A few favorite wedding, elopement, and engagement photos from 2017. Images below were taken in Big Sur, the Bay Area, San Francisco and Marin. At the end of a wedding season, I always reflect back on that year. I am so thankful and always grateful to photograph couples along the California coast, with the majority of my work based in Big Sur. I realize my fortunate of getting to work in one of the most beautiful places in the world. However, in 2018 I am also looking forward to a few destination weddings that will be taking me outside of California this coming year.

A few favorite wedding venues in Big Sur:

Glen Oaks, Ventana, Post Ranch, Point 16, Paion, Wind and Sea Estate, Henry Miller Library

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2017 was quite the craze in Big Sur.  HWY 1 was closed to the south, splitting the town in half, due to a bridge collapse. The highway remained closed for nine months! Not only did this impact business, but many venues became inaccessible.  Couples, vendors, and venues came together to move forward despite the road closure. Private homes and ranch’s offered their property to host a wedding at the last minute. Although business for many was much slower than average years, locals came to appreciate the quiet beaches, and empty roads. We soaked up the stillness of the town, and enjoyed the peace that came with the closure.  Although it was a challenge, especially for those who lived on what we called the “island,” Big Sur needed this break. Tourism has been unsustainable the last five years, and Big Sur needed a chance to breathe.

With that said, the Highway is open, and I am looking forward to this next year where hiking to work, won’t be a necessity. Some of my favorite venues like Point 16, Paion, Ventana, Post Ranch, the Wind and Sea Estate, Henry Miller are accessible, and open for business.  Yay!  🙂

Fall always makes me reflect on the past year. This year,  I feel really fortunate to have worked with so many creative adventurous couples, and fellow artists. I love Redwood ceremonies, and the forest at Glen Oaks in Big Sur is always enchanting and romantic. These two tied the knot under a circle of Redwoods. Their dream of eloping under the forest canopy came true.

I am thankful for this work, for my clients, and for all of the weddings and elopements I continue to photograph.

{Her Dress Free People, Officant Brian Lyke}

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Nora + Nik  were such a sweet, fun loving couple to work with. They held their wedding at Point 16, in Big Sur. With stunning cliffside views of the Big Sur Coast, this wedding venue never disappoints. The rustic charm, dramatic scenery, and welcoming staff of Point 16 have made it a favorite venue of mine for years. Nora went with bold, bright flowers by Big Sur Flowers.  The energy of this aesthetic carried itself through the day. From her floral crown to her backless dress, and the perfect coastal weather…

You can view more of this wedding featured here on JuneBug Weddings.

 

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Damaris+Mike, so much laughter and love, an honor to photograph their adventurous forest elopement in Big Sur. Damaris’s wedding dress was  a custom design by A Wave Awake.  Mike also wore a custom designed white suit; I love a  couple that brings their own style to their wedding day! The laughter and love radiated under the Redwoods, as they were married by Ken Robins.  A favorite Big Sur elopement.

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Big Sur weddings are always amongst my favorite to photograph. I am spoiled to work in a town that has mountains, cliffs, beaches, rivers, meadows, Redwood forests, and the pacific ocean, all as the backdrop for wedding photos.  When it came to Katie and David’s wedding I knew it would be beautiful based on Pfeiffer Beach as their ceremony location, and the Big Sur Bakery for the reception. The Bakery is one of the sweetest locations on HWY 1 for an intimate dinner and dance party. This wedding can also be viewed on Green Wedding Shoes.  Floral Inspiration by Kate.

 

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