Elopement in Big Sur
I always say that every elopement experience is unique but this was a true one-of-a-kind experience. Shelly & Glen wanted something simple. They love the idea of a stress-free day that feels effortless.
It was also during the pandemic and when COVID first started, a lot of State & National Parked didn’t offer weddings & elopements at the time and there were limited locations that allowed ceremonies. I suggested Pfeiffer Beach to be their location. It is close to lots of lodging and this beach doesn’t require a Special Use Permit so it was a perfect place to have their ceremony.
As we got to planning, Shelly got excited about the possibility of adding some decoration and special details to her elopement. She thrifted a bunch of items to set up for the picnic layout and I was able to bring out my rug for them to use, it came together so beautifully!
Ceremony At Pfeiffer Beach
When we first got to the beach, we literally got rain dumped on us and this was a signal that we needed our rain gear. Luckily I have packed tons of jackets and rain covers for our camera backpack so we stayed dry the whole entire time!
Their closest family joined and one of the family members officiated their wedding. I love when close family members and/or friends officiate because it is more personal and you can truly feel their genuine happiness joining the couple together.
As we got started with the ceremony, the sun came out with beautiful clouds and it was purely a magical moment. We couldn’t believe it stopped raining just for their ceremony.
Right before the kiss, we got hailed!
During the ceremony, it would rain and stop several times, and just when they went in for the kiss, it was sprinkling but it got heavier and thicker. At this moment, we realized it was hailing, at Big Sur, during an elopement ceremony. All we could do was just laugh and be amazed by this very unusual weather.
It just felt like it was a sign.
I love paying attention to little symbolism and signs and this just felt like God was celebrating their marriage. It was truly a beautiful moment.
We spent the remaining time just enjoying the weather, beach and they even got to trash the dress in the water. It was everything they hoped for!
Videographer: Jose Suarez Visuals
Florals: Friday Flowers Gilroy
Dress: Lulus Wedding