Charming Big Sur Elopement: Katherine + Brent

big sur elopement

After initially attempting to plan a big wedding to include all of their friends and family, Katherine + Brent quickly realized that a celebration like this could be not only expensive, but also stressful. So instead, they opted for a simple + intimate affair, limited to just immediate family, in the beautiful coastal town of Big Sur, California. Here’s more from Katherine about the day:

We chose Big Sur at random, having never visited but based on a family member’s recommendation. We could not have picked a more idyllic spot! We were married at dusk under the redwoods by my father, a deputy-for-the-day, who performed a short + sentimental non-religious ceremony. Our friends + missing family were with us in spirit; my best friend made a nest for my niece to carry our rings + our 11 guests held bouquets of daisies in remembrance of my deceased mother.

I’m in love with these dreamy images by Evynn LeValley Photography and Katherine’s gorgeous Sarah Seven dress! Such a pretty contrast to the rustic setting.

succulent bouquet

ring holder

big sur bride

first look

big sur elopement

big sur elopement

big sur elopement

big sur elopement

big sur elopement

big sur elopement

big sur elopement

big sur elopement

big sur bride

big sur succulent bouquet

big sur elopement


After the ceremony, our photographer whisked us away to the ethereal Pfeiffer Beach where we witnessed a perfect California sunset.

big sur elopement

big sur elopement

Our Advice To Those Planning Now

To those who cannot afford a full blown wedding but still want to share the experience with loved ones, throw a small affair in a romantic destination! Sure, our friends and extended family were disappointed BUT we eased the blow by throwing “reception” barbeques in each of our hometowns shortly after the wedding.

Don’t be deceived, small weddings still take a good deal of planning, but our wedding day was easy and relaxing – exactly how we wanted it!

photography: Evynn LeValley Photography // floral designer: Bella Fiora // venue: Deetjen’s Big Sur Inn Big Sur, California // makeup artist: Bridal Makeup and Hair // dress designer: Sarah Seven // groom suit: J.Crew // accessories: BHLDN // shoe designer: Chie Mihara

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