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Coastal Big Sur Elopement: This Was Their Plan B

They originally planned a 300 guests wedding but after the pandemic, their plan had to change. They chose to elope in Big Sur and it was the best decision!

COVID Changed Their Plans From Wedding To Elopement

This Coastal Big Sur Elopement is one of the most gorgeous and perfect ways to celebrate love during the pandemic! Jackelyn & Kamran had originally planned a 300 guests wedding but after the pandemic, their plan had to change. They either had to postpone their wedding next year or reduce their guest list. They decided they wanted to get married the way they enjoyed their engagement session, adventuring the California Coast, and chose to elope in Big Sur with their closest family and friends!

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First Look

We met up with Jackelyn and Kamran at this gorgeous hotel to pick them up to our before the ceremony adventure! They truly valued their experience and visiting all of the gorgeous locations in Big Sur! We had talked about how to successfully do a first look while being in the same car and I suggested Kamran to be blindfolded in the passenger seat while Jackelyn sit right behind him to avoid seeing each other, and it worked!

After the first look, we walked around the trails and went up a hill to a gorgeous 360 vista view. Even though Bigs Sur is a highly popular location, there are few places that the crowd overlooks and we were able to find a secluded scenic spot, away from tourists. The best thing is we barely hiked to reach this draw-dropping view and enjoyed our privacy being awed by the sight.

Plan B Led Us To Finding Hidden Gem Location

During the pandemic, it was hard to find any place to photograph because they were not offering Special Use Permits at the time. I had to ask around and talk to locals to find areas that I’ve never looked at in the past. I found a long trail/off-roading road that led to amazing redwoods and scenic vista views of the Big Sur valleys. We made a few stops along the way to photograph privately and it was so fun giving them a ride to a secluded secret road!

We finished our adventure and dropped off our couple at the hotel so they could relax while we picked up their favorite food spot, in in-N-Out!!! It was so cute seeing their happy stuffed faces!

Intimate Ceremony

We finished our adventure and dropped off our couple at the hotel so they could relax while we picked up their favorite food spot, in in-N-Out!!! It was so cute seeing their happy stuffed faces! I always love being spontaneous with our couples and we could not pass up this opportunity to pamper them <3

Jackelyn & Kamran had a ceremony with their closest family and friends at this beautiful outdoor venue overlooking the Big Sur Coast. They had a magical harp playing as they walked down the aisle and got to share their celebration with everybody. They reserved a restaurant for dinner and spent an intimate time together enjoying amazing food!

Venues & Vendors

Location: Big Sur, California

Ceremony: Hyatt Carmel Highlands

Dress: BHLDN

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9 Responses

  1. I LOVE it! Plan B sounds like a much more relaxed and intimate version of the day they originally had planned.

  2. They had a Harp player!! This is beautiful! The In and Out together is so cute too! I can’t wait to go back to Big Sur.

  3. I am so glad that these two lovebirds were able to have the wedding of their dreams, right here in California!

  4. Oh my goodness, that photo with the couple standing below the redwoods, with the light flooding through – literally made my jaw DROP!! So freaking beautiful.

  5. This gallery is stunning. I mean seriously. The detail shots are gorgeous. I love the mixture between serious and editorial to eating in-n-out. I love how their personalities shine through. And I appreciate how you put them in an order that told the story of the day. Beautiful work!

  6. You always have to plan B….just in case…elopements can be very unpredictable for sure! Big Sur always has my heart!

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