and rain showers that could happen at any time. 

There are a few important things to note about Big Sur in the winter, though; one being that there are often mudslides and road closures due to rainfall. Because there’s only one main road that goes through Big Sur (Highway 1), you should be prepared to pivot in case a part of the road is blocked off and you can’t access the location(s) you planned to visit! Don’t worry too much, though—should that happen, there are a ton of incredibly amazing and equally beautiful areas within a few hours that we can visit instead. It’s all about being flexible and adaptable, and getting in the right mindset beforehand so that nothing can ruin your special day.


As far as crowds go, winter is definitely the best time to elope in Big Sur if you prioritize privacy and want plenty of space to yourselves! The gloomy winter weather means that a lot less people want to visit Big Sur, so if you’re down for the colder temperatures + higher chances of rain, then you’ll love how much you can avoid crowds by eloping in the winter months. 


Want to find some unique things to do during your time in Big Sur when it’s a little chillier out? You can still totally go hiking if you’re down for cooler temperatures, and same with exploring the beach, as long as you’re not expecting warm water 🙂 Here are a few of my top winter recommendations for Big Sur!

  • Soak in a natural hot spring
  • Take a scenic drive along Highway 1
  • Go whale watching (gray whales)
  • Watch for sea otters and elephant seals
  • Go stargazing on a clear night
  • Find waterfalls to hike to
  • Enjoy a restful spa day at a luxury resort

Outfit Ideas

Because temperatures can drop quite a bit on the coast in a short amount of time, and you’ll likely be dealing with rain, it’s super important to dress properly for a winter elopement in Big Sur. It’ll still be in the 50s most of the time so you don’t necessarily need to bundle up in a down jacket and mittens, but if you’re going to be outside for an extended period of time, layers are going to be your best friend! Throw on a pair of long underwear or even just some leggings underneath your dress/pants, bring a pair of gloves, throw on a thick, furry shawl to hang over your shoulders. This way you can easily add and remove layers as you move around, and as the temperatures shift throughout the day.

Another thing to be aware of in the winter is the rain! Because winter is the rainy season in Big Sur, it means hiking trails tend to get pretty muddy. Make sure to bring waterproof boots that will keep you safe and comfortable when exploring outdoors, as well as a quality rain jacket and umbrellas (bonus points if they are white or clear to match your elopement attire). You can also ask your HMUA to use waterproof makeup on your face, and to make sure your hairdo will stay looking great even if it get sprinkled by some rain, or tossed around a bit in the wind!


Winter will be the best time of year for you to elope in Big Sur if you want to save money on travel costs! Since this is the least crowded time of year, demand for flights and hotels/Airbnbs usually goes down a decent amount, as do the prices—so if travel isn’t high up there on the list of priorities in your budget and you’d rather put more of your money toward other vendors or experiences, a winter elopement might be great for you. Certain wedding venues will often have lower rental fees and rates in the winter, as well!

Spring Elopements in Big Sur (March-May)


Finally, spring is a really beautiful time for a Big Sur elopement thanks to the increasingly warm temperatures, more frequent sunny dyas, and gorgeous wildflowers! The earlier spring months are usually pretty rainy still, but by April the skies have typically cleared up and you’ll experience a lot more sunny, warm days, as well as longer daylight hours. With the unpredictable spring weather and rainstorms, you should be prepared for muddy trails and potential roadclosures as a result of mudslides that could happen at any time—so always have backup locations in place. Spring is also a great time to elope if you want to experience the beginning of the warm temperatures and sunny days that summer will soon bring, but want to avoid the crowds! 


I guess I spoiled this one a little bit already—spring is great for couples who want to elope in private and not be around a ton of other visitors on their elopement day! You’ll start to see more visitors in late spring, when the wildflowers are blooming and the weather is warming up, but often folks are a bit wary of the unpredictable spring weather and will avoid planning their trip until at least May or June. It’s another great time of year to explore destinations that are often too crowded and difficult to access in the busy summer months.


