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.
After the ceremony, our photographer whisked us away to the ethereal Pfeiffer Beach where we witnessed a perfect California sunset.
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 // venue name: Deetjen's Big Sur Inn, Big Sur, California // makeup artist: Bridal Makeup and Hair // groom attire: J.Crew // floral designer: Bella Fiora // dress designer: Sarah Seven // accessories: BHLDN // shoe designer: Chie Mihara
This is lovely! I love the processing as well.
absolutely in love with this rustic wedding! The forest makes it so whimsical and dreamy!
Love the bridal style
One of the most beautiful weddings I have seen to date, absolutely love the setting and the brides simple but elegant style! This wedding gives me heart eyes!
Absolutely beautiful and inspiring! What a perfect celebration.
Gorgeous! I’m in love with her Sarah Seven gown too!
Their elopement is simply perfect… Loving the location!
Whimsical and dreamy! Lovely lovely
The color scheme is fantastic and very warm. Great storytelling captured!
I love the stark contrast in the scenery change. Beautiful!
I love this, it’s so serene! I have two questions: were the flowers in the bride’s hair also from Bella Flora? They are some of the best and most understated I’ve seen! Also, where did she get her beautiful shawl? Congratulations!
How were you able to secure the ceremony location at Deetjens? Did you have lunch or dinner onsite?
what a beautiful location all of the backdrops are amazing i would love to be wed here
beautiful wedding…. love the trees! I would also love to know where the kimono jacket/shawl is from….just gorgeous!