June 7, 2023

Adventure Weddings + Elopements, Big Sur

Carmel-By-The-Sea Elopement // Jessica & Stephanie

Love knows no boundaries, and for Jessica and Stephanie, their elopement to Carmel-By-The-Sea was a testament to their profound bond. With sentimental value attached to the picturesque town of Monterey and its surrounding areas, they embarked on an intimate journey that would forever hold a special place in their hearts. Jessica and Stephanie’s elopement day was filled with heartfelt moments, breathtaking scenery, and personalized touches that made their day truly unique.

Jessica-and-Stephanie-88 Carmel-By-The-Sea Elopement // Jessica & Stephanie

Embracing Sentimental Beginnings

Jessica and Stephanie’s love for Monterey led them to choose Carmel-By-The-Sea for their elopement. This charming town, with its European-style cottages and shops, provided the perfect backdrop for their romantic getaway. Exploring the quaint streets and basking in its picturesque allure, they created memories that would last a lifetime.

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Capturing Heartfelt Getting Ready Moments

The day began with getting ready photos at one of their favorite hotels in Monterey. These intimate moments of Jessica and Stephanie helping each other prepare are some of my favorite genuine moments of the day! Stephanie’s heartfelt reaction upon seeing Jessica in her dress, overwhelmed with emotion and teary-eyed, showcased the depth of their connection. The custom-matching rings and Jessica’s specially-made locket added a personal touch that would forever symbolize their union.

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A Serene Elopement Ceremony on Carmel Beach

Carmel Beach, known for its pristine white sand and vibrant wildflowers, provided a tranquil setting for Jessica and Stephanie’s ceremony. Nestled amidst the blooming flowers, they commenced the occasion with a meaningful bible reading. Seated on a blanket, they exchanged heartfelt vows, pouring their love and devotion into each word. As they slipped the rings onto each other’s fingers, their commitment was sealed. And since I’m ordained, I pronounced them married! I often do this for eloping couples so they can have maximum privacy for their ceremony!

Jessica-and-Stephanie-88 Carmel-By-The-Sea Elopement // Jessica & Stephanie
Jessica-and-Stephanie-88 Carmel-By-The-Sea Elopement // Jessica & Stephanie

Dancing and Toasting to Their Love

Following the heartfelt ceremony, Jessica and Stephanie celebrated their union by dancing to their favorite song. With joy radiating from their smiles, they toasted to their love with their favorite drink, Pepsi. By incorporating elements that were true to their personalities and preferences, they added a touch of individuality and warmth to their elopement experience.

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Relaxed Delights and Candid Moments

As the day continued, Jessica and Stephanie’s elopement adventure took them to Wave Cafe, One of their favorite brunch places! The sentimental value attached to this café added an extra layer of intimacy to their day. Candid moments captured at their favorite café highlighted the joy they found in each other’s company while enjoying the simple pleasures in life.

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Big Sur Coastline and Beach Elopement Photography

To add a touch of grandeur to their elopement, the couple ventured to Big Sur, a breathtaking coastal location known for its dramatic scenery. Against a backdrop of cliffs and azure waters, Jessica and Stephanie reveled in the magic of the coastline. Candid photos immortalized their playful side on the beach. Jessica even changed into a beach dress for an impromptu dip in the water. The day ended with laughter, happiness, and the realization that they had embarked on a remarkable journey together.

Jessica-and-Stephanie-88 Carmel-By-The-Sea Elopement // Jessica & Stephanie

Jessica and Stephanie’s elopement in Carmel-By-The-Sea was a testament to their love, marked by personal touches, breathtaking scenery, and heartfelt moments. From the cozy streets of Monterey to the tranquil sands of Carmel Beach and the awe-inspiring beauty of Big Sur, their elopement encapsulated the essence of their relationship. It served as a reminder that love knows no boundaries and that the most meaningful celebrations are those that reflect the unique bond between two individuals.

If you are ready to start your Carmel-By-The-Sea adventure, contact me today!

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