Spring is a beautiful time to get back to hiking in Big Sur, as the warmer temperatures and longer days make for a much more pleasant hiking experience than the chillier winter days. March and April are the best times of year to spot gray whales traveling along the coast, and then you can experience the beautiful, colorful wildflower blooms along the coastal hillsides come May!

  • Go whale watching (gray whales)
  • Search for blooming wildflowers
  • Hike through the spring greenery
  • Go waterfall chasing

Outfit Ideas

As far as outfits go for a spring elopement in Big Sur, just like fall, layers are going to be your best friend ever! You might be super warm during certain times of day, especially if you’re working up a sweat by hiking or taking a long walk in the sand, but by the end of the evening the temperatures will drop along with the sun—and you’ll be left a little chillier than you might have expected. Pack a few light jackets, including one that’s waterproof, as well as waterproof boots in case of muddy trails after the rainy season. I personally love it when couples use accessories to double as ways to warm up, such as wearing a beautiful bridal shawl that both keeps you warm and looks stylish! Or maybe wearing a thick, multi-layered suit jacket that features different patterns, folds, and textures, while also keeping the cooler temperatures out. 


As the weather starts to amp up for the summer, so will the costs; travel and hotel prices usually won’t be as high in the spring as they’re about to be in the summer, but as more and more people start coming to visit and see the wildflowers, they’ll begin to hike up. 

Choosing a Big Sur Elopement Photographer

Once you’ve decided on a season or a timeframe for your elopement, it’s time to contact a Big Sur elopement photographer!

Speaking of which, I’m Evangeline – your Big Sur elopement photographer and expert guide to the area. Hiring a photographer early on in the elopement planning process will make all the next steps waaay easier! Because my job goes beyond documenting your magical day and making sure you have the dreamiest wedding photos ever. I’m also here to help you plan a day that’s unique, meaningful, authentic, and absolutely perfect for the two of you. 

I’ll start with location recommendations based on what you’re looking for, then help you get the right permits, find the perfect little cabin or big bungalow, recommend the best Big Sur elopement vendors, and create a timeline for your day. 

Contact me to start planning your Big Sur elopement!

Couple Eloping in the Redwoods of Glen Oaks Big Sur California

Where Can I Elope in Big Sur? – Big Sur Elopement Locations

Big Sur is a big place – so couples often wonder, “where can I elope in Big Sur?” It’s not always as simple as picking a beach and going, so to get you inspired, here are some of the best Big Sur elopement locations!

One tip that I have for getting married in Big Sur is to consider tying the knot on private land. Big Sur is popular, and it’s often hard to get any privacy on the beaches, especially if you elope in the summer. Private land can give you a more secluded spot, and can also be great if you have a few guests! Choosing a lesser-known location can help avoid crowds as well, and you can definitely consult your elopement photographer for tips.

Couple Eloping at Pfeiffer Beach Big Sur California at Sunrise

Big Sur Beach Elopement Locations

Some of the best places to elope in Big Sur are on the beach! If you want to tie the knot right next to the ocean, here are the best Big Sur beach elopement locations.

Pfeiffer Beach is a great spot, with rocky formations poking through the water and access to the beach. No wedding permit is required, but this location is pretty busy, so they only allow elopements between Labor Day and Memorial Day – not in the summer season.

Garrapata State Park and Andrew Molera State Park are less popular, but still pretty well known. The former gives you quick access to the beach, while at Andrew Molera there is a short walk through the forested area and out to the beach!

Point Sierra Nevada Dunes Beach (shhh… I’m letting you in on a lesser known, secret spot) is a secluded beach that requires a little hike – but you’ll be rewarded with privacy, and often, you can get this spot to yourself!

A couple getting married on the cliffs of Big Sur. The groom is reading his vows in a private elopement ceremony.

Big Sur Cliff Elopement Locations

Some of the most epic places to get married in Big Sur are on the cliffs, where you can stand over the water with the waves crashing below! Here are some of my favorite Big Sur elopement locations for cliffside views.

