May 8, 2023

Adventure Weddings + Elopements, Big Sur

Charming Carmel-By-The-Sea Intimate Wedding

Kelsey and Ben’s intimate Carmel-by-the-sea intimate wedding was nothing short of magical. From the breathtaking views to the cozy and charming atmosphere, everything about their day was simply perfect.

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An Enchanting Beach Ceremony in Big Sur

The couple wanted a wedding that reflected who they are, and they achieved just that with their intimate ceremony in Big Sur. They kept the guest list short, inviting only their closest family and friends to witness their vows. The ceremony took place on a secluded beach, with the fog adding a touch of enchantment to the already romantic atmosphere.

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Dramatic Photos on the Cliffsides

Following the ceremony, we took advantage of the stunning scenery and captured some dramatic photos on the cliffsides. These photos perfectly encapsulated Kelsey and Ben’s adventurous spirits and love for the outdoors. I love the candid photos of them climbing around!

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Intimate Reception in Downtown Carmel

For their reception, the couple chose Grasings Restaurant in downtown Carmel. The restaurant provided the perfect ambiance, with its charming decor and mouth-watering food. The couple’s extended family joined them for dinner, making for a cozy and intimate celebration.

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A Cozy Beach Bonfire to End the Day

After dinner, Kelsey and Ben’s bridal party gave heartfelt speeches, and the couple cut their cake. Rather than having a big reception, the couple invited their guests to the beach to hang out, listen to music, and enjoy a cozy bonfire. It was the perfect way to end the day, with everyone gathered around, sharing stories, and enjoying each other’s company. Ben even brought his guitar and played their first dance song!

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Overall, Kelsey and Ben’s intimate wedding in Carmel-by-the-sea was a beautiful reflection of who they are as a couple. They chose to forego traditional wedding customs and instead opted for a day that was adventurous, intimate, and true to themselves. From the stunning views to the cozy atmosphere, every moment of their day was memorable and filled with love.

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