But you still might be wondering how to plan out your adventure. Don’t worry—that’s where I come in. From a detailed discovery call to understand you better, to creating the ideal day-of timeline, to handling all logistics, I’m here to help.
You’re stoked to explore the beauty of Big Sur.
You’re relieved to let go of the stress of planning a big wedding.
You’re excited to elope for a “just us” experience.
Glen Oaks has a beautiful grove of redwood trees on their property that makes for the perfect secluded elopement scenery. They have many adorable cottages to choose from as you get ready for your big day!
This stretch of land is a giant succulent garden and has breath-taking coastal views. Garrapata State Park can be accessed simply by pulling off to the side of the road and walking along its many footpaths.
Pfeiffer Beach is known for its famous keyhole and purple sand. This area is so lovely and magical for creative portraits. This is one of the few places in Big Sur that does not require a permit for your ceremony.
Garrapata Beach is another favorite beach of mine in the Big Sur area because it can make for a great second location if you are taking portraits in Garrapata State Park.
Loma Vista Gardens is right next door to Big Sur Bakery, and offers a big enough space for couples who want to host a dinner and reception for guests. It's located right in the heart of downtown Big Sur and has many cactus gardens.
Ventana offers luxury villas as well as a separate glamping and camping site on the lower part of their property. Both stay accommodations make for unique getting ready photos and a fun experience for your elopement to Big Sur.
Post Ranch Inn is the most luxurious option for your stay accommodations, but it will not disappoint as it offers a nature-filled experience. You can have your ceremony on their property amongst their redwood grove of trees or overlooking the ocean and coastline.
Ceremony and First Dance Video
Vendor Recommendations + Referrals
Marriage License Assistance
Drone Photos and Videos
Sneak Peek Images
Private Online Gallery
Travel Fees Included
10:00 - Getting ready
11:30 - First look
12:00 - Ceremony and paperwork
12:30 - Creative portraits & First Dance
3:00 - Lunch and chill time (I leave)
5:00 - Golden hour portrait session & Cake Cutting
8:00 - Wrap Elopement Session!
You get the best of both worlds with this package! My “split day coverage” package allows you to have getting-ready coverage, ceremony coverage, creative photo sessions in multiple locations, including golden hour, as well as the huge opportunity to spend plenty of alone time with each other without missing any important moments throughout the day! This package is for couples who want all-day photo coverage, from getting ready to starry night photos to everything in between. A stress-free day with allotted time for just the two of you without me around allows for plenty of opportunities to capture authentic moments.
4:00 - Meet at the ceremony location
4:30 - Ceremony, paperwork, first dance, cake cutting
6:00 - Golden hour portrait session at a 2nd location
8:00 - Wrap elopement session!
This package is for couples who want plenty of time for their ceremony, first dance, cake cutting, and creative portraits during golden hour while documenting their short adventure.
- Michelle J.
“After speaking with several Joshua Tree elopement photographers, we are SO glad that we chose Jennifer Whalen Photography! She is a true adventure wedding photographer at heart and was able to help us plan the most perfect and stress-free elopement! She knew the ins and outs of the location, permits, timing, weather and truly brought everything together seamlessly, which allowed us to be in the moment and enjoy our special day. In addition to the planning aspect, we LOVE how all of our photos and video came out. We are so grateful she was able to capture every detail and moment while we were able to just take it all in. She went above and beyond to capture every moment and is truly such a talented wedding photographer! In addition to her talent, she is super personable, which is important because your photographer is part of your wedding day, and Jennifer made the experience so much fun and truly such a memorable experience for us. Thank you, Jennifer!”
“Far exceeded our expectations!”
- Stefanie B.
“We are from Germany, and we were looking for someone who could capture images of our elopement in Santa Monica. I contacted Jenn, and she was sooo great from the beginning. She answered all our questions via email (and I had a lot of questions), and that made us feel really good. When we arrived in Venice, we met her, and it felt like meeting a friend. She's fun and professional at the same time. We talked about our ideas, and she was unbelievably motivated and creative. Then we definitely knew that she was the right choice. On our elopement day, she was more than on time and well prepared. Our family and friends were amazed at the photos when we got back home. My nephew (6 years old) said: "That doesn't look real" because it was so perfect. Working with Jenn was the best thing that could have happened to us. It was fun, uncomplicated and she had so much energy and went on a rollercoaster ride with us :) Awesome pictures and an AWESOME PERSON! Thanks for everything!”
“What can I say?! PERFECT!!”
- Amber E.
“From the moment my wife and I reached out to Jennifer wanting to schedule a mini wedding in Malibu, it was as if she could read our minds. When I told her the date, she mentioned Yosemite instead, our DREAM, but we never thought we could afford it. Everything was planned out, but Yosemite was shut down two days before the elopement due to wildfires. I just knew the whole thing would be canceled, but Jennifer jumped on it and gave us three other options. We went with Zion, and we were NOT disappointed. Jennifer and her videographer, Dan, went above and beyond to make our day super special. I had a place in mind for the ceremony, but Jennifer had already scoped out multiple locations. Trust her eye because she knows what she’s talking about! Jennifer and Dan are so fun to work with, and I recommend you hire them for all your wedding or elopement needs.”
“She went out of her way to make sure our day was super special.”
- Rebecca S.
Jenn is an amazing photographer and a super sweet person, and she made our elopement better than we could have ever imagined. On our first call with her, she was so patient with all of our many, many questions. After we selected Jenn to be our photographer, she made absolutely everything else fall into place. She had a contact for us to work with to get our marriage license and recommended lodging options and hair/makeup options. She was extremely knowledgeable about different shooting locations and helped us find the perfect spot in the woods for our ceremony. She took the time to iron out every little detail with us before the big day. Her photography is amazing, and she really does whatever it takes to get the perfect shot."
“Jennifer was *everything* for our elopement – our photographer, our officiant, and our planner!”