Garrapata State Park and Andrew Molera State Park offer some cliffside views as well as beach access, so these are some of the best places to elope if you want the best of both worlds! Both parks offer hiking trails, which take you through different views.

The Jade Cove Trail is short, and will take you along the coastal bluffs for views of the water, and the hike ends with a steep descent down to the beach!

Big Sur Forest Elopement Locations

While the ocean views are some of the most sought-after views in Big Sur, there are also some incredible forests to see. The coastal Redwood trees make for a magical Big Sur elopement location – so here are some places to elope for forest views!

Limekiln State Park is one of the best places to hike, and one of the best places to elope in Big Sur for forest views and bonus points you don’t need a permit to elope there!

If you want to hike, the Coast Ridge Road Trail is almost 8 miles long, beginning in the Redwood forest and taking you up to the mountain ridge for views of the ocean. This one is less popular, so it’s a good place to find some secret spots to exchange vows!

For an easily accessible, but lesser known spot, head to the Plaskett Creek Ridge Road. This road is bumpy, but doable without 4-wheel drive (if it’s not too muddy), and you can take it up to the mountain ridge – along the way, you’ll see some stunning forested spots, and as you climb through the woods, you’ll reach the top for incredible mountain views. 

A couple popping champagne in the redwood forest in Big Sur to celebrate their elopement day.

Big Sur Inns and Private Elopement Venues 

For more privacy, elope at one of Big Sur’s incredible elopement venues – the inns, cabins, and private land offer some incredible places to tie the knot.

Wind and Sea is a really great small elopement venue, offering a 3 bedroom home right by the ocean. The space is designed for comfort while offering some incredible views. There’s even a scenic stairway to the beach! This elopement venue offers maximum privacy, as you’ll be the only ones here.

Glen Oaks Big Sur is a really popular elopement venue, and one of the best places to elope in Big Sur if you want a forest wedding. There are cabins tucked in the Redwood trees, some cottages, rooms in the Lodge, and a bigger house that can be reached by crossing a suspension bridge over the Big Sur River. There are spots around Glen Oaks that can accommodate bigger ceremonies, along with some secluded spots for a small ceremony!

For a luxurious getaway, consider a Ventana Big Sur elopement. This Big Sur elopement venue offers a relaxing resort, with a spa, outdoor swimming pools, and more! There are also glamping tents that offer outdoor views with all the modern amenities.

One of the best places to elope in Big Sur is Point 16 – a wedding venue so private they don’t even have a website. It’s located on a dramatic mountain ridge, with absolutely jaw dropping views of the coast. The venue is tucked on one of the least populated, least developed, and least visited stretches of Big Sur’s coastline, so it’ll truly feel like you have the entire place to yourself!

Big Sur Wedding Permits – Do You Need a Permit to Elope in Big Sur?

When you’ve decided on a Big Sur elopement location and chosen the best place to tie the knot, you might need to get a wedding permit! Big Sur wedding permits depend on the location you choose – the area is made up of different state parks and private lands, all operated by different offices and people. To find out if you need a Big Sur wedding permit for your elopement, do some research and look up the rules for your location! Private land doesn’t require a permit since you’re paying to rent the spot, but many public lands do.

As a Big Sur elopement photographer, part of my job is helping couples with this, so don’t worry, I won’t leave ya hanging! 

How to Elope in Big Sur – Get Legally Married in Big Sur

Another part of your magical elopement day is the legal stuff. This section is about how to elope in Big Sur, guiding you through getting a marriage license.

Your marriage license needs to be obtained in the state of California – so if you live here, you can go to any office close to you. If you’re traveling for your Big Sur elopement, the most convenient office is in Monterey. You can submit the application online, then go to the office in person to pick up the marriage license.

When you go to get your license, bring a photo ID and $90 for the fee. Once you get the marriage license, it expires after 90 days, and there’s no waiting period – so you can get married right away!

To get legally married during your Big Sur elopement, an officiant and one witness is required to sign the marriage license. 

