Julia Mina Photography, California Elopement Photographer

A Ventana Big Sur Elopement

Come see this Ventana Big Sur elopement with a stunning coastal ceremony, sunset portraits, followed by a private reception dinner back at Ventana!

Andrea & Chandler's Ventana Big Sur Elopement

Andrea and Chandlers Ventana Big Sur elopement was stunning! They chose Big Sur because they love spending time by the water, and Andrea’s favorite color is turquoise so Big Sur stood out to her because of the beautiful blue waters it offers! Big Sur is one of my favorite places in California, which is why you’ll find it at number 3 of my top 12 places to elope on my “How to Elope in California: Comprehensive Guide“!

With epic ocean views, rugged coastlines, and tons of elopement locations and venues to choose from, you truly can’t go wrong when choosing to elope in Big Sur! They chose to invite their family and friends to stay at the Ventana and have a mini vacation and elopement at the all inclusive resort. This place is a true luxury experience because all of your food is included with 24/7 bell service!

My videographer Shana Garrett Films and I even got to stay as well and it was a relaxing and rejuvenating experience. Now let’s dive into Andrea and Chandler’s beautiful Ventana Big Sur elopement, because I have a feeling you’re going to love it!

Amazing Vendors

Video: Shana Garrett Films
Photo: Julia Mina Photography
Venue: Ventana Big Sur
Dress: Lazaro Bridal
Suit: Asos
Flowers: C & J Dahlias 
Makeup: Kelly Jo Makeup & Hair


Andrea & Chandler's First Looks -
A Ventana Big Sur Elopement

Andrea and Chandler had their first look just outside their cabin in a beautiful wooded area. It was so cute because Chandler had their favorite lavender lemonade that Ventana Big Sur offers ready for them both after their first looks! Once they exchanged first looks, they sipped on their lavender lemonades and then we headed out to photograph at the redwoods on the way to the ceremony site! 

A Romantic Big Sur Elopement Ceremony With Coastal Views

For Andrea and Chandler’s ceremony, we went to the most beautiful location with epic cliffside views of the ocean. You could hear the waves crashing below us and see for miles and miles. Big Sur is truly breathtaking. They shared such heartfelt vows that made everyone laugh and cry, and it was just such a beautiful and magical experience! 

Andrea & Chandler's Big Sur Elopement Portraits

After their intimate Big Sur elopement ceremony, Andrea, Chandler, Shana and myself explored the coastal cliffs that Big Sur has to offer and soaked in the amazing weather and views of the sunset! It was so romantic and truly made for the perfect backdrop for Andrea and Chandler’s portraits.

A Private Ventana Big Sur Elopement Reception

After we got stunning Big Sur portraits of Chandler and Andrea, we then headed back to Ventana Big Sur for their private reception at Ventana’s open deck dining. The setting  was perfect and so romantic! Their open deck dining offers views of the coast and they have delicious food! 

One thing that was so fun and that I loved was that Andrea and Chandler brought their Daft Punk helmets with them where we got some fun night star photos and then them having their first dance afterwards! How cool are the helmets?! A true example that you can do WHATEVER you want for your Big Sur elopement! You can stray away from the norm and incorporate things that you and your partner love! 

Ready To Plan Your Ventana Big Sur Elopement?

If you’re feeling inspired to plan your own Ventana Big Sur elopement, then I’m here to tell you to do it! Big Sur is absolutely gorgeous with its blue turquoise waters, dramatic cliffside views, and intimate settings! You can even make it a little getaway vacation experience just like Andrea and Chandler did with only a few close friends and family!  In the meantime, feel free to learn more about me. If I sound like the perfect Big Sur elopement photographer for you, then inquire with me below!

7 Responses

  1. I love the idea of picking your elopement location based on your favorite color! You captured their day so perfectly; what a fun celebration!

  2. Beautiful!! What a wonderful, intimate elopement with their loved ones – love this! Big Sur is definitely a special place! :)

  3. Well first of all, congrats to the bride for having the best name ever. Haha! But seriously, congrats to this beautiful couple! Their wedding experience looks so amazing! Your photos are gorgeous- I highly recommend to other readers to click on them to make them bigger!

  4. Can’t get over the location and conditions they got on their special day. They lucked out with you as their photographer as you captured so many emotion filled moments for them to look back on, thanks for sharing.

  5. This sunset glow was so stunning! I love the variety of locations Big Sur offers for elopements. Incredible photos. Also those helmets are so cool and unique!

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I am all about making your day as smooth and fun as possible! Helping couples plan their dream wedding day brings me so much joy and it’s surreal that I’m able to capture it at all. Planning a wedding is overwhelming— big or small! Not all of us are natural born planners (if you are, you do you!!). This is where I come in and bring all of my knowledge and resources to the table so all you need to do is envision your dream day!

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