A couple popping champagne in front of a vintage car on the side of the coastal highway to celebrate their Big Sur elopement.

Tips for Your Big Sur Elopement

Eloping is so different from a traditional wedding (that’s kind of the point!), so there are different things to consider and to keep in mind when you get married in Big Sur. This is one of my favorite places in the world, so after tons of exploring I’ve got some tips for making the best of your wedding day, and some advice for your Big Sur elopement!

Prepare for No Cell Service

Big Sur is pretty remote – once you drive away from the developed towns on the California Coast, there’s very little cell service along the way. So, it’s important to prepare! My biggest tip is to download offline maps before you go so that you can get to your elopement location and navigate around Big Sur even if you lose service.

Be sure to coordinate with your vendors as well as any guests, making sure that your meeting spots are all super clear – there’s a good chance you won’t be able to reach each other once you’re in Big Sur (until you reach your cabin with wifi), so come up with a plan to make sure you find each other!  

A couple eloping in front of Bixby Bridge in Big Sur, California. They are facing each other, and the groom is caressing her chin and pulling her in for a kiss.

Embrace the Wind & Weather

When you elope by the coast, you can usually expect some ocean breeze – and a lot of the time, this “breeze” feels more like full blown wind! But, the best thing to do is to embrace it!

Windswept hair looks great in photos and adds to the wild, adventurous, carefree vibe of your elopement day. To add to the effect, if you’re wearing a dress, consider one with a loose, lightweight skirt that will blow around dramatically! Another alternative is a fun cape or shawl. This looks amazing in photos too!

Big Sur may be in California but keep in mind that it’s not Southern California style aka 75 degrees and sunny weather so expect cool mornings and evenings (bring layers!) and the potential for fog, especially in the summer. Personally, I LOVE foggy Big Sur days it just adds an extra level of romance and mystery and typically burns off (but sometimes not ’cause weather wants to keep you on your toes!).

Avoid Harsh Sun

On sunny days, Big Sur sun can be harsh – this isn’t ideal for photos, because it creates dramatic shadows and lines all over the place. Smooth, even lighting (think sunrise and sunset light) is best for photos, and it looks beautiful in person too! 

If you’re getting married in Big Sur, I recommend sticking to forested locations with lots of shade during the day, and heading to the open beaches and the cliffs where there’s no tree cover in the mornings or evenings, closer to sunrise and sunset. This way, you get the best lighting throughout the day, and can tie the knot without squinting into the sun! I create a custom timeline for all my couples – and since lighting is sort of my thing as an elopement photographer, I can help you figure out the best time for your ceremony and how to schedule all your adventures.

The Best Big Sur Wedding Vendors

So because of how remote Big Sur is there aren’t a ton of local vendors to choose from. I often recommend clients get a little creative by picking up flowers or cake along their way or I suggest vendors in nearby Carmel and Santa Cruz. Here are a couple of my favorites:

Naomi, celebrant– The first time I saw Naomi perform a ceremony I was quite simply floored. It was the first time I saw someone create such an intimate and grounded space for my clients. Her depth and creativity are unparalled. I recommend her to everyone. She’s absolute magic and worth her weight in gold.

Big Sur Bakery– Have you really even been to Big Sur if you haven’t been to the bakery!? Not only is it a great place to stop for lunch or dinner it’s also perfect for picking up pastries for your elopement picnic! Try the bacon claw and their croissants are better than any croissant I’ve tasted even in San Francisco, there I’ve said it!

Big Sur Elopement Packages

If you’re convinced that the magic of Big Sur’s sweeping cliffs, crashing waves, majestic Redwoods, and rugged beauty is right for you, it’s time to start planning your elopement! 

My Big Sur elopement packages are designed to ensure you have a day that’s stress free, laid back, and meaningful. I’ll be there every step of the way, cheering you on, helping you with every part of the planning process, and making sure you feel empowered to break the rules and do your thing!

Contact me to learn more about Big Sur elopement packages